Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The third in a series of free bi-weekly events in southwest Saskatchewan to celebrate Canada 150 and cultural diversity in Saskatchewan took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, July 29. The Southwest CultureFest is organized by the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre to promote inclusion and to build stronger community relationships. This event featured performances by the Creeland Dancers from the Beardy's and Okemasis First Nation and the Swift Current progressive rock band The Moon Runners. Tinto Sebastian danced during a brief appearance at the event to give the audience a preview of her upcoming performance at the Southwest CultureFest events in August. The next two events in this festival series takes place at the Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre in Shaunavon on Aug. 11 and the Lyric Theatre on Aug. 12, with both shows starting at 7 p.m. The performers at both these events will be Tunde, the African warrior (a West African dance fusion project) and Tinto Sebastian, who will perform Bollywood and traditional Indian dances.

Young musicians had an opportunity to perform on stage in front of an audience at the Lyric Theatre, July 27.  The Blenders summer concert concluded the weeklong Swift Current Music Camp for musicians between the ages of 13 to 18.  The students were able to learn from experienced musicians during the week with sessions on listening, techniques, performing, theory, group dynamics and stage presence that will help them to get ready to play in a contemporary band. The camp activities took place at Maverick School, the Lyric Theatre and outdoors at Gowan's Grove on a farm near the city. Canadian singer-songwriter Dagan Harding spent the final afternoon of the camp with the students and he also performed that evening at the concert. The ambient alternative rock band Bears in Hazenmore was the opening act at the music camp's summer concert, July 27. Band members were instructors at the Swift Current Music Camp. Four music camp bands performed at the concert.

 

Friday, 04 August 2017 07:00

Digging for fossils a unique experience

The thrill of finding an ancient fossil from a time when the dinosaurs were still roaming the earth is usually only experienced by paleontologists, but visitors to the Grasslands National Park can actually share in that excitement when they participate in Fossil Fever.

The Cypress Health Region is looking for physicians to fill vacancies in two rural communities, but it is not an easy task.

The ongoing development of the residential neighbourhood around the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current has resulted in a review of landing arrangements for Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) helicopters at the hospital.

Workshops took place in two southwest Saskatchewan watersheds to inform cattle producers about changing water quality during times of drought and how to deal with degraded water sources that are a result of dry conditions.

A southwest Saskatchewan athlete won two gold medals and a bronze medal at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG).

Two 23-year-old graduates from the University of British Columbia spent time in Swift Current last week on their cross-country hitchhike on a budget of only $150 each.

The work continues to complete the Swift Current Broncos memorial site next to the Trans-Canada Highway east of the city.

An event to celebrate Métis culture and heritage in southwest Saskatchewan will take place in Swift Current on Aug. 3.

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