The popular Market Square in downtown Swift Current opened for a new season, June 16. The event takes place every Saturday throughout the summer until Sept. 29. The season's opening day was well attended. People enjoyed live music, shopped for fresh produce at the farmers market and visited the many food and other vendors at the market. A notable change this year is the new starting time. The market opens 30 minutes earlier at 9:30 a.m. and activities wind down at 2:30 p.m. This is Market Square's eighth year. The event's success was recognized last year with a provincial award from the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards program in the category for a winning practice.

 

The Swift Current 57's ended last week on a three-game winning streak at home with two wins against the Melville Millionaires (5-4 on June 14 and 7-1 on June 15) and a 8-5 win against Fort McMurray Giant on June 16. It improved the Swift Current team's record since the start of the season to six wins and eight losses. The league leaders after last week's games were the Weyburn Beavers in the eastern conference with no losses after 12 games and the Medicine Hat Mavericks in the western conference with a 10-2 record.

 

Swift Current’s Lyric Theatre presented an evening of live music by local talent at the monthly Open Stage, June 14. Each event is a musical journey of discovery for audience members, who might see a musician’s first-time appearance on stage or hear an impromptu jam session by experienced performers. This popular event takes place the second Thursday of every month. There will be a special Open Stage on July 12 that takes place on the opening day of the Chautauqua performing arts festival. Open Stage will therefore start later than usual at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door and performers get in for free.

 

The Treaty 4 flag was raised during a ceremony on Market Square in Swift Current, June 11. The event was hosted by the Southwest Multicultural Association and partner organizations to highlight the City of Swift Current’s proclamation of June 10-16 as Truth and Reconciliation Week in the city. Bula Ghosh of the Southwest Multicultural Association emceed the event. The speakers were Swift Current Deputy Mayor Ron Toles, who also raised the flag, and Métis elder Cecile Blanke. Participants read out call to action item on families from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.

 

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Pride Week in Swift Current, June 4-9, 2018

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A variety of activities took place during Swift Current’s 2nd annual Pride Week from June 4-10. The event was organized by Southwest Saskatchewan Pride to celebrate the community’s diversity. On June 9 a family barbecue and Pride march took place at Market Square. Participants enjoyed live music by singer-songwriter Megan Nash and visited different vendor stalls, while there were free activities and games. There were a number of speeches by dignitaries before the start of the Pride march, which took participants through the downtown area and across Saskatchewan's first permanent rainbow crosswalk. The Lyric Theathre hosted a drag show and dance as part of the 2018 Pride Week activities in Swift Current, June 9. The drag performers from Regina and Winnipeg dazzled the audience with their glamorous outfits and dance moves.

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Ride for Dad in Swift Current, June 9, 2018

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Motorcyclists supported the fight against prostate cancer at the 2018 Swift Current Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad, June 9. This was the fifth anniversary of the event in Swift Current. It was attended by 165 registered riders and total donations were $30,045. The day-long event started at the Living Sky Casino with a breakfast and a parade through the city streets. Riders then participated in a poker rally on a route through southwest Saskatchewan that took them to Gull Lake, Shaunavon, Eastend, Maple Creek and back to Swift Current. The Motorcycle Ride for Dad Swift Current Chapter donated $40,000 to the University of Saskatchewan at the breakfast, which will be used for prostate cancer research. Sixty per cent of funds raised are donated towards research and 40 per cent are used to raise awareness about the most common cancer in men. Swift Current is one of only two communities in Saskatchewan that hosts an annual Ride for Dad. The other ride is held in Saskatoon.

 

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