In what seems like the blink of an eye, it's all over; 17 days of Olympic sport and cultural events have come and gone, and now, it's time to get back to business.
Well, for the most part. MY Millennium Place, which has been closed to the public as the centre played host to the Whistler Media House during the Olympics, will actually remain closed until April 1, as the building is turned over to VANOC for the duration of the Paralympic Games.
As Louise Lundy, interim general manager of MY Place explained, they will be hard at work tearing down the Media House and preparing for the Paralympics, with VANOC using the building as a "green room" and rehearsal space for visiting entertainers and storage for the month of March. Lundy said all tenants should be back in place by the first week of April, with the centre reopened for Easter services. The Whistler Arts Council will also continue to work out of their offices in MY Place.
The Whistler Public Library, which was transformed into Whistler Canada Olympic House and closed to the public since Jan. 30, is in the midst of breakdown and conversion back to its former incarnation as the library, of course. It will be reopened to the public at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 8.
New photo comp at TWSSF
The Pro Photo Showdown is, hands-down, the most artistic event at the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival. But this year, it appears that organizers are looking to divide and conquer, adding yet another photography event to a jam-packed roster for the 15th annual TWSSF, which takes place April 16 to 25.
Re:action is a new action sport portrait photography contest, which will be included in the Pro Photo Showdown event. The competition will unite the realm of action photography and portraiture, and include a $2,500 prize to the photographer who is best able to capture the essence of action sports excellence in a single shot of one athlete.
Anyone interested in participating must apply by Wednesday, March 24. For more information, visit www.wssf.com/event/reaction.
Designer showcase at TWSSF
While we're on the topic of TWSSF, fashionistas should also consider throwing their hat into the ring for the fourth annual Designer Search and Expose competition, which is held as part of the Schick Fashion Exposed event.
Organizers are on the hunt for the next big thing in Canadian urban fashion to share the runway with established lifestyle, street and action labels. If you need to ask what "Canadian urban" is, well, this competition clearly isn't for you. Think "hoodie couture" with a sassy twist.
Aspiring designers from across Canada are invited to enter their designs, with entries judged by a committee of industry professionals who will choose three to five finalists. There will be one overall winner who will be included in a segment of the TWSSF's Fashion Exposed event. Past winners include Third Floor Design, Lily & Jae and We3.
For more info on the event, check out www.wssf.com/event/designer-search-expose-call-entries.
A 'quintessential' collection
Local mountain and action sport photographer Blake Jorgenson has just released a new collection of photography.
The book features "quintessential" Whistler images like breathtaking mountain vistas and action shots of some of the world's best free skiers and mountain bikers alongside quieter, more personal shots from the backcountry. Titled Blake Jorgenson Photography: Whistler British Columbia 1999-2009, the book offers a glimpse into the community this photographer has grown to love and respect since moving here in 1993.
The book is currently available at the Blake Jorgenson Gallery in the Hilton Resort & Spa and at Armchair Books. The price is $30.
Dodgeball: a true underdog story
Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives (LUNA) is getting back to its elementary school roots this week, hosting a night of drop-in dodgeball at Myrtle Philip school.
Anyone over the age of 18 is invited to come out and join the fun, which kicks off at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 8. Spandex attire is highly-encouraged, but non-marking gym shoes are mandatory. Pay $7.25 at the door, or just $3 for LUNA members.
The final dodgeball event is being held on March 22, so this is your last chance to get a practice round in before the main event!