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Brace for Battle

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Local musicians are busy warming up their vocal chords and tuning their guitars. Why? They're getting ready to face-off on Friday, April 24 for the fourth annual Sea to Sky Battle of the Bands.

Solo artists and bands come out in droves to compete for this local top-honour, and this year is sure to be no exception. The annual talent competition, which is presented by Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives (LUNA) and Club Shred, aims to give emerging Sea to Sky musicians an opportunity to take their talents to the next level.

The competitors  will be judged by an industry panel, which will choose up to eight bands and solo artists to play in the semifinals on Friday, April 24. Then, on Friday, May 1, three bands and solo artists will play in the finals.

The grand prize includes an opening spot for a headliner from CIA Concerts, airplay and a radio interview on Mountain FM, a professional two-hour photo shoot with Darren Roberts Studio, a vocal training session with Hilary Wight, a screen printed competition poster from Sage Illustration, and studio recording time for the winner of the solo artist category from Waking Alone Productions. Runners up will receive airplay and a radio interview on Mountain FM and a paid gig at Merlin's from Club Shred.

The competition is open to performers with at least one member residing in or between Horseshoe Bay and D'Arcy and at least one member under the age of 35. Anyone interested in competing must submit an entry package with the entry form and fee, and a CD with two original songs, photo and tech rider, by Friday, April 10 at 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.lunawhistler.com/battle2009.html .

Whistler Stories: the next generation's take

With the final years of the Whistler Film Festival's Whistler Stories series in the works, organizers have just announced a new opportunity for local youth to tell their stories from the community.

They're offering an opportunity for Sea to Sky residents between the ages of 14 and 19 to write, shoot and produce a short film, learning about digital film production and the film festival experience in the process, all free of charge. The program include two hands-on weekend workshops, which take place on Saturday, May 23, Sunday May 24, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31. With the help of industry professionals, each team will write, shoot, and produce a short film based on stories from the Sea to Sky corridor. The completed films will premiere at the 2009 Whistler Film Festival and be included in the Whistler Stories legacy project to be submitted for consideration for the 2010 Cultural Olympiad programming.

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