Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


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.

Swift Current Special Olympics hosted the annual swim meet in the city on Feb. 21. Nine local athletes competed at the event against swimmers from North Battleford, Regina and Saskatoon. The swim meet was a qualifying event for the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Estevan and the 2017 Special Olympics Saskatchewan Provincial Games. More information about the event and results are available here.


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Gull Lake hosts 2016 Winterfest, Feb. 20

The 2016 Winterfest provided a day of fun activities for the entire family in Gull Lake, Feb. 20. There was a variety of indoor and outdoor activities at the Gull Lake Community Hall, starting with a pancake breakfast and concluding with a fireworks show in the evening. The more actively minded enjoyed street hockey, mini-golf and a scavenger hunt. The Crashed Ice event at the skating rink provided contestants an opportunity to test their skating skills on an obstacle course. The activities in the community hall included a craft table, cookie decoration, a brownie bake-off and a very entertaining pie-eating contest, while the Gull Lake Seniors hosted board and card games. The winner of the pie-eating contest was Hayden Bucheler of Gull Lake.


Over 500 visitors attended the 6th annual Cramer Livestock and Crop Production Expo that took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current, Feb. 18. It was the largest attendance in the event's history. All 103 booths at the event sold out and there were 89 exhibitors at the expo. The Young Ranchers program takes place in association with the expo. Kaylee Duncan of the Clairbank 4-H club provided a clipping and grooming demonstration in the afternoon.


The writing talents of three authors from southwest Saskatchewan were celebrated during the Write Out Loud 2016 Local Writers Night at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Feb. 17. The 2015-16 Write Out Loud series started in September. Each event features a different Canadian author and the Local Writers Night places the spotlight on local authors. The three writers are pictured in order of appearance at the event - Patricia Stewart, Mitzi Tait-Zeller and Madonna Hamel. Patricia Stewart of Val Marie read from her recently published book Not Just Words: Sexual Abuse and the Canadian Justice System. It tells the story of an Ontario man's struggle to come to terms with his abuse by a family friend and his quest for justice. Swift Current horse enthusiast Mitzi Tait-Zeller, the 2013 recipient of the Equine Welfare Communications Award from the Saskatchewan Horse Federation and Farm Animal Council, read from her books Hoof Prints on My Heart and Rim-Fyre and the Stones of Time. Madonna Hamel of Val Marie read excerpts from her current book project Habits, Orders and Vows that looks at the influence of religion as a cultural inheritance. She has written and performed one-woman monologues and she has created award-winning radio documentaries. Dianne Greenlay, the author of the Quintspinner pirate adventure series, will be the featured author at the next Write Out Loud event on March 16.


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Winter Carnival in Swift Current, Feb. 17, 2016

Families were able to enjoy a variety of fun activities at the Winter Carnival Day, which was hosted by the Parent Support Network in Swift Current, Feb. 17. The outdoor activities at Riverdene Park included skating, tobogganing and horse wagon rides. The indoor activities took place at the Family Resource Centre. There were games and participants helped to create art for a mural project. The Winter Carnival Day was part of Family Fun Week in Swift Current, which is organized by the City of Swift Current's Community Services in association with various community partners and sponsors during the February school break to provide families with opportunities to participate in activities that encourage physical activity. This winter's mild temperatures had an impact on some activities, as there was not much snow cover for tobogganing during Winter Carnival Day and the cross-country skiing on Feb. 20 was cancelled.


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