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2018 Nutrien Saskatoon Community Foundation Cultural Gala: The Spirit of Fire (Promise Magazine Article)

2018 Nutrien Saskatoon Community Foundation Cultural Gala: The Spirit of Fire

Since 2007, the Nutrien Saskatoon Community Foundation Cultural Gala, has inspired and entertained attendees by showcasing the best cultural entertainment in Saskatoon, along with superb fare and unique auction packages, all for the benefit of the community. Beginning with the 2017 Gala’s theme of wâseskwan (“The sky is clearing”), we set out to explore the power of the four elements from an indigenous point of view, bringing a message of truth and reconciliation to our supporters. On September 15, 2018, attendees were treated to a spark of inspiration to change Saskatoon for the better by building understanding among the people who call it home.

The evening’s performances blended music, dance, spoken word art, theatre and sheer spectacle, drawing from many cultures to create a unique vision of reconciliation. Living Sky Taiko reminded us of the thunderous power of the drum, which unites virtually all cultures. Sam Mitchell’s flute set the stage for members of the Saskatoon Open Door Society to share the poet Rumi’s words, encouraging us to “seek those who fan [our] flames.” Spoken word artist Peace Akintade shared her poem “Spark.” SUM Theatre brought to life a special version of Maria Campbell’s “Little Badger and the Fire Spirit.” The Confucius Institute brought the Spirit of Fire to life though dance. And finally, the Randy Woods Band sizzled their way through a hot dance set.

The fare for the evening was also inspired by the Spirit of Fire, offering delicious flavours brought to life by flames, with grilled meats and fire-roasted vegetables. The live auction also offered some of the hottest items and packages in Saskatoon, including dinner for 6 with His Worship Mayor Clark, experiences of our history from Wanuskewin, an original Allen Sapp painting, an NHL experience, and genuine signed Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe jerseys.

The Spirit of Fire was an unforgettable experience. The Saskatoon Community Foundation hopes that all who attended took away a spark to ignite their passion for a more inclusive Saskatoon.

On September 21, 2019, our exploration of the four elements continues with Earth Song. You won’t want to miss it!

Read more from the Promise Magazine Winter 2018/19.