By The Numbers: The Sweet Sounds of the Jazz Festival Returns to Saskatoon


The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, after a year of absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, returns to the front of the Saskatoon music scene on Saturday evening.

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After remaining silent for a year, accents of jazz – with a healthy mix of rock, country, reggae and more – will resonate along Saskatchewan’s south shore once again.

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The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, after a year of absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, returns to the front of the Saskatoon music scene on Saturday evening.

“There is nervousness and anxiety, and the pressure of always wanting to host a big event for people regardless of the scale,” said JazzFest artistic director Kevin Tobin.

“I guess if I think about it, it’s not even a relief. It’s a combination of joy and panic, ”he added with a laugh. “Panic from an event planner who only had seven or eight weeks to put everything in place.

Here is an overview in figures of this year’s event …

769: Days between the closing night of the 2019 Jazz Festival and the opening night of the 2021 festival.

2500: Capacity for concerts at the TD Mainstage in Bessborough Gardens. This is half the traditional capacity of 5,000 people for an outdoor event. While reducing capacity by 50 percent, organizers are not requiring spectators to socialize or wear masks, although anyone who feels more comfortable doing so is encouraged to do so.

33: Years JazzFest took place prior to the 2020 cancellation.

8: Juno Award nominations for The Northern Pikes Closing Night Headliners. The Saskatoon-born group is best known for their 1990 hit, She Ain’t Pretty, which was nominated for two Juno Awards and hit the charts in Canada and the United States. The approximate number of times the band played She Ain’t Pretty: 7,854,201 (give or take).

50: Performances planned for this year’s festival. Typically there are around 125 shows during the Jazz Festival.

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7: Places and stages planned as performance venues – TD Mainstage at Bessborough Gardens; Scarlet Restaurant at the Sheraton; KW Nasser Square; Crossmount Cider Company; Le Patio, parking lot west of Midtown Plaza; Alt Hotel; and DTN YXE Sidewalk Sale Pocket Park Patio. In a typical year, there will be approximately 26 sites.

11:45 a.m.: Start time each morning between August 12th and 15th for free yoga in the park on the TD Main Stage. Hosts of the sessions include Dawn Deguire, Ryan Leier, Kiyah Leier-Marshall, Branden Crozier, Brenna Bote and Jordyn Burnouf.

$ 150,000: Commitment to support over the next 10 years for charities in Saskatoon announced this week by The Sheepdogs. The group, which made headlines on opening night on Saturday, also said they would pledge to reinvest the money from every ticket sold, album sold or t-shirt sold to local charities during the next decade.

“We have been blessed with success all over the world, and the best way to share that success is to reinvest it in the community we come from, and those who have supported us along the way and to whom. we owe so much, ”Sheepdogs said bassist Ryan Gullen.

9: Days and nights for this year’s festival, August 7-15.

In addition to the Sheepdogs and Wide Mouth Mason which opens the festival Saturday night, other mainstage artists include: The Washboard Union, with Karli June (August 8); Terra Lightfoot and Whitehorse (August 9); Funkjoint, with the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (August 10); Eliza Doyle, Dr. Don & The Black Mambas and The Gillian Snider Quintet (August 11); Velours and Connor Newton Quartet (August 12); Heidi Munro and RealGroovyBand, Funkjoint, with Sonia Reid Noble (August 13); Oral Fuentes Reggae Band, People of the Sun and Thirsty Betty (August 14); The Northern Pikes, BC Read Big Band and Randy Woods Band (August 15).

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  2. Musician Kim Salkeld and his band performing with the Gillian Snider Quintet on the main stage of the Jazz Festival in Bessborough Gardens in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Wednesday June 26, 2019.

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