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Ian Parker back to share wealth of knowledge

Budding pianists again have the opportunity to pick the mind of one of Canada’s most talented young musicians, Ian Parker.

Parker is currently one of two musicians selected for the Artists Diploma at New York’s Juilliard School of the Performing Arts, a format similar to an artist in resident program. He will offer a masterclass for interested students at 2 p.m. this Saturday at MY Place.

Parker’s accomplishment are truly too numerous to name but as a soloist, he has appeared with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, and the Calgary Philharmonic. Upcoming engagements include concerts with the Regina Symphony, the Calgary and the Victoria Symphony orchestras, and recitals in Vancouver, Montreal, New York, Dallas, Baltimore, and Paris.

Following the masterclass, Parker will perform a recital at 4.30 p.m.

Local production of Snow White expected to sell out

Last year’s production from the Whistler player’s Theatrical Guild Society, Cinderella, sold out and expectations from those involved is this year’s production of Snow White is even better.

The fairytale comedy is for children and adults alike and features men dressed as women, women dressed as men, a prince who is a logger by trade and of course Princess Snow White, the most beautiful woman in the world.

The stage is set firmly in Whistler, B.C., where the seven unusually tall dwarfs live in a chalet and spend all their time skiing, eating ice-cream and hiding from the Wicked Witch, a.k.a the evil stepmother, Queen Magnolia.

Some of this year’s cast members include Whistler Players alumni Leah Blok, Marnie Fontaine and Lithena Evermon and Whistler Players virgins Angie Nolan, Mike Varrin, Andrew Cathers and Cole Stewart.

The show plays on Nov. 21, 22 and 23 at 7.30 p.m. with a special matinee performance on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 12.30 p.m. For more information contact Heather MacPherson on 604-905-0590.

New regular band at the Crabshack

Starting Nov. 9, rising Vancouver-based band exithiside will make regular appearances at the Crabshack.

With a well-received self-titled album and videos already in play on MuchMusic, exithiside is poised to break through. The band played at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival this past winter and are renowned for their energetic and electric stage show.

Their debut album, the self-titled exithiside, is described as energetic, catchy, hard-edged rock by Canadian Musician Magazine and mixes progressive rock, metal, power-pop and ska.

The band was a semi-finalist in X-fm’s Last Band Standing 2002, placing them in the Top 10 of the hundreds of bands that entered the contest.

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