Details: Category: Global News | Published: 30 June 2015
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SaskTel Saskatchewan logoSaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival announces reminders for today's Yoga Jam with Michael Franti and Ryan Leier, Block 1 Jams July 3rd & 4th, a Grant Writing Workshop and ear protection. 


On June 30th from 12-1pm in the Bessborough Gardens the public is welcome to join musician and filmmaker Michael Franti for a FREE yoga class and acoustic jam for yogis of all experience levels, ages, shapes, and sizes. The class will be lead by Saskatoon's own Ryan Leier, founder of One Yoga, while Michael Franti provides live musical accompaniment. The event will raise awareness for the Do It For The Love Foundation and other notable organizations. The public is also welcome to attend simply to enjoy the music without practising yoga. 

The Festival expects a potentially large crowd and encourages the public to arrive early (11am is reasonable) as each attendee will need to pass through the gates to sign up for the free class. Yoga mat placement will be first-come, first-served. Attendees are encouraged to bring water or a refreshment of their choice to stay hydrated. Media are welcome to meet at the media tent at 11:45am to learn about any new on-site photography and video requirements. The yoga jam will begin at noon. More information on the event can be found here

BLOCK 1 JAMS - July 3 & 4
On Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th, the Battleford Room in The Delta Bessborough Hotel will transform into a music incubator during two jazz jam sessions with all performing artists at the festival invited to attend, join, improvise and create musical magic. The Outer Bridge Ensemble will host the jam. OBE is a high energy ensemble with an infectious original sound based in jazz, afro-beat, afro-cuban rhythm, and funk which has been a hit at festivals across Canada and the US. The band merges from the Amercian jazz tradition while incorporating the vitality and complexity of contemporary and world music influences. The event is open to the public for all ages and rush seating is limited. $10 cover charge at the door. More information here

Just as creative techniques can be learned to improve musicianship, artists can also learn to master grant writing, a skill that can significantly increase an artist’s ability to access much-needed funds.The workshop will be Saturday July 4th at 2:00pm at the Battleford Room in the Delta Bessborough.

This session will give an overview of funding options available to Saskatchewan artists, musicians, and small music businesses, and discuss skills and concepts that are transferable across a variety of grant providers. SaskMusic, regional representative for the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings, will be joined by representatives from Creative Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Arts Board and City of Saskatoon to offer a well-rounded discussion on available programs and effective application practices. Participants will gain knowledge on how grant applications are juried, what funders are looking for, common challenges, and avoidable mistakes. These tips and tricks are the first steps in creating successful grant applications, overcoming financial barriers in the creative world, and moving forward in a successful music career. 

Registration is free. This event is open to the public. Contact SaskMusic to register, 1-800-347-0676 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information here

The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival would like to remind people to consider hearing protection when appropriate, and especially for babies and children. Hearing protection is recommended whenever a person's hearing is exposed to sustained noise levels of 85dB. The average mainstage show can reach 110dB or higher immediately in front of the speakers and could damage a child's hearing permanently. It is the responsibility of each attendee to protect their hearing appropriately by choosing a comfortable place to watch the show and/or to use some form of hearing protection such as foam earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones from pharmacies or hardware, electronics, or music stores.