May the Fourth Be With You, Music Fans

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Rosie & the Riveters will be performing May 11- 12 at The Bassment. (Photo by Crystal Skrupski)

Spring is here, the weather is warm, the sun is shining and it’s time get out of the house and have some fun.

There’s a ton of arts events happening in May, and Saskatoon’s music scene is bustling. Here’s a look at three music events coming up in the city that are sure to please a variety of tastes.

MAY 2

SYLVIA CHAVE

Children’s entertainer Sylvia Chave is encouraging people of all ages to take in her last concert of the season — aptly titled A-May-Zing-Fling.

“Grab your little chicks and come out and sing,” says Chave, who promises to have audience members “hopping and skipping to a fresh new beat that will blow the winter cobwebs out of your hair.”

The fun will take place at The Refinery on May 2, with shows scheduled for 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door (children under two are free). Tickets can be purchased online at ontheboards.ca or by calling 306-653-5191.

Also in May, Chave is raising “milk money” to purchase infant formula for Saskatoon’s food bank. On Wednesday afternoons in May, starting at 1:15 p.m., Chave will offer 45-minute Singing with Sylvia classes at the Storefront location in Confederation Mall. The fee is $60 per child, and a second child under two is welcome to attend, free of charge, with a caregiver. Email frodo@sasktel.net to register. All proceeds will go to the food bank.

As a mother of four, Chave is troubled that some of the youngest people in our community are at the highest risk of food insecurity.

“Regardless of the reasons that a parent has to use formula, and there are many, a fed baby is best and I want to try and help as I can,” she says. 

MAY 4

SASKATOON 

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Each year, Star Wars Day is celebrated on May the Fourth — an occasion when it’s common to hear the phrase “May the Fourth be with you.” This is, of course, a clever play on the iconic Star Wars movie phrase “May the Force be with you.”

This year, May 4 falls on a Saturday — and so the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is joining in on the fun. The SSO will present a concert titled Music of Star Wars, featuring compositions from The Last Jedi, Rogue One, Solo and the original trilogy.

“We just couldn’t pass that one up,” says the SSO’s music director, Eric Paetkau.

“The music is incredibly well-written — the composer, John Williams, is one of the best movie composers — and is so descriptive of what is happening on screen. Even without the visuals, it’s pretty clear what story is being told.”

Paetkau predicts Star Wars fans will respond “with absolute delight” when they hear the music from the films played by a full symphony orchestra.

“(They will hear) all of their favourite themes and characters coming to life in pure musical form,” he says.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at TCU Place. Tickets range from $53 – $83 and can be purchased online at saskatoonsymphony.org.

MAY 11-12

ROSIE & THE RIVETERS

Fans of Saskatoon’s Rosie & the Riveters are in luck: the folk trio has two shows coming up at The Bassment on May 11 and 12.

Rosie & the Riveters — comprised of Alexis Normand, Farideh Olsen and Allyson Reigh — didn’t set out to become political, but it became inevitable. Reading and watching the news inspired the musicians to use their voices to speak out against the injustices and inequities faced by women.

As a result, sexual assault, the gender pay gap, body image and “mansplaining” are all addressed on the band’s sophomore album, Ms. Behave, which was released in April 2018. The topics are a good fit for a group whose name was inspired by feminist icon Rosie the Riveter. 

The subject matter seems to be resonating with listeners. Ms. Behave remained in the top 10 on U.S. folk music charts for 17 weeks and has received ink in magazines such as Rolling Stone Country, PopMatters and Parade Magazine.

One of the album’s 12 tracks, I Believe You, is about believing survivors of sexual assault. The band premiered its video for the single on Billboard, in the midst of the #MeToo movement. Other titles on the album, such as Gotta Get Paid, Ask a Man, I Wanna Be King and the title track, Ms. Behave, offer a glimpse into what the band has to say as women living in a man’s world. The catchy single Let ’em Talk peaked at No. 3 on the CBC Music Top 20 charts.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, go online to rosieandtheriveters.com.