SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Starts Friday! #saskjazz2018

Saskatoon, SK – The 32nd annual SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival begins Friday! Starting on June 22nd, 137 shows are scheduled between June 22nd until July 1st will keep music fans busy buying tickets, going to free stages, and taking in all the experiences the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival has to offer!

The 2018 festival venues take visitors on a practical guided tour around Saskatoon’s hotspots including TD Mainstage Bessborough Gardens, Nutrien Free Stage at Kiwanis Park N, The Bassment, Broadway Theatre, Amigo’s Cantina, The Capitol Music Club, The James Hotel, 6Twelve Lounge, Drift Sidewalk Cafe & Vista Lounge, Finns Pub at the Parktown Hotel, Shift Restaurant at the Remai Modern, and several other free stages around downtown Saskatoon.

To become more centred, physically eased, and mindfully aware to fully appreciate all the wonderful music in the moment during the festival, be sure to head down to the popular Yoga in the Park on Saturday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 30th from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Nutrien Free Stage in Kiwanis Park North.    To ensure complete serenity, the Yoga in the Park has been expanded to TWO sessions this year, doubled from last year!

The free yoga class is for yogis of all experience levels. Please bring your own yoga mat, towel, and water to stay hydrated.   Adrienne Vangool from One Yoga will be teaching the June 23rd class.  Matthew Yausie from One Yoga will be teaching the June 30th class.

As well as all the wonderful music at the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival are the moments created by the musicians, fans, and volunteers!

JUNO award-winning Kellylee Evans was struck by lightning in 2013.  With time, reflection, and recovery, she has a beautiful life perspective and will give a wonderful performance at The Bassment on Thursday, June 28th while also contributing to young Saskatchewan musicians through the TD Jazz Intensive program!

Tom Cochrane reworked his iconic hit “Big League” lyrics this year in honour of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy. If you have not watched this moving performance, check it out here. No doubt Tom Cochrane’s performance will be a touching highlight returning to Saskatchewan to perform for a home province crowd!

Did you know there are just under 500 volunteers who help keep the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz festival running smoothly?  From the stage crew to transportation, 50/50 sales to gate management, board members to the ticket sales team and more, there are SO many interesting people working behind the scenes to put this festival on every year for 32 years running. The longest standing volunteer gave of her time and energy every year for 30 years straight!   2018 will be her “volunteering retiring” year, but she will be taking in shows every day.

If that wasn’t enough, each year the festival celebrates special people who have contributed to the legacy of the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. This year the festival is honoured to present Ross Ulmer with the 2018 Special Recognition Award at 8 PM on Sunday, June 24th at the Broadway Theatre. And Bob Eaton with the 2018 Jim Hill Festival Builder Award at 8 PM on Tuesday, June 26th at the Broadway Theatre.

Audiences can plan their festival experience most easily by referring to the website and/or the mobile app.

Have you signed up as a SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz email subscriber?  Besides updates, reminders, and exciting promotion, email subscribers receive special promotions!  This year as a special thank you just for all e-newsletter subscribers, the festival is extending advanced pricing for the entire run of the festival!

Now through July 1st, the box office is open daily from noon until 7pm. It is located in the lobby of the Delta Bessborough Hotel at 601 Spadina Cres E.  Or give the box office a call locally: 306.652.142, Toll-free: 1.800.638.1211, or email: boxoffice@saskjazz.com.

With so much music to be heard and so many experiences to be had, the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival will keep Saskatoon energized as the official kick off to summer!  Don’t miss out!  Get your tickets today!

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