Published Sep 09, 2013In our annual Hangout Handbook, Exclaim! asks some of our favourite artists to discuss the hidden gems in their hometowns. Here, writer Chris Morin outlines his picks in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Amigo's Cantina (632 10th St. East)
Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Amigo's Cantina (pictured) is one of western Canada's most legendary and notorious live venues. The venue has hosted early-career performances, including Neko Case, Sarah McLachlan and Broken Social Scene. It's renowned for its Tex-Mex cuisine and friendly atmosphere. (www.amigoscantina.com)
Beaumont Film & Record (Avenue Building, Ste. 100, 220 3rd St. Ave. South)
Saskatoon's newest vinyl shop, Beaumont Film & Record, also hosts in-store performances and shares space with Underground Café, where the sandwiches and lattes are all named after musicians.
Broadway is the heart of Saskatoon's arts scene. Home to clothing boutiques, cafes, a record store and several live music venues, this is where you find the hipsters, artists, writers and musicians. It's also a great place to get a beer; the street is lined with several rooftop patios.
CFCR Saskatoon Community Radio (267 3rd Ave. South)
Located in downtown Saskatoon, CFCR 90.5 FM is a non-profit, volunteer-powered community radio station that has provided over two decades of alternative programming. It's also a good outlet for touring bands to get some coverage via radio interviews on CFCR's news show The Buzz. (cfcr.ca)
Turning the Tide Bookstore (525 11th St. East)
Located just off Broadway, Turning the Tide Bookstore is a long-running radical, leftist book store that stocks everything from vegan cookbooks to obscure CDs to zines on feminist philosophy. (turning.ca)
Chris Morin is a Saskatoon-based journalist who writes for Planet S, Prairie Dog and is the founder and content editor of Ominocity.com. When it comes to having fun, Chris follows the three Bs: beer, biking and playing bass.