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Barrows Gospel Jamboree a Blessing To All

Submitted by: Violet Plett Barrows Gospel Jamboree was again a blessing to all who attended. Due to the unstable weather we have had, we had to run the whole event inside the hall, instead of outside at the outdoor stage. Some were disappointed it was inside, but most adapted well, and some even said we […]

2024/06/28Local Interest

Valley Celebrates a Diversity of Cultures At FolkFest

Submitted by: Gillian Mcgrath | Swan Valley FolkFest took place May 31 and June 1, 2024. The event was attended by around 500 kids from the schools free of charge on Friday with an additional 780 people attending on Friday and 750 on Saturday. Swan Valley FolkFest was an opportunity to celebrate our Valley’s diversity […]

2024/06/11Local Interest

Great Turnout for Minitonas School PAC Coffee House

Submitted by: Laurie Evans Thank you to everyone that came out to the first Minitonas School PAC Coffee House on Saturday May 10, 2024. It was a great turnout and the performers did not disappoint with their wide range of music from country to opera and everything in between. It was a true showcase of […]

2024/05/17Local Interest

Swan Valley Community Band 30 Years and Counting

Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater On the May 8, 2024, in the SVRSS Cafeteria, the Swan Valley Community Band performed their “Spring Thunders In!” Concert for over 100 in attendance. Included in the audience were the many faithful patrons who have enjoyed being entertained by the Community Band for the last 30 years. There were also […]

2024/05/16Local Interest

Beautiful Display at Benito Mother’s Day Quilt Show and Tea

Submitted by: Gloria Stesenko Benito Drop In Centre had lots of activity on Saturday, May 11, 2024 with the Mother’s Day Quilt Show and Tea. There were 24 beautiful quilts on display. Tracy Kerr and Brenda Forman did a wonderful job of serving with Vickie Atkinson helping in the kitchen. A big thank you goes […]

2024/05/15Local Interest

Benito Vesselli Dance Club hosts Malanka 2024

The Benito Vesselli Dance Club With a sold out crowd, the club was overwhelmed with the support from the community and surrounding area. Guests were entertained with live music played by Bill Macooh as they entered the hall for cocktails. All 28 Vesselli Dancers gathered to welcome everyone to Malanka 2024 and say Grace. A […]

2024/01/23Local Interest

Inspirational Afternoon at Seventh-day Adventist Church

Submitted by: Donna Leming | An inspirational Christmas program was held on Dec 16th at the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The program featured various talents from members of the Swan Valley. Pastor Bob Lewis shared his testimony titled “By the Grace of God. The evening ended with a delicious meal. A big thank you to all […]

2023/12/22Local Interest

Swan Valley Community Band’s “Deck the Halls With Music”

Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater, PR/Secretary/Communications Under the Direction of Julie Kooistra, the Swan Valley Community Band presented their Christmas Concert on Wednesday December 7, 2023 that was held in the SVRSS Cafeteria. The “Halls were Decked with Music” for almost an hour. Over the last 29 years, which also include those dreaded Covid19 ones, our […]

2023/12/13Local Interest

“A Magical Evening” hosted by the CFSV

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley “A Magical Evening,” hosted by the Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) left guests spellbound in a night of celebration and community support. The event, held at the Veterans Community Hall, was a testament to the power of community spirit and a night that will be fondly remembered. […]

2023/12/04Local Interest

Valley Stage Players Wow Appreciative Audiences

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | The Valley Stage Players presented their annual dinner and dessert theatres this past weekend, November 24-26 with their production of “Farce of Nature” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. The play was set at a struggling fishing lodge in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas which was surprised with […]

2023/11/30Local Interest

Great Trails, Food, Dancing and Fun at Cowan Trail Celebration

Submitted by Rose Kovachik | The annual Cowan Trail Celebration was held on August 26, 2023, keeping its traditional date of the fourth Saturday of August. On Friday, the night before the main event, as usual, the Cowan Hall parking lot slowly filled with RV trailers and horses. Campsites also slowly speckled the area with […]

2023/09/12Local Interest

Voices of Legends Come to Life at Legion Clubroom

Submitted by: Brent Erlendson A crowd of 140+ enjoyed a great meal and entertainment at the Swan River Legion Clubroom Friday August 25, 2023 Dinner was served starting at 6:00 pm followed by Steve Hillis playing an excellent, energetic tribute act to many great country and classic rock performers. For the remainder of the evening […]

2023/08/29Local Interest

Great Gospel Weekend with Neighbors and Friends

Pictured above: Jeff Reimer family from Ridgeville Submitted by: Violet Plett | We had a great weekend of listening to Gospel Music, and visiting with neighbors and friends, and meeting new friends. The attendance overall wasn’t very big, but we did count about 60 people there at one point. We had several bands and others […]

2023/06/21Local Interest

SVRSS Presents Summer Band Concert

Pictured above: The SVRSS Senior Band is joined by special musical guests, The Swan Valley Community Band ValleyBiz Story | There was music in the air on June 7, 2023 as the SVRSS Concert Band and Grade 9 Band presented their summer band concert. Pictured above: Grade 9 Band The program began with the Grade […]

2023/06/16Local Interest

Mamma Mia! Production a Huge Success

Submitted by: Tanya Staniland Mamma Mia! A huge SUCCESS! What can 40+ students, 20 community members, and 25 SVRSS staff members do…..put on one heck of a show! This production was full of drama, song, live music, and talent! Over 900 people were entertained from Thursday to Sunday for the SHORT 3-hour production. Saturday night […]

2023/05/23Local Interest

Beautiful Afternoon of Art and Visiting

Submitted by: Renate Wille | The Little Woody Baptist Church Art Show took place on May 6, 2023 at 1:00 pm. It was a beautiful event with nice weather and a lot of people enjoying the Art and coffee time. Exhibitors were: Naomi Nemez, Barb Labbe, Suzanne May, Wilma Barkman, Julie Kooistra, Candace Balbo, Melanie […]

2023/05/14Local Interest

Swan Valley Community Band Notes of Spring Concert

Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater | Wednesday Evening, 3 May 2023, the Swan Valley Community Band performed its annual Spring Concert “NOTES OF SPRING” at the Ecole Swan River South School Gym. The audience enjoyed a repertoire of 10 concert selections depicting different genres. This included music representing a number of countries, like Norway, Canada, and […]

2023/05/09Local Interest

Dancers of All Ages Perform at Year End Concert

Submitted by: Ara Bartel The Swan River Dolyna Dancers held their year end Ukrainian Dance concert on April 22. The dance concert was a huge success with dancers of all age groups. The crowd enjoyed 22 dances including a special guest performance by the Dolyna adult dancers. Refreshments and danties were enjoyed by all. There […]

2023/05/01Local Interest

Carol Festival Celebrates the Music of Christmas

Submitted by: Phyllis Friesen The Swan Valley Community Carol Festival rang in the Christmas season with a variety of musical selections at Temple Baptist Church on December 11, 2022. The community gathered to enjoy the music of the season performed by many talented musical artists from around the Valley.

2022/12/16Local Interest

Swan Valley Community Band Christmas Concert 2022

Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater (Minish) After 3 long Covid19 years, the Swan Valley Community Band was back in full swing with their annual Christmas Concert held Friday, 9 December 2022 at the Ecole Swan River South School. A substantial number of people enjoyed “Music for Christmas” from our group. And, to round out the evening, […]

2022/12/13Local Interest

Hymn Sing Warms Hearts on a Cold Winter Day

Pictured above: Highly Strung, Ladies Ukulele Group Submitted by: Donna Leming, Pictures by: Linda McCullough A big thank you to everyone who braved the cold weather on Saturday, Dec 3, 2022 to attend and participate at the Seventh-day Adventist Christmas Hymn Sing. Several enjoyed the light lunch and fellowship following the program. Proceeds from an […]

2022/12/08Local Interest

Valley Stage Players Presents Deputy Jan

Submitted by: Kimberley Knowles | Valley Stage Players were excited to get back into the swing of things with the production of “Deputy Jan” by playwright Richard Gremel. All three productions were a success and the crowds enjoyed the play! The proceeds will go to the Swan River Valley Ag Society! Thanks to everyone who […]

2022/12/01Local Interest

Beautiful Night at Community Foundation Annual Gala

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) The CFSV Annual Gala took place on Saturday November 12, 2022 at the Veterans Community Hall. It was a beautiful night to gather together as a community and celebrate the important work the foundation has done over the years. This year’s Gala featured delicious hors d’oeuvres and […]

2022/11/24Local Interest

Swan Valley Community Band Beginning Day 2022

Pictured above L-R Karen Kosolowski (Flute), Lorraine Malcolm (Tenor Sax), Julie Kooistra (Director, French Horn, Trumpet), Kim Kosokowsky (Trumpet) Submitted by: Jayne G. Leadbeater (Minish) On Wednesday, 21 September 2022, the Swan Valley Community Band had their Beginning Day after a forced Covid19 hiatus. Our numbers are small, but mighty! Our Group is hoping for […]

2022/10/04Local Interest

Swan Valley Welcomes Back the Rodeo Parade

ValleyBiz Story | The streets in Swan River were lined in anticipation as the Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce Parade returned on July 29,2022. The parade and the Northwest Roundup had been cancelled the last 2 years due to the pandemic. The parade theme was Horsing Around sing 1902 – Then and Now and some […]

2022/08/02Local Interest

Big Blessings at Barrows Gospel Jamboree

Submitted by: Violet Plett The Barrows Gospel Jamboree, June 10,11,12, 2022, has come and gone. Everyone that we talked to enjoyed the weekend. At the last minute, a couple of the invited singers were unable to attend. Ivan Chartrand had to work, and Carl Crane got sick, so we started the weekend a bit short […]

2022/07/06Local Interest

Swan Valley Celebrates Pride in the Park

ValleyBiz Story | On Saturday June 18, 2022 the SVRSS Gender & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) hosted Pride in the Park, the first Pride event in the Swan Valley. One of the GSA members, Brooke, explained the importance of the GSA and Pride event. “The SVRSS GSA is a small student run organization that unites the […]

2022/06/22Local Interest

SVRSS Drama Presents Remembering Stuff

ValleyBiz Story The Swan Valley Regional Secondary School Drama Class presented “Remembering Stuff” by Elanor Harder on On Friday, June 10, 2022 in the SVRSS Cafeteria. The play focused on a group of high school drama students given the assignment to share the memories. The audience was entertained by light hearted and humorous recollections of […]

2022/06/13Local Interest

Spring Supper Enjoyed at Museum Season Opener

Submitted by: Candace Balbo The Swan Valley Historical Museum’s season opener was held with the Spring Supper on May 29th 2022. Vernice Eggie and her capable crew served up another delicious roast beef supper. Musical entertainment was provided before and after the meal by the ladies of “Highly Strung”. Altogether it was a good evening […]

2022/06/06Local Interest

Dolyna Dancers Present an Afternoon of Ukrainian Dance

Submitted by: Nicole Clouson | The Dolyna Dancers held their year end concert on May 14, 2022 at the Veterans Hall. The dancers were pleased to perform in front of a crowd once again and put on an entertaining afternoon. The program started with a procession of the dancers, followed by Oh Canada and then […]

2022/05/20Local Interest

Artwork Shared at End of Season Art Show

Submitted by: Renate Wille | On Saturday May 7, 2022 local artists displayed their work during the art show at Little Woody Church. To make it quite clear, this Art Show is not a fund raiser for the church. We, that is a group of Artists who use the space to paint on Mondays in […]

2022/05/16Local Interest

SVCTC Halloween Family Event a Smashing Success

Submitted by: Swan Valley Communities That Care We hope you had a chance to visit the Swan Valley Communities That Care (SVCTC) Halloween Family Event on October 16th. It was an amazing event, which offered a Halloween experience for all ages. There was an outstanding attendance at the Halloween Event at the SV Historical Museum. […]

2021/10/20Local Interest

Serving Up History at the Swan Valley Harvest Festival

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Historical Museum held their annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, August 29, 2021. People waited patiently to sample the fresh bread, hot out of the clay ovens. This is always one of the tastiest attractions at the event. Live demonstrations brought historical equipment to life and provided a glimpse into […]

2021/09/06Local Interest

Over $3500 Raised for CBF School Projects

Submitted by: Rachael Stober | The CBFCS Parent Advisory Council put on another Dessert Night/Duelling Pianos/Silent Art Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, February 15. This was the second time the PAC held this event. The first one raised funds for the multi-sport pad that was successfully built in 2018. This year the event raised just over […]

2020/03/04Local Interest

Great Evening at Loving Hearts Supper

Submitted by St. Andrew’s United Church Our Loving Hearts Supper and Entertainment was held on February 1st. 120 folks enjoyed an evening of visiting, great entertainment and a delicious supper catered by Julie Nahnybida. The Entertainment kept toes a tapping with the Ukelele group singing a few songs and strumming their hearts out, followed by […]

2020/02/17Local Interest

Kene and Milly Concerts a Blessing in the Valley

Submitted by: Violet Plett | The Kene and Milly concerts, held in the Swan Valley from January 21-23, 2020, were a very big blessing to those who attended. People in each location (Barrows, Sapotawayek, Birch River and Swan River) told Kene and Milly how much they appreciated them coming. Each evening the singers sang many […]

2020/01/30Local Interest

Swan River Dolyna Dancers Hold Malanka Concert

The Swan River Dolyna Dancers held their second annual Malanka Concert January 13, 2020 at the SVRSS Cafeteria. Each dance group performed a dance in front a full audience of family and friends. The Sadochuk, Beginner and Junior groups started the evening off with each group dancing a Poltava. This was followed by an intermission […]

2020/01/20Local Interest

Multicultural Christmas Program Celebrates the Season

Pictured above: Nigeria was represented by the Ojo and Omosebi families Submitted by: Donna Leming | A multicultural Christmas program was held at the Seventh-day Adventist church on Saturday December 7, 2019. Each group sang a Christmas Carol and shared how they celebrated the birth of Jesus and traditions in their country. Czech Republic was […]

2019/12/18Local Interest

A Flurry of Music at Community Band Christmas Concert

Submitted by Jayne Leadbeater | At the SVRSS Cafeteria, last Wednesday, 4 December 2019 over 70 people enjoyed a musical evening presented by Swan Valley Community Band who were performing their 26th Christmas Concert, “FLURRIES OF THE SEASON!” Lots of familiar faces were in attendance, with a few from as a far away as Edmonton […]

2019/12/10Local Interest

Madge Lake Bible Camp Presents A Gift For All

Submitted by: Kendra Thiessen | Taking place on Sunday, December 1, 2019 Madge Lake Bible Camp’s Christmas Musical and Dessert Theater was a wonderful evening. This year’s performance included live music, delectable desserts and a guest performer from the Swan Valley, Tim Mueller on dobro, mandolin and guitar. A big thank-you to all who attended […]

2019/12/09Local Interest

Songs of the Season Fill The Air At Carol Festival

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival held their 56th Annual Carol Festival at Temple Baptist Church on December 1, 2019. Various groups and individuals raised their voices and instruments in song in celebration of the season. The afternoon featured performances from Highly Strung Ukulele Group, Girls Christmas Choir, Terri Boyd & Jason […]

2019/12/06Local Interest

Enjoyable Night at Lenswood Harvest Windup

Submitted by: Tanya Staniland | Another successful Harvest Windup was held in Lenswood on November 16, 2019! Everyone enjoyed the music, dancing, and food!!!

2019/11/29Local Interest

Valley Stage Players Present The Big Five-Oh

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | Three very appreciative audiences were entertained this past weekend as the Valley Stage Players presented their comedy, “The Big Five-Oh,” a two-act comedy by playwright Brian Mitchell. The play was based around the Thomas family, whose patriarch, George, was trying to cope with all the life ramifications of reaching the […]

2019/11/19Local Interest

Jayme Giesbrecht Concert a Musical and Spiritual Blessing

Submitted by: Tobey Thiessen | One hundred people gathered at Temple Baptist on the evening of Saturday October 5, 2019 to enjoy the wonderful vocal talent of Jayme Giesbrecht from Winkler, MB. She was joined by band members Jonathan Alexiuk on keyboard and Jim Johnson on the drums, whose individual skills were both stellar. Jayme’s […]

2019/10/10Local Interest

Full Day of Fun at Benito Canada Day Celebration

Submitted by: Shirley Yaschyshyn | Benito was bustling on Canada Day with a full day of activities for all ages to enjoy. To start the festivities, the Benito Volunteer Firefighter’s hosted a Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes, sausages, coffee and juice were served to approximately 420 people with all money raised going to the CZ Miller Trust […]

2019/07/08Local Interest

SVRSS Band Presents End of Year Concert in the Park

ValleyBiz Story | Music filled the air on June 16, 2019 as the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School presented their year end concert at the Festival Stage in the Swan River Legion Park. The concert featured the Grade 9 band and Senior band along with a number of selections from the Toronto-Niagara Falls Tour Band. […]

2019/07/03Local Interest

8 Days On Tour with the SVRSS Band

Submitted by: Glenda Turton Day 1: Late on May 14, 2019, thirty-five SVRSS band students, 6 chaperones and band directors Glenda Turton and Mark Matejka boarded a bus bound for the Winnipeg airport. By noon on the 15th of May, they were already landing at Pearson International Airport in Toronto; the beginning of an 8 […]

2019/06/06Local Interest

Good Music, Good People, Good Times at Durban Dance

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | On June 01, 2019, Durban held a dance to celebrate their 89th anniversary of the community hall. The Zayshley Band from the Yorkton area supplied the great music which everyone enjoyed and kept the dance floor busy and a fun time was held by all. Thanks to all the volunteers […]

2019/06/05Local Interest

A Lovely Afternoon at Local Art Show

Submitted by: Renate Wille | We had a lovely Show on the afternoon of May 4, 2019. Great art, good food and great company. The exhibitors were: Naomi Nemez, Shirley Nemez, Peyton Nemez, Martyn Snell, Wilma Barkman, Mary Jane Eichler, Barb L’Abbe, Julie Kooistra, Beth Braun, Lydia Neufeld, Obi Okonkwo and Renate Wille The visitors […]

2019/05/10Local Interest

Community Band Performs 25th Spring Concert

Pictured above: Julie Kooistra, Director/Founder Former SVSD Band Instruction/Music Specialist Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater | Just last Wednesday, May 1, 2019, the Swan Valley Community Band performed their 25th Spring Concert “Spring into Blossoms”, under the direction of Julie Kooistra. The group welcomed guest performances from the Benito Grade 7/8 Band led by Brad Slepicka, […]

2019/05/06Local Interest