Riversdale Street Fair 2023

Riversdale Business Improvement District is excited to bring back the Riversdale Street Fair for a second year, aiming to make this year bigger and better than the first!

Join us from 10:00am to 6:00pm for a sidewalk sale, local food, live music and talent on the main stage, free activities such as face painting, bouncy castles, caricatures, and so much more!

The Riversdale Street Fair is an excellent opportunity to come and experience the diversity and vibrancy of Riversdale!

To learn more about the 2023 Riversdale Street Fair visit: Riversdale Street Fair 2023

Saskatoon chef leaving her mark on culinary world

Saskatoon / 650 CKOM
Mia Holowaychuk
Mar 8, 2023 | 3:31 PM

What Christie Peters loves most about cooking is using all of her senses.

Enjoying the aroma of butter and garlic hitting the pan and savouring the crackle of the stove are some of the ways the chef embraces every moment she spends in the kitchen.

Peters is the executive chef and owner of the nationally recognized Italian restaurant Primal and owner of POP Wine Bar, both located in Saskatoon. She said her culinary dreams started when she was 14, working as a hostess at Boston Pizza.

“I always loved watching the restaurant owner come through,” she said. “I thought he had the perfect job.”

But despite working in restaurants, she tried out a few other paths before returning to the industry. After university, Peters took off to Toronto to pursue a modelling career, but as she grew older and realized time was running out, she decided she wanted to learn a practical skill.

“I almost did welding,” she said with a laugh.

Peters ultimately decided to revisit her dream of becoming a restaurant owner, which brought her back into the culinary trade.

“The most important trade and skill you can learn is cooking,” she said. “The celebration of life is centred around food.”

After seeing celebrity chef Rob Feenie on the Food Network, Peters jetted off to Vancouver in the hope of landing an apprenticeship with him at one of his restaurants.

“I just showed up,” Peters said.

She ultimately landed a job at his bistro, Feenie’s, and was given a chance to get started by the female chef who interviewed her and told which knife to bring to her first shift. From then on, however, it was sink or swim.

Peters said her career took her around Vancouver, following different chefs and flavours, and that pursuit eventually led her to both Amsterdam and Spain. The chef later scored an internship at the Danish restaurant Noma, where she learned different ways to make miso and other preservation methods.

“For many, many years, Noma was the best restaurant in the world,” she said.

One of the highlights of Peters’ career, she said, was appearing on the Food Network show Wall of Chefs in 2020, when she sat right next to Feenie.

“It was a full-circle moment for both of us,” she said.

But, Peters added, her climb up the culinary ladder wasn’t always a cakewalk.

“There were moments when I had to fight to not be put on the pastry station,” she explained. “It is more difficult to be recognized as a woman when there’s a man standing next to you doing a similar job.”

Peters said she’d had always had her eye on butchery, but not everyone thought she could make it work.

“They were worried I wasn’t strong enough to lift the pieces of the animal onto the table and do things like that … but I proved them wrong,” she said.

Peters said the cut-throat culture in the restaurant industry has improved since she started.

The chef eventually brought new flavours and a lot of expertise back to her roots in Saskatoon where she opened her first restaurant, The Hollows, in 2011 along with her husband. That restaurant closed in 2020.

“When you have a restaurant, a lot of the power is in the kitchen, because if you lose your chef, you can lose all the consistency of the food,” she said.

In 2015, the pair opened the Italian restaurant Primal.

“I love pasta. It’s my favourite thing in the world,” Peters said, noting that handmade pasta gives her an opportunity to showcase Saskatchewan’s grains.

“Saskatchewan’s the breadbasket of the world,” she said.

Using entire animals is an important practice at Primal, Peters explained. The restaurant partners with local farmers and performs whole-animal butchery. Ingredients such as beef heart, prosciutto scraps and bone marrow can be found in some of Primal’s signature dishes.

Primal has been included on lists of Canada’s top 100 restaurants, and Peters said the national recognition means a lot.

Peters expanded her business and opened POP Wine Bar last year.

She said she’s also working to help newcomers succeed in the industry. The chef’s doors are open to hopeful chefs who are looking to step into the kitchen.

“No matter what we’ve heard or who they are, we give every single person a chance to do a trial shift,” she said.

Peters said she’s proud of the restaurants she’s built during her journey and of the team of employees she has mentored both in and out of the kitchen.

Original Article: CKOM

SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival: June 30 – July 9, 2023

Riversdale is excited to share that the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival will be bit closer to home this year!

Now taking place in Victoria Park, the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival is just steps away from Riversdale District, and make sure to join us for the new Neighbourhood Pop-up Series, where local businesses will host local musician performances during business hours!

The SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival is excited to announce the 36th annual festival, taking place in its new home at Victoria Park from June 30 to July 9. Don’t miss this popular outdoor festival held in Saskatoon each summer. The festival plays host to hundreds of world-class artists and thousands of music fans with a program that spans as many genres as it does continents.

In addition to a new festival location, the 2023 SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival will feature six days of completely free programming followed by four days of ticketed programming on a day-pass system. Patrons will be able to purchase one, two, three, or four-day passes that offer full access to all festival programming on their chosen days. Day passes are on sale now! Visit saskjazz.com for more information.

Riversdale’s Contour Developments Corp: Winner of the 2023 NSBA Team Building Award

On March 23rd, 2023, NSBA hosted the 26th Annual Business Builder Awards, presented by Nutrien.

The “BBA’s” are all about celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of our peers. In total, 13 distinguished awards are presented in a variety of categories.

The Team Building Award is awarded to the NSBA business whose management and staff promote and foster a team working environment.

The winner of the 2023 Team Building Award is Riversdale’s very own Contour Developments Corp.!

About: Contour Developments Corp.

Contour Developments Corp. is a Saskatoon-based construction company that serves industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Originally based in the Two-Twenty Co-Working offices, they quickly outgrew that space with their expanding team and are now currently located at 304 Avenue D South. Contour Developments Corp. have worked on a variety of major projects in both the industrial/commercial and general contracting sectors, some of which include the Travelodge Hotel renovation, MCC Thrift Shops new location, Saskatchewan Mutual Insurances new building, the Nutrien Fertilizer Facility, and much more.

The extremely talented team at Contour Developments Corp. approach the construction industry with a high level of professionalism and exceptional customer service. Honesty, integrity, respect, and quality are the values of the team and this certainly does not go un-noticed, as they are committed to providing each client with a superior finished product on time and on budget. Safety is another huge component to what makes Contour Development stand out from the rest, as they take pride in their comprehensive safety program, which goes above and beyond the minimum industry requirements.

304 Avenue D South
Travelodge Hotel Renovation
Building: Saskatchewan Mutual Insurance

We are incredibly proud to have another Riversdale District business be recognized for their outstanding work! The amazing work of Contour Development Corp is rightfully reflected in the Team Building Award win last night, and we are so proud of their continued success and achievements!

For more information on the NSBA 2023 Business Builder Awards please visit: https://nsbasask.com/signature-event/business-builder-awards/

To learn more about Contour Development Corp. visit their website www.contour.ca or follow their socials: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube

Riversdale: Aesthetic Photo Spots

Riversdale Saskatoon is known for its bright art, unique architecture, and welcoming local businesses. We scouted out our favourite aesthetically pleasing photo spots around the district. From murals to store fronts, we have the unique looks for your next social media post!

Our first stop is a local favourite – this mural’s bright colours and contrasting blacks is an eye-catching stop to showcase your photography skills or to model in front of. Located at 304 Avenue D South, this stunning mural is just off 20th Street West – a handy location to stop after shopping or lunch. This incredible display of public art is by the talented Jill Stanton.

Our next stop on the list – The Banks Courtyard. The bright architecture of The Banks brings a stunning element to any photo. The Banks has 4 unique buildings, offering a mix of residential space and ground floor retail space. The perfect stop – located right next to the Farmers Market building at Riverlanding.

An indoor oasis – providing bright sunshine and vibrant plant life all year long! On2U Tattoo & Body Piercing offers a unique stop for any art lover. The storefront is full of an amazing amount of plants, mixed with stunning art, and a big window for natural sunlight. Stop by for the perfect photo op, and hey – maybe treat yourself to a new tattoo while you’re there! Owner, Veronica Tricker, takes amazing care of her plants and shop which is evident as you step through the door!

The One Hand Man is an absolutely incredible work of art by the talented Kris Moffatt. Located on the side of OUTSaskatoon – this mural is another local favourite! If you are wanting a photo with this mural you may have to get creative, as it is located inside of a fenced off parking lot, but we promise it is worth it!

We might be a little partial to this mural – since it highlights the stunning buildings and history of the Riversdale District. If you pop a bit closer to the alley, you will notice the stunning pair of wings – perfect for that Instagram aesthetic! The vibrant colours of the mural and contrasting black & white of the wings makes a stop on Ave F South worth it for any photo enthusiast!

Another stunning storefront – Peryton Books! Make sure to bring your camera next time you are perusing the shelves for your next read. Peryton Books offers a unique location which is perfect for your aesthetic photos due to the rows of books, natural light, and assortment of plants! This has to be one of our favourite stops in Riversdale!

A three-in-one stop! Perfect for something short on time and needing a bit of diversity in their photos. Nefelibata exterior is painted a vibrant combo of blues, outlining cloud shapes which really draws your eye to the beauty of the building. Their storefront is also absolutely stunning, offering an indoor mural “Love to see you Blossom”, highlighted by natural sunlight. Located next door is PYT Studios, which features a dynamic mural on the side of their building! This stop is an amazing little nook of art in the Riversdale District.

The last stop on our list is the eye-catching geometric mural on the side of Drift Café. This stop is the perfect combo of stunning architecture and bright modern colours. Need we say more?

If you are a photographer or social media enthusiast, make sure to add Riversdale District to your shoot location list. The places outlined in this post do not even scratch the surface of all of the stunning art, storefronts, and architecture that would be a remarkable backdrop to any photo.

Use the hashtag #RiversdaleYXE on your Riversdale photo adventures for a chance to be featured on our social media!