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Great Saskatchewan Joke Book a sweet escape

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Saskatoon StarPhoenix Publishing date: Nov 27, 2020

Joel Jeffery knows Saskatchewan could use a laugh right now.

The Saskatoon-based standup comedian finished the Great Saskatchewan Joke Book about a month into the pandemic. He said writing it was a "sweet escape" for him, and he hopes it offers comic relief as this time of stress and uncertainty stretches on.

Jeffery has lived most of his life in Saskatoon, with exceptions of two years in B.C. and one year in Alberta. He took his comic talent and applied it to creating a volume full of humorous observations about his home province. Everything is fair game, from the conditions of our roads, to our wildlife to that most sacred of subjects: The Roughriders.

He knows people like to poke fun at our province. "I wanted to turn that on its head," he says. "I love this province and I think it gets undersold."

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Thelma Pepper

Centenarian photographer celebrated for her images of Saskatchewan's elderly farm women. Article by Paul Gessell, Galleries West Magazine

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Thelma Pepper, "Thankfulness,"  1985 gelatin silver print, 15" x 15" (collection of the University of Saskatchewan)

By the time she was 14, Thelma Stevens was a pro in the darkroom, printing her father's photographs in Kingston, N.S. But it took another half century for the woman now known as Thelma Pepper to start working seriously on her own projects, often about elderly Saskatchewan farm women, and exhibiting them to acclaim in Canada and beyond.

Now, at age 100, this remarkable photographer is drawing renewed attention with both a hardcover book that was released this fall and an exhibition scheduled to open Feb. 13 at the Remai Modern in Saskatoon.

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A visual history of Alberta's abandoned buildings

Abandoned Alberta Global Interview Nov 16 2020

Joe Chowaniec, the photographer behind the book 'Abandoned Alberta', shares his journey to document the province's history through its many abandoned buildings.

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