Five concert events to see in Saskatoon this month

Blue Rodeo, Jann Arden, Rock the River, David Jalbert Music for the Gut: Five indoor and outdoor music events to catch this month.

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The late summer heat of August promises an abundance of outdoor events in Saskatoon, including concerts. Check out some of the concerts coming to town this month, both indoor and outdoor:


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Blue Rodeo
Blue Rodeo performs in Bessborough Garden on Aug. 16, 2023. Photo by DUSTIN RABIN /Supplied photo

Blue Rodeo is touring in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Five Days in July.

Stopping in Saskatoon on Aug. 16, the band will play classic hits from their highly successful fifth studio album, including Bad Timing and Hasn’t Hit Me Yet, along with some favourites from across nearly 40 years of music.

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“It is a rare opportunity to see the legendary Blue Rodeo in the picturesque Bess Gardens. It becomes even more special when it’s joining the band to celebrate in the 30th birthday of their hit album Five Days In July and hear it performed live front to back, along with all the other favourites,” said Scott Ford, executive director of SaskTel Centre and of Sask. Entertainment Group, the event’s promoter.

“It is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime show for Blue Rodeo fans.”

Blue Rodeo performs with special guest Martin Kerr at Bessborough Gardens Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $87.50; available at


Jann Arden
Jann Arden performs in Bessborough Garden on Aug. 17, 2023. Supplied photo

Singer, songwriter, actor and author Jann Arden is returning to Bessborough Gardens Aug. 17. The Juno Award-winning artist is bringing fan favourites from her 30-year career — including Insensitive and Could I be Your Girl — to this one-of-a-kind riverside garden performance.

“Sask. Entertainment Group is proud to present the captivating Jann Arden, one of Canada’s best singers and songwriters, to Bess Gardens for one show only. Jann has an impressive catalogue of hits and also brings an entertaining presence to the stage,” Ford said.

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Jann Arden performs with special guest Whitehorse at Bessborough Gardens Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $85.50; available at


Rock the River
The ninth annual Rock the River runs in Bessborough Gardens Aug. 18-20, 2023. Photo by Steve Hiscock /Supplied photo

The ninth annual Rock the River classic rock music festival returns to the Bessborough Gardens on Aug. 18.

The three-day festival features a lineup of Canadian classic rock bands playing the songs fans still love today. Bands include Streetheart, Crash Test Dummies, April Wine and Gowan.

“Fans can expect the hits they know and love from great returning artists and we are excited to welcome first-time festival artists Gowan and Crash Test Dummies, two of the best Canadian rock acts of all time. It is guaranteed to be an outstanding weekend of rock and roll,” said Ford, who is also the festival director.

Rock the River runs Aug. 18-20 at Bessborough Gardens. Tickets are $84.50 or $228 for a weekend pass; available at


David Jalbert
David Jalbert performs in the Lyell Gustin Recital Series on Aug. 22, 2023. Supplied photo

Canadian pianist David Jalbert wraps up Gustin House’s Lyell Gustin Recital Series season on Aug. 22.

Jalbert will perform works by Bach, Brahms and Prokofiev, bringing his personal style and stage presence to the familiar pieces.

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“I am very much looking forward to playing in the Lyell Gustin Series again. I have very fond memories of my last visit,” Jalbert said.

“This program is especially close to my heart, with late masterpieces by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Prokofiev: immensely contrasting works that span centuries, from Bach’s sunny First Partita to Prokofiev’s 7th Sonata, a jazz-inflected World War II musical epic.”

David Jalbert performs at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $50; available at St. John’s Music, Saskatoon Academy of Music, Gustin House Committee, or at the door.


Music for the Gut
The annual Music for the Gut concert raises funds and awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. Photo by Nicole Stevenson Photography /Supplied photo

Accompanied by a 13-piece orchestra, the 75-voice Music for the Gut ensemble presents an evening of uplifting pop-rock hits and musical theatre standards.

Featured artists include River City School of Irish Dance, saxophonist Gerard Weber, violinist Will Boan, singer-songwriter Graham Tilsley and guitarist Graham Pritchard.

The annual concert raises funds and awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.

“Throughout my career as a pediatric nurse, I’ve witnessed the impact that conditions like Crohn’s and Colitis have on children and families. Those experiences are why I am so proud to be involved in a cause that brings awareness and support to IBD sufferers. Uniting my two passions to contribute to this valuable project and community brings me great joy,” said ensemble singer Micaela Agopsowicz.

Music for the Gut is at TCU Place Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27 to $38; available at

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