Festival season is in full swing in Saskatoon, ushering in summer, the Sask Jazz Fest, the haunting strains of street music performers percolating throughout the air and, umm, bee stings.
Concurrently, the season also typically calls for road trips to elsewhere to catch all the amazing acts that tour throughout the country. However, this year seems to be the anomaly. Festivals such as Calgary‘s Sled Island seem less attractive this year in comparison to past festival line-ups.
In fact, Saskatoon has managed to harness (hijack?) many of the artists of Sled Island and absorb them into our own shows. Why go elsewhere when you could, or could have, seen all these amazing acts in our own city?
In fact, MoSoFest managed to draw bands such as The Ketamines, Bonjay, Shotgun Jimmie and Teen Daze. Meanwhile the Jazz Fest brings us indie heavyweights Feist, Timber Timbre and Hooded Fang.
Additionally, bands such as The Hold Steady, Russian Circles, Dog Day, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and others have all toured through town recently (or will play on Thursday as is the case for The Hold Steady).
So Saskatoon is finally on the international music map, eh?
Take that elsewhere!
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