LUGO Returns to Saskatoon’s Mendel Art Gallery

Mysteriously-named celebration expected to draw over 900 participants

LUGO, a mysteriously-named celebration now in its fourth year, will once again bring the ruckus to the Mendel Art Gallery on Jan. 12.

Self-described as “a love letter to Saskatoon’s cultural scene,” this year’s festivities include performances from Shooting Guns, The Young Benjamins, DJ Charlie Hustle, Clark Ferguson and a chamber quartet of musicians associated with Saskatoon’s RitornelloFest.

(Ominocity will we be setting up a Twitter/Instagram wall (#goLUGO) and will be providing the playlist for the night – send us your song requests HERE.)

Trust us – this event is a total banger.

Troy Gronsdahl, one of the many organizers behind the event, says that first-time attendees planning on attending the fundraiser can expect plenty of well-dressed art connoisseurs in addition to a mad cast of performers.

“I think one of the most appealing things about LUGO is the diversity of performances and elements of the unexpected,” says Gronsdahl. “I’m excited about bringing together the gut punching sonic soundscape of Shooting Guns with a Chamber music ensemble.”

Last year’s LUGO – which has established itself as one of the social events of the year to attend in Saskatoon – was nothing short of amazing, and featured short musical interludes from Father Figures, We Were Lovers, Slow Down Molasses and a DJ set by The Gaff.

And let’s not forget the dance party that erupted on the gallery floor at the end of the night.

But, perhaps most importantly, LUGO is primarily a fundraiser for the Mendel.

Gronsdahl says that patrons of the event are essentially supporters of their local arts scene, and can expect a number of performances throughout the gallery, which include spoken word artists, actors, a live collaborative drawing project, an interactive video performance installation and the perennially popular photo booth.

“We have some great interactive projects and I am really excited about the food — we have brought in some of the best restaurants in the city.”

Prairie Harvest Café, Souleilo and Weczeria will be joining Sushiro, Duck Duck Goose and The Hollows will be serving up appetizers, while Saskatoon’s Lucky Bastard distillery will be making sure that at least some party people will be heading home in a cab.

Also, as of press time, LUGO is now sold out. That was fast.

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