Friends of Third Ave

Link for Information for Friends of Third Ave

In the upcoming days, there'll be a lot of news coming forward about the recent dialogue taking place around Third Ave United Church being allowed to apply for Heritage Status.

We are very much strong supporters of Third Ave in its endevour to overturn a decision made by Presbytery to not allowed the congregation of this exceptional building to apply for Heritage Status for the building - the Friends of Third Ave website has been set up to inform the public about the issues.

Watoto African Choir makes stop at Third Ave!

This coming Saturday, April 28th, the African Watoto Choir will be performing at Third Ave at 6pm.

The event is a fundraiser for the Watoto organization, whose motto is Rescue, Raise, Rebuild!

The choir has been on extensive tour of Canada, and the Third Ave performance will surely be a highlight of the tour.  The acoustics are so exceptionally world class for choirs (as well all know from Saskatoon Childrens Choir concerts, Fireside Singers years ago, and the annual Messiah performance from the Saskatoon Symphony!)

For more information on this awesome event, check out our upcoming events page.

Watoto Choir Info


Every Thursday night all summer long, Third Ave comes alive with Saskatoon's best and coolest musicians. 

Check back here May 14th for the announcement of concert performers!

Trust us, you'll want to clear up your Thursdays.

A room with a view.

Some pictures today, from the lense of Heather Fritz. 

Can you guess what part of Third Ave we're looking at in this awesome picture?

Did you show passion?

When a person died, the ancient Greeks chose not to ask what their accomplishments had been, but rather "did they show passion?"
We're all too busy.  Take a day off....but keep your BlackBerry on so that you get your emails.  Check in with work to make sure everything is going smooth without you.  Make sure you spend your day off running around town dropping off, picking up, looking for, parking, driving, shopping, parking, not getting done what you meant to do.  Don't forget to clean the kitchen floor.  Its been way too long since you washed it.  You know what, do the walls.  The walls need a serious pick me up.  Why are you still that house?  Is your mortgage up for renewal?  You changed the oil in the van right?  Isn't it great to have a day off.

Its no wonder when it comes time to find the passion left over, you're fresh out.  Its really hard to keep up with the Jetsons.  Forget the Jones' - the Jones' could never survive a mortgage/rent, a car, buying gas, and cell phone bills.  The Jones' wouldn't know what hit them.  We all do it.  We work to have the life we want to live, and as the cliche goes, we don't get time to actually live.

So what are you doing about your passion level?

Go ahead.  Look it up.  Its 2012 and we all have internet on our goodness knows that if you google it up, there'll be some sites that can help you out.  They'll suggest you take some "you" time.  Maybe a holiday. 

I've got your answer and you don't even need to sift through crummy websites.

Get inspired. 

I know, sounds too simple right?  Nope. 

Think about the last time you went to a concert - how amazingly great did you feel afterwards? 

Have you ever been to the Vatican?  Or Westminster Abbey?  Now that...that was inspiring.

This past week, I needed to find some passion.  I went to Third Ave.  I went upstairs and sat in the balcony.  I just took time to think about what it would really mean if those arches were just gone.  Where would I go to sit completely still and get such a rush of emotions and inspiration. 

The upcoming weeks we're going to ask Saskatoon to get passionate about Third Ave....we can't stand by and let people tear old buildings down.  We can't just ride by on bikes.  We can't be left to wish we'd taken more pictures before it was gone. 

But don't take my word for it....listen to someone who's lived through it.

A Piece of History

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Third Ave being Saskatoon's most important cultural space, we're going to be selling prints of some inspiring images.

This summer, you'll be able to purchase prints of some of the images from the windows, and even prints of the early drawings of the building. 

Its a fundraising intitiative that will also help bring a piece of Third Ave into your home.

Wouldn't you love a copy of this?

The Proms are coming to town!

For over a century, The Proms has been a summer-way-of-life in England.  London's Royal Albert Hall has performances all summer long featuring some of the world's best musicians....its a way to celebrate life and inspire people under the summer sun.

Third Ave is excited to host the first ever Saskatoon Summer Proms - the concerts will take place every Thursday through July and August.  The shows start  at 7pm...that way people can come out after supper, and still have time after the concert to enjoy wandering around the gorgeous downtown.  Take in a glass of wine at the Ivy, head over to the Holiday Inn for dessert.

The Proms will feature incredible exciting combinations of performances - the meeting of classical and jazz, musical theatre and world.  Gypsy music one week, and opera the next.

Diverse and funky.  It's what we do.

Check out some Prom History in London