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Music academy opens in Squamish


The Squamish Academy of Music officially opens Sept 10 with a full day of events including free workshops, a family concert and the unveiling of the SAM art gallery.

The exhibition will feature photographic works by Tiffany Caprarella, drawings by Lan Yao and prints by Toronto-based artist Hoi-An Tang. The show explores the artists' interpretations of roots and wings.

For information on all the activities and the academy email info@squamishacademyofmusic.com

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Hawaiian surf photography legend, Brian Bielmann will headline an evening at the Whistler Conference Centre Sept.15 starting at 8 p.m. with a series of slideshows from his collection of images captured over the past 30 years. His images have graced 150 magazine covers and the pages of 30 books. He is known for capturing the entire surf lifestyle. Tickets are available online at www.whistlerferiends.com and at The North Face Store and Whistler Visitor Centre. The silent auction is going to have some great art and other items, and the artist gallery is coming together with a wide range of sea to sky artists.

Adding to the event is a screening of Hemming House Pictures film Winter Wave Riders, which follows some self proclaimed crazies who set out to surf some of Canada's best breaks during the freezing winter months.

Throw in some live music from Jon Shrier, a silent auction and a cash bar - and you have an evening of art, inspired by the ocean.


Snap happy

Always wanted to understand how to get really good photographs? Here's a chance to learn with one of the best: Blake Jorgenson.

The winner of Whistler's World Ski and Snowboard Festival Pro Photographer Showdown this year has announced a three-day workshop on Oct.1, 2 and 3 along with other instructors.

This builds on the success of Jorgenson's seminars conducted last fall and Whistler Outdoor Photography Workshop's first seminar last May.

"The fall is my favourite time to shoot and be in the outdoors," he said.

"Last year was a great success so we have decided to bring back the workshops adding an extra day and more guest instructors, athletes, and locations. Concentrating on individual instruction in the field with all levels of photography knowledge. This course is designed to inspire and help you enjoy your outdoor experience even more with photography. "

Each day will be comprised of a combination of on location outdoor shoots that will include shooting pro mountain biking, alpine hiking, landscape, and lifestyle images, as well as classroom sessions. The classroom sessions will cover a range of theoretical and industry knowledge. This workshop is for any photo enthusiast who is particularity interested in shooting outdoor and action photography.

An optional evening lecture series will also be conducted with hosted industry guests and will offer an additional component of the experience.

Whistler Outdoor Photography Workshops will continue each season with new instructors, new industry guests, and various formats.

For more information about this workshop or previous workshops including images and video see www.blakejorgenson.com/blog/


Fundraiser on the Lake

Local artists are raffling their canvasses as part of the second Annual Fundraiser for the Whistler Art Workshops on the Lake program.

The fundraiser will showcase the work of renowned professional art workshop instructors as well as emerging local artists and workshop participants. These artists kindly donated original paintings created on 8" x 8" canvases giving you the opportunity to own a very affordable piece of original art. Purchase a raffle ticket for $50 and you are guaranteed to take home a new piece of artwork!

There will also be a cash bar, live entertainment, and complimentary appetizers at the event Sunday Sept.11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Nita Lake Lodge.

Tickets are $15 and are available online and at Millennium Place. The

raffle tickets are $50 and will be sold on site. The money will go to support the continuation of the workshops on the lake program.


The fundraiser was initiated by two long-time art workshops participants, Bea Gonzalez and Lisa Geddes, in response to budget cuts by B.C. Gaming grants. Both women recognized the great impact the funding cuts had on the Whistler Art Workshops on the Lake and other Whistler Arts Council programs and have dedicated their time to organize this evening filled with art and wine.

"In the six years that we have been running the program we have given so many artists the opportunity to grow in their practice and in their art," said Gonzalez.

"There have been many people that have participated in one of our workshops and have gone on to practice art professionally and become artists, including many Whistlerites. You don't have to be a serious artist to take our workshops or take up art, many people are interested in pursuing art as a pastime or for the personal growth it offers."



New teen TV show has Pemberton connection

A cartoon show aimed at teens written by a team including Pemberton local writer Cindy Filipenko will air Sept.10 on Teletoon at 2:30 p.m.

The show is produced by Montreal's Carpe Diem and Paris'TV Loonland. Filipenko co-created the series with veteran animator/director JC Little and rising Manga star Svetlana Chmakova, author of the popular teen Managa series Dramacon.

The show will regularly air Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.