If you've been driving around Regina any time the past few months, you've probably seen the signs for Summer Bash. At only three years old, this annual festival seems to be the talk of the town and has taken the southern community of Regina by storm.
This past summer, Summer Bash has rolled out five free movies, from July 4 – August 22, as well as a Summer Market on August 11 and their main festival this upcoming August 25.
Their main festival at the end of the summer is Harbour Landings answer to the Cathedral Village Arts Festival in May, which marks the beginning of summer. Because of the huge success of CVAF and its legacy in the city, Summer Bash is using them as a model to promote local businesses, vendors, musicians and artists.
The goal of Summer Bash is the bring community together. Their five movies are all free to attend, as is their festival on August 25. The festival will also have a free community barbeque from 11:30am – 1:30pm for the first 3,000 attendees. If you miss out on the free food, they will also have a Food Truck Alley which has all your favourite food vendors. If you're looking to give back to the community instead, you can always buy from the various school-run canteens as well.
If you're more of an ice-cream kind of person, you're in luck too! Summer Bash also has an ice cream eating contest. Sixty people will be chosen for the contest, with ages from 6 to 17+.
The festival also has a TC Energy Indigenous Pavilion to celebrate and embrace Indigenous culture. The festival also has a Cultural Village to celebrate the many other diverse cultures in Regina's south community. In 2018 over 40 different cultures took part in the village. If you missed out on Mosaic (like I did...) this is the perfect place to visit to get your multicultural fix for the year!
The festival will also have children entertainment throughout the day, as well as an education center to teach kids about the dynamic local flora and fauna.
When Summer Bash first started in 2017, attendance was expected to be around 3,000 people. Instead, 9,000 people showed up, and an additional 5,000 came in 2018. It is anticipated there will be over 20,000 people at the 2019 event.
I attended both the Summer Market and one of the movies this past month. The Summer Market was spectacular, with over a hundred vendors, both local businesses and small entrepreneurs. By itself, the market would have been fun, but a few days before it opened, a massive storm had hit the city and flooded where their market was supposed to be. In less than 48 hours, the small but proud Summer Bash team moved the market, restructured it and made it into one of the best events I've attended all summer.
Later this month I also attended the screening of Avengers: Endgame with my girlfriend. For those who don't know, Endgame is the highest-grossing movie in cinema history. I've seen parts of the film already so I spent my time visiting the different vendors in the area, trying out crushed ice, one-dollar bags of popcorn (you can't get that at the cinema!) and foot-long chilli dogs. Prior to the screening of Endgame, the area was used as a market from 6PM – 9PM. I didn't get a chance to see how big it was but judging by the crowd of people that were still there when I arrived, I would say it was a success.
Summer Bash is held in Fairchild Park in Harbour Landing, and while it's a beautiful location, it does come with some challenges – primarily parking. If you're looking to come to Summer Bash but you don't want to walk several blocks, you can take the Summer Bash shuttle, which was used by over 800 people in 2018. They also have a free bike valet program, which was used by over fifty families last year. You can also pay $20 and park in the nearby school's parking lot.
Summer Bash is a non-profit organization run by 238 volunteers. In 2018, the festival had 368 local businesses and organizations involved in programming, the Summer Market and the Summer Bash event.
Their final film of the year is screening on August 22 and is the first Bollywood film of the festival: Bhajrangi Bhaijaan, presented by Warren Steinley. Pre-show activities include large Jenga, LEGO tables, Lazer tag, scavenger hunts and a barbeque.
Have you attended any of Summer Bash's events this past year? Will I see you at their festival? Let me know in the comments below!
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And, as always, a big thank you to my sweetheart Jessica Nuttall for proof reading a countless number of my articles. I couldn't do any of this without you. I love you.
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Frank Albo is known to many as "The Dan Brown of Canada". He gained this informal title through his many decades of research, interviews and investigations into the secrets of the Manitoba Legislature. Through his work, he claims that Winnipeg was meant to have a much larger role in Canada – going so far to say that it was to be the "Jerusalem of the New World".
It may sound odd, but there are a lot of strange motifs within the Manitoba Legislature that otherwise wouldn't make sense. These include being the exact dimensions of King Solomon's Temple, having medusas and demons guarding the entrances, and a "black star" of sacrifice beneath the rotunda. Stranger still is that none of these symbols are in the visually similar Saskatchewan Legislature which was constructed about the same time and for the same purpose. For some reason, the Manitoba Legislature was uniquely created in this manner.
Albo's research has not only gotten a lot of attention in Canada, but international attention too. One of these people was His Excellency Konstantin Zhigalov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan. While visiting Winnipeg in 2014, Zhigalov attended Albo's tour. After it concluded, Zhigalov pulled Albo aside and invited him to the capital of Kazakhstan. The request was peculiar, but the moment Albo arrived, he knew exactly why he was chosen.
As I stood in the courtyard of Fort Henry, I heard screams emanating from within. Fort Henry was constructed to protect the Kingston Royal Dockyard from the invading American forces during the War of 1812. The threat was so real that the capital of Canada – which was then Kingston – was moved to Quebec to protect it. The docks are all that stood between the United States and the St. Lawrence River and both countries were all too familiar with how easily it would turn the tides of battle.
As the screams from inside Fort Henry faded, I turned to the man beside me. He had come with his family. We got talking, trying to calm our nerves as bloodied clowns and undead mimes began wandering out from inside the fort.
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As a Canadian I feel it is my duty to highlight some of the reasons why somebody – particularly an American – should consider moving to Canada.