If you follow Rosie and The Riveters on Facebook you’ve probably already heard about the workshop for kids that we’re organizing for later this summer.  If you haven’t heard about our workshop, would like more information, or are just waiting to see when I’m going to throw in a “Dad Joke” in honour of Father’s Day this weekend, then keep reading… 

As a kid growing up in a small city with a great little arts community, I was lucky enough to have a number of summer music, dance, and theatre programs right at my fingertips (or, at least within driving distance).  I was a pretty shy and introverted kid while my sister was a bubbly extrovert but we both loved music and dance and these kinds of workshops were fun, introduced us to new friends, and helped build our self-confidence.   

Kids gravitate to the arts for all kinds of reasons and participation in arts programs has been proven to increase reading and writing abilities, develop higher self-esteem, build confidence, and develop creative and critical thinking skills that last a lifetime.  They did all of that for my sister and me.  Just like vegetables and exercise, kids that are interested in the arts need creative ways to express themselves and Rosie and The Riveters are happy to be able to contribute to the health of kids in Saskatoon!    


Here’s the basic information about our workshop:

1)  Who:  Rosie and The Riveters (Melissa Nygren, Alexis Normand, Allyson Reigh, and Farideh).

2)  What:  A full day music and performance workshop for kids ages 8-15.  The kids will also have the opportunity to perform with us that afternoon at the concert we’re putting on to conclude the day.  We’ll focus on vocal technique, learning to sing harmonies, confidence-building exercises, and performing basic choreography. 

The workshop day runs from 9:00 am- 4 pm and the concert will be from 4:30-5:30 pm.  The participation fee per registrant is $75 + GST and there are a maximum of 35 spaces available for the workshop.

The concert that afternoon will also be at The Refinery and kids that participate in the workshop do not have to pay for a ticket to the concert (concert tickets are $10 for everyone else, available at the door or on our website, http://www.rosieandtheriveters.com/workshop/register).

3)  Where:  The Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre (609 Dufferin Avenue, Saskatoon)

4)  When:  Saturday, August 16, 2014.  8:30am – 4:00pm.

5)  Why: FUN!

Feel free to contact us at rosieandtheriveters@gmail.com with any questions you may have.  If you’re interested in registering your child for the workshop, please visit our website:  http://www.rosieandtheriveters.com/workshop/register


Finally, I hope all the dads out there had a great Father's Day weekend.  In honour of my dad, I wore my best “dad outfit” to the Farmer’s Market this weekend: sweatpants, socks, and sandals.

Here are a few of my favourite (read: most cringe-worthy) dad jokes to celebrate the guy I called collect from Italy when my credit card was eaten by an ATM, who drove me, rain or shine, to every music and dance lesson over the years, who fixed my car more than once in -30 weather, and who taught me it’s ok to wear high-waisted sweatpants, socks and sandals in public because it’s really what’s on the inside that counts.  

  • How does NASA organize a meeting?  They planet.
  • I remember the first time I saw a universal remote.  It changed everything.
  • Dad, I’m hungry. Hi, Hungry, I’m Dad.
  • Did you hear about the cheese factory that exploded in France?  There was nothing left but de Brie.
  • Why is no one friends with Dracula?  Because he’s a pain in the neck.
  • What did the ocean say to the shore?  Nothing, it just waved. 

Allyson xoxo