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Live Entertainment
It was another exciting year for live entertainment at SIGA’s casinos. No other
organization manages as many live entertainment venues in Saskatchewan. There
are nine performance stages including our secondary lounge stages. Painted Hand
Casino’s new Parkland Room and Living Sky Casino Sky Centre provide top notch
venues for the performers. In addition, free lounge entertainment is provided at Living
Sky, Dakota Dunes and Painted Hand, much to the delight of customers.
Thousands of guests took advantage of the wide variety of shows, competitions and
performances. The grand opening of the Living Sky Casino and the Sky Centre brought
the legendary Mr. Wayne Newton all the way from Las Vegas to entertain a sold-
out crowd. Country music star Mark Chesnutt played for the grand re-opening of the
Painted Hand Casino. SIGA casinos held some fierce competitions in the first Dakota
Dunes Idol and in the return of Bear Claw Idol and Painted Hand Idol. Guests also
had the opportunity to take in performances by Cirque Sublime, Nazareth, Allen Frew,
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Wide Mouth Mason, Lisa Brokop and Kenny Shields, just to
name a few.
Country, classic rock and tribute groups continued to be favourite genres though
patrons also came to take in blues acts, comedians and celebrity appearances. Country
music veteran George Fox was presented at five Casinos as was a First Nations Music
Showcase featuring Leela Gilday, George Leach and Derek Miller. SIGA also secured
top name performers at a preferred rate by coordinating bookings for more than one
venue; Carol Burnett co-star Vicki Lawrence, The Kentucky Headhunters, Cajun King
Jo’El Sonnier and Grand Ole Opry legend Bill Anderson.
Customers now have the convenience of purchasing event tickets online, thanks to
the implementation of a ticketing system managed by SIGA employees. Ticket sales
for Dakota Dunes, Living Sky and Painted Hand Casinos are now distributed through
a virtual SIGA Box Office online, as well as at on-site locations. SIGA’s clientele will
soon be able to review all casino entertainment offerings and purchase tickets on one
web site.