Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:19

Well known Swift Current native now part of Juno family

Written by  Joey Donnelly
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Eliza Doyle with Dead South in a concert in Saskatoon. Eliza Doyle with Dead South in a concert in Saskatoon. File photo

Some say that when a baby is born here on earth, a star is born in the sky.


One of the brightest stars shining today belongs to Swift Current’s Eliza Mary Doyle, who along with her band, The Dead South, won the 2018 Juno Award for Traditional Roots Album of the Year.
Eliza and her banjo have delighted audiences at the Lyric Theatre countless times, including open stages, album launches and Boxing Day celebrations. Her past bands include The Midnight Roses, The Cracker Cats, and The Moonshine Misses, which performed the Lyric’s grand reopening in 2006, starring Fred Penner.
The Dead South is a five-piece acoustic ensemble based in Saskatchewan and recently recorded their first full-length album, Good Company. Colter Wall is another rising star with Lyric roots. He is on the Rumble and Roar Tour, ripping through the United Stated to sold-out crowds, promoting a new self-titled album produced by Dave Cobb.
The Lyric Theatre provides the training ground for local talent to excel... everywhere.
"Together, with the board, volunteers and staff of the theatre, we will dare to dream, to celebrate our artistic past and present, and side-by-side with the community and with their support, take bold steps into the future," said Lyric president, Denise Wall.
Leaping into spring, the Lyric welcomes two new staff members: Aina Adashynski is the general manager and Gordon McCall begins his role as artistic director.
These new positions and opportunities for cultural development arose from the hard work of volunteers.
Someone like Anthea Loran, a very giving Swift Current resident who recently passed away.
She was awarded the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal at Government House in 2016 and called volunteering a way of life. Anthea spent 25 years running a swimming program for people with special needs, regularly read to clients at Canadian Mental Health, and established the Ralph and Anthea Loran Endowment Fund at Great Plains College.
She grew up in Hampshire, England, survived World War II, and then followed her sister to Canada in 1955. A nurse, writer, painter, choir singer and gardener; Anthea was a strong supporter of artists, marginalized people, newcomers and literacy.
In 2011, we both fought with the pen to keep Swift Current’s library downtown.
At the Lyric, Anthea once collaborated with Jacob Heinrichs, mixing poetry and hip hop. In February 2017 at Write Out Loud, she gave a reading from her latest publication, Recollections and Reflections, joined by friends from the Prairie Quills Writers’ Group. Her legacy continues to shine brightly like the stars above, daring us to dream big.
Upcoming Events: Youth Talen Night on Wednesday, April 4. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 6:30pm. Blenders presents Coco Love Alcorn on April 7, 7:30-11:30pm.
Open Stage on Thursday, April 12 hosted by Glenna Switzer; open jam from 7-8pm. Write Out Loud features Louise Bernice Halfe on April 18.
SCIT comedy returns on April 20. Blenders presents Slocan Ramblers and Wolf Willow on April 21, 8:30-11:30pm.
Listen to Dis’ Community Arts Organization presents Neither Heroes Nor Ordinary Men on April 27: contemporary inclusive theatre and multidisciplinary performance art.
The Lyric Theatre presents, Hillburn on April 29. Tickets available at Pharmasave.
(Joey Donnelly is a Lyric Theatre board member)

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