This weekend marks the 27th year of the Whistler Children's Art Festival and the roster of entertainment reflects the depth and quality the festival has achieved in its first quarter century.
Juno Award-winning singer Norman Foote is returning alongside ventriloquist Kellie Haines and Maximime. The Cheondoong Korean Drummers, The Blues Berries, Inner Ring Circus, Kokoma African Heritage Ensemble and many others are part of the two-day lineup.
A myriad of workshops for kids of various ages, including pre-schoolers, are offered all weekend. Mandatory online registration for workshops is open until Thursday, July 15. On-site registration takes place between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day.
The festival takes place at Creekside. First performances are at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 17.
For more information, visit www.whistlerartscouncil.com.
Double-bill for Lunafliks
Music is the name of the game Wednesday evening (July 21), as the folks from Lunafliks present two feature-length films that follow music through the '60s and '70s.
They'll be screening Pirate Radio and The Runaways in their second Lunafliks evening of the summer. Pirate Radio tells the tale of a seafaring band of rogue rock 'n' roll DJs whose "pirate radio" captivated and inspired Britain in the '60s. Broadcasting music to rock the nation from a tanker anchored in the middle of the North Sea (just outside of governmental jurisdiction), these passionate music junkies managed to defy a government that threatened to shut them down at every turn.
After that film finishes, Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning take centre stage in the roles of Joan Jett and Cherie Currie for The Runaways. The film is a "music-fueled, coming-of-age story of the groundbreaking, all girl 1970s rock band."
Entry to Lunafliks events is $7 per person, or $24 for a season pass, with music and BBQ starting at 8:30 p.m. and the film starting around 9:30 p.m. Free shuttle service from the village is provided by local adventure companies. In the event of rain, the screenings will be moved indoors to the Lost Lake Passivhaus. Check for weather updates on the afternoon of each screening by calling 604-966-4800.
Welcome to WAC
Just one month after successfully amalgamating the operations and staff from MY Millennium Place and the Whistler Arts Council, the newly unified organization has added a few new staff members to their fold.
They have finally filled the position of Development Manager, a role which has been vacant for almost a year. Virginia Wesley is the new Development Manager and she will focus on "maintaining and cultivating relationships, increasing sponsorships, researching and applying for new grant opportunities."