The KIVA Studio in Swift Current raised $2,685 for the Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) during a two-hour Dance for Dorie Zumbathon at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Feb. 11. The event was attended by over 150 people of all ages who came together to share the joy of dancing for a good cause. Southwest YES is a non-profit organization that provides safe, secure shelter for homeless youth at Dorie’s House, a youth emergency shelter in the city.
Local musicians showcased their talent at the Lyric Theatre's Open Stage, Feb. 9. The event, which takes place the second Thursday of every month, provides music lovers with an opportunity to listen to a mix of new and experienced performers representing a variety of music styles. At each event there is an open jam of musicians from 7-8 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Fencers from across Saskatchewan were clashing blades at the 2017 Chinook Open in Swift Current, Feb. 4-5. The Swift Current Fencing Club hosted the two-day event at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. Fencers in the Open Sabre events at the 2017 Chinook Open had an opportunity to experience the challenge of fencing in a wheelchair, which requires excellent eye-hand coordination and strong core muscles. Eight clubs competed in the tournament and Swift Current fencers received three gold, one silver and five bronze medals.Below are the results for the Swift Current Fencing Club:
Under 13 Foil – 1st Ian Lacasse, 2nd Dylan Lacasse, 3rd Carianne Hunter and Lesley Levorson-Wong; Cadet (under 17) Foil – 3rd Colt Cornelson, 6th Ian Lacasse, 7th Lesley Levorson-Wong, 8th Rhett Oakman; Cadet (under 17) Épée – 3rd Rhett Oakman; Junior (under 20) Foil – 1st Cole Anderson, 5th Colt Cornelson, 8th Courtlyn Hope; Senior (Open) Foil – 1st Cole Anderson, 3rd Lisa Hagen; Senior Épée – 11th Lisa Hagen.
Award-winning flamenco guitarist Eric Harper shared his unique musical style with an appreciative audience during a performance presented by the Swift Current Arts Council at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Feb. 2. This was the fifth show in the 2016-17 Stars for Saskatchewan Series in Swift Current. Harper's performance was the first of two shows presented by the Swift Current Arts Council in February. The next show on Feb. 15 will feature the musical artistry of harpist Valérie Milot and violinist Antoine Bareil. For more information about upcoming shows, go to the website www.scartscouncil.ca. Tickets are now also on sale for the Swift Current Arts Council's 50th anniversary golden gala celebration that will take place at the Living Sky Casino, May 27. There will be a plated dinner and a show featuring Memory Lane. Tickets are $100 per person and available at the Living Sky Casino box office or online at https://tickets.siga.sk.ca
Internationally renowned Toronto dancer and choreographer Bill Coleman provided a mesmerizing performance of a man descending into chaos during the presentation of Dollhouse, a contemporary dance and sound work, at the Art Gallery of Swift Current, Jan. 25. The performance in Swift Current was presented by the art gallery in partnership with New Dance Horizons as part of the Saskatchewan tour of Dollhouse. Other performances took place in Regina and Saskatoon. The work was created by Coleman in collaboration with avant-garde composer Gordon Monahan. Coleman depicts a man out of sync with his surroundings. He falls apart while he stumbles around, stepping on mouse traps or tripping over various objects, while objects fall down around him and he gets soaked with water falling from an overhead device. Through it all there is a variety of unfamiliar sounds, which are created by Monahan through the electronic manipulation of different objects, including muscle sensors attached to Coleman's body and a set of bowls with boiling water on hot plates.
A celebration of Scottish culture took place at the annual Robbie Burns Night in Swift Current, Jan, 21. The event at the Legion Hall was hosted by the Swift Current Green Braes Pipes & Drums. People were able to enjoy haggis, a traditional Scottish dish, with their meal. John Leyshon delivered a passionate address to the haggis before the start of the meal. There was a band performance by the Green Braes Pipes & Drums and highland dances by students from The Dance Studio. This year's Robbie Burns celebration was dedicated to the memory of Ian Young, a member of the Green Braes Pipes & Drums who passed away last fall.
The 18th annual Swift Current Titans Wrestling Tournament took place in the Swift Current Comprehensive High School gymnasium, Jan. 21. It was the largest ever tournament hosted by the Swift Current Titans Wrestling Club, with 265 wrestlers from 14 different clubs competing at the event.
A celebration of Ukrainian culture took place at the Living Sky Casino in Swift Current on Jan. 13 with a Malanka event that included authentic Ukrainian food and a high-energy performance by dancers from Yevshan, a professional Ukrainian folk ballet ensemble based in Saskatoon. The evening's entertainment also included music by the acclaimed Saskatchewan polka band, The Western Senators. Malanka is a Ukrainian folk holiday that is celebrated on Jan. 13, which is New Year's Eve on the Julian calendar. The dancers started their performance with a Pryvit or welcome dance. Thereafter they presented a dance suite that depicted a portion of the traditional Malanka folk tale. Their final dance was the high-energy Hopak, a national Ukrainian dance.