Although he’s Canadian, Dez Reed’s talent has international appeal. The busy comic has toured 17 countries on four continents and even appeared with an American president—he opened for George W. Bush on his book tour.
Via Dez Reed Comedy Club, Dez brings his cosmopolitan jokes to Saskatoon audiences twice a week, with shows that pair his performances with guest stars from Edmonton, Seattle, and other nearby locales. Patrons can nosh on pub grub such as Reuben sandwiches and bacon-cheddar burgers, as well as beers poured onsite during shows, which are held on the second floor of Maguires Irish Pub and Brewery. The charmingly simple stage contains only a microphone, unlike the heaps of discarded banana peels found at most comedy clubs.
Curling is in Chad McMullan’s blood. After spending his childhood Sundays watching his parents compete at their favourite Winnipeg rink, Chad carried on the family tradition, notching victories in multiple World Curling Tour outings, two appearances in Canadian national championships, and one imaginary sleepover with the Governor-General over the course of his career. After stints as Executive Director of the World Curling Tour and World Curling Players' Association, Chad brought his icy know-how to Rock Solid Productions, which applies curling’s fundamental team-building qualities to everything from business retreats to beginner’s lessons. The group’s in-school training program introduces curling to 100,000 students each year, helping Chad share his childhood love of the game with the next generation of competitors.
Beneath a rotating disco ball, marksmen snake through a maze of glowing graphics, blasting opponents with infrared laser beams. After finishing up their five-minute games inside the 1,200-square-foot laser tag arena, sock-clad youngsters between the ages of 3 and 10 can dive into the ball pits, crawl through the tunnels, and glide down the slides of the two-storey play unit. Meanwhile, a separate toddler area accommodates tots with age appropriate ball pits, slides, and picture book adaptations of Sartre’s Being and Nothingness. Elsewhere, visitors can compete in rounds of air hockey and tic-tac-toe in the arcade or reenergize with whole-wheat sandwiches and house-made soups from the snack bar.
Nestled along the South Saskatchewan river valley in Victoria Park, the Riverside Badminton & Tennis Club sends racqueteers bounding after shuttlecocks and bouncing balls seven days per week. Nine tennis courts host seesawing scrimmages atop freshly resurfaced grounds, which are illuminated after nightfall. Competitors can also battle racquet-to-racquet on six hardwood badminton courts. Aside from day-to-day drop-in games, the club also offers lessons, camps, and leagues to help players of all ages to hone their skills, and Riverside's attentive staff remains on duty to dish out advice and mediate arguments between rival ball machines. Other on-site amenities include a pro shop and lounge area.
Three-time tae kwon do world champion and current captain of Team Canada Clint Diekema has taught self-defence and fitness classes at Diekema Taekwondo for more than 14 years. The seasoned instructor categorizes each of his tae kwon do classes by age and belt to ensure that students train alongside others of the same skill level and Power Ranger preference. The 3,000-square-foot training centre's schedule also carves out time for women-only sessions. During classes, students run through a set of warm-up exercises before they can strap on gloves and practice their skills by striking padded shields with their hands and feet.
With an infectious passion for the outdoors, the team at Think Outside Adventure Company infuses locals and visitors with enthusiasm for exploring Saskatoon's dynamic waterways, grasslands, and floodplains. The crew teaches paddlers how to handle and navigate a canoe or kayak on both land and water, and then leads tours down the South Saskatchewan River, calling attention to the river's subtleties and nuances. Think Outside can also equip land explorers looking to hike, camp, or search for Bigfoot's summer home with tents, sleeping bags, and backpacking gear, as well as weather- and activity-appropriate clothing.