Here's some good news for those facing the shoulder season boredom blues: The Whistler Arts Council (WAC) has announced its 25th annual Performance Series at Millennium Place.
On Oct. 6, Vancouver rock'n'roller Barney Bentall, former frontman of the Legendary Hearts, will kick the season off, followed by spoken word poet Shane Koyczan with Ivan Coyote on Oct. 18.
Whistler's favourite redhead Ali Milner will join Halifax singer-songwriter David Myles on Nov. 24. On Dec. 22, Monster Theatre will use puppetry, masks, improv, original songs, physical comedy and "good old-fashioned storytelling" to bring A Christmas Carol to life for the kids.
The Montreal Guitar Trio, described by the CBC as the "hottest guitar ensemble in Canada" and winner of the 2011 Opus Prize for concert of the year in the jazz/world music category, will play on Jan. 19.
The Music at Whistler series begins on Feb. 23 with "A Night at the Opera," featuring members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra playing a wide range of arias and instrumental music by world-renowned composers. The series will conclude on March 22 with "From Baroque to Hip Hop," featuring violinists Peter Krysta and David Kotay fusing famous baroque and modern compositions.
On May 4, DuffleBag Theatre will return to Whistler for a bilingual performance of La Belle et la Bete, better known 'round these parts as Beauty and the Beast.
To purchase tickets for these upcoming events, visit www.artswhistler.com.
In other WAC news, two new hires have been announced. Darlene Small will replace Magda Kwaterska as communications manager. Virginia-Rae Choquette has joined on as marketing specialist.
Savage Beagle back open for business
It's been a long, complicated road but finally we can share some good news. Yes, the Savage Beagle is open once again. This Saturday, they're hosting "So Years of the Wailers: A Tribute to Bob Marley, Peter Tosh & Bunny Wailer," featuring Rasta Reuben & Selassie iPower, and comedian Ronnie Edwards.