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Ministick Hockey scores at Function Junction studio

WMN Studios sets up tournaments to be televised; first event takes place on June 21



Steve Clark of WMN Studio is bringing a ministick hockey series to the company's Function Junction studio.

"We've set this rink up in the studio. It's our featured project right now," says Clark.

"Now that we've got this multi-camera video switch and stuff, it's now got us into becoming more of the TV studio that we wanted to become."

It follows a very successful test run in Whistler Village during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in April.

"We were there for 10 days and I bet we had 1,000 people playing that week," Clark says. "We had a lot of fun and introduced a lot of kids and parents to the equipment. It was just not being involved in the game but also thinking of it as a TV show."

The rink is now set up again in the studio and a scoreboard is coming together. The first big tournament takes place on June 21.

A green screen allowed a Hockey Night in Canada-style show to be created. Clark says tother kinds of series will follow.

Adults and youngsters will have their own series. For more information visit www.wmnstudio.com.

Registration for Children's Festival workshops opens

Registration for creative workshops taking place at the 2015 Whistler Children's Festival has opened.

The festival takes place in Whistler Olympic Plaza from July 10 to 12, opening with a free, all-ages dance party on Friday, July 10, at 5 p.m. Following this is two days of live performances, free activities and hands on creative workshop. To register visit www.whistlerchildrensfestival.com.

Multicultural Festival on June 12

The fifth annual Whistler Multicultural Festival will celebrate the diverse backgrounds of residents who call the resort home.

A family event, it takes place on Friday, June 12, at Florence Petersen Park next to the Whistler Public Library from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"Whistler is a very multicultural community and we are very lucky to have such diversity among us, it makes us a stronger community," says organizer Andrea Dunne. "In the past five years, more than 1,200 people have become permanent residents in Whistler — it is exciting to know that so many people choose to call Whistler home.

"Many have said they view the festival as a way to start a new tradition in Whistler, to celebrate the rich diversity and to bring the community together. Immigrants have played a huge role in Whistler's development since the '60s and '70s"

With international food including Mexican, Thai, Indian and Australian and performances of dancing, singing and martial arts from the region's First Nations, the Philippines, China, Russia, Japan, Ukraine and South America, there will be many opportunities to travel the world and staying at home.

For more information visit www.whistlermulticulturalnetwork.com.