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Live Nation announcement



It’s been almost four months since murmurs of a summer music festival in Pemberton first surfaced, and it looks like organizers are getting ready to make an announcement.

Live Nation, an international musical event company, has been working hard to get various levels of government and community groups on-side with their plans to bring a three-day outdoor festival to the area this summer. Live Nation has received approvals from a number of crucial organizations — the Village of Pemberton, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, the Ministry of Transportation, Vancouver Coastal Health, and the Agricultural Advisory Committee — and were waiting for the go-ahead from at least one more group.

But Shane Bourbonnais, president of North American Touring and Business Development for Live Nation, is holding a meeting at the Big Sky Golf and Country Club on Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. to give an update on the status of the festival. Stay tuned for more information to come.


Photo showdown finalists announced


The 11 th annual Pro Photographer Showdown at the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival is sure to wow crowds with an impressive array of action sports shots.

Five photographers from around the world have been selected to exhibit a self-curated, nine-minute multimedia presentation of their work at the upcoming competition, slated for April 17.

Though three of the finalists hail from out of town — Kari Medig, of Vancouver, Jansci Hadik, of Switzerland, and Frode Sandbech, of Norway — two live right here in our own backyard.

Dan Carr and Blake Jorgenson, who both live, shoot and play in Whistler, were among the five selected to compete in this year’s Showdown for the top prize purse of $10,000. The four runners-up will receive $1,500 each.

All of the finalists managed to impress the judges with their three-minute submissions.

“The quality of submissions was mind-blowing,” Multimedia Events Manager, Lilli Clark, said in a press release.

“Capturing these moments of frozen time and conjuring stories with amazing pictures is a really hard job and we offer our kudos to the action sports photographers who are helping fuel the progression of these sports and documenting an ever-changing world.”

Tickets to the event are $20 and are available through the TWSSFs e-store at www.whistler2008.com .


Getting Wild at Art in Squamish


Musicians, painters and writers are uniting in Squamish this week for the fourth annual Wild at Art festival.