A&E » Arts

Fredriksson wins Deep Summer Challenge


Crankworx's first photography competition was met with a very warm reception by the public, as over 1,000 people crowded into the ballroom at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler last Wednesday night to see the five-minute slideshows that six photographers had managed to capture over just three days of shooting.

In the end, it was Swedish photographer Mattias Fredriksson who came out on top, taking home $3,000 in cash and prizes at the inaugural Deep Summer Photo Challenge, while Dan Barham and Harookz were second and third, respectively.

"It was a great honour to even be considered for this event," Fredriksson said in a press release.

"I am known for my ski photography but I love to shoot bike riding. To share this experience with people like John Gibson means a lot to me since he is one of the reasons I was inspired to get into mountain bike photography. Dave Mossop and I worked so hard to edit the photos, we really worked as a team. I learned a lot from this and I owe so much to Team Scanda for helping me take first place against these amazing photographers."

Fredriksson and his team made a point of representing all styles of riding, capturing Canadian downhill racer Stevie Smith, Norwegian freerider Trond G. Hansen, Swedish freerider Jenny Liljegren, and Swedish freestyle rider Martin Söderström in their element at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and Whistler's many valley trails and jump parks.

"Each and every team did an incredible job of shooting and producing widely varied and extremely entertaining shows in such a tight time frame," head judge Paul Morrison said. "In the end Mattias took top spot, but each team should be very proud of what they accomplished. I believe every person in the huge audience was pretty much blown away by what they saw." 

Blank Slate bringing live theatre to town

Theatre lovers should jump at their only chance this summer to check out a live performance here in Whistler.

From Aug. 27 to 29, the first ever Blank Slate Theatre Festival will take up residence in the Path Gallery and the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. As part of the three-day event, the venues will host evening performances of Some Reckless Abandon , by the well-known Canadian playwright George F. Walker and Problem Child , a one-woman show.

The festival's mandate is to present "innovative, exciting, and imaginative theatrical productions with strong artistic vision."

Tickets are $20 for each show, or $35 for both. For more information, visit www.blankslatetheatre.ca .