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Tuesday, 06 April 2010 15:46

Lyric Theatre has revitalized southwest Sask. music scene

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By Gail Jansen
Swift Current
When musician-in-residence Dave Lang began at the Lyric with funding and support provided by the Saskatchewan Arts Board, it was with an aim to making live music, once more, a staple at this once vibrant historical theatre. It worked.

While Lang’s tenure as musician-in-residence has ended, the musical community he helped to develop is one that is continuing to thrive, says Bonnie Girouard, President of the Southwest Cultural Development Group.

 “He got the ball rolling,” says Girouard. “We held our first live music open stage in October of 2007 and by May of 2008 we were filled to capacity and had to turn people away at the door, and it’s been consistently strong since that point. It changed Swift Current.”

“There are a lot of people with talent here,” continues Girouard. “And people here obviously value live music, because they’re in the seats, and they’re hungry for it.”

Read the rest of this story in this week's Prairie Post, complete with photos.

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