Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The Eliza Mary Doyle trio concluded their western Canadian tour in Swift Current with a performance at the Lyric Theatre, Aug. 3. The band's lead vocalist Eliza Mary Doyle, a former Swift Current resident, is also the banjo player for the popular Saskatchewan blue grass band The Dead South. Doyle's hectic touring schedule will continue into the fall, as she is playing with The Dead South at venues across Canada, the United States and Europe. The Prince Albert band The Wolfe made their debut at the Lyric Theatre stage on Aug 3. This all-female trio was one of the top four finalists from more than 2,000 entries in the 2017 CBC Searchlight competition. The Wolfe appeared at the Lyric Theatre as part of their Can You Hear Me summer tour across central and western Canada.

 

An event to celebrate Métis culture and heritage took place in Swift Current, Aug. 3. The Métis Culture Camp was hosted by the Art Gallery of Swift Current in partnership with the Swift Current Museum. The camp was located on an open site next to the  Battleford Trail Ruts municipal heritage site in the city. In the morning the camp participants took part in a departure ceremony at the heritage site for a group of walkers who were leaving on a 18-day walk to Battleford. There was a full program of activities at the camp in the afternoon. Red River cart craftsman George Fayant of Regina presented a workshop on the history and construction of the cart. Camp participants learned different dances from master Métis jigger Yvonne Chartrand of Vancouver and they listened to stories by aboriginal storyteller Joseph Naytowhow of Saskatoon. Live music was provided by Phil and Dallas Boyer of Saskatoon. Camp participants had an opportunity to ride on a full-size Red River cart built by Armand Jerome, a Métis master cart builder in Manitoba. Tracey Bickford of Prairie Percherons supplied a horse and drove the cart. This cart will become part of the Art Gallery of Swift Current's permanent collection as a culturally authentic Métis artifact.

 

A departure ceremony took place in Swift Current on Aug. 3 for a group of walkers on a 18-day walk to Battleford. The ceremony took place at the the Battleford Trail Ruts Municipal Heritage Site. Speakers at the ceremony included walk organizer Hugh Henry, Métis elder Cecile Blanke, and Staff Sgt. Gary Hodges of the Swift Current RCMP detachment. Some of the people at the ceremony accompanied the walkers to the outskirts of the city and along the initial few kilometres of a gravel road. The walk was organized by Swift Current resident Hugh Henry, who is the vice-president of the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society. The walk will closely follow the route of the historic Swift Current – Battleford Trail, which was an important trade route between the two communities from 1883 to 1890. Only a few walkers, including Henry, will complete the entire distances. Some of the walkers who started in Swift Current will only go halfway while other walkers will join the group for a day or two along the route. The walk will conclude with an event at Fort Battleford on Aug. 20.

 

A departure ceremony took place in Swift Current on Aug. 3 for a group of walkers on a 18-day walk to Battleford.

Two Swift Current powerlifters are preparing for the 2017 Saskatchewan Provincial Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships later this month after successfully competing in their first competition in Regina.

The new CEO of the Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce wants to ensure the chamber is a strong voice for the business community.

The $2.5 million project to replace the main arena ice floor slab in the Innovation Credit Union i-plex is on schedule.

There has been good progress with the project to install overhead lighting along the Trans-Canada Highway corridor through Swift Current and it will be completed within the next few weeks.

Swift Current artist Tommy Kirk is using YouTube videos to share his passion for art and for paper sculpting with others.

The terms of the City of Swift Current’s agreement of financial assistance with the Elmwood Golf Club is set to change to allow the club to start with repayments.

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