Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The Travelling Mabels, a folk/country female trio, concluded a series of 22 concerts across Saskatchewan with a performance at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, March 7. They entertained a large audience with melodic harmonies and some humorous storytelling. The women represent three generations with musical influences that range from Dolly Parton and Bob Dylan to the Eagles and Cheryl Crow. They received the Association of Country Music in Alberta 2011 Group of the Year Award and they have been an opening act for the legendary Ian Tyson. Their visit to Swift Current was part of the Swift Current Arts Council’s 2015-16 Stars for Saskatchewan series. The multi-faceted Canadian singer, songwriter and pianist Sarah Slean, who has been nominated for three Juno and two Gemini awards, will be the next performer in this series on March 24. Tickets for the concert are available online for $45 at www.ticketpro.ca or by calling 1-888-655-9090. For more information, visit the Swift Current Arts Council website at www.scartscouncil.ca.

 

The Swift Current Junior SunDogs 18U men's volleyball team had a great start to their season by winning gold in front of a home crowd at the 2016 18U Men Sask Cup #1, which took place on March 5 and 6 at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. The tournament was attended by eight teams from across the province. The SunDogs remained undefeated during the tournament and lost only one set during a round robin game on March 5 against the Regina RVC Stubble Jumpers. The SunDogs and Stubble Jumpers played each other again in the final game on March 6, which the SunDogs won in two sets with a score of 25-23 and 25-16.

 

Swift Current's Central School held a talent show on March 3 as the school's final fundraiser for Telemiracle 40. There were performances by students and staff and the Central School Choir performed their Telemiracle song. The evening's highlight happened when facility operator Ed Clarke stepped on the stage to have his head shave. He agreed to have his long hair cut if the Central School Choir reached their fundraising goal of $6,000 and to donate his hair to the Wigs for Kids charity. The choir passed their fundraising goal and presented a cheque of $12,000.28 to Telemiracle during their performance at the event on March 6. That amount included $7,800 from fundraising and cash donations while the rest was cheque donations.

The Swift Current and District Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP) is now providing services to families in southwest Saskatchewan from a much larger office space that will create new opportunities for interaction and program delivery.

Internationally renowned Toronto dancer and choreographer Bill Coleman presented two dance segments from the new avant-garde production Dollhouse during a special dance event at the Art Gallery of Swift Current (AGSC), Feb. 29. During the arrows segment he portrays a man whose body is pierced by multiple arrows. His body writhes in apparent agony as he slowly moves across the room while stepping on various items on the floor to create an additional sound experience for the audience until he collapses into a silent heap. The event was organized by the AGSC in association with Robin Poitras of Regina's New Dance Horizons to give local residents a preview of the production. The official premiere of Dollhouse will take place in Peterborough, Ontario, on April 2. Coleman combines tap dancing and performance art to create an experiment with movement through the use of various objects. It was created for performances in galleries, music centres, theatres and other places of learning and discovery. The AGSC is planning to present the full production in Swift Current in October. Dollhouse is described as a 60-minute “theatrical disintegration” that is both an eye-opening, disruptive spectacle and a musical experience. 

 

 

The diversity of blues music was celebrated at the StirCrazy Blues Festival in Swift Current, Feb. 27. The event, which was presented by Blenders Music at the Lyric Theatre, featured performances by the Calgary blues musician Tim Williams and bilingual Montreal singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué. Williams is a 40-year veteran of the Roots music scene in North America with a traditional blues style that is inspired by seeing live performances of first generation blues musicians during the mid to late 1960s.  His career began in the coffee houses of Southern California in the mid-1960s. The music of Doo-Kingué is a blend of blues, afro-roots and soul that uses lyrics in English and French to provide social commentary on issues such as racial and sexual oppression. She was born and raised in the City of New York and now lives in Montreal. She was joined on stage by bass player Pierre Desmarais and drummer Anthony Pageot. The Lyric Theatre was the final stop on Doo-Kingué's eight-week cross-country tour.

 

Former NHL coach Jacques Demers, who was behind the bench when the Montreal Canadiens won their most recent Stanley Cup during the 1992/93 season, was the guest speaker at the 2016 Swift Current Indians Baseball Club Field of Dreams dinner at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Swift Current, Feb. 27. He talked about his difficult childhood years, his passion for hockey and his approach to coaching. He emphasized the importance of respect towards others and of a positive attitude that will help one to work hard to achieve success and to grasp opportunities when they present themselves. The Field of Dreams dinner has been an important fundraiser for the baseball team over the past 17 years and has provided funds in support of significant projects such new light standards, stadium seating, uniforms and equipment.

 

The Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats dominated the first-round playoff series against the Notre Dame Hounds in the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League. The second ranked Wildcats won the first game 5-3 in Swift Current on Feb. 27 and then travelled to Wilcox on Feb. 28 for a 4-2 victory against the seventh-ranked Hounds. The Wildcats wrapped up the best of five series with a 5-0 win in Swift Current on March 1.

 

The fourth annual Carhartts and Caviar Welding Showcase and Auction took place at the Great Plains College campus in Swift Current, Feb. 25. The sold out event featured 12 unique metal art pieces that were created by welding certificate students, their instructor, program alumni and local companies. Auctioneer Gordie Cameron received some help during the evening from welding students to auction the different items.
 
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