Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The U15 Junior SunDogs girls team won silver at their home tournament, which took place at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School from March 25 to 26. Eight volleyball teams participated in the tournament. The Junior SunDogs finished in fourth place after the round robin with four wins and three losses. The home team won the quarter and semi-final matches in two-set games to play for gold in the final against the Battlefords Volleyball Club (BVC) Impact. The Junior SunDogs won the first set 25-18, but the BVC Impact won the next two sets (27-25 and 15-6) to place first with the SunDogs in second spot.

 

The former Swift Current punk rock band One Man Short held a reunion concert at the Lyric Theatre, March 24. This was the first time in more than 10 years that the three original band members – Michael Jewitt (bass), John McLean (lead vocals, drums) and Brent Patoine (guitar) – came together on stage. The band had a successful run from 2001 to 2005 and recorded a full-length album. The trio played regularly at the Inferno, a nightclub that was located in the historic Lyric Theatre building until 2003. The band's reunion show, which was presented by Big Siddy Productions, included performances by a number of other artists. Pictured, in order of appearance during the evening, Swift Current singer-songwriter Vanessa Gauvin, local band Kill the Lights, Saskatoon band Off the Top Rope, and One Man Short.

 

Hard rock band League of Wolves held a successful fundraising concert at Walker Place in Swift Current, March 24. The event was attended by around 200 people and raised about $6,000 that will help the band to achieve their dream to record their next album with producers Gavin Brown and Maia Davies at the Noble Street Studios in Toronto. The Swift Current alternative rock band The Moon Runners was the opening act for the concert. The League of Wolves was started by four musicians from Maple Creek, but the band is currently based in Saskatoon.

The Swift Current Oratorio Choir’s upcoming spring performance will provide a musical reflection about the horror of war on a day that has special significance to Canadians.

The Holy Trinity Catholic School Division is implementing an initiative to develop a better understanding of teacher time and workload as a means to create a positive work-life balance for staff.

A Swift Current teenager has started a home-based business to express her creativity while she continues her battle against a rare medical condition.

The Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre and 17 partner organizations hosted an event on Market Square in downtown Swift Current to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21. The event was part of a provincial campaign against racism by the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) with the theme “Show Racism the Door.” This was the second year that organizations in Swift Current participated in the MCoS campaign on this day, which is observed around the world to highlight ongoing efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination. Representatives from partner organizations spoke at the event. People participated in a game that helped to highlight the event's themes of moving away from stereotypes and prejudice, and of building a community of acceptance and respect. Thereafter they wrote down messages of respect and acceptance that was placed on a door to cover words of disrespect and intolerance.

 

The Swift Current Skating Club celebrated a successful season with the On Broadway ice show at the Innovation Credit Union i-plex, March 19. 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. Skaters wore colourful outfits and performed routines that where choreographed to the sound of music from some famous musicals, varying from The Sound of Music to Grease and The Lion King. The performance concluded with a grand finale, when all the skaters were on the ice. This was followed by an awards ceremony, during which six rising star awards were presented to skaters. The award recipients were Hart Johnston (First Blades 1), Georgia Unger (First Blades 2), Vaeda Johnson (First Blades 3), Sadie Schamber (CanSkate 1), Erika Olson (CanSkate 2) and Karley Tait (Rising Stars). A gift was also presented to Tracy Hansen, a member of the club's coaching staff, who is retiring after 19 years as a professional coach, of which around 16 years were spent with the Swift Current Skating Club.

 

Award-winning Saskatchewan country music artist Codie Prevost performed in Swift Current on March 18 at a concert that was a fundraiser for the Lyric Theatre's building renovation fund. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales also benefitted the Hockridge and Thomson families in the city, who have to deal with expenses due to the medical condition of a child. Amisha Hockridge (13) was born with microtia, a rare condition that can affect the heart, spine, kidney and bowel. She already had 13 surgeries and she is preparing for another one. Amisha and her family attended the Codie Prevost concert. They were able to meet him before the start of his performance and she was invited by Prevost to perform a song  during his concert. She sang the Ed Sheeran song Thinking Out Loud. Three-year-old Bella Thomson was born with a rare form of severe combined immunodeficiency. She has spent over 600 days in hospital since birth. She has already undergone 12 surgeries and there will be at least two more. For more information about the journeys of these two children and community efforts to support them, go to the Facebook pages Amisha's Microtia Battle and Isabella's Mustard Seed.

 

Write Out Loud hosted two award-winning artists and storytellers from Val Marie at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, March 15. Madonna Hamel has produced award-winning radio documentaries for the CBC, her one-woman monologues have been performed around North America, and her art installation My Mother's Apron, which was on show last summer at the Prairie Wind and Silver Sage Ecomuseum in Val Marie, has been extended for another season. Her series of vignettes, My Sister's Apron, will be performed in Regina in April. Interdisciplinary artist Joseph Naytowhow has produced traditional and contemporary stories and songs that have been recorded and performed nationally and internationally. His passion for sharing cultural knowledge has made him a sought after speaker, performer and educator, he has been working with various university education departments on cultural research projects, and he recently completed a short book of fiction based on his residential school experience. The two artists have met in Val Marie and they have been cooperating on a storytelling event that took place at the Prairie Community Centre in Val Marie, March 18. The next event in the Write Out Loud series will feature poet Linda Monahan on April 19 at 7 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre.

 

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