Catch Live Performances: 5 Things to Do This Weekend in Saskatoon

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day and Ukraine, catch live orchestra or choir performances or watch a dance movie this weekend.

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This Saturday is World Fair Trade Day, and the Steep Hill Food Co-op plans to host a coffee and tea tasting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in partnership with the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation. Other events this weekend include live music and dance performances and a film screening.

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1 — Celebrate Ukraine with Shumka dancers

Ukrainian dancers from Shumka celebrate Ukrainian culture through dance with their 60th anniversary tour. The show will feature two new works, a tribute to the past with older works, a dance tribute to the conflict in Ukraine and a presentation of the film Promised Land, which celebrates the 130th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada. Shumka on Tour premieres Friday at TCU Place at 7:30 p.m. Learn more at shumka.com.

2 — See the SJO in person or online

The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra performs The Fab Four and More: Beatles for Big Band Friday at the Broadway Theater at 7:30 p.m. Guest conductors Ray Baril and Stacey Mortenson-Spokes and guest vocalist and guitarist Robert Walsh join the SJO as they present a mix of classic and reimagined Beatles songs. The concert is also available live. To learn more, visit saskatoonjazzorchestra.com.

3 — Watch the Philharmonic Orchestra

The Saskatoon Philharmonic Orchestra presents its spring concert, Back at Last! The orchestra’s first concert in more than two years will feature a mixed repertoire, featuring classical, country, Broadway and film scores. They will be joined by fiddler and fiddler artist Kim de Laforest for a set of fiddle tunes from the Canadian Maritimes. The orchestra performs at St. Joseph High School Theater on Saturdays at 7 p.m. For more information, visit saskatoonphilharmonicorchestra.com.

4 — Attend a dance film screening

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Free Flow Dance Theater presents a cinematic screening of a dance film featuring the work and story of dancer and choreographer Danny Grossman, who has choreographed works inspired by social and political issues for 45 years. A Q&A with the artist will follow the film, which airs Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Free Flow Dance Center. Learn more at canadahelps.org.

5 — Listen to chamber singers

The Saskatoon Chamber Singers perform Tanzen und Singen (dance and song) at Knox United Church at 2 p.m. Sunday. Their last concert of the season features a mix of Liebeslieder Waltzes by Brahms and Liebeslieder Polkas by PDQ Bach, and includes piano accompaniment. Learn more at saskatoonchambersingers.ca.

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Kenneth T. Shippee