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ArtWalk returns and that means more walking



As if walking weren't exciting enough, you'll soon have creative stimulation to keep up that stride. ArtWalk is returning for the eighth time from June 20 to August 31 and the Whistler Arts Council has released all the necessary dates and related information in order for you, excitable art fans, to save enough pennies for a new pair of walking shoes.

This year will feature over 50 Sea to Sky artists in over 50 galleries, restaurants, hotels and shops around Whistler, along with enough live music and live painting around the Village Stroll to keep you motivated in case you get a cramp and feel like calling it quits.

The opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. between Marketplace and Town Plaza. There will be live music from Dr. Dave, Watasun, Jon Burr and the Human Statues; live paintings by Stan Matwychuk, Laurel Terlesky, Lanu Imre, Susie Cipolla, Andy Anissimoff and graffiti artist Liks; performances by Whistler dance group Become One; children's activities like craft stations; and most importantly by far, catered food and drinks.

If all that bubbling creativity is making you antsy, there will be a sketch crawl hosted by the Whistler Life Drawing Group, where ArtWalkers can make their own sketches at various points along the stroll. For those afraid of getting lost along the way, free, guided tours by the Lady in Red will be offered. Still no word on whether she will dance with us, cheek to cheek.

A second reception has been scheduled for Thursday, July 14.

And back by popular demand, the Arts Council is bringing the Function Block pARTy back to Function Junction on Friday, August 5. There will be artisans, food vendors and a street hockey game. True to British Columbian liquor laws, there will be no drinking of booze along the block itself - which negates the purpose of a block party in our humble opinion - but there will be live music.


Rock Bar Rock Star has been discovered

After 10 long weeks, Squamish's Rock Bar Rock Star has finally been named and she's a 38-year-old mother of two who loves Neil Young.

Suzanne Baker, a craniosacral therapist, won the Squamish karaoke contest last Saturday at Chances Boardwalk Casino with renditions of "Me and Bobby McGee" and Steve Winwood's "Can't Find My Way Home." She beat out five competitors, who, Baker says, are karaoke regulars at the casino.

"I was kind of the dark horse because no one knew who I was but they knew everyone else," she says.