This event’s been held at Bushwakker Brew Pub in the Warehouse District for a few years now, and for me it qualifies as a sign that spring is on the way and that summer will be along at some point too.


Because it’s co-hosted by the people in charge of the Ness Creek, Gateway and Regina Folk Festivals, and the goal is to audition some Saskatchewan musical talent for guest spots at the three festivals. Ness Creek runs near Big River in north-central Saskatchewan July 16-19, while the Gateway Festival goes at Bengough on July 24-25, and the Regina Folk Festival will be in Victoria Park in downtown Regina on Aug. 7-9.

Sask. Sampler 2015 will be held on Saturday, March 21 and the musicians/bands on the bill include Colter Wall, Friends of Foes, Danny Olliver, Bears in Hazenmore, Parab Poet and the Hip Hop Hippies and Veronique Poulin. Things get going at 7:30 p.m. at Bushwakker and tickets are $10.

To set the stage, here’s Bears In Hazenmore performing their song “Sarajevo”