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Thursday, 17 March 2011 11:20

SCMA awards shaping up to be a treat

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By John R. Statton
Swift Current
The Saskatchewan Country Music Association (SCMA) Awards is shaping up to be the party of the year with the star-studded weekend of April 1-3.

“This is going to be a fantastic weekend,” said Glenna Switzer, chair of the host committee. “(It’ll be) three days of great Saskatchewan country music.”

The Kick Off Party is set to begin at 5 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre April 1 with a plethora of local acts.

For $15 patrons will traverse the downtown core for an evening of music and entertainment from 15 SCMA artists.

Live music will be held at the York, the Big I, Acropol, Louis D’s, the Brew Pub, and Lucky Charlie’s. Performances by SCMA award nominees include: Steve Gibson, Tommy John Ehman, the Midnight Roses, Mark Penner and Dave Cyca, Dodie Greenwald, Catherine Lewans, Ben Beveridge and Maria Danvers, Les Faber, Audrey Neubuhr, Kelsey Fitch, Samara Yung, Jess Moskuluke, and Amanda Jane Duncan. Program guides will be available at the Lyric, and tour guides will walk patrons to the venues.

Day two of the awards weekend will start at 9 a.m. for two $10 seminars at the Palliser Pavillion. Afterwards the Lyric will hold adult showcases with admission at $15.

The red carpet, president’s banquet and industry awards will be at the Sky Centre at 5 p.m. with a $35 price tag on admission. Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans will lead the Southwest Stomp at the i-plex; admission $30.

Sunday starts at 9 a.m. for Gospel Brunch and showcases at the Eastside Church of God for $15. Youth showcases will be held at the Lyric at 1:30 p.m. for $10; it’s followed by a songwriters café for $15 at 3 p.m.

The awards show will be held 7 p.m. at the Sky Centre with a $30 admission.

The after party will held at the Lyric following the awards, and will include a jam session. Events are open to all ages.

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