Growing the Creative Cultural Economy for 21st Century Cities 

October 1st - 3rd, 2019 | Saskatoon, SK

The economics of culture is a priority of the City of Saskatoon’s 20182022 Culture Plan Refresh. The theme of this year’s conference, Growing the Creative Cultural Economy for 21st Century Cities, is intended to challenge conference participants to view cultural assets and resources as powerful economic drivers. For Saskatoon, this means taking a culture-led approach to economic development so as to support and encourage cultural enterprises, creative industries, Indigenous tourism, and the digital economy in an effort to create employment, grow small businesses, attract visitors and expand tourism, and enrich the quality of life and quality of place enjoyed by all. We look forward to hearing from conference keynotes, presenters, and especially you, our peers, on how our cities can grow their creative cultural economies.

Background Photo Credit:
School of Contemporary Dancers performs, Winnipeg, MB - Photo by Robert Barrow
  • Full Summit Program [PDF] - 4209KB

    The full Summit program is now available for download.
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  • Rachael Brown | Tuesday, October 1, 9:15 am

    The Creative Economy: Lessons learned, delivered, and survived

    CEO, Cultural Enterprise Office, Scotland

    Rachael is a leader within the creative and social enterprise sector who thrives on solving problems and turning ideas into reality. With a strong track record of operational success, Rachael works extensively to support creative entrepreneurs and social enterprises to develop, grow and scale their business.

    Rachael is part of the Leader Network at Entrepreneurial Scotland. She is Social Entrepreneur in Residence with Social Investment Scotland and Chairperson at Youth Theatre Arts Scotland.

    Rachael is also Convenor of Can Do Collective, powered by 100 different organizations Can Do is Scotland’s vision to become a world leading entrepreneurial and innovative world leading society, a place where growth and innovation go hand in hand, with wider benefits for all. .

    In addition Rachael is Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Social Investment Scotland and a proud Saltire Fellow, having studied at Babson College, Boston. With follow ups in Silicon Valley and Shanghai.

    Rachael is thrilled to be welcomed to Canada to the Creative Cities Summit, and cannot wait to be part of such an exciting and forward thinking event.


    Ken Bautista | Thursday, October 3rd, 3:00 pm

    Return on Community

    Culture Entrepreneur, MakeSpace Partner

    Ken is a partner at Makespace Group Inc., building at the intersection of brand, culture and physical space. He's leading development of Factory, a retail campus for modern creators and consumers. Previously, he co-founded Startup Edmonton, a community hub for entrepreneurs - building, advising and investing in local tech start-ups. Ken has been invited to speak at international conferences including Startup Phenomenon (Boulder), Global Entrepreneurship Congress (Milan), and Day On The Hill (Ottawa). He has been recognized in Avenue Magazine’s inaugural “Top 40 Under 40” and Alberta Venture Magazine’s “50 Most Influential People."


  • Panel | Tuesday, October 2, 9:00am

    Supporting Creativity in the Public Domain

    This panel will discuss how we can strategically support creative conditions from a creative perspective by bringing together two separate industries to examine the development of ecosystems needed to grow, support and sustain creativity in the public domain.

    Erin Benjamin

    Access presentation here

    President & CEO, Canadian Live Music Association

    President & CEO of the Canadian Live Music Association since its creation in 2014, Erin Benjamin has worked in the Canadian music industry for over 25 years - first as a touring and recording artist and then as executive director of both Folk Music Ontario (2001) and the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (2008).

    Founder of the Ottawa Women in the Music Industry group and a passionate, highly-regarded leader, Erin currently serves as the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports’ Ontario Live Music Working Group co-chair, on the Ontario Creates Music Industry Advisory Committee, Algonquin College’s Music Industry Arts Advisory Committee and is a board member the Ottawa Film Office, the Unison Benevolent Fund, MEGAPHONO and RBC Ottawa Bluesfest.  In 2017 she enjoyed roles as both the vice-chair of the Ottawa Juno Host Committee and co-chair of Canadian Music Week. In May 2019, she was honoured with the United Way’s Community Ambassador of the Year Award for her work in producing the massive “After the Storm” benefit concert, raising tens of thousands of dollars for victims of Ottawa’s devastating September, 2018 tornadoes. Erin lives in a vibrant downtown Ottawa neighbourhood with her awesome kids, son Oliver and daughter Toby.


    Daily tous les jours  

    Presentation coming soon

    Melissa Mongiat, Co-Founder 

    Melissa Mongiat co-founded Daily tous les jours with Mouna Andraos in 2010.Their work has won numerous international recognitions including Best in Showat the IxDA Interaction Awards, the Grand Prize at the UNESCO Shenzhen Design Awards, a Knight Cities Challenge for Civic Innovation, a Fast Company Innovation by Design Award, and an Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Award.

    Melissa holds a masters degree in Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London, UK and a bachelor degree in Graphic Design from UQAM.

    Daily tous les jours creates large-scale interactive installations driven by collective experiences. Based in Montreal, Daily is best known for its work in public spaces, where passing crowds are invited to play a critical role in the transformation of their environment and their relationships. Some of their most prominent projects would include21 Balançoires, a series of participatory musical swings set in public space; Musical Shadows, interactive pavement that sing to your shadow; or Hello Trees!, an invitation to converse with nature.

  • P2P Presentation Materials are now available for download!


    Stream 1: Public Art, Heritage, and Creative Placemaking

    Leveraging Municipal Heritage Committees to Support Creative Placemaking

    Tuesday, October 1st | 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

    Link to Presentation

    Jennifer Campbell, City of Kingston, ON
    Dr. Jennifer Campbell is the Manager of Cultural Heritage, Cultural Services Department of the City of Kingston. Jennifer has worked within Canada, the United States and South Asia with community museums, on archaeological excavations, leading heritage assessments, and digitally modeling architectural heritage. Jennifer oversees the strategic planning and operations for the City of Kingston’s museums and City Hall as a National Historic Site. Jennifer employs a broad definition of heritage to enhance the cultural experience of the City of Kingston; one that connects intangible to tangible, built and natural. Working with colleagues and community partners Jennifer leads the Engage for Change: YGK Reconciliation Journey project as well as the Your Stories, Our Histories Project to build a Cultural Heritage Strategy for the City. Prior to joining the Cultural Services Department Jennifer was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York. Jennifer is the vice-president of the Canadian Archaeological Association and a research fellow at the University of Toronto and Trent University.


    Colin Wiginton, City of Kingston, ON
    Colin Wiginton works as the Cultural Director for the City of Kingston—one of Canada’s oldest cities—where he helped to develop the first-ever Kingston Culture Plan unanimously approved by City Council in 2010.  That work has resulted in critical investment in the arts, heritage and culture to grow and strengthen the sector.  Projects he has lead during his tenure include the visioning of an Integrated Cultural Heritage and Cultural Tourism Strategy for Kingston, redeveloping of the J.K. Tett Centre as an arts cluster, seeding the creation of the Kick & Push Festival and helping to establish Kingston’s first public art master plan and program.  Cultural development and cultural inclusion are fundamental to this work and, through his leadership, Wiginton has ensured the arts and heritage remain priorities for the City of Kingston and the community through a combination of innovative projects, programs and partnerships.  Prior to joining the City of Kingston, Wiginton pursued a 20-year career in the visual arts and public galleries with a particular interest in arts education.

    Wicihitowin: They Help Each Other

    Wednesday, October 2nd | 1:15pm - 2:15pm

    (Presentation coming soon)

    April Sora, City of Saskatoon, SK
    April Sora has spent the better part of her career working and volunteering in the immigrant and refugee sector both in Toronto and Saskatoon. She has also worked for the federal government in various roles including Senior Development Officer, Human Resources Advisor and Employment Equity Consultant. She now works for the City of Saskatoon as the Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and believes she has found her professional home there.

    Roy Lavallee, City of Saskatoon, SK
    Roy Lavallee is a Social Development Consultant with the City of Saskatoon, assisting the City in achieving its goal of providing a high quality of life for all Saskatoon residents through various initiatives such as the Low-Income Leisure Access Program and Social Assistance Grants to Community Groups, as well as sitting on various planning committees such as the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation and the Wicihitowin: Indigenous Engagement Conference. Roy is a member of the Moosomin First Nation and a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan where he had earned a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Sociology and it is also where he had met his wife of 3 years, Kailey. When he is not “on the clock”, he continues to be involved in community through his service on three local Boards; KidSport Saskatoon, Saskatoon Aboriginal Community Action Partnership, and the Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation.  Roy would like to welcome you all to Saskatoon and hopes that you all enjoy your stay in our diverse and beautiful city!


    Decolonizing Monument: Shifting Perspectives

    Thursday, October 3rd | 9:00am - 10:00am

    Link to Presentation

    Jennifer Thompson, City of Calgary, AB
    Jennifer Thompson began as the Leader of Public Art for The City of Calgary in August of 2019. Jennifer began her time with The City of Calgary seven years ago in Communications and Media Relations roles across the corporation, and most recently, as the Senior Advisor to the General Manager of Community Services. Prior to working in Calgary, Jennifer worked in the Unites States and Vancouver primarily in the fields of Communications, Marketing and Design experience in both the not for profit and the private sector.

    Jennifer holds an Executive MBA from the University of Calgary, a professional designation in Governance and Public Policy from the University of Victoria and both a Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design and designations in graphic design from the University of Wilmington, Delaware, USA.

    Although she has an affinity for problem solving and policy development work, Jennifer is actively involved in both the arts and culture sector and social justice in Calgary. She is a Board member for both the Sled Island Music Festival and the University of Calgary’s Student Legal Assistance, and has been a volunteer for Calgary’s Folk Music Festival for the past nine years.


    Stream 2: Creative and Cultural Industries

    Regional Approaches to Building Northern Ontario's Film Industry

    Tuesday, October 1st | 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

    Link to Presentation

    Emily Trottier, City of Greater Sudbury, ON
    Emily Trottier is the municipal staff lead for arts, culture and film in her role as Business Development Officer with the City of Greater Sudbury. Emily returned to her hometown of Sudbury after living, studying, and working in Italy for five years. With over a decade of experience working with not-for-profit organizations she has applied her background in business administration during their start up, development and expansion phases.  Currently Sudbury’s cultural offerings have been growing in full swing and this potential is being harnessed in a renewed Cultural Plan, with film and event-friendly policies, grant programs and new capital projects for the arts.  Greater Sudbury’s film industry has seen unprecedented growth – in 2018 alone the city hosted 15 productions for a total of 580 days of filming.   

    Treasure in Trash: Opportunities for community engagement through unique artist residencies

    Wednesday, October 2nd | 2:15pm - 3:15pm

    Link to Presentation

    David Turnbull, Edmonton Arts Council, AB
    David Turnbull is the Director of Public Art & Conservation for the Edmonton Arts Council. David joined the Edmonton Arts Council in 2009 as the Public Art Conservator. In 2017 he was appointed Director of Public Art and Conservation. Since then, he has focused on policy development and civic public art planning. He holds a Master of Art Conservation from Queen’s University and specializes in paintings, Contemporary Art, and Public Art.

    Leanne Olsen, Artist in Residence, AB

    Leanne Olson is one of Edmonton’s most exciting and prolific visual artists. In 2018 she spent the year as the first Artist in Residence at Edmonton’s Waste Management Centre. She has been exhibiting for over a decade, cycling through themes of entropy, descent into disorder, uncertainty, and impending decay. During the last five years, Olson’s work has focused on land and water bodies that are tasked with jobs; landfills, sulphurous springs, and recreational lakes. Her practise includes repeated visitations and documentations to these sites as they are entangled in massive change. Olson looks for glimpses into adaptations and is drawn to ecosystems that are coping against human odds. After her 2018 residency, Olson’s research continued at New York University and Western University, and this autumn she will be attending the University of Victoria where she is pursuing her Master of Visual Arts degree.


    How to Spark a Culture: The history and future of Canada's first fashion association

    Thursday, October 3rd | 9:00am -10:00am

    Link to Presentation

    Mandy Pravda, Saskatchewan Fashion Association, SK
    Mandy Pravda, President of Saskatchewan Fashion Association and Lady Boss of Mane Productions, has over 15 years expertise within all aspects of event design and marketing/PR including a focus on community building. Since 2015 Mandy has been advisor of Leisure Marketing for Tourism Saskatoon and currently developing Tourism Waskesiu. Mandy has worked with almost every major public event in Saskatchewan including Canadian and Saskatchewan Country Music Awards, Telemiracle, Ness Creek Music Festival, Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Nutrien Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan, 2nd International STEMfest, 17th International WAVLD, and more. Mandy was recognized in Toronto’s National Meeting + Incentive Travel Magazine Hall of Fame as the 20 Something Entrepreneur of Canada in 2013. In 2016 broke the Guinness World Record World’s Largest Snowball Fight at 7,681 participants. In 2017, was named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s #IAmSask "Mighty Saskatchewanians of Today and Yesteryear" and nominated for CBC’s Future 40 in 2017 and 2018. Currently Mandy continues to volunteer and support the Saskatchewan community.

    Jacqueline Conway, Saskatchewan Fashion Association, SK
    Jacqueline Conway is an award-winning marketer and published fashion stylist with 10+ years experience based in Saskatoon, SK. Her professional experience includes spearheading Canada's first fashion association with Mandy Pravda, launching Saskatchewan's first children's museum, Nutrien Wonderhub, driving 375,000+ people to Saskatchewan's largest music festival over 5 years as Marketing Director, and co-producing the largest outdoor fashion festival in Western Canada to date. Her professional awards and nominations include the Marquee Event of the Year for the 2016 SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival at the Tourism Saskatchewan Awards of Excellence, named an it Girl for Saskatoon in the nationally published magazine FASHION, and nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for Impact in Music Marketing. Under her company, TrendBlazer Studio, Jacqueline works with arts and fashion non-profits and private styling clients. It's also not uncommon finding her choreographing and training dancers in jazz in her free time or mastering the local playground scene with her two young daughters.



    Stream 3: Cultural Infrastructure and Creative Spaces

    Let's Talk Space: Making Space for Arts and Culture

    Tuesday, October 1st | 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

    (Presentation to come)

    Alix Sales, City of Vancouver, BC
    Alix Sales has worked for Cultural Services at the City of Vancouver for close to 17 years. She was the lead planner shepherding Council approval of a new 2 acre site for the Vancouver Art Gallery; disbursed $4.5 million in community amenity funds to local cultural non-profits—to support local ownership and securing cultural space; and lead planner for Vancouver's $6 million Olympic and Paralympic Public Art Program. Alix is currently the Head Planner on the Spaces and Infrastructure team, and is leading the way on the Making Space for Arts and Culture plan - which is part of the Creative City Strategy, creating a comprehensive strategy to guide the City and its partners to secure affordable, accessible cultural spaces.

    Kristen Lambertson, City of Vancouver, BC 

    Kristen currently works for the City of Vancouver in Cultural Services. Prior to joining the Spaces and Infrastructure team, she worked on the Cultural Grants team. Kristen now primarily works on major development projects, planning and policy, and some arts facilitation and regulatory work. Some of the major projects she is currently working on include: an amenity space with social housing for artists and associated production space, a multi-use hub for cultural presentation and production, and an artist production space. Kristen has a Masters in art history and previously worked in the arts and cultural non-profit sector as a programmer and administrator.


    Gaining Community and Political Buy-In

    Wednesday, October 2nd | 2:15pm - 3:15pm

    Amanda Shatzko, Regional District of North Okanagan, BC
    Amanda Shatzko is an Electoral Area Director (Politician) and Board Vice-Chair of the Regional District of the North Okanagan.  Involved in the creative sector since the age of five, Amanda excelled in sport, performing and visual arts, carrying her passion, knowledge, and advocacy for creativity to the board room. She has a B.F.A. (Emily Carr University), M.A. in Intercultural & International Communication (Royal Roads University), and Certificate (Sotheby’s Institute of Art in N.Y.C.). Currently, she serves as Board President of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, Advisor to the Greater Vernon Master Cultural Plan, Board Director of the B.C. Alliance for Arts and Culture, and a past Vice-Chair of the United Nations Association in Canada. An award-winning artist and advisor, Shatzko was named a Top 40 Young Global Cultural Leader, Top 20 Under 40 Chamber Awardee, Multicultural Community Champion, and one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.


    City and Private Development Partnerships

    Thursday, October 3rd | 9:00am -10:00am

    (Presentation to come)

    Ken Bautista, Makespace Inc., AB

    Ken is a partner at Makespace Group Inc., building at the intersection of brand, culture and physical space. He's leading development of Factory, a retail campus for modern creators and consumers. Previously, he co-founded Startup Edmonton, a community hub for entrepreneurs - building, advising and investing in local tech start-ups. Ken has been invited to speak at international conferences including Startup Phenomenon (Boulder), Global Entrepreneurship Congress (Milan), and Day On The Hill (Ottawa). He has been recognized in Avenue Magazine’s inaugural “Top 40 Under 40” and Alberta Venture Magazine’s “50 Most Influential People."


    Stream 4: Cultural Tourism, Festivals and Events


    Fashion Foundry: A collaborative approach to developing fashion businesses

    Tuesday, October 1st | 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

    (Presentation to come)

    Rachael Brown, Cultural Enterprise Office, Scotland

    Rachael Brown is the CEO of The Future Economy Company. This sits within the new and exciting cross section of Culture, Enterprise and Business supporting creative thinkers, makers, doers and social impact creators. They are the only organization with this focus within Europe. This not only presents a great opportunity, but also highlights the importance Scotland places on the development and nourishment of the Creative Industries, Social Impact and the Future Economy.

    The Future Economy is here to do two things; firstly, to respond to sector need, enabling the makers, doers, thinkers, creative, innovators and social impact creators to maximize their impact economically, socially, creatively, environmentally and culturally and secondly, to create the conditions for future leaders, businesses and ideas to flourish.

    Rachael is also Convenor of Can Do Collective, powered by 100 different organizations Can Do is Scotland’s vision to become a world leading entrepreneurial and innovative world leading society, a place where growth and innovation go hand in hand, with wider benefits for all. Rachael is also Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Social Investment Scotland and a proud Saltire Fellow, having studied at Babson College, Boston. With follow ups in Silicon Valley and Shanghai. Rachael is thrilled to be welcomed to Canada to the Creative Cities Summit, and cannot wait to be part of such an exciting and forward thinking event.

    A Creative Cluster in Winnipeg's Historic Exchange District

    Wednesday, October 2nd | 2:15pm - 3:15pm

    (Presentation to come)

    Thomas Sparling, Creative Manitoba, MB

    Active in the Canadian independent music scene for over two decades, Thomas Sparling was a founder of the West End Cultural Centre, managed bands such as the Crash Test Dummies, produced 60 music recordings, thousands of live performances, a dozen music videos and a music magazine while operating his own independent record label and management company.  While much of his work has focused on supporting and advocating for the artistic output of others, Thom has quietly developed his own visual arts practice. Sparling’s paintings are an authentic and raw personification of the Canadian Shield. His work while sometimes folksy and unpolished, captures the untamed essence of the boreal forest in all its seasons.  Drawing on his years of music and arts experience – Sparling has led Creative Manitoba for the past decade – providing mentorship and professional development for Manitoba`s creative sector. Sparling has also been engaged in the research and development of civic and provincial cultural policy recommendations including a Creative Cluster Strategy for Winnipeg`s Exchange District.


    Destination Development: Experiential Tourism Collaborations

    Thursday, October 3rd | 9:00am -10:00am

    Link to Presentation

    Adrienne Carter, Hamilton, Halton, Brant Regional Tourism Association, ON

    Adrienne received her Master’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Calgary, is a certified Project Manager and recently obtained a Certificate in Cultural Planning from UBC.  Adrienne is the Destination Development Manager for the Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association in Southern Ontario.  She helps communities promote themselves by bringing partners together to showcase their attractions as a collective and develop tourism experience opportunities.  Major projects include the Bicentennial for the War of 1812, Ontario Celebration Zone for 2015 Pan Am Games and developing programming for an exhibition featuring the Quilt of Belonging for Canada 150 at the Cotton Factory, Hamilton’s premier creative hub.
  • Join one of 6 roundtable discussions and explore current topics with your colleagues from across Canada. This year, roundtable discussions will be taking place over two days. Delegates will have two, 1 hour sessions to choose from. Sessions will be facilitated and there will be a note taker to capture all the ideas and thoughts generated.

    Session 1: Tuesday, October 1st | 11:15am - 12:15pm
    Session 2: Wednesday, October 2nd | 10:45am - 11:45am

    • The future of Civic Monuments
    • Art Making and City Building
    • Politics & Changing Priorities Impacting Public Art
    • Safety & Security in Festivals & Events
    • The Business of Public Art
    • Supporting Music Strategies at the Municipal Level
    • More than Jobs: How art & culture can contribute to a creative economy in the 21st century

    *RSPVs are not required for roundtable sessions

  • 2019 Public Art Year in Review

    Click to view 2019 presentations.

    The Ball Is in Your Court
    City of Lethbridge, AB

    by Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borin


    Finger Painting
    City of Vancouver, BC

    by Elizabeth McIntosh
    commissioned by: Jan Ballard, Ballard Fine Art, for Onni Group

    Lands Coursing through Our Veins
    City of Rouyn-Noranda, QC

    created by Annie Boulanger, Annie Hamel, Johannie Séguin, and Brigitte Toutant


    The Magpie's Nest
    Edmonton Arts Council

    by Chai Duncan, Kevin Sehn


    This Place on Treaty 1 Territory and Homeland of the Metis Nation

    Winnipeg Arts Council

    by Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero, Rolande Souliere, Julie Nagam, Kenneth Lavallee

    Reflections on the River 
    Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, AB

    by David Robinson


    Roadside Attractions
    City of Regina

    by various artists


    The Shadow
    Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC

    by Esther Shalev-Gerz


    Roadside Attractions

  • Study Tours

    Wednesday, October 2nd
    Study Tour 1: Contemplating the Evolution of Public Art 

    Saskatoon City Centre - Walking tour on sidewalks and paved trails 


    Take a walk through the evolution of public art in Saskatoon from the City’s first commission, 1959’s controversial Robert Murray modernist sculpture, through the ubiquitous period of statuary bronzes to the large scale murals of today by artists such as Emannuel Jarus. Led by curator Dr. Jen Budney, this tour will reflect on:

    How the practice of public art has changed in the last 50 years

    How the public’s expectations of public art has changed over time

    How the City’s approaches to public art is changing 

    For more information on the City of Saskatoon’s public art collections visit HERE.



    Study Tour 2: Reconciliation and Diversity at the WDM 

    Western Development Museum - bus to walking tour of museum 


    The Western Development Museum has committed to inclusivity, prioritizing Reconciliation and diversity. Tour the WDM Saskatoon with the Museum’s Curatorial Committee and learn about their new goals. This tour will reflect on:

    Launching decolonization processes while developing inclusivity programs

    Changing content to help loosen the settler-colonial legacy on which the Museum was built

    Championing inclusivity through stories 

    More information on the WDM



    Study Tour 3: Festival & Event Sites along the South Saskatchewan 

    Meewasin Valley – Active transportation and walking tour on paved trails


    Travel along the Meewasin Valley trail with City staff and visit the many festival and event sites that follow the South Saskatchewan River. From Victoria Park through River Landing to Kinsmen Park the City facilitates hundreds of special events a year. Stop at the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival site and learn about their partnership plans to make their site accessible for year-round activities. This tour will reflect on:

    How the City’s  practice of facilitating special events has changed in the last decade

    How the City’s approach to festival site design is evolving

    Incorporating winter activities and events to engage community 

    For more information on the City’s special events booking process.

    For more information on the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Staging the Future campaign



    Study Tour 4: Expanding Cultural Industries: Culinary Arts and Non-traditional farming

    Riversdale, Valley Road – Bus tour, some walking in the countryside 


    Check out The Local Kitchen, a clubhouse for people who love food that supports the growth of Saskatoon’s world-class culinary skills by giving professional chefs a space to create and inspire. Travel shortly outside the City to experience Black Fox Farm and Distillery. This sustainable farm hosts a multitude of events, produces award winning spirits, and has the largest upick flowers on the prairies. This tour will reflect on:

    How to plan outdoor events in a changing weather climate

    Creating sustainable business models that maximize facilities

    Building experiences for locals and tourists  

    For more information on The Local Kitchen.

    For more information on Black Fox Farms and Distillery 



    Study Tour 5: Spaces for Makers and Creators

    Riversdale, Meewasin Valley – Bus tour, some walking

    Stop by the Saskatoon Maker Space and tour their social enterprise facilities. Walk over to 20 Above Holdings, home to AKA artist-run, BlackFlash Magazine, and PAVED Arts, including galleries, a community event space, street-front billboard, and PAVED’s media production centre. Experience artists Joel Bernbaum and Lancelot Knight in conversation with 20 Above Holdings about building ownership and On the Boards Staging about their Open Storefront project as part of their current conversation project with AKA. Bus to the recently opened Nutrien Wonderhub (children’s museum) to experience their Create Space and Workshop. This tour will reflect on:

    Social enterprise models for makers and creators

    Working with businesses to find creative space

    Non-profits and maximizing building ownership

    For more information on Saskatoon Makerspace.

    For more information on Paved Arts.

    For more information on AKA.

    For more information on On the Boards Staging and the Open Storefront Project.


    Study Tours will require RSVPS. Please look for that information in the delegate newsletter, going out at the end of August.

  • Optional Evening Activities

    Wednesday, October 2nd


    Nutrien Wonderhub Tour (FREE)

    5:00pm – 6:00pm
    950 Spadina Crescent East

    Tour the fabulous new and only children’s museum in Saskatchewan and see why 25,000 people visited in their first month of operation in July of 2019. The Nutrien Wonderhub is a not-for-profit organization that fosters creativity, curiosity, and lifelong love of learning in children and their grown-ups through hands-on exhibits, programming, and outreach.

    Visit for more information.

    Scummy Magic Adventure

    5:00 pm – 10:00pm
    Bessborough Hotel and surrounding areas

    Scummy Magic, a Saskatoon-based sticker art dispensary project, is a collaborative and co-curated mobile art gallery with strong emphasis on showcasing the talents of Saskatchewan-based emerging artists. Encased within the vending machine are colour coded themes/adventures that define the designs and content. This includes stickers (of course), but also fortunes and horoscopes, fun facts, haikus and mad libs, conversation starters and treasure hunts, which can all be custom tailored for any audience or event. 

    For the Creative City Summit, the Scummy Magic machine would be loaded up with locally-designed stickers and art, with specific content that reflects upon Saskatoon as a destination, and will include city-specific content and facts, and treasure maps that will take participants to sites around Broadway, downtown (or elsewhere within walking distance) which will be chosen for their historical or whimsical significance.

    Sponsored by the City of Saskatoon Public Art Advisory Committee

    Prairie Lily Dinner and Cruise

    900 Spadina Crescent
    6:00pm – 8:00pm

    $62 per adult
    $50 per child

    Cruising on the Prairie Lily you’ll see the natural beauty of the Meewasin Valley, the welcoming of our downtown, the friendliness of River Landing and the personality of our living river. One of Saskatoon's premiere attractions, dinner on the Prairie Lily is an annual favourite. Please join us for a pleasant evening, a bit of sunset and some city lights as you enjoy your meal and look over the water.

    To purchase tickets and menu information, click the link below:                     

    The Prairie Lily dock is located at the edge of the river adjacent to the Nutrien Wonderhub (Children's Museum), across from Kinsmen Playland Park, on the 900 block of Spadina Crescent.

    From the Delta Bessborough, go out the front door, turn right and walk north along the trail on Spadina Crescent, staying on the trail, go UNDER the University Bridge, past the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan site, just before the Mendel Building turn right on the trail and head down to the boat dock. The Prairie Lily is at the river’s edge at the foot of the broad set of stairs (and wheelchair path) from the north corner of the parking lot near the Mendel building. 


    Production of GLORY

    8:00pm – 10:00pm
    Persephone Theatre
    101 Spadina Crescent East

    GLORY is the story of four friends who set out in 1933 to prove to Canada that a women’s places is…on home ice. Can they fight through the Depressions, prejudice, looming tensions in Europe, and personal upheaval to forge their own path to glory Told with electrifying swing dance, GLORY captures all the thrills, tensions, and triumphs of a great hockey game.

    Delegates can receive a 10% discount by using the promo code CCNC 10% (note the space before the 10%).


    Buy your tickets here:

  • We are excited to have artists immersed in the 2019 Creative City Summit, providing our delegates with an enhanced, interactive Summit experience. Dawn Dumont and Zoe Fortier will be taking on the role of Co-MCs, Andrei Feheregyhazi will be creating interactive art in the conference foyer, and Carol Wylie's work They didn't know we were seeds, will be displayed in the Adams Ballroom during the Summit.

    Dawn Dumont | Comedian and Author

    Dawn Dumont is a professional comedian and award-winning novelist. Her books are Nobody Cries at Bingo, Rose's Run and Glass Beads. She is of Cree and Metis descent and grew up on the Okanese First Nation.


    Zoé Fortier | Artist and Illustrator

    Zoé Fortier is a Fransaskois artist and illustrator from Zénon Park Saskatchewan. Zoé is fully committed to initiatives involving the Francophone artistic professional community in Canada. She is the co-founder of the Francophone collective Sans-Atelier in Saskatoon, and the co-founder of the Réseau N.O. Network, consisting of Francophone artist-run centres and collectives in North-Western Canada. Zoé has served as a member of the Executive Committee of AGAVF (National Association of Francophone Visual Arts Groups) since 2016. Over the years, she has worked as a community radio host, an arts administrator, arts educator and arts consultant.


    Andrei Feheregyhazi | Artist, Illustrator, Animator

    Andrei’s work as a filmmaker, animator and visual artist have been shaped by the three decades he has spent in Saskatoon and the exposure he’s had to theatre and the other arts from a very young age. Andrei was fortunate enough to experience the many aspects of theatre watching his father, Tibor Feheregyhazi, bring to life play after play on the stage of Persephone Theatre. This was very influential in his formation as an artist. Because of this, Andrei has learned a deep appreciation for the audience and community as the most important aspect of any work of art. For Andreim the “Art” happens when an audience engages with a piece, and it is that relationship that eclipses whatever relationship the artist has with the work. Because he was exposed to theatre, dance and music, Andrei discovered early on that he is a visual person. Andriei took the lessons he learned while watching his father and developed a unique style of animation that has captivated the attention of people of all ages around the world, a style that combines paper cut outs, stop motion, and at times artwork and illustrations from artists circling the globe. It is a style that is unique yet lends itself to use the work of many to create a uniform final product. Andrei’s work has been nominated for music video awards, shown on television networks around the world and featured in film festivals in Canada and abroad.


    Carol Wylie | Artist

    Carol Wylie resides in Saskatoon, SK and divides her time between personal practice, teaching drawing and painting, and art education at Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan. For more information click here

    Carol’s work, They didn’t know we were seeds, will be displayed in the Adams Ballroom throughout the Summit.

    "They didn't know we were seeds"

    After attending the Saskatoon Holocaust Memorial service in April of 2016, artist Carol Wylie was moved to create a series of portraits of Jewish Holocaust and Indigenous residential school survivors to honour the memory of these people - people who endured and survived horrendous mistreatment. Carol has undertaken this work in the hope that the act of listening and bearing witness would help her to understand those experiences a little better and make a small personal step towards reconciliation. She has completed eighteen portraits. In In Hebrew tradition eighteen is the number that represents the word "chai" which means "life". The subjects with whom she has met spoke so honestly and poignantly that, in some cases, their words have been incorporated into the piece. The project title is inspired by the proverb: "They buried us...they didn't know we were seeds."

    Carol would like to gratefully acknowledge the Saskatchewan Foundation of the Arts for their generous support of this project.

    Follow the link for a CBC story on "Seeds" project for more background information:

  • The 2019 Summit Hotel is the Delta Bessborough Saskatoon.

    The original block of hotels rooms, at $199 and $229 per night, has sold out. The Delta Bessborough has released additional rooms between $229 and $269 per night. 

    This rate is available until August 29, 2019. Book now to avoid missing out.

    Click here to book your Summit accommodation. 


  • Transwest Air Express, a non-stop VIP air service connecting Regina and Saskatoon will offer the first 8 passengers a special one-way rate of $99, (fees & taxes included) with a regular one-way rate of $249, to attend the Creative City Summit. 


    Travel Date: September 30th to Oct 4th.


    Transwest Air operates out the Aerocentres in Regina and Saskatoon that by passes the regular security line ups. Transwest Air currently offers twice-daily flight service (Monday – Friday) between the two cities from the Aerocentres. In only a short 45 minutes you can be at your destination. Complimentary parking, beverages and snacks are provided from the Aerocentres.


    To qualify for the discount, please request your secret code by emailing your name and EventBrite confirmation number to . Then book your flight directly with their dynamic Reservations team at 1-800-667-9356 and quoting your secret code for their discounted rate.


    WestJet is offering Summit delegates 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border into and out of Saskatoon.


    Travel from: September 24, 2019 to October 10, 2019

    Coupon code:
    *Guest web/Travel Agent web
    Promo code:
    *Travel Agent GDS only



    To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed. Please visit to make a booking online.



    Air Canada is offering an exclusive flight discount for Summit Delegates. Delegates travelling from various origins to Saskatoon, SK within Air Canada's extensive North American and international network will benefit from an instant online registration and enjoy a  10% discount on eligible fares.

    Promo Code: CDJWZTJ1

    - The booking is to be made to the following city: Saskatoon, YXE (SK)

    - The travel period begins Tuesday, September 24, 2019 and ends Thursday, October 10, 2019.

    - No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S. For International travel (destinations outside North America), discounts apply to all fares including Tango.

    - A minimum of 10 delegates is required travelling with this Promo Code in order to have this discount activated. 

  • 2019 Summit Fees [PDF] - 298KB

  • The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Creative City Network of Canada will take place on Thursday, October 3rd, at 8:30 a.m., in the Adams Ballroom at Delta Bessborough Hotel, as part of the 2019 Creative City Summit in Saskatoon, SK.



    2018 DRAFT MINUTES - 2018 AGM


    March 31, 2019



    PLEASE NOTE: Please print materials in advance. There will not be any copies available at the AGM.

  • P2P Call for Presentations

    The call for Presentations is now closed. Stay tuned for a list of 2019 P2P Presenters.