Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

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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Royal Ball in Swift Current, March 28, 2015

The inaugural Royal Ball in Swift Current was organized by a group of local women to raise funds for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. The sold out event consisted of two Royal Ball functions at the Daycare Inn on March 28 and 29 where children were able to meet their favourite fairytale characters while enjoying supper and entertainment. Flynn Rider (played by Chris Martens) announced the arrival of the royal court of fairytale characters and Queen Elsa of Arendelle (played by Emilee Mirau) welcomed everyone to the event.

 

The opening night of Swift Current Little Theatre's spring production of the comedy Beer for Breakfast by U.S. playwright Sean Grennan took place on March 19. There were also performances on March 20 and 21, and the final two performances are on March 27 and 28 at the Beatty Playhouse at Great Plains College. The comedy, which is directed by Shayla Kulferst and Ron Toles, provides many light-hearted moments and a few surprises as three friends gather for a guys weekend that turns into a battle of the sexes when another friend's wife turns up. The actors are Kurtis Bakanec, Teresa Cole, Ken Johnson and Bruce Rayner.

 

Saskatchewan author Cassie Stocks, who lives in Eston, was the guest speaker at the Lyric Theatre's Write Out Loud event in Swift Current, March 18. She read from her debut novel Dance, Gladys, Dance and talked about her journey from being a single parent who worked full-time while writing to receiving the 2013 Leacock Canadian Humour Award for her first book. She became the first woman in 17 years to receive this prestigious literary prize. The Highfield Schoolhouse Band provided the music at the event, with band members Sandra Hill on piano, her husband Larry Hill on banjo, Sandra's brother Stewart Wells on fiddle and Don Hussey on saxophone and banjo. They performed a selection of prairie pop tunes from 100 years ago that used to be played at community gatherings held at schoolhouses across Saskatchewan. The next Write Out Loud event on April 15 will feature award-winning Regina author and prairie naturalist Trevor Herriot, who will be reading from his latest book The Road is How: A Prairie Pilgrimage through Nature, Desire and Soul.

 

The City of Swift Current is preparing a bid to host the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games.

Hit songs from different decades helped the Swift Current Skating Club to celebrate a successful season during the club's Through the Decades show at the Credit Union iPlex, March 15. The club's ice show is an annual event to showcase the talent of their skaters in front of family and friends, who attended in large numbers to watch the colourful event. Moose Jaw Skating Club member Raine Eberl, a Saskatchewan high performance team member, was the guest skater at the show. A number of awards were also presented at the event. Club President Deb Steinley received the SaskEnergy Champion Volunteer award. Skaters Minjae Kim and Naimy Regier were presented with the SaskEnergy Rising Star award. Jodi Switzer and Braden Carleton received the CanSkate Champion award and Jade Philippon was the recipient of the CanSkater of the Year award.

 

The City of Swift Current's flood planning team and residents living near the creek kept a close eye on water levels last week when the Water Security Agency increased water volumes released from Duncairn Dam on March 9, when the inflow reached 23 cubic metres per second (800 cubic foot per second). In reaction the agency started to release six cubic metres per second (200 cubic foot per second) from the dam. Sections of the Chinook Parkway in Swift Current were covered by higher water levels and the Lee Lam bridge on the city's south side was closed for traffic. By March 13 the water levels have dropped significantly and City workers removed temporary dykes that were installed at a few locations to protect residential properties.

 

The Swift Current Group 2 Scouts Kub Kar Rally took place at the Swift Current Mall, March 7. There was stiff competition between the Cub Scouts (ages eight to 10) for top honours in the different racing categories (obstacle, straight line, stop-on-the spot, speed track) and for the prize of best workmanship. The younger Beaver Scouts (ages five to seven) were also able to practice their racing skills but did not compete for medals.

 

The International Women's Day celebration at the Swift Current Museum on March 7 was hosted by the International Women of Swift Current. The event was also sponsored by the Filipino Association, Grandmothers and Others for Change, Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre, Southwest Crisis Centre, Southwest Multicultural Association and the Status of Women Office in the Ministry of Social Services. Métis elder Cecile Blanke opened the event with prayer. Pat Faulconbridge of the Status of Women Office brought greetings on behalf of the Minister of Social Services Donna Harpauer. The keynote speakers were Swift Current resident Zakia Zanidean and City of Swift Current Chief Administrative Officer Susan Motkaluk. Zanidean spoke about her journey as a young woman from Lebanon to Canada, and Motkaluk spoke about her career as an engineer and her desire to make a difference through building community partnerships. Musical performances were provided by the Great Plains College English as Second Language (ESL) choir and Jacqueline Ravino, while Grade 10 student Ankita Das performed a Bollywood dance.

 

 
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