Lately, my energy, creativity and passion has been dedicated to a project called Riversdale Love. For awhile, this meant taking a break from the stage to pursue other passions, take care of 2 little boys, travel and conspire. I'm happy to say that my two passions, community building and songwriting, are coming together.
Riversdale is one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in Saskatoon. It's where I worked with my husband Curtis Olson on building The Two Twenty, a collaborative workspace for creative industries. And it's where all my favorite haunts have emerged, like Collective Coffee and The Odd Couple. When we're in Saskatoon, we're in Riversdale--hanging with friends, enjoying the river, eating, drinking, working, thinking, being, creating. Riversdale has changed drastically in the last few years, with new people, ideas, businesses and money pouring into this highly creative, collaborative atmosphere.
Riversdale Love emerged from a desired to take the new energy in the neighbourhood and find ways for it to support the people who have been in Riversdale forever. How can new growth support the diversity of this place...not displace it? How can new investment be poured back into the people that live in Riversdale...not push them out?
On April 30 we asked 11 guest speakers AND the community of Riversdale what they envisioned for the future of the neighborhood. (See what that looked like here!) There are a handful of projects that we're now pursuing, which are a direct response to addresses the needs and imaginations of our community.
Our next event is celebrating Quint Development's 20th Anniversary on Sept 24 at Station 20 West, featuring performances by Curtis Peeteetuce, Eekwol who is revealing a sneak peak of her new album, and The Barrelmen! All the details are here. Hope you can come out, enjoy some beautiful sounds, people and join an ambitious community building project!