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Brit’s Mid-Winter Picks Showcase Music, Theatre & Stories

Published on January 6, 2021

Brit's Mid-Winter Picks with an image of colourful musical notes

Though the pandemic keeps us at home, there are many online events to enjoy. and Brit’s Mid-Winter Picks showcase music, theatre and stories.

Ukrainian Art Song on a Starlit Night

Jan. 23, Online

To mark the beginning of a new year on the Orthodox calendar, Saskatoon Opera has a beautiful evening of music for you. Saskatoon’s own soprano Kateryna Khartova and pianist Sophia Mycyk have shared their musical talents all over North America and now they are home for an intimate evening of Ukrainian folk songs. The performance will be live-streamed from St. John’s Cathedral and you can view from the comfort of your own home for $20.

Laborastories are part of Brit’s Wid-Winter Picks

Online Now, Facebook

The folks at Wide Open Children’s Theatre know how to engage kids, and they are doing that virtually with a new series of videos including Labrastories with Jenna. Created by local actor Jenna Berenbaum, these short videos are all about science and they approach them with a ton of fun. Bugs, dinosaurs, outer space; there’s no topic too big for Jenna to take on. There are jokes, puppetry and crafts in these super interactive videos. You can tune in for free on Wide Open’s Facebook page. This is just one of Brit’s engaging Mid-Winter Picks.

I, Frida is one of Brit’s Mid-Winter Picks   

Jan. 25 – 31, Online

Saskatoon’s Aye! Caramba Theatre is taking on the world with its creator Yulissa Campos’ show I, Frida. This is a story about strength, displacement and the resilience of immigrants. The play follows a young refugee from Venezuela and her struggles to fit into her new home in Canada. This performance originally debuted at the 2019 Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival. It has been selected to be part of the M1 Singapore theatre Festival this year. It’s a story of home, culture and identity. The performance will be available on digital demand for $12 – $15.

Theatre on the Rink is among Brit’s Mid-Winter picks              

Jan. 28 – 31 (Saskatoon), Ecole Victoria School Rink; Feb. 6 & 7 (Regina), Location TBA

Hockey and theatre fans unite, the folks at Sum Theatre and La Troupe du Jour have a show just for you. This bilingual performance is the classic Canadian story of Roch Carrier’s The Hockey Sweater. It’s the tale of a young Montreal Canadiens fan whose mother accidentally orders him a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater and he has to face the taunts on teasing of his peers. This bilingual show will be performed every hour on the hour on the ice. This is a great time to see a classic Canadian tale and enjoy the great outdoors. The performances are free and all are welcome. *Check the website for the Regina location.

CFCR Cultural Showcase

Jan. 29, YouTube

CFCR is a constant source of local talent and to mark the start of a new year it’s broadcasting the 2021 Cultural Showcase. This broadcast will feature performances by Dakota Shepherd who blends traditional First Nations grass dancing with hip-hop, Andean music artists Koricancha and Alma Flamenca, just to name a few. There’s no charge to watch this show but CFCR survives on donations and public support so give if you can. This one is high on the list in Brit’s Mid-Winter Picks.

Postcards from Buenos Aires is one of Brit’s Mid-Winter Picks

Sat. Jan. 30, Online Live Stream

It’s fiery, passionate and it’s just the thing you’ll need to warm you up this winter. The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra is headed to Argentina for an exciting feature performance. Guest conductor Janna Sailor is coming home to Saskatchewan to lead the orchestra in this celebration of the rhythms of South America. This show will feature critically acclaimed bandoneonist, Jonathan Goldman, as he performs Piazzolla’s Five Tango Sensations; dreaming, loving, anxiety, despair and fear. This show is perfect for that sexy date night. Tickets for the live stream are $15.

Sask. Aboriginal Storytelling Month, part of  Brit’s Mid-Winter Picks

February,  Online & Local Libraries

The winter is an incredibly important time for Indigenous people to share their stories. Traditionally, oral storytelling is the way Canada’s First Nations shared knowledge, made connections and nurtured relationships. That tradition continues here in Saskatchewan with the celebration of Aboriginal Storytelling Month. The Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples is helping local libraries with events right across the province. The storytelling events will happen primarily online this year because of the pandemic but that also opens up more access for everyone via the web.  Also featured is a new YouTube series kohkom which follows three Indigenous grandmothers as they learn theatre skills and share stories and plenty of laughs. This comes highly recommended by Brit’s Mid-Winter Picks.

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The Author
Britainy’s love of the arts and training as a journalist has been a life-long pursuit. She has worked with CBC, CTV, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Refined Magazine and britspicks.com. As a publicist and consultant, she has worked with groups such as Sum Theatre, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Dancing Sky Theatre and Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre to bring their work to the masses. When she’s not working, Britainy is the proud mom of William and Katie.