Quebec musician Marco Calliari brought an international flavour to the Lyric Theatre stage in Swift Current on April 11 with his performance of Italian songs. He is pictured with Amélie Poirier-Aubry on accordion and Julie Houle on tuba. Swift Current was one of six stops on his Western Canada tour that started April 8 in Jasper, Alberta, and concluded on April 13 in Saskatoon. He performed at the Lyric Theatre as part of the current Blenders concert series. His music reflects his Italian roots but he also combines different cultures when he sings Quebec songs in Italian. The final performer in the 2014-15 Blenders concert series will be Australian roots musician Jordie Lane on May 2 and a Blenders special concert takes place on May 15 with Toronto singer-songwriter Peter Katz.

 

Moose Jaw resident Scott Manly brought his collection of tarantulas to the Terrific Tarantula event at the Swift Current Library on April 9. The event was attended by about 130 people, who had an opportunity to see the spiders up close. Manly dispelled a few myths about tarantulas during his presentation and noted that they are actually quite delicate. He mentioned that there is no documented case of anyone ever dying from a tarantula bite and he has never been bitten during eight years of keeping these spiders.

 

The Saskatoon indie rock band League of Wolves was received with a lot of enthusiasm during the sold-out release party for their first album at Lucky Charlie's Pub and Pool in Swift Current, April 3. The four League of Wolves band members – Dillon Currie (vocals, guitar), Aspen Beveridge (vocals, guitar), Greig Beveridge (drums, vocals) and Ethan Stork (bass) – have strong roots in southwest Saskatchewan and they all grew up in Maple Creek. They had strong hometown support at the release party in Swift Current, with a busload of people travelling from Maple Creek to attend the celebration. Their debut album, titled League of Wolves, was recorded entirely in an abandoned old schoolhouse in Piapot that was saved by the Beveridge family.

 

The five-member Swift Current cover band Lady and the Tramps was a popular opening act at the release party for the first album of Saskatoon rock band League of Wolves at Lucky Charlie's Pub and Pool in Swift Current, April 3. The band members are lead vocalist Erin Adashynski, guitarists Justin Fehr and Gord Cave. bass player Sean Ward, and drummer Jamie Fortney.

 

The inaugural “Evening of Spoken Word” was hosted by the Lyric Theatre on March 31 to celebrate the art of writing and the joy of sharing stories with others. In the run-up to the event a group of students from five Chinook School Division schools – Hazlet, Maverick, O.M. Irwin, Ponteix, and Swift Current Comprehensive High – participated in two workshops held at the Lyric Theatre by facilitators from the Saskatoon based community initiative Write Out Loud. Eight students volunteered to participate in the open mic event on March 31, where they shared their written pieces with the audience. The students were Phoebe Nodge, Devan Barber, Anthony Harder, Kirsten Samson, Carlos Munoz, Erika Erlandson, Olivia Orthner and Joe Boehm. The event was emceed by Saskatoon poet Isaac Bond, who also read a few of his poems during the evening, and the featured artist was Saskatoon poet, spoken word artist and playwright Shanda Stefanson.  She is a two-time member of the Saskatoon Slam Poetry team and a regular participant in the acclaimed Tonight it's Poetry spoken word performance series in Saskatoon. She urged students at the Lyric Theatre event to continue writing with passion and to focus on telling authentic stories.

 

 

After two weeks of intense competition the 86th annual Swift Current & District Music Festival concluded with the Xtravaganza at the Bridgeway Community Church, March 29. The event showcased the talent of festival participants with musical performances and award presentations to the winners in numerous categories. There were almost 400 entries in this year's festival in a variety of disciplines, including vocal and choral, musical theatre, speech arts, bands, piano, guitar and strings. A number of performers at this year's festival received recommendations for provincial competition: Presely Reddekopp (two recommendations for piano), Brennan Schommer (brass) and choral recommendations for Prairie Spirit and the Swift Current Comprehensive High School Meistersingers. The vocal or musical theatre recommendations were received by Michael Aman, Mandy Friesen, Lauren Levorson-Wong and Janise Michel.

 

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