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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I was recently asked if I preferred my time in Montreal or Quebec City more, and while Montreal is a gorgeous city, decorated with thousands of green copper spires, hosts incredible festivals, has some of the most fantastic food I have ever tasted, and is spotted with beautiful parks, there was just something about Quebec City that spoke to me. Being over four hundred years old, Quebec City is one of the last remaining "walled cities" in North America, and is the only one north of Mexico. Quebec City was the location of some of the greatest conflicts in Canadian history, including the Siege of Quebec by the British.
Belonging to three very different countries (France, England, and Canada) in its four hundred year existence, Quebec City is a mixing pot of old traditions, new ideas, cobblestone streets and modern architecture. Since there is so much to see in Quebec City, I figured I would narrow it down to a couple and let you discover the rest! Here is "8 Places to Visit in Quebec City".
In case you haven't heard, Super Tuesday was last Tuesday and everybody's most disliked presidential candidate, Donald Trump, did very well. He didn't do as well as predicted, but he did well enough that he is now officially taken the lead for the Republican nomination. While the Republicans struggle to find some way of stopping Mr. Trump, many Americans worry about the future of their country. As a result, many Americans have been thinking about moving to Canada.
While similar statements were made when marijuana and gay marriage was legalized, "How to move to Canada" spiked 1000% on Google after last Super Tuesday. In fact, the Nova Scotia tourism website got more traffic in a single day then it did all last year and the Canadian immigration website was having difficulties handling all the traffic, so it seems that a lot of people are wondering if they should move to Canada.
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.
Canada's 150th birthday cannot be complete without visiting the country's capital city... but which one should you visit? While Ottawa is the current capital of Canada, there have been four other capital cities, and it has changed seven times. It started in Kingston (1841 – 1844) and then moved to Montréal (1844 – 1849), believing it to be safer from the Americans. After the citizens of Montréal burnt it down, it rotated between Toronto (1849 – 1852 and 1856 – 1858) and Québec City (1852 – 1856 and 1859 – 1866). Finally, it was placed right on the border between the two provinces in Ottawa (1866 to present day). This tour ventures into each of these five cities and explores what makes them so unique.
Since the capital flip-flopped location seven times, it would be much more convenient to go through the cities geographically then historically. If we started in the West, we would start in Toronto, Ontario, Canada's biggest city. While G Adventures only mentions the CN Tower and Kensington Market, there is much more to see in this city. You could visit the 18th century Casa Loma Castle, stroll through the artistic Graffiti Alley, visit Ripley's Aquatic Aquarium, or go drink and dine in the Distillery District. Looking for more outdoorsy stuff? Check out the Toronto Islands, the famous High Park or the Toronto Zoo. You can even take a boat out onto Lake Ontario and see the city's iconic skyline!