Artisan returns from Dog River

Tyler Clarke
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If you look hard enough at the closing credits of the Corner Gas: The Movie, you might spot Prince Albert crochet artist Carolyn Carleton and her family.


Local crochet artist Carolyn Carleton is seen at the Downtown Street Fair in Prince Albert earlier this summer. Carleton sold her wares at Dog River Days in the Town of Rouleau over the weekend. 

Maybe -- If you squint hard enough.

“I was way in the back,” Carleton said.

Carlton was in Rouleau, Saskatchewan over the weekend for Corner Gas Days.

She was invited to sell her wares at a farmer’s market, after which she joined hundreds of other people to film the closing scene of Corner Gas: The Movie.

“They taught everybody that was there a dance to the theme song,” she said.

In the front row was the group of people who helped fund the movie through Kickstarter. Behind them were people with Town of Rouleau postal codes, and in behind them were the people who gathered for Corner Gas Days.

It’ll be a treat to see the movie when it comes out this winter, Carleton said -- Particularly after seeing the sets first-hand.

The same as during the Corner Gas television series’ six-season run to 2009, the Town of Rouleau was set up as the fictional town of Dog River for the past month.

The Ruby coffee house, The Howler newspaper office, the bar and the namesake Corner Gas service station were all there.

As were two of the movie’s stars, Brent Butt (who plays Brent Leroy) and Fred Ewanuick (Hank), who greeted the crowd.

Carleton’s next big gig will be teaching a class to a handful of Saskatchewan Roughriders players’ wives in Regina some time next month.

Between her gig in Rouleau and with the Roughriders’ wives, Carleton figures that her business’s Saskatchewan-centric name, Living Skies Crochet, has opened some province specific doors.

Selling crochet patterns online, she’s found the people most interested in Saskatchewan culture are from Australia, the United States and Ireland.

Filming has wrapped on Corner Gas: The Movie, and the movie is set to open in theatres later this year.

Geographic location: Rouleau, Saskatchewan, Dog River Regina Australia United States Ireland

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