A rockin’ celebration hitting Moose Jaw

Lisa Goudy
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There’s going to be some rockin’ noise happening this weekend.

The Temple Gardens Ballroom is seen in the 1930s.

Council approved an exemption to the noise bylaw regarding the Temple Gardens Ballroom Rockin’ Celebration Inc. for an outdoor event with music.

While the event begins on Friday and runs until Monday, the event requiring an exemption to the noise bylaw will be held in a tent on the lot at Cordova Street and Langdon Crescent on Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight. The existing bylaw states live music would need to end at 10 p.m. unless council grants an exemption.

Initially, the only condition was that the organizers notify property owners within a one-block radius of the location of the event.

However Coun. Brian Swanson proposed an amendment to remove that condition.

“It gets pretty problematic, I think, in trying to identify the owners of the buildings within the block of that area. You have to know who owns the empty lot on the corner of Ominica and Main,” said Swanson.

“I can understand the idea that you want to contact the neighbours, but … I just think it’s difficult and I imagine most everyone would know what’s going on that weekend.”

His amendment was carried.

 Earlier this year, for the second year in a row, council granted an exemption under the noise bylaw for the Rooftop Ceilidh event at Bobby’s Place.

The celebration event is in memory of the Temple Gardens Ballroom, which was built in 1921 and was demolished in 1979.

The event officially kicks off on Friday with the unveiling of the SIAST-built architectural model of the Temple Gardens Ballroom at 3 p.m. in the main floor of Grant Hall.

Friday night will feature a concert with music played on the stage from the ‘20s to the ‘70s from the Bandits Big Band Orchestra, consisting of 26 players. The theme for the gala opening night concert is Gowns & Jeans. It will start at 7 p.m. at the Temple Gardens Ballroom Tent.

On Saturday, there will be breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon. In the afternoon, beginning at 1:30 p.m., there will be a screening of The Moose Jaw Film by Richard Hancox, formerly of Moose Jaw. It will be followed by audience discussion.

That afternoon, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a Luthier (guitar) display at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery. Two Saskatchewan craftsmen, David Freeman and Wes Braun, will be on hand and showcase their hand-crafter stringed instruments. They will also work on current projects.

The concert on Saturday night will feature The Bromantics who will open for the headline band TOPAZ Reconstituted, consisting of Moose Jaw’s Sandy Lawson, Ross Folkersen, Dan O’Connell and Dave Ireland. There will be a cameo debut by the Moose Jaw girl group, Kathie Smith & the Temple Gardenias.

On Sunday, there will be a showing of the Labour Day Classic football game on a large screen. Sunday night’s concert will feature Bandits Big Band Orchestra, who will also play a few Rider songs.

The wrap-up for the weekend will feature a farewell picnic in Crescent Park from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, weather permitting.

For tickets, visit John’s Music in Moose Jaw, 37 Main St. N., Bach and Beyond in Regina in the Golden Mile Shopping Centre or email templegardencelebration@gmail.com.

For the full four-day schedule, visit www.templesrockincelebration.ca.

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Celebration Inc., Bandits Big Band Orchestra, Moose Jaw Museum

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Cordova Street, Ominica Saskatchewan Crescent Park Regina

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