Relishing summer festivals in Saskatchewan

Brigid McNutt
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It’s that glorious time of year already—folk festival season is upon us once again.  I’ve just returned from Regina’s folk fest and Moose Jaw’s Summerfest is coming up this weekend in Happy Valley Park.

For me, nothing is better than a weekend revolving around music, dancing, eating and drinking with friends and family.

Some of my earliest memories are of falling asleep under the stars, cuddled up in a blanket next to my parents at music festivals. Sitting in the sunshine, soaking up the music, eating delicious treats and wandering through the craft stalls is something I look forward to all throughout the year.

I am experiencing the withdrawal symptoms of a successful folk fest weekend: sore feet and lower back from standing and dancing, loss of voice from cheering, an empty wallet and newly full iTunes library. I successfully put off all chores. I traded the treadmill for dancing, and salad for deep fried perogies. Why can’t every weekend be like this?

One of my favourite things about music festivals is being able to sing along to familiar tunes, but also discovering new artists and genres.  It’s always nice to move from belting out songs alone in my car to seeing it performed live, bouncing with excitement when I hear the familiar opening chords. At the same time, it’s lovely to come home at the end of the night with a new favourite band.

Additionally, these festivals bring out all ages with a variety of interests. The whole family can come out and get their toes tapping.

One of the many beautiful things about these festivals in Saskatchewan is that because of a smaller population we get more intimate concerts. If you want to be by the front of the stage, you can be. We don’t need to deal with the masses of people like in big cities.

Though I have never experienced Moose Jaw’s Summerfest I look forward to checking it out. This year the festival has expanded to three days (Friday to Sunday), demonstrating that there is support from the community to help the festival grow.

The festival provides the opportunity to showcase some of Saskatchewan’s musical talent, which there is certainly no shortage of.

This province is home to many incredible acts that hold their own amid the visiting artists. From Indigo Joseph’s high energy show that will keep you moving the whole time, to Andy Shauf’s chillingly beautiful solo work, we don’t need to travel far to experience quality performances.

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw, Regina Happy Valley Park

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