It has been said that when an area begins to revitalize, Artists Lead The Way, and in Riversdale they are out in front. As Saskatoon’s newest emerging hot spot for the arts, Riversdale has paintings, sculptures, and artistic expression right on the street. The area has the unique ability to allow creativity to flourish by offering affordable rents in extremely attractive and inspiring spaces that are well suited for independent artists. The community is highly supportive of the creative people of Saskatoon and encourage artistic expression through events like The Art Walk and Park(ing) Day. This artistic flurry brings together other artists and artist co-ops allowing for collaborative projects to begin to sprout and grow. If you would like to see some of the splended artwork, take in a show, or get caught up in music, click
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Groups like Paved Arts give an artistic outlet and provide assistance to artist in the area who want to further develop their talents. The Riverhouse Gallery offers classes to budding new artists, who without, may never have found their calling in life. AKA Gallery showcases local artists and brings world class exhibits to the heart of Riversdale, for some in the community this is the only opportunity they will have to be exposed to art. The Stall Gallery features artists work in The 220 Co-Work Building from all over Saskatoon and many of their artists are home grown right here in Riversdale.
Studio 914 (located at 914 20th Street West) is bursting at the with two live theatre companies.
La Troupe du Jour is dedicated to the development of French-language theatre in Saskatchewan. In this connection, through its leadership role in playwriting, the company is working to create and develop an original dramaturgy for Western Canada. Over the past decade, it has developed a dramaturgical mentorship process intended to support Fransaskois playwrights at every stage of creation. This mandate for creation is the cornerstone of La Troupe du Jour’s artistic mission. The company also makes contemporary writing for the theatre better known by presenting the work of Canadian playwrights.
Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company (SNTC) is an award-winning theatre company based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Since inception in January 1999, SNTC strives toward a mandate demonstrating an Aboriginal paradigm in the performing arts. Our responsibility as an Aboriginal arts organization is to community, one that validates the cultures and traditions of First Nations, Metis & Inuit peoples. It is therefore the obligation of SNTC to produce and present innovative cultural theatre experiences that encourage and enhance that notion of community. SNTC programming includes children, youth, mentorship and professional practice, thereby contributing to a raised profile of Indigenous people in an endeavour to a better quality of life for all.
The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra moved to their new storefront home in Riversdale in 2011, a gesture that citizens of the city saw as a vote of confidence in the future of this redeveloping neighbourhood and business district – a gesture that provided leadership in the arts community, as other organizations expressed interest in a similar move. The Symphony Centre has become a gathering place for workshops, performances and neighbourhood meetings. Over 100 volunteers work within the building to prepare for fundraising events such as the three-day and 10-day Book and Music sales.
The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra strives to maintain a balance of main stage, chamber, and family programming, while developing community engagement opportunities that bring the Symphony to the people. Augmented by touring, pops and special community concerts, the Saskatoon Symphony employs 10 full-time “core” musicians, 49 part-time “per-service” musicians, a Music Director, and a small administrative staff.
If you are an artist or musician from Riversdale or Pleasant Hill and would like to have some of your work featured on Riversdale.ca please contact us.