COMMUNITY INITIATIVES & EVENTS
It takes a Village to be a community. From Festival Director to Volunteer, Mane Productions takes pride in producing multiple large scale events each year from street fairs, fundraising initiatives, and international level attractions.
The Word On The Street is a free public festival that celebrates the written word and champion’s literacy through an annual outdoor book and periodical fair that takes place across Canada in Halifax, Toronto, Saskatoon, and Lethbridge on a Sunday in early June. This festival provides an opportunity for participants to interact with Canada’s dynamic writing and publishing communities, with the ultimate goal of educating audiences about, and promoting awareness of, Canadian writing and literacy.
In 2018, Mane Productions was contracted as Festival Director for The Word On The Street Saskatoon and held its seventh annual festival on Broadway Avenue. Attendance was estimated at over 3,000 visitors. The festival took place on Broadway Avenue between 10th and 11th Street from 10:00 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 16th, 2018.
Saskatoon’s event showcased over 24 presentations on 3 main stages. The stages featured a selection of author readings, and interviews, panel discussions, and workshops. Performances were ongoing throughout the day, providing a wide variety of programming for audiences of all ages, from 2 to 92. The Festival also included a vibrant exhibitor marketplace, an official bookseller/author signing tent, food truck vendors, and KidStreet – a children’s area with creative literary activities and a reading tent.
Mandy Pravda is 1 of 5 campaign volunteers who for 5+ years has been fundraising, marketing, and advocating for the build of the Optimist Hill Snow Park in Diefenbaker Park, Saskatoon. Multiple online campaigns and fundraising events, including the Mark McMorris Ride Day on the previous smaller hill.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of OSP Community Development Corp, The Optimist Club of Saskatoon, our Key Sponsors, partnership with the City of Saskatoon, all our participating sponsors, we are pleased to announce that Optimist Hill is opening and available for use of the citizens of Saskatoon and area.” Bradley S Sylvester, President, OSP Community Development Corp.
Sunday, February 10th 2019 the Optimist Hill in Diefenbaker Park is officially operational.
Fundraising for phase 2 is underway.
The first event was run, with only the marathon distance offered, on May 12, 1979. In August, 1979, Saskatoon would be hosting the Western Canada Summer Games. The Saskatoon Road Runners Association (established in 1975) was asked by the organizers of the 1979 Western Canada Summer Games to organize an event with two purposes. First, the event would be a test run of the marathon event of the Games. Secondly, the event would act as a qualifier for three Saskatchewan residents, making them eligible to run the WCSG event on August 15.
The Saskatchewan Marathon started with just the 26.2 mile distance. Now there are five distances: Kids’ MaraFun, 5 Km, 10 Km, half-marathon and marathon. It’s a first-class event: it’s been a Boston qualifier for years and participants enjoy the accuracy and convenience of race chip timing. Working under On Purpose Leadership, Mane Productions managed site logistics and was director of marketing.
A more thorough, illustrated history of the Saskatchewan Marathon can be seen online at www.saskatoonroadrunners.ca.
Mayor Atchison will go on his own journey on June 21st alongside his trainer & coach Lyndon Smith. Don will run where Trans Canada Trail will be in the future from Dakota Whitecap Casino all the way to Wanuskewin Heritage Park.
He was on time at Victoria Park to start the Full and Half Marathon events at 8am, run a km with all participants, return to Victoria Park to start the 10k, 5k and 2k events at 9am and run with participants but will keep going to finish at Wanuskewin Heritage Park.
The race coincides with National Aboriginal Day on June 21. Don's run will be symbolic: Saskatoon was created through a partnership with the settlers and the Aboriginal population, and Saskatoon continues to succeed as it's citizens forge ahead. Indeed, caps and medals will be given to all participants, and they will sport the logo featuring the statue of Saskatoon's founders John Lake and Chief Whitecap. Working under On Purpose Leadership, Mane Productions was marketing director and organizer for this event.
DRINKLE BUILDING 100TH ANNIVERSARY STREET FESTIVAL
The Drinkle Number 3 building is a Saskatoon family-owned and operated heritage building located in the heart of the downtown shopping district. Built in 1913, the building now houses sixty modern apartments, a mall with fifteen shops, an office plaza, and two street level restaurants.
Mane Productions organized and produced a one day street festival and media conference to celebrate the 100th year celebration of the Drinkle Building.
Walk with us on Saturday October 5 at Kiwanis Park North, as we gather together with families, friends, and coworkers to celebrate, honour, and remember those touched by cancer.
In 2013-2016 Mane Productions managed site logistics, program manager, and stage production.
Did you know blood cancers are the 4th most diagnosed cancer in Canada, yet the survival rates are much lower than many other cancers?
Research tells us that 68% of Canadians would feel helpless if they or someone they were close to was diagnosed with a blood cancer.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is dedicated to supporting patients at any stage of their cancer journey; providing information and vital support services. The money raised will also go to the most promising blood cancer research taking place at cancer centres across Canada.
A sustainable, creative city is one act away.
On Friday, September 19 2014, people around the world participates in PARK(ing) Day, an annual event where designers, citizens and businesses transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.
Mane Productions Co Organized this outdoor street event, along side Carrie Catherine, in hope to show the city a complete street to spark change in public space design.
In 2011, PARK(ing) Day had 975 parks created in 162 cities and 35 countries on 6 continents. In 2013 for their 2nd year, Saskatoon will participate in this global movement with a local demonstration that situates the city as a world-class example of sustainability and creativity.