SASKATOON'S POTASHCORP FIREWORKS FESTIVAL OFFERS MUCH MORE THAN PYROTECHNICS
New offerings and past favourites are the highlights in this celebration of culture and community.
SASKATOON, SK – August 29, 2011 – Saskatoon’s fourth annual PotashCorp Fireworks Festival returns to River Landing and Rotary Park along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River September 2 and 3, with activities and entertainment starting at 5:00 pm each day. Drawing in an estimated 60,000 people in 2010, organizers are offering up new attractions in their line-up for visitors to enjoy.
The Dance Project Performance Company, under the direction of Creative Director Jim Hodges, will perform a new choreographed piece entitled ‘Connections.’ The show will make use of the entire River Landing area, starting at approximately 8:45 pm each night, wrapping up just before the fireworks begin.
Also new this year, visitors will be able to enjoy the offerings of Andrew Peller Limited award-wining products at the wine and cooler bar, located at River Landing, with great views of the amphitheatre and the fireworks display.
“The PotashCorp Fireworks Festival is a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate Saskatoon’s cultural diversity and community prowess,” says Shad Ali, Festival Director. “There are already 17 cultural performances confirmed, and over 30 community groups will be benefiting from the festival.”
Some of the participating community groups will do fundraising onsite, while Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Saskatoon have been working at raising funds throughout the year, leading up to the festival’s special Knights in White Satin event at the Remai Arts Centre.
At the River Landing amphitheatre, visitors will be able to enjoy cultural performances by various folk dancers, Living Sky Taiko Drummers, def SOL Productions, Espiritu Mediterraneo Dancers, Living Sky Taiko Drummers, Alma Flamenca, India School of Dance, and a special fire dance by Oriental Dance Arts
In Rotary Park, at the Festival Pavilion Stage, entertainment starts at 7:00 pm both September 2 and 3. The line-up of live bands includes Sly Business, The Steadies, All of the Above, and country-rock band Wyatt – who recently won the Canada-wide ourstage.com's 'Capital Hoedown Showdown’ contest.
For the young – and young at heart – Tourism Saskatoon’s mascot Sunny and the Royal Canadian Navy mascot Sonar will be making appearances.
The festival will also feature games, activities, beer gardens, as well as food and merchandise vendors.
“It’s a great way to wrap up an exciting season of summer festivals and events,” says JoAnne Wasko, Director of Markets, Advertising & Media with Tourism Saskatoon. “The momentum is building for the festival, and they prove this each year with their impressive turnout.”
Choreographed pyrotechnic shows will be performed over the South Saskatchewan River at 9:30 pm on September 2 and 3. There will be a unique show each night, produced by different companies. See Ruggieri Fireworks of Regina and Fireworks Spectacular of Calgary light up the night.
The fireworks launch site is the Broadway Bridge. It will be closed from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm both September 2 and 3.
For more information, visit www.potashcorpfireworksfestival.ca.
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