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Delayed Winterruption kicks off with concerts, outdoor weekend festivities


The festival, which runs from March 31 to April 10, includes live music, theatrical performances and outdoor activities.

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Spring has sprung and the snow is melting, but that’s not stopping this year’s postponed Winterruption activities.

In January, the chain of festivals across Western Canada announced their events would be delayed for a few months due to COVID-19. That included festivals in Saskatoon, Regina, Swift Current, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg.

The Saskatoon festival will start its takeover of the Broadway area on Thursday evening with a pair of concerts: Chad Munson and Lindsey Rewuski (with Glaz and Stephanie Kuse, and Spencer Martin) at The Refinery, and Chastity at Amigos Cantina.

On Saturday, festival-goers can check out Montreal-based band TEKE::TEKE with local rockers The Faps at Amigos.

The festival moves outside on Sunday for activities at Oskayak High School from noon until 9:30 p.m. A teepee raising, with a smudge and prayer, starts things off.

Along with a series of storytellers and performers, there will also be sleigh rides along Main Street between Broadway and Dufferin, an art wall people can contribute to, and a book display featuring Indigenous authors. Free popcorn and hot drinks will be available throughout the day.

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Montreal band TOPS is joined by Saskatoon’s The Foggy Notions to take the stage at Amigos on Sunday night.

Aside from musicians, drag star Morgan McMichaels is scheduled to perform at the Broadway Theatre on Monday.

First Nations dance company Buffalo Boy Productions presents Stories in Time: Unreconciled at the theatre on April 10. The show is a theatrical rendition of the White Buffalo Calf Woman story, told through a combination of contemporary and traditional artistic expressions.

Theatre artist S.E. Grummett’s show Something in the Water plays at The Refinery from April 8 to 10. The show is currently running at Persephone Theatre until April 3.

Information about all Winterruption activities is available at instagram.com/winterruptionsk. Tickets can be purchased at the Broadway Theatre’s website or by calling the theatre box office at 306-652-6556.

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