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Wintercity YXE

As part of the WintercityYXE Strategy, a total of $50,000 is allocated to non-profit organizations, ad hoc groups, businesses or for-profit organizations implementing initiatives that support the WintercityYXE goals and objectives.

The application deadline for 2018 has now passed. Please stay tuned for future opportunities.

The WintercityYXE 2018 Grant categories are:

Winter Comfort and Access:   Projects that improve comfort and accessibility in the winter (e.g. winterizing outdoor patios, grooming trails or walking paths, adding wind breaks).
Winter Design:  Urban design installations which celebrate winter.
Winter Activities:   Events, festivals and activities that build enthusiasm for winter by taking advantage of winter opportunities and celebrate the fun quality of life.

Note to WintercityYXE Grant Recipients:  Each organization receiving a WintercityYXE Grant, must submit a Follow-up Report Form upon completion of their project/event.

2018 - 2019 WintercityYXE Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the successful applicants of the 2018 - 2019 WintercityYXE Grant Program:

​September 2018 – January 2019
Little Stone Light Conservatory
Recipient: Broadway Business Improvement District
Location: Little Stone Stage at Broadway Avenue and 11th Street
A romantic ‘instagramable’ light-encrusted conservatory, to illuminate the evening hours and provide a stage or platform for winter activities and performances. 

January 19 – February 3, 2019
Honouring the Complexity of Treaty 6 Territory
Recipient: Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Location: Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan site
An interactive art installation on and around the site that will incorporate lighting and visual design along with storytelling, made available through a free smartphone app.

January 24 – January 26, 2019
Recipient: Friends of the Broadway Theatre
Location: Broadway District
The festival will include outdoor sporting activities with product demonstrations by local businesses; live performances by local and national artists in Broadway Ave storefronts; and a storytelling series featuring Indigenous and Newcomer storytellers held within a teepee on the Victoria Elementary School grounds.

January 26 or 27, 2019
Winter Family Friendly Triathlon 
Recipient: Saskatoon Triathlon Club
Location: Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval and the Holiday Park Golf Course
A fun, family-friendly, winter multi-sport opportunity.

January - March 2, 2019
BicicleFest 2019
Recipient: Saskatoon Cycles
Location: Various
A slow winter ride, a winter bike workshop, a winter bike to work day and a BikeArt Show.

February 2, 2019
King George Winter Carnival
Recipient: King George Community Association
Location: King George School grounds
A one day winter carnival including a magician, Giant Jenga, Minute to Win It games, craft table, winter taffee making, information table, horse and sleigh rides, fire truck tour, shinny with Saskatoon City Police, kick sledding, snow shoeing, skating, and schlockey.

February 9, 2019
Kona Festival
Recipient: Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Location: Wanuskewin Heritage Park
The Wanuskewin Kona Winter Festival will feature competitions in sports such as: fire making; bannock making, animal calling, log sawing, trap setting competitions and snow shoeing. We also have traditions on the Saskatchewan Plains which include storytelling and round-dancing.

March 3, 2019
Winter Fun Fest
Recipient: Greystone Heights Community Association
Location: Greystone Heights Park 
The Winter Fun Fest will include ice skating, sleigh rides, cookie decorating, face painting, snow painting, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and sledding.

March 3, 2019
Yukigassen Tournament
Recipient: Play Sask 
Location: Wanuskewin 
This one-day, team-based, organized snowball fight tournament will bring participants out to beautiful Wanuskewin for a fun day with friends playing in the snow. There will also be a Learn to Play event at Wanuskewin Kona Festival (February 9).

Various Dates
S is for Snow Series
Recipient:  Saskatoon Open Door Society 
Location: Various locations around Saskatoon 
The S is for Snow project will involve newcomer immigrant and refugees in winter activities to introduce them to Canadian culture and enjoying winters in Saskatoon:

  • S is for Skating, will take place at the Meewasin Skating Rink.
  • S is for Skiing or Snowshoeing, will take place at a local golf course or park.
  • Socializing in the Sun, will be a wrap up event and feature storytelling in a tipi, safety tips, songs (all about snow), a samosa cook off competition, snowflake craft and snowman making.

Date TBD
Warm Up to Winter
Recipient:  Saskatoon Council on Aging 
Location: TBD 
The event will include a walk along the river bank followed by warming up with soup and bread. Entertainment will include culturally diverse, dancing and drumming.