The Swift Current Broncos remained undefeated with a 6-0 record after two games during the Thanksgiving weekend. The Broncos won their home opener 5-2 against the Kootenay ICE in front of a sold out crowd at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex, Oct. 7. Tyler Steenbergen continued his strong performance and scored two goals. The following day the Broncos won 4-3 against the Warriors in Moose Jaw, which was the Moose Jaw team's first defeat this season and gave the Broncos the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Steenbergen scored one goal to bring his goal total to 13 after six games, which makes him the top goal scorer in the league. Aleksi Heponiemi's 16 assists is the highest in the league and the two team mates are leading the league on total points, with Steenbergen and Heponiemi both recording 19 points.

 

The Southwest Multicultural Association hosted a Canada 150 celebration in association with the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan and other partners at the Living Sky Casino event centre in Swift Current, Oct. 5. The evening's program started with musical and dance performances by local performers. Students from Great Plains College's English language training classes sang the Canadian national anthem and Dee Patel performed the national anthem of India. Seven-year-old Pearl Munim of Swift Current performed a Bollywood dance, and the group Dreamers (Ryan Ryu, Skylar Kim, Soye Ryu, and Sam Kim) sang songs on world peace. The main event was the performance of the Odissi, a major ancient Indian classical dance, by the acclaimed Odissi dancer Debamitra Sengupta and her Tarangini dance troupe from Kolkata, India. The group's visit to Canada was arranged by the government of India through the Indian High Commissioner's office in Ottawa in acknowledgement of Canada's 150th birthday celebrations and Swift Current was the only small city on the group's tour itinerary.

The Swift Current Branch Library hosted a book reading by two notable authors to celebrate Saskatchewan Book Publishing Week, Oct. 4. North Battleford author Kathleen Carlisle read from her book Fiery Joe: The Maverick who lit up the West. It is the first biography written about the life and legacy of Joseph Phelps, a farmer and politician who served as minister of natural resources and industrial development in the government of Premier Tommy Douglas. Phelps laid the groundwork for rural electrification in Saskatchewan and his views on women's issues, the environment and First Nations rights were ahead of the times. Award-winning Regina author and prairie naturalist Trevor Herriot read from his latest book Towards a Prairie Atonement. He addresses the need for the protection of the remaining native grasslands through a reflection on the history of Métis dispossession on the prairie. Similar book reading events took place in other communities across the province during the first week of October to celebrate reading and Saskatchewan authors and publishers.

 

Various activities took place in Swift Current from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 as part of the 8th annual Culture Days weekend in Canada. This national event happens on the last Friday and weekend in September in communities across the country to celebrate the diversity of cultural life in Canada through free events that are hosted by community and cultural organizations to promote greater cultural engagement by Canadians. The events in Swift Current started on Sept. 29 with an opening reception at the Art Gallery of Swift Current for the new exhibition Plantscapes of the Prairies by Maple Creek artist Geoff Phillips. On Sept. 30 the Swift Current Museum hosted an event to officially release the latest production in the museum's video series, Stories from the Great Southwest. This video, History of the  Métis, highlights the role of the Métis through the story of local resident Barb Parchman's family, who used Red River carts during the 19th century to transport freight from Montana to Battleford. After the video release there was a Red River cart building demonstration by George Fayant, a Red River cart builder from Regina. The opening of the Swift Current Museum's new exhibition Let's Dance was celebrated on Oct. 1 with different dance demonstrations by local groups during the afternoon.

 

The 2017-18 Blenders Art + Music concert season at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current started with high-energy performances by two very different groups, Sept. 30. The Montreal duo, Les Deuxluxes, started the evening with their unique brand of vintage surf rock. Thereafter the audience was treated to an enthusiastic trash folk performance by Montreal singer-songwriter and New Brunswick native Lisa LeBlanc and her band. The annual Blenders concert series brings live performances by some of Canada's best musicians to Swift Current. There are 13 regular concerts during the 2017-18 season. The next concert on Oct. 21 will feature Winnipeg band Lanikai along with Swift Current roots singer-songwriter Jacqueline Hudec and roots and blues musician Rob Hudec of Medicine Hat.

 

The community of Swift Current's contribution to the Canada 150 Mosaic project was unveiled at Market Square, Sept. 30. The mural consists of 400 tiles that were assembled to reflect the theme of wind. Three wind turbines in a rural landscape and colourful kites in a clear blue sky are prominent features of the mural. Community members had an opportunity to participate in the project during a tile painting event at Market Square from Aug. 18-20, when they painted images on individual tiles. The completed mural will be installed on an exterior wall at City Hall and it will face towards the Frank Rempel Centennial Plaza across the street. The Canada 150 Mosaic project is a national initiative to celebrate the country's cultural and geographical diversity during Canada's 150th birthday. Over 80,000 paintings and 150 murals will be created and each community mural will be installed in the town or city where it was created.

 

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