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Whistler Arts Council and Coast Range Heliskiing teamed up to present the fourth annual Out of Bounds: Tales from the Backcountry photography exhibition.

Featuring scenes of skiing and snowboarding in the backcountry of B.C., both professional and amateur shutterbugs came out in droves to compete, but it was a photo by Brian Hockenstein the captured the hearts of voters.

Hockenstein won a heliskiing trip with Coast Range, and prizes from Merrell Canada and Arc’Teryx Equipment went to the five runners-up.

A second photography competition also wrapped up this week.

Arne Gutmann’s Clik contest had a strong turnout, but Christine Johanson’s entry that took top prize with a photo Gutmann calls “brilliant.” Her winning entry was a team effort, requiring the help of four people to perfectly capture the subject being creamed by a snowball.

Johanson walked away with a brand new snowboard from Whistler Beer and a prize pack from Peak Performance for her efforts.

Come rain, sleet or snow…

For action sport enthusiasts, Sundance can’t hold a candle to this year’s upcoming Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival.

Boasting a variety of photo, fashion and film shows, the 2008 TWSSF will feature the world premiere of a new mountain bike feature film, “Seasons.”

Kicking off events on Friday, April 11, the film, produced by The Collective, chronicles feats by some of the world’s top mountain bikers — Darren Berrecloth, Matt Hunter, Cam McCaul, Steve Peat, Andrew Shandro, Steve Smith and Thomas Vanderham — through four seasons.

“The film has been a ton of work for everyone involved,” Jamie Houssian of The Collective says in a press release. “So it’s nice to finally see it come together in the studio. It’s a new type of film for the action sport genre. We’re stoked to show people something a little different.”

Appealing to the senses

A select group of artists from the Sea to Sky community are heading a little further south to showcase their work this weekend.

Blind Mute Productions is holding a small one-night-only art show entitled The Art of Drinking at the C Level nightclub in Squamish’s Chieftan Hotel on Saturday night.

Fifteen local artists, including Pamela Mason and Josee St. Amour of Squamish, Arne Gutmann and Dave Petko of Whistler, and Vanessa Stark of Pemberton, are showing pieces.

Doors open at 9 p.m., and admission is $10.

Dropping the V-bomb

Eve Ensler’s popular show, The Vagina Monologues, is coming to town.

The show features a range of hilarious and heart-breaking stories from females throughout the world, and marks the 10 th year for V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. The monologues have helped to raise over $50 million for grassroots anti-violence shelters and crisis centres.

A portion of proceeds from this year’s show, themed “Changing the Story of Women,” will go towards the Howe Sound Women’s Centre in Squamish, which relies almost entirely on community funding and support. The centre serves approximately 5,000 women and children each year, with services like Pearl’s Place Transition House, Children Who Witness Abuse, and Multi-Cultural Outreach.

The first show takes place in Squamish at the Brackendale Art Gallery on Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m., and admission is $20.

A second performance will be held in Whistler at MY Millennium Place on Saturday, which also happens to be International Women’s Day. Doors open at 7 p.m. for drinks, appetizers and a silent auction, while the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets for this evening are $39.

Keeping it country

Whistler is opening its arms to country music lovers again this summer, as the second annual Campground “C” country rock festival comes to town.

This year’s event will feature performances by nine bands and solo artists, including The Road Hammers, Trooper, Jason Blaine, Willie Mack, Ridley Bent, Amber Nicholson, Graham Brown & The Prairie Dogs, Headwater, and local favourites, The Hairfarmers.

Expect to see a lot of cowboy hats roll into town for the festival on Saturday, Aug. 23. Tickets are $60, and are on sale through Ticketmaster.

A reel alternative

Fans of independent movies can head to the Village 8 Cinemas Wednesday evening for an internationally acclaimed dark new comedy.

“Continental, A Film Without Guns,” winner of the Whistler Film Festival’s 2007 Borsos Award and nominated for Best Feature Film at the 2008 Genie Awards, is showing as part of the Whistler Film Festival Society’s monthly independent film series.

Showings are at 7:00 and 9:15 p.m., with tickets on sale for $8.50 at Village 8 Cinemas.

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