Saskatoon summer time festivals log on, postpone, or wait to see what occurs

When the weather is warmer and more people are outdoors, many are itchy for something to do. But most summer festivals still don’t know if they can gather in person amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saskatoon has already seen some annual festivals that need to go online for the second summer.

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The Nutrien Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan announced its lineup on Wednesday after deciding to go virtual again.

Meanwhile, other festivals are still pending, including the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.

“At the moment, the hybrid model of a live and virtual festival is certainly a backup plan,” said Artistic Director Kevin Tobin.

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“Go to a purely virtual festival, go to a series of virtual concerts [are other backups]. “


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The festival said it plans to release its schedule “soon” but is waiting to see if it can have at least part of the festival in person.

“We’re not in the business of canceling shows,” said Tobin.

“The point is that the show has to go on but we have to do it, our first priority is to do it safely.”

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“The numbers are going in our direction”

Some activations will continue – with restrictions. Nutrien Playland in Kinsmen Park opens May 9th with health compliance measures.

Other festivals adjust the dates to gain more time. For example, A Taste of Saskatchewan was postponed one month to August.

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“To move back a month, we should be very close to the provincial health guidelines that allow us to host an event,” said Scott Ford, executive director of the SaskTel Center.

The SaskTel Center is now co-hosting this festival with Rock the River, which is scheduled for August.

“The numbers and forecasts from Health Canada and the provincial health department are very positive for us to host these events,” said Ford.

“If we look at 50 percent of the population who are vaccinated, the numbers lean in our direction.”


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On Tuesday, Prime Minister Scott Moe said people must continue to be vaccinated in order to protect the majority of the population.

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“When that happens, we can relax the restrictions in our communities, get our lives back to normal, and have a great summer in Saskatchewan,” Moe said during a press conference.

The province added it expects “blockbuster” vaccine shipments in the coming months. It encourages anyone who is eligible to get one.


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