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Bacardi on board for Pemberton Festival



Concert goers looking for a taste of electronic and dance DJing — and maybe a bit of rum — will head to the Bacardi B-Live tent during the Pemberton Festival this summer.

Organizers announced Monday that they’ve partnered with Bacardi to host some international headlining acts, like Booka Shade, MSTRKRFT, Deadmau5, Chromeo, M.A.N.D.Y., Tommie Sunshine, Kevin Shiu, Timeline, 3 Oh! 3, and Tony Pantages.

“Working with Bacardi is a natural fit,” Shane Bourbonnais, president of touring and business development for Live Nation, said in a press release. “The Bacardi B-Live tent is a totally different change of pace where music lovers can dance, lounge, listen to world-class DJ performances and experience another side of the already exciting lineup at Pemberton Festival.”

The Bacardi B-Live dance tent will be free and open to all concert-goers of legal drinking age, featuring a multi-level stage, a live video remix wall and a massive sound system for DJs to rock out on, plus fully-stocked Bacardi rum and mojito cocktail bars.


Telling Whistler’s stories

Four Sea to Sky filmmakers are receiving financial support to help tell their tales of Whistler at this year’s Whistler Film Festival.

Ace Mackay-Smith and Angela Nolan, both of Whistler, Laura James of Pemberton, and Ivan Hughes of Squamish were selected as winners of the Whistler Stories Short Film Commission Competition, a legacy program of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games which sees a jury selecting up to four projects each year to receive $5,000 to create a short films based on stories from Whistler and the surrounding area. Each project must also celebrate one of the Olympic pillars: culture, environment, education or sport.

“We are very proud to have created this program, and to have helped 12 filmmakers create some truly memorable films over the past three years,” Whistler Film Festival Director of Programming, Bill Evans, said in a press release. “In 2008 we received another great crop of proposals, and we had a difficult time choosing the winners.”

Mackay-Smith’s The Gondola Stories will explore the mysteries of Whistler’s gondolas, through interviews with locals and visitors, while Nolan’s Whole Lotta Hair profiles favorite local performer’s, The Hairfarmers. Hughes examines hurdles overcome by four of Whistler’s Olympic heroes, while James’s film explores the history of the Whistler Cup.

Preproduction of scripts is to begin immediately, with the completed projects screened at the 2008 Whistler Film Festival, which will be held from Dec. 4 to 7.


Pemberton library asks for input

In a few short months, the Pemberton and District Public Library will be pulling up stakes and moving into their new facility. Before they do that, they want to get some feedback from their patrons in the Village of Pemberton and throughout the SLRD.

Val Fowler, circulation clerk at the library, explained that their hours are currently staggered, making it hard for some people to remember when they are opened. The facility is currently open from noon until 5 p.m. on Monday, 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, and is closed Sunday.

So, throughout the month of April, they are asking people to complete a survey they sent out in the mail, complete a questionnaire online, or come into the library to fill one out, to let them know when they think the library should be open.

For more information, or to complete the survey, visit www.pembertonlibrary.bc.ca .


Using music to fight poverty

A local non-profit organization, Bands Without Hunger, is asking talented musicians and DJs from throughout the Sea to Sky corridor to contribute to their latest compilation CD.

All genres are welcome, but the music must be kept clean and original.

They are also looking for musicians interested in performing during their next fundraiser, which will be held this summer to support the Whistler Food Bank and an orphanage in Namibia.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the CD project should forward an MP3 sample and a high resolution photograph to bandsagainsthunger@hotmail.com by May 1.

To help out with the next Bands Against Hunger event, send a biography, MP3 sample, high resolution photograph, stage plot and technical rider to the above email address by May 15.