The 40th annual Swift Current Hobby, Craft and Gun Spring Show took place in the Stockade at Kinetic Exhibition Park, April 1 and 2. The event was well attended and according to show organizer Henry Banman there were around 2,100 visitors during the weekend. There were over 75 exhibitors and the 235 tables were filled with a variety of merchandise. There was a large selection of firearms and ammunition as well as coins, stamps, antiques, leather, glassware and various other collectables for sale. Banman has also organized a fall show for the past nine years and the 10th annual fall show on Nov. 4 and 5 will therefore be of special significance, as it will be the 50th hobby, craft and gun show in Swift Current since 1977.

 

The Swift Current Broncos won the final game in the best-of-seven playoff series against the Moose Jaw Warriors in Moose Jaw, April 3. The 3-2 victory gave the Broncos their first playoff round win since 2008. They will take on the Regina Pats in the second round of the playoffs. The Pats already concluded their series against the Calgary Hitmen on March 30, when the Regina team won their fourth game in a row. The Broncos had an opportunity to clinch the series in Swift Current on April 1, as the team had a 3-2 series lead after five games, but the Warriors forced the seventh game with a 3-2 win. The Broncos will travel to Regina for the first two games against the Pats on April 6 and 7, and the next two game will be in Swift Current on April 10 and 11. Pictured are action from the game between the Broncos and Warriors at the Innovation Credit Union i-plex in Swift Current, April 1.

 

The 88th annual Swift Current & District Music Festival Xtravaganza took place at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church, March 31. The festival provides an opportunity for amateur musicians to perform and showcase their talent. During March the participants in the different categories were evaluated at adjudicated sessions and the festival concluded with the Xtravaganza, where award presentations were made to the category winners and a number of the winners performed to the audience. The following festival competitors received recommendations to participate in the finals for the provincial competition: Sarah Elezaby (vocal solo), Jesse Koethler (musical theatre), Anthony Merkel (brass solo), Presley Reddekopp (piano), Dawnella Rude (musical theatre), Prairie Spirit Choir (choral) and Swift Current Comprehensive High School Chamber Singers (choral).

 

The U15 Junior SunDogs girls team won silver at their home tournament, which took place at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School from March 25 to 26. Eight volleyball teams participated in the tournament. The Junior SunDogs finished in fourth place after the round robin with four wins and three losses. The home team won the quarter and semi-final matches in two-set games to play for gold in the final against the Battlefords Volleyball Club (BVC) Impact. The Junior SunDogs won the first set 25-18, but the BVC Impact won the next two sets (27-25 and 15-6) to place first with the SunDogs in second spot.

 

The former Swift Current punk rock band One Man Short held a reunion concert at the Lyric Theatre, March 24. This was the first time in more than 10 years that the three original band members – Michael Jewitt (bass), John McLean (lead vocals, drums) and Brent Patoine (guitar) – came together on stage. The band had a successful run from 2001 to 2005 and recorded a full-length album. The trio played regularly at the Inferno, a nightclub that was located in the historic Lyric Theatre building until 2003. The band's reunion show, which was presented by Big Siddy Productions, included performances by a number of other artists. Pictured, in order of appearance during the evening, Swift Current singer-songwriter Vanessa Gauvin, local band Kill the Lights, Saskatoon band Off the Top Rope, and One Man Short.

 

Hard rock band League of Wolves held a successful fundraising concert at Walker Place in Swift Current, March 24. The event was attended by around 200 people and raised about $6,000 that will help the band to achieve their dream to record their next album with producers Gavin Brown and Maia Davies at the Noble Street Studios in Toronto. The Swift Current alternative rock band The Moon Runners was the opening act for the concert. The League of Wolves was started by four musicians from Maple Creek, but the band is currently based in Saskatoon.

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