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Issue 13November 2016

Watch Dallas Smith and Odds at Regina Holiday Train stop

It’s going to be another magical evening at the Mosaic Stadium parking lot in Regina as the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train pulls into the city on Dec. 5.

The CP Holiday Train travels coast-to-coast performing around 150 shows between November and December. This year performing artists Dallas Smith and Odds will be grabbing the microphone to bring you a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs.

Don’t miss your chance to see thousands of state-of-the-art spectacular lights shine through the night on 14 decorated rail cars. After it stops the stage door lowers and the band opens with its first song.

This is not only a wonderful opportunity to get in the holiday spirit, but also to give back. Although the event is free, onlookers are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or a monetary donation for the local food bank. Representatives will be onsite collecting the donations. Every pound of food and dollar raised at each stop stays with the local food bank to help feed those in need.

Be sure not to be late! The Holiday Train will arrive at 5:45 p.m. with the performances running from 6 to 6:30 p.m. before moving onto Moose Jaw.

Don’t forget to take photos and submit them to the “Capture the Spirit” photo contest for the chance to win an exclusive ride on next year’s train.

Learn more here.

Photo credit: Matthew Robson from Elevation Media

Sandra Butel, Regina Folk Festival

Do you ever wonder about those people with jobs that seem so fun they couldn’t possibly feel like work? Those who have found that sweet spot know that in order to nurture and grow something it takes time, effort and an ability to dig in deep. However, having the right perspective and a knack for viewing challenge as opportunity is a definite asset. This strength in particular, has been a driver for Sandra Butel , Artistic Director of the Regina Folk Festival.

The festival was first held in 1969 on the College Avenue campus. This led to the creation of the Regina Guild of Folk Arts (RGFA). Since that time, the RGFA has continued to present both an annual festival  and year-round music performance. For sixteen years RGFA produced and staged the Regina Folk Festival at various indoor venues.In 1985 the festival was moved outdoors to its present site in Victoria Park. The 1994 festival was actually cancelled due to debt.

It was Sandra Butel’s parents who in the mid-90s introduced her to the festival. She recalls being affected by the artists on stage and how they really spoke to her experience.

Since her start in 1999, a lot has changed including Sandra’s transition from part-time paid volunteer to leading a staff and over 650 volunteers. “[Back then] It was much more of a local festival for a small group of appreciative people. I saw the potential for this event to be something more.”

Read more on Sandra here.

2018 Tim Hortons Brier coming to Regina

Prepare for the Brier Patch and curling fanatics as the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier, the Canadian men’s curling championship, is taking place at the Brandt Centre in Regina from March 3 to 11, 2018.

Regina does curling right, previously hosting the Tim Hortons Brier at the Brandt Centre in 2006 and 1992.

“Saskatchewan people are the most avid curling fans on the planet, and our renowned brand of hospitality will make it a Brier to remember,” said Minister responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan Jeremy Harrison in a press release. “The 2018 Tim Hortons Brier will bring visitors to our province who will contribute to our economy by shopping at stores, dining at restaurants, and staying in hotels.”

The winner of the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier will soon after represent Canada at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Las Vegas.

“Curling’s roots go deep in the province of Saskatchewan, and based on past history, I have no doubt that the city of Regina will embrace the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier,” said Peter Inch, Chair of the Curling Canada Board of Governors, in a press release. “The Tim Hortons Brier is the world’s most famous curling championship, and Regina is in for a memorable nine days of thrilling action, on and off the ice.”

Keep on your toes to snag tickets to this one-of-a-kind event; they are expected to go on sale early in 2017.

For more information, click here.

Hottest Holiday Tickets in Town

The pumpkins are gone, the frost is here, and there is a jolly vibe throughout the city as everyone prepares for winter holidays in the coming weeks. There is a lot to see, do and experience during this festive season in Regina (on top of crossing off Christmas shopping checklists).

To help you decide how and where to celebrate, Hang with the Locals blogger Ashlyn George compiled a listing of her favourite attractions, shows and events dedicated to the holidays.

Christmas Lights Attractions

1) Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
A Canadian tradition, the brightly lit and decorated Pacific Holiday Train travels across Canada with a team of musical performers on board, stopping in Regina for a festive performance.

When: Monday, December 5, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Mosaic Stadium parking lot, 1831 Elphinstone St.
Cost: Non-perishable food bank donations greatly appreciated.

2) Christmas Lights Across Canada

The Saskatchewan Legislative building turns on its decorative holiday lights in participation with all of Canada’s capitals across the country.

When: Thursday, December 1, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Saskatchewan Legislative Building, 2405 Legislative Dr.

Admission: Free

3) Candy Cane Lane Holiday Light Festival
More than 170 Resident Homes in the Normanview community association participate in a holiday light festival to help raise donations as well as non-perishable food items. There is a walk through “North Pole Village Display” as well as a “Winter Wonderland Display” for families to enjoy as well as hot chocolate and cookies for sale.

When: Wednesday, November 30 – Saturday, December 24, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Where: 19 Champ Cres.
Admission: Adults $3, Youth Under 18 $2, Children Under 14 $1

Christmas Crafts and Fairs

1) Twinkle: A Holiday Handmade Market
A handmade market devoted to local Saskatchewan Artisans, the first 25 people arriving to the event also receive a free goody bag.

When: Sunday, November 20, 11:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
Where: The Exchange, 2431 8th Ave
Admission: $2, children under 12 free

2) Christkindle Markt 2016

Celebrating German culture and heritage during the holiday season at the annual Christkindl Markt are handmade items for purchase, sweet treats       from local vendors and a children’s craft table.

When: Saturday, November 26, 2:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Regina German Club, 1727 St. John Street

Admission: Free

3) MacKenzie Art Gallery Holiday Bazaart 2016
The MacKenzie Art Gallery’s Holiday Bazaart is the perfect shopping destination to pick up one-of-a-kind treasures. With local Canadian artists selling everything from ceramics and jewelry to leather goods and paintings, it’s easy to find a gift for anyone. Proceeds from the event also help support the Gallery’s exhibitions and public programs.

When: Saturday, November 26, 10:00 a.m.
Where: MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert Street
Admission: $5, children under 12 free 

Find out what Christmas events and concerts Ashlyn recommends, here.