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Luke McMaster visits Magic 97

Accomplished Canadian singer/songwriter Luke McMaster is performing tonight at the Sky Centre for the Swift Current Allied Arts Council's Stars for Saskatchewan Series.

Luke visited the Magic 97 studio this morning where he chatted with us about his career and current tour, his upcoming new album "Trending", and what we can expect for his show tonight.

 

Tickets for Luke's show tonight are still available at ticketpro.ca or by calling 1-888-655-9090. Luke will also be in Shaunavon on Saturday to perform at the historic Plaza Theatre. Tickets for that show are also available at ticketpro.ca or at the Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre.

Also, check our Facebook page for a chance to win a prize package that includes toques, CDs and an autographed photo!

Grab a Sweet Deal for Valentine's Day

A Valentine's Day tradition has returned, and is bigger and better than ever!

The Sweetheart of a Deal Auction started up today, and most of the action will be on Swift Current Online this year. Click on the Sweetheart of a Deal Auction link and you can view the whole list of items, or sort by the categories that interest you the most, then place your bids on a wide variety of products from local businesses. There is around $80,000 worth of inventory on offer ranging from gift cards, to items for your home, and even everything farmers need as they get set for seeding and calving.

You'll have most of the coming week to place your bids with the auction closing on February 12th, but watch for some of the items that will close earlier on February 10th and 11th. Also, tune in to Magic 97 next Thursday and Friday for live updates on the auction throughout the day as bids close each day.

Don't wait until the last minute and make your bids for the Sweetheart of a Deal auction today!

There's Always Someone Who Will Listen When You Need Help

Today is Bell Let's Talk Day, an annual campaign by Bell Canada to help raise awareness and money for mental health, and help end the stigma that still surrounds mental illness.

With every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, facebook share of the above image, and every long distance phone call and text by Bell customers, five cents will be donated to mental health initiatives across the country. Last year, Bell donated over $6 million, so every little bit helps.

It's also a chance to hear the stories and advice from people who are dealing with mental health issues, including high profile celebrities like Demi Lovato, who's opened up about her struggles with bipolar disorder and addictions while she calls for better mental health reform in the US, and Serena Ryder, who used her music as a way to help deal with clinical depression. But it's also a chance to listen to the people closer to you, including friends, family and co-workers, who may need some help. I have had some stressful times in my life, and I've learned that no matter the problem, big or small, there will always be someone who will listen to you when you need help.

If you need support locally, there are a number of places you can reach out to. You can call the Canadian Mental Health Association Swift Current Branch at 306-778-2440, and the Cypress Health Region's Mental Health & Addictions Department provides free, confidential counselling. You can call them toll free at 1-877-329-0005. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health also offers support through the Provincial Healthline at 811.

Shock and Awe at Scotties Playdowns

The road to the 2016 Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Swift Current continues, with the playdown season kicking into high gear across Canada.

Eleven of the 15 teams for next month's Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Grande Prairie, AB, have been determined and there are some surprises... Despite a stellar season where she's won every event she's played in, Rachel Homan will not be going to the Scotties after losing the Ontario final to Jenn Hanna. I caught the SaskTel Tankard Southern Qualifier at the Swift Current Curling Club on Sunday, and there were some shocked faces among the fans when word got out that Homan didn't get out of Ontario. There were a few around here hoping she would perhaps represent Canada at the Worlds this spring, but in the end, anything can happen at playdowns.

Another surprise was Chelsea Carey, who only started curling for Alberta in 2014, winning that province by defeating 2015 Scotties runner-up Val Sweeting in the final. So far, with four provinces to come, only two skips from last year's Scotties will be returning for this year's event (Jennifer Jones for Team Canada and Suzanne Birt for PEI), so as it looks now, it could be a wide open competition in Grande Prairie.

Saskatchewan will determine its representative this week as the Viterra Scotties get underway in Prince Albert. Stefanie Lawton is the defending champion, and Swift Current's Kelsey Dutton will be part of the field after qualifying in the last-chance qualifier in Humboldt last week. We're wishing our curlers the best of luck as they try to capture the green jacket and punch their ticket to the Scotties!

In the meantime, you can still get your tickets for the Ford Worlds online at curling.ca/tickets or by calling the Broncos office at 306-773-1509, and stay tuned to Magic 97 for your chance to win your way to the Worlds!

It was cold last "Weeknd"

Although it is going to warm up this weekend, January has been off to a cold start in Southwest Saskatchewan. The Rogers Hometown Hockey weekend was a chilly one, and last weekend had wind chills get down to the -40 range.

It's been a cold winter for our friends in Manitoba too, and it's winter 11 months of the year there. Wink Our friends at Mix 96.7 in Steinbach made a fun video about living in a Manitoba winter. Corny Rempel (who's not only a great announcer, but a great Elvis impersonator, by the way), sang a cover of the Weeknd's big hit "Can't Feel My Face" to describe the weather in that province, and the video has gone viral.

If you have friends or family in Manitoba, you may have seen it on their social feeds, and I would imagine you would share their pain since, when you look at it, winter in Saskatchewan is not that much different.

What kind of song do you think best describes a Saskatchewan winter? Let us know on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

The World is Almost Here!

We're just more than two months away from Swift Current's next big event in 2016... the return of the Ford World Women's Curling Championship.

Over the next few weeks, we'll find out which teams will be coming to the Credit Union iplex March 19-27 as playdown season gets underway. The Viterra Scotties go at the end of January in Prince Albert to determine the Saskatchewan representative for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Grande Prairie in February, which is where we'll find out who will represent Canada at the Worlds.

In the meantime, there are still some great tickets available for the event, but they are sure to go fast. Also, starting today, tickets for all individual draws, including the playoff games, will go on sale. You can get yours at curling.ca or by calling the Swift Current Broncos office at 306-773-1509.

Single draw ticket sales will officially launch tonight at an event at Swift Current Mall starting at 6:00pm... Local celebrities, mascots and members of the Swift Current Broncos will be playing a friendly curling match in the mall, and you can also see the World Women's Curling Championship trophy up close and in person tonight!

Magic 97 is proud to be an official partner for the 2016 Ford World Women's Curling Championship, and stay tuned over the next few weeks for your chance to win curling tickets!

Dr. Chaos and Damien Noir Coming to Lucky Charlie's Wednesday

Lucky Charlie's in Swift Current will host a fun event on Wednesday night, as the world's first dual hypnosis team, Dr. Chaos and Damien Noir, will perform.

We talked with them during the Magic Morning Show on Monday...

You're encouraged to get tickets for the show early, especially if you want the best seats in front of the stage at Lucky Charlie's. We gave away a pair of tickets this morning to Mike, who told us his story of hypnosis.

Tickets are $10.00 and you can get them at Lucky Charlie's or at Pharmasave.

One Sleep Away from Rogers Hometown Hockey

The excitement for Rogers Hometown Hockey is continuing to build in Swift Current. Setup of the festival site on Central Avenue and Market Square is just about complete, and everything should be ready to go for the weekend.

Nicole Spenst from the City of Swift Current joined us again this morning to talk about the traffic restrictions, and about the places where you can warm up on what is expected to be a chilly weekend...

The weekend kicks off with a pancake breakfast at the Legion Hall Saturday morning at 10:00am, and then the events at the festival site will begin at 12:00 noon.

One of the hosts for the Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast, Tara Sloane, arrived in Swift Current yesterday, and helped the Swift Current Broncos load up the bus for their road trip to Brandon this morning. She'll also be on hand for tonight's sold out launch of the Safe Places initiative and screening of Sheldon Kennedy's "Swift Current" at the Sky Centre.

Tara took some time to talk with the Magic Morning Show today.

Magic 97 will be part of the fun as well, broadcasting live from the event both Saturday and Sunday from the Highway One Auto Mall. Stop by our booth at Market Square and you can enter to win some great prizes, including Boston Pizza gift cards, tickets to see Disturbed at Mosaic Place on February 22nd, and some prizes from Highway One Auto Mall throughout the weekend!

Rogers Hometown Hockey is Just About Here!

The countdown to Rogers Hometown Hockey in Swift Current is just about to wrap up! Crews moved into the downtown to set up along Central Ave N and at Market Square, and by the weekend it will be a massive hockey festival for hockey fans of all ages.

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Nicole Spenst and Michael Boutilier from the City of Swift Current were in our studio this morning to get us set for the weekend's events.

For a complete schedule for the weekend, click here. Keep in mind, there will be traffic restrictions and street closures downtown through the weekend, but a shuttle bus will be running from the Credit Union iplex to the event site. You can also get details on that from the City's website.

One of the highlights of the event will be Ron MacLean broadcasting live from Swift Current during Sportsnet's telecast of the NHL game between the Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators. Ron is not only an accomplished broadcaster but a best-selling author with his autobiography "Cornered", and his new book "Hockey Towns" which was released in 2015. He's also writing blog posts about the communities he is visiting, and he posted an entry about Swift Current today.

Ron will also be on hand for Sunday's Swift Current Broncos game against Moose Jaw where he will present the WHL's 50th Anniversary Season Alumni Achievement Award to former Bronco Sheldon Kennedy prior to face-off, and that game will also air live on Sportsnet.

A Special Weekend for Swift Current and Sheldon Kennedy

Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer was in our studio this morning to talk about Friday's launch of the city's new Safe Places initiative, and a screening of former Swift Current Bronco Sheldon Kennedy's new documentary "Swift Current" at the Sky Centre.

"Swift Current" premiered at a film festival in Toronto in the fall and aired across Canada on Global TV in November, and tells the stories of Kennedy and other victims of the abuse that came at the hands of former hockey coach Graham James. Schafer and Kennedy worked together to develop the Safe Places initiative, and the Mayor wrote an editorial piece in Monday's Globe and Mail to offer his apologies on behalf of the city to the victims of Graham James and their families.

The screening starts at 6:45pm, and will be followed by a roundtable with Schafer and Kennedy. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved online or by calling City Hall at 306-778-2777.

Sheldon Kennedy will be back in Swift Current for a number of other events through the weekend... He will also be the keynote speaker for the United Way's sold out Kick-off Breakfast Friday morning, also at the Sky Centre, and he will receive the WHL 50th Anniversary Alumni Achievement Award before face-off of Sunday's Swift Current Broncos game against the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Credit Union iplex, which will be broadcast live on Sportsnet as part of the Rogers Hometown Hockey weekend in Swift Current.

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