This city of 33,000 people has quickly learned how exciting things get with the bull riding event comes to town.
The action explodes even more for this year’s Professional Bull Riders Moose Jaw Powered by Young’s Equipment, set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw.
In addition to the raw power that comes with the PBR, Alpha Bull Events is adding even more to the two-day show with the inclusion of Bullfighters Only, the premier freestyle bullfighting association in North America.
“We’re excited to bring Bullfighters Only to Moose Jaw,” said Chad Besplug, a two-time Canadian champion bull rider that owns Alpha Bull Events, which is producing the event. “These guys are crazy athletic and can do some amazing things with these fighting bulls. They can be a show all by themselves, but they are just part of what we’re producing in Moose Jaw.”
Similar to Spanish bullfighting, the animals are bred to be aggressive and will pressure the bullfighter, who uses only his athleticism and his experience as his weapons and his tools to remain out of harm’s way.
Like bull riding where scores are based on a 100-point scale, half the score comes from the bull, which can earn up to 50 points based on its quickness, aggression and willingness to stay with the bullfighter; men can earn up to 50 points per fight on their ability to exhibit control and style while maneuvering around or over the animal.
“Freestyle bullfighting is still pretty new in Canada, but it’s a whole different avenue for fans,” said Weston Rutkowski, the reigning Bullfighters Only world champion who is scheduled to be part of the bouts in Moose Jaw. “It brings a whole different excitement to the events.
“Chad puts on great events, and they’re very entertaining from the get-go.”
Rutkowski saw it first-hand earlier this year when he competed at a similar event in Claresholm, Alberta.
“The crowd didn’t know what they were watching at first, but after Daryl got hooked down, they knew how exciting it was going to be,” Rutkowski said of Daryl Thiessen, a Canadian-bred bullfighter from Elm Creek, Manitoba. “They realized it was the game, and they really seemed to be part of the game from that point on.”
Fans in Moose Jaw should expect the same type of excitement, if not more. The event will feature many of the top bull riders in the game, including Wesley Silcox, the 2007 world champion in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
“This is really going to be some of the best Canadian bull riders we have and a few of the best Americans,” Besplug said. “I expect it to be a really tight competition.”
The excitement of both bull riding and freestyle bullfighting is the unknown and the danger of dealing with the wild animals. Bull riders will try to remain on the animal for a qualifying eight seconds while exhibiting control. It takes a true athlete to make the whistle while riding nearly a ton of bucking, spinning and kicking muscle.
Get your tickets and be ready for the rumble. Ticket prices start at $41 and can be purchased at the Ticket Rocket Box Office at Mosaic Place, online at www.mosaicplace.ca or by phone at 306-624-2050.
Mosaic Place will set the stage for another performance of the Royal Moscow Ballet this April 29th. Tickets for the performance go on sale Friday, March 31st at 10am with ticket prices starting at $45 plus fees.
Don Quixote can rightfully be called one of the most popular performances in the Royal Moscow Ballet’s repertoire. Perfectly synchronized, smooth and precise, there is a special charm to the performance that draws the viewer into the story. Here is the temperament, the emotion and the fascination of Old Spain wrapped up in a classic story of adventure, misadventure and love.
Royal Moscow Ballet’s Don Quixote will play at Mosaic Place on Saturday, April 29th at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale Friday March 31st at 10am and can be purchased at www.mosaicplace.ca, charge by phone at (306) 624-2050 or in person at the Ticket Rocket Box Office at Mosaic Place.
Moose Jaw Downtown Facility and Soccer/Field-House Inc. (DFFH) will hold it’s 2017 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 5th in Mosaic Place’s Esterhazy Room.
A non-profit corporation, DFFH was created in 2010 by the City of Moose Jaw, to manage the operations of the city’s field-House (YaraCentre) and downtown entertainment facility (Mosaic Place).
The meeting will commence at 5:30pm and the public is welcome to attend.
Bob Dylan and His Band
Saturday, July 15th
Doors 7pm, show 8pm sharp!
$63 and $83 tickets plus fees
Two of Southern California’s “most prolific bands,” Sublime With Rome and The Offspring, will be touring together in 2017. The iconic, genre-defining groups will be teaming up in July for dates across Canada, then connecting again in September for a US amphitheater tour.
Dates begin July 6 in Airway Heights, Washington before crossing the border where the seven dates include festival appearances at the Cowboys Music Festival in Calgary on Monday, July 10 and at Rock the Park Music Festival in London, Ontario on Saturday, July 15. The second US leg begins September 8th in Chicago at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island before hitting Philadelphia, Boston, New York, and several dates in Texas and California. The trek wraps up September 30 in Salt Lake City at USANA Amphitheater.
A special pre-sale for fans will begin on Tuesday, March 14 at 10am local time. Tickets for the public go on sale Friday, March 17 at 10am local. Details and ticket links can be found at http://offspring.com/ and http://www.sublimewithrome.com.
The Offspring / Sublime With Rome July 2017 Tour:
07/06 – Airway Heights, WA @ Northern Quest Resort & Casino
07/07 – Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Centre
07/08 – Penticton, BC @ South Okanagan Events Centre
07/10 – Calgary, AB @ Cowboys Stampede
07/11 – Moose Jaw, SK @ Mosaic Place
07/12 – Winnipeg, MB @ RBC Convention Centre
07/14 – Sudbury, ON @ Sudbury Arena
07/15 – London, ON @ Rock The Park Music Festival
Sublime with Rome / The Offspring September 2017 Tour:
09/08 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
09/09 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphitheater
09/12 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
09/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
09/15 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
09/16 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
09/19 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
09/21 – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/26 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
09/27 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
09/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
About Sublime With Rome:
The Southern California trio of Rome Ramirez (vocals/guitar), Eric Wilson (bass) and Carlos Verdugo (drums) and will be touring internationally this spring with dates in New Zealand, Australia and throughout South America. UK dates in August were recently announced and all current dates can be found on the band’s website.
Sublime with Rome have a set list packed with the groups iconic hits including tracks from their most recent release, Sirens. Co-produced by Paul Leary and Rome, the 11-track album was released in July of 2015 and hit #2 on Billboard’s Current Alternative Album Chart and #3 Billboard’s Rock Album Chart. Sirens features the singles “Wherever You Go” and “Sirens (Feat. The Dirty Heads)” and is available now at iTunes and Amazon.
About The Offspring:
Dexter Holland (vocals, guitar), Noodles (guitar), Greg K (bass) and Pete Parada (drums) are The Offspring, one of rock's most exciting and enduring bands. The Offspring have performed over 1100 shows across the globe and sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Their 1994 release Smash remains the highest-selling album of all-time on an independent label. Among the band's best-known hits are the rock anthems "Self Esteem," "Come Out And Play (Keep 'Em Separated)," "The Kids Aren't Alright" and "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid.”
The Offspring and Sublime With Rome will play at Mosaic Place on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 17 at 10am and can be purchased at www.mosaicplace.ca, charge by phone at (306) 624-2050 or in person at the Ticket Rocket Box Office at Mosaic Place.