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Local talent tunes up at Town Plaza



There are some big-name artists set to take the stage at Whistler Medals Plaza, but organizers haven't forgotten to include some of the local talent that residents have come to know and love.

Town Plaza, located on the Village Stroll and bordered by the Gap, Caramba! and The Mountain Club, will play host to a range of homegrown singers and songwriters throughout the Games, from noon until 6 p.m.

The Whistler Live! programming team had to sort through a list of more than 60 local musicians who made submissions to the Whistler Arts Council for their artist registry, ultimately selecting a range of solo artists, duos and acoustic bands to perform while artists paint and create on stages. The selected musicians include Jesse Thom, Brother Twang, Jon Shrier, Rachel Thom, Spy vs. Spy, Dana-Marie Battaglia, Alice Newton and John Bottomley.

Town Plaza will also serve as the central hub for families, offering children's entertainment and arts and crafts and great photo ops along with the live music. Layna Mawson from Orkidz Crafts will lead mask- and flag-making workshops, while artists from the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre will teach traditional First Nations crafts. Local artists Stan Matwychuk, Olivier Roy and Vanessa Stark are tasked with creating interactive community murals, while children's entertainers including Mitten Strings, Will Stroet & His Backyard Band, Norman Foote & Friends and Bobs & Lolo are featured on "family weekends."

A selection of talented street performers including the Duh Hockey Guys, Transe-Express street arts and Whistler's Michele Bush as "Village Hostess with the Mostest" will rove throughout the village, moving from site-to-site as part of the Whistler Live! lineup. For more details on Whistler Live! programming, visit www.whistler2010.com.


Telling tales in 2010

Following the lead of Salt Lake City Games organizers, Whistler Live! organizers have been inspired to add a seventh live site to their arts and cultural offerings, hosting a special daily storytelling session for families tucked in beside Blackcomb Bridge across from Rebagliati Park.

Storytelling at Dusk will feature local fiction and non-fiction writers, First Nations storytellers and long-time locals, including Stephen Vogler, Marie Abraham, G.D. Maxwell, Marcel Richoz, Michel Beaudry, Feet Banks, Nigel Woods, Tanina Williams, Vania Stager, Libby McKeever, Rebecca Wood Barrett, Joan Richoz, Isobel MacLaurin and Cindy Filipenko.

Starting Saturday, Feb. 13 and running until Saturday, Feb. 27, people are welcome to come gather around the campfire to hear tales from the Sea to Sky corridor, urban myths of Whistler and traditional Aboriginal legends. Telling tales can be heard between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.


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