Wednesday, 08 August 2012 11:32

Swift Current Allied Arts Council works hard to bring in first rate talent

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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For the past 44 years, the Allied Arts Council in Swift Current has provided the community with the unique opportunity to enjoy some of the wonderful talent found across Canada, through the annual Stars for Saskatchewan Series.

This year’s lineup promises another fantastic season of performances, featuring artists Ian Tyson, Stephen Page, and Jim Cuddy, as well as a production by Ballet Jörgen Canada.
“Putting on this series is an ongoing project for us, because as we are selling our current series we are starting plans for next season,” explained Paul Rezansoff, president of the Allied Arts Council. “We have a dedicated group of 15 or so people on our board that works with us to put these events on, and we’ve been working at it for over 40 years.”
Since the series has been running for so long, Rezansoff noted it is quite easy for the board to find talent and bring them to the community.
They’ve formed enough relationships within the industry, and they find that many performers are eager to return after receiving a warm welcome from the Swift Current audience.
“I think there is a great response from the community to the series, a sense of need here for various forms of talent to perform in Swift Current,” he said. “Our group is strongly committed to the arts, and to what the arts can do for the community and civilization as a whole. We’ve had such a wide range of performers here, and people have really come to expect a quality performance from this series. We try to provide talent that is of a very high standard.”
In addition to the dedicated help from the Arts Board, Rezansoff noted they do have regular volunteers who show up to work at the events. He is pleased to see that kind of support from the community.
“We feel that this is something that we can be proud of, and we’ve been doing it for a very long time,” he added. “One of the things we’ve really tried to do is bring the best performances that we could possibly afford, to make them available to our community. I think people are aware that this is a pretty exceptional situation for a small community.”
Since the series has moved to a new venue — Sky Centre at the Living Sky Casino in Swift Current — Rezansoff noted the Stars for Saskatchewan Series can offer even more to the community.
“This has really been a big asset for us, and helps everything fit together perfectly,” he said. “This state-of-the-art facility has helped a lot in letting the audience truly enjoy the performances in comfort, and they are so much more appreciative of that.”
Since so many of the series ticket holders from last season have renewed their seats for this year, a limited number of series tickets are available to the public for the 2012-2013 season.
For more information, phone the Swift Current Allied Arts Council at 773-1338 or 1-877-211-2787 toll-free.
Series lineup:
Sept. 28 — Ian Tyson; Nov. 2 — David Myles; Nov. 20 —  Ben Heppner; Dec. 11 — Stephen Page; Feb.1 — Regina Symphony Chamber Orchestra; March 1 — Ballet Jörgen Canada; March 16 — Wolak and Donnelly; April. 16 — Jim Cuddy; and May 1 — Michael Burgess and Rebecca Caine.

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