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In Photos: SMASHKATOON 2014

What an event! Anyone who’s anyone was at Alberta Community Center on August 16th for SMASHKATOON, a Super Smash Brothers Tournament. Over 100 people from across the prairies packed the regularly-a-dance-studio space for some crazy 4 player mayhem. Local IT professional and solid bro Aaron Mravnik almost single-handedly arranged this event, so Kudos to him:

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Water Photography

My name is Alan Verbeke,  alvee_ on Instagram.  My wife and I moved to the Okanagan in June 2013, which was an easy choice after living in Australia – the weather, the scenery and the vineyards, what’s not to love? And for someone who is constantly toting around a bag full of camera equipment, there are endless opportunities to take photos in this picturesque setting.

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The NEW Matt + Nat Special Edition Spareparts Collection feat. Collaborator Extraordinaire Carrie Catherine!

If there’s one thing that makes a community strong, it’s working together. That’s what we at Spareparts believe, and that’s why we’re so excited about our latest design colab with Canadian company Matt + Nat that features gorgeous matte gold hardware contrasted against earthy Cognac vegan leather. Available in the Sublime Wallet ($70), Minka purse ($120), and Jorja purse ($125), this is a colourway that’s both casual and chic. To celebrate the release of these Matt + Nat/ Spareparts Special Edition bags and to talk a little more about the spirit of teamwork, I met up with Saskatoon’s very own queen of collaboration: co-creator of The Two Twenty co-working and multi-function project, singer, playwright, and my friend, Carrie Catherine. I asked Carrie all about how collaborations affect her life and why we should all embrace alliances… and I hope after reading this little interview, you’ll feel like bustin’ out a brainstorming session with the folks around you.  Go, team(work)! Photos by Spareparts’ Garnet Lindsday.

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Mixology 101 – The White Russian

In college, my friends and I were all obsessed with The Big Lebowski, which had recently been released, and thusly, spent a lot of time pounding ‘White Russians,’ or, ‘Caucasians’ as The Dude sometimes refers to them.  Fans of the movie know that The Dude spends a good deal of screen time in the movie enjoying them, leaving a boozy milk moustache on his face.  Truth be told, it’s a pretty sweet, thick drink, so you can only drink a few before you have to switch back to beer, but they are downright delicious.

Sandra Butel Regina Folk Fest Spareparts Community Member

Community Member Profile: Sandra BUTEL

A gathering of makers, thinkers, and doers, The Spareparts Community is made up of fine folks who contribute to a creative atmosphere in their cities. Follow along with us as we share what inspires them. Today, we feature Regina’s Sandra Butel whom you may know as the Artistic Director of the Regina Folk Festival. If you made it out to the festival this past weekend, you’ll understand what a positive force it is in the city (Serena Ryder, Indigo Girls, and Sam Roberts Band= good vibes for all), and if this is your intro to RFF, I’m pleased to take you behind the curtain to meet one of the minds behind a truly awesome musical event set on the prairies.