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Local DJ Cam Harding spearheads new Friday hip hop night

"I like scratching," says DJ Cam Harding, or DJ Deadly Cam, as he is known around Whistler.

Deadly Cam opens a new hip hop night at Tommy Africa’s on Fridays starting Aug. 30.

"It’s new-school hip hop with old school reggae," he says. "No gangster rap – maybe a little Dr.Dre."

A former promoter on staff at Tommy’s, his persistence in getting the attention of the bar manager has paid off. Deadly Cam has made 10 CDs, which he hands out at parties and to club promoters. He also played some nights at the former Alpenrock experiment.

"I stick my nose in wherever I can," he laughs.

Additional hip hop nights in town include Wednesdays at Maxx Fish.

Want to direct?

Whistler Players are seeking additional members for their theatre ensemble for upcoming productions this year.

An information meeting takes place on Monday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Millennium Place.

"We have lots of performers but we need people to help out with the nitty-gritty of productions," says Susan Hutchinson, co-organizer.

"We need some new extra bodies for the troupe, mostly because people have been really excited about productions in the past," adds co-founder Linda Marshall.

The local theatre troupe, which presented a comedy spoof of Cinderella last fall and The Little Theatre’s Production of Hamlet this spring, needs new directors, stage hands and artistic set designers. Plays are presented at the professional theatre inside Millennium Place, which also has a sound and lighting booth.

There are also opportunities for costume designers.

For more information contact Susan Hutchinson at 604-935-2811 or Linda Marshall at 604-938-2564.

I Know What You’ll Do This Halloween

Heavy Hitting Films is presenting a new "B-grade horror film festival" for Halloween, which takes place at the GLC.

The films will be screened from 8 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 31.

"There are a lot of talented filmmakers in the area and we’d like to see what they can come up with outside of the ski or snowboard film genres," says Feet Banks, co-owner of Heavy Hitting Films.

The company, which produced the underground ski movie Parental Advisory Volume 1, is currently accepting submissions from filmmakers in the Sea to Sky corridor.

Event organizers says the festival will have the look and feel of the B-grade flicks from the ’50s and ’60s, which included titles like Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory and Attack of the Giant Leeches.

"For Whistler locals Halloween is the only significant public holiday, it’s a slow season, there are no tourists around, it’s raining, and people aren’t working much," says Banks.

"Everyone has time on their hands to plan amazing costumes, and Halloween always goes off."

For more information contact Chili Thom at info@heavyhitting.com .

Wil Mimnaugh goes off

With heat rising in a packed Shack last Friday night, a 50-50 split of women and men rubbed elbows at the CD release party for Wil Mimnaugh’s Both Hands .

His usual energetic zeal meant the music stopped a few times to fix broken strings, but it didn’t matter to the crowd who just wanted more.

For the show Mimnaugh had banners from his CD cover, blocked in pastel minimalist colours akin to UK graphic design, which hung above him and his drummer.

Mimnaugh could barely get to a glass of water on his break because of the fans in the way who wanted autographs.

Stay tuned for new single Mama to hit Canadian airwaves sometime this year.

I Think We’re Alone Now

Did you know they play Tiffany in Whistler? Monday’s ’80s night at Tommy’s continues to attract a core crowd of scantily clad men and women, followed by late night thrill seekers after 1 a.m. who ham it up to the hilt.

It seems it’s not about the ’80s clothing, but about the music. Strangers lip synch with strangers on a sweaty dance floor to hits from Madonna, Parachute Club, and other buried wonders.

Oh, Mickey, you’re so fine…

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