Saskatoon is located on lands which have been inhabited for over 6,000 years, but it wasn't until the year 1883, when the first settlers arrived within the area. The name "Saskatoon" comes from the Cree Indian name for a local indigenous berry, 'mis-sask-quah-toomina'. It is situated at the central province of Saskatchewan, Canada, on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. The city of Saskatoon was incorporated during 1906, and at present, the city of Saskatoon is one of the largest cities with an estimated population of 210,000. The city of Saskatoon is among the sunniest cities in Canada, with four distinct seasons varying from coldest winter months to warm summer months.
Saskatoon's major arts location is TCU Place, which is situated next to Midtown Plaza downtown. This location has hosted lots of concerts, theatrical performances, high school graduation, live events, university convocation ceremonies and conventions ever since 1967. The Credit Union Centre is the main location for major shows and rock concerts. Considered Saskatchewan's largest arena, it can house in a capacity of about 11,500 sporting events and 14,000 for concerts. The Saskatchewan Children's festival, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival, the Saskatoon Folkfest and Jazz festival are some of the other cultural events which are held during summer. The city also has an event called "Cruise Weekend," that is held on the last weekend of August. Activities include dances, poker derbies, and a show n' shine that features over 800 cars throughout western Canada. During 2007, Saskatoon hosted the Juno Awards, Canada's foremost music industry honours.
Live theatre productions have been a large part of Saskatoon's arts culture. The city hosts various live theatres, including: Off Broadway Centre, Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company, Persephone Theatre and The Refinery. It is also home to performance groups, that include: Saskatoon Gateway Players, Live Fire, Troup du Jour, Saskatoon Summer Players and Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. Movie fans could choose to go to one-single screen theatre - the Broadway Theatre, a haven for arthouse films. Roxy Theatre is an "atmospheric-style" second-run theatre which reopened in 2005 after not being used for over a decade. The rest of its theatres are multiplexes.
The province is a major grower of agricultural products like for example wheat, rye, flaxseed oats and canola; growing almost half of the exports for Canada in these crops. Another vital business within the Province is mining, contributing to the region's economic growth, along with uranium and recoverable potash. Apart from this, value added food processing is considered to be among the rapidly growing businesses in Saskatoon, which is considered to be the "Agriculture Biotechnology Capital" of Canada. In the year 1995, Globe and Mail was named amongst Canada's best cities for knowledge based businesses.