It's a blue week for the blues. The inaugural Whistler Week of the Blues has been cancelled.
The weeklong festival was set for Monday, May 16 through Sunday, May 22 and was supposed to include 12 performers at a variety of locations in the Village, along with a week of music workshops.
Now it's all fallen apart.
"(There were) not enough dollars coming through the door," said organizer Scott Kittleson.
He chalks this year's cancellation up to rushed deadlines but tells Pique that he will "absolutely" try again next year. Some of the performers have already expressed interest to play at the 2012 festival.
Masquerave may return
It's still a maybe but one of Whistler's most popular parties is one step closer to returning.
The Masquerave Party was a staple of the Cornucopia wine and food festival held at the Bearfoot Bistro but was cancelled five years ago over liquor licensing issues.
Whistler council voted on May 3 to extend the hours of liquor sales until 4 a.m. and to send a letter of support to the provincial Liquor Control and Licensing Branch who will be reviewing Bearfoot Bistro's application for a special liquor license, which is essential to throwing Masquerave.
The restaurant's owner, Andre Saint-Jacques, declined to comment for this story, noting that council's support is just one of a series of steps needed to actually throw the party. In a letter of support from Tourism Whistler, president Barratt Fisher wrote: "The reintroduction of this charitable marquis event will prove to be an exciting, positive marketing asset to not only Cornucopia but to Whistler as a whole."
Tourism Whistler has signed a letter of support for the proposal, as well as several Whistler hotels.
Paper Show set for Millar Creek Café
Arne Gutmann, mastermind behind Poo Font, is also a fervent paper-maker. He's hand-made dozens of sheets, some out of natural fibre and some from post-consumer material, including old cigarette packs, credit cards, phone bills, socks and American money, "because Canadian money is worth too much," he says.
Gutmann invited 30 Whistler artists to use his paper as canvas and the results will be on display at Millar Creek Café starting this Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. Artists include Chili Thom, Dave "Pepe" Petko, Devon White, the Incredible Amoeba, Pique artist Jon Parris, Kate O'Connor and Mike Riccardi, whose piece is so graphic it will be on display for opening night only. Gutmann says all the mediums are well represented at the show, from graffiti to acrylic to Sharpie work. All the paintings will be for sale, ranging from $70 to $350.