Mu­si­cal Des­ti­na­tions

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A new study re­cently re­leased, claims that at­tend­ing live mu­sic con­certs ev­ery two weeks can greatly in­crease your lifes­pan. While this par­tic­u­lar study was com­mis­sioned by a mu­sic pro­moter who one might ar­gue has a vested in­ter­est, there’s still the sim­ple truth that mu­sic makes peo­ple happy, and happy peo­ple gen­er­ally tend to live longer. A longevity that must surely dou­ble if you get to travel to a favourite des­ti­na­tion, and triple when you re­al­ize it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to do so.

If you love live mu­sic, or you are just look­ing to ful­fil your bi-weekly quota, here’s a few sug­ges­tions for some nearby mu­si­cal des­ti­na­tions:

Ghos­town Blues

While most peo­ple get the ghos­town as­pect of Ghos­town Blues

Bed and Break­fast’s name the minute they step onto the prop­erty with its pi­o­neer cab­ins and wag­ons spread about in ghos­town fash­ion, many don’t know that the “Blues” as­pect comes from the many con­certs they host. Fea­tur­ing both an in­door and an out­door stage they host both hot sum­mer night out­door con­certs and cozy shoul­der sea­son con­certs in their cen­tral­ized Lodge, with the added ben­e­fit of be­ing able to stay overnight only steps away from the ac­tion. With such Juno nom­i­nee tal­ent as Lit­tle Miss. Hig­gins, David Gogo, Romi Mayes, and John Wort Han­nam hav­ing taken to their stage in the past, there’s no short­age of mu­si­cal ex­per­tise in the acts they bring in. Now add in a warm sum­mer evening, a wooden stage for danc­ing, lawn chairs and a camp­fire, and you’ve got the per­fect mix to bring you closer to that longer life ex­pectancy.

Jasper Lounge and Events Cen­tre

Say the Jasper Ho­tel to old timers who grew up in and around Maple Creek and they might re­mem­ber the side­ways door in­stalled to stop cow­boys from rid­ing their horses in, or the glory days of its coloured past, but to­day’s Jasper Lounge is a far cry from its historic be­gin­nings. Re­vived as a place where trav­ellers and res­i­dents alike can find hon­est to good­ness en­ter­tain­ment, their mu­si­cal func­tions have spread from gothic punk to coun­try twang and ev­ery­thing in be­tween, in­clud­ing some hot new up and com­ers like

Rob Ste­wart for­mer front man for the

Mir­rors in his first solo tour, and the so­phis­ti­cated folk sounds of the Big Lit­tle

Lions.

For those who like to make their own mu­sic, the Jasper Lounge and Events Cen­tre also reg­u­larly hosts Open Mic Nights and Karaoke. And who doesn’t get happy when lis­ten­ing to or singing along with karaoke?

Bro­ken Spoke Fine Art Gallery

Fine pur­vey­ors of vis­ual arts, the Bro­ken Spoke in Maple Creek has also grown to be­come a go-to lo­ca­tion for those who love the mu­si­cal arts as well. A unique venue that blends both medi­ums to per­fec­tion, it’s eclec­tic ros­ter of artists have in­cluded the celtic sounds of

Ir­ish Mythen, the foot stompin fun of Twin

Fid­dles, and the tra­di­tional blue­grass sounds of Matthew Hor­nell and An­drew Sned­don, with an up­com­ing con­cert in Novem­ber that will fea­ture award­win­ning record­ing artist Jeffrey Straker. When you get mu­sic for both your eyes and your ears, you must surely dou­ble your re­turn on your hap­pi­ness in­vest­ment.

The Re­sort at Cy­press Hills

You never know what you’ll get at The Re­sort at Cy­press Hills when it comes to mu­sic. Con­stantly switch­ing it up from Sum­mer Kick-offs to Du­el­ing Pianos, and sum­mer jams to sad end of sum­mer laments, con­sid­er­ing The Re­sort is many peo­ple’s “happy place” to be­ing with, what could be bet­ter than en­joy­ing the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings all year round, with mu­sic to ac­com­pany it? Keep watch for mu­si­cal in­ter­ludes through­out the year!

The Elk­wa­ter Lake Lodge

Beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings and wine usu­ally ac­com­pany the mu­si­cal in­ter­ests of the Elk­wa­ter Lake Lodge. A big fea­ture of their An­nual Wine in the Hills, Wine Fes­ti­val held each Oc­to­ber, with mu­sic on both the Fri­day and the Satur­day nights of the fes­ti­val, you’ll also see mu­sic dot­ted through­out the year as date night get­away op­por­tu­ni­ties, and Christ­mas party cel­e­bra­tions, en­sur­ing that the Cy­press Hills are con­stantly alive with the sounds of mu­sic.

Grotto Gar­dens

Mu­sic can also be a fam­ily af­fair at Grotto Gar­dens. Lo­cated just out­side of Maple Creek on the high­way up to the Cy­press Hills, Grotto Gar­dens cel­e­brates sum­mer with lots of great mu­sicin­spired events from Mother’s Day and Fa­ther’s Day to their an­nual Fam­ily Day in Au­gust when kids and par­ents alike can en­joy goat yoga, eat great Saska­toon-in­spired baked treats, get their faces painted, and pet all the farm­yard an­i­mals, all with a live mu­si­cal sound­track to ac­com­pany the fun.

Mu­sic In­spired Events

If look­ing for a mu­sic in­spired event, you’ve got plenty all within a short travel dis­tance. From June’s Hills are Alive Fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing the sounds of Metisin­spired mu­sic in Elk­wa­ter and Leader’s Wild West Days with coun­try-rock themed mu­sic, to the Grass­lan­der Clas­sic and the Bad­lands Blast in both the West and East Blocks of Grass­lands Na­tional Park in July and Au­gust re­spec­tively, the in­spi­ra­tional French­man River Gospel Jam­boree in Shau­navon in Au­gust, and the po­etic coun­try sounds found at Maple Creek’s Cow­boy Po­etry in Septem­ber.

If look­ing to ex­pand your lifes­pan and your hap­pi­ness there’s no bet­ter way than a mu­si­cal des­ti­na­tion.

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