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Whistler rolls out the green carpet

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The discussion takes place at the Whistler Public Library on Sunday, May 31 from 3 to 5 p.m. Admission is by donation at the door (suggested donation $10). To find out more about Whistler Reads and the upcoming event, visit www.bookbuffet.com .

Whistler's artistic women

Whistler Arts Council always puts on a good show with its Street Entertainment Series. But this coming weekend will feature a special all-female lineup of musicians and artists to celebrate the kickoff of the Every Woman in the World Conference.

Check out the contemporary acoustic folk of Alice Newton, who plays a killer combination of originals and classic favourites, or Dani Quayle, another acoustic musician who won over the judges of the 2009 Battle of the Bands with her upbeat tunes. Susan Holden plays a rhythmic acoustic guitar to accompany her soulful folk vocals. Another fixture on the local music scene, Rachel Thom, is taking time out of her hectic schedule to perform as part of the Street Entertainment Series; in fact, you may have heard her song, Wear and Tear, playing on heavy rotation on Mountain FM for the past month.

And if group performances are more your thing, check out Lotus, an all-female roots group with an impressive roster of harmony-driven original music, harnessing the power of piano, mandolin, bass and hand-drums to captivate their audience. Or, come out and enjoy the stylings of a 50-piece adult community band, the Delta Music Makers, who use woodwind, brass and percussion instruments in a range Broadway musicals, concert marches, pop and folk songs that are suitable for the whole family.

Vanessa Stark provides the visual artistic landscape for a weekend of entertainment, creating vibrant acrylic paintings right before your very eyes.

The artists will be performing in Village Square, Village Common, Town Plaza and Mountain Square.

Pull out that prize poetry

For the 16 th year running, the Poetry Institute of Canada is on the hunt for some of the best new, original poetry and short stories, and is offering cash prizes and prestige.

The Institute is on the lookout for poets of any age, previously published or not, who are interested in entering poems into their annual competition at no charge.

They're also hunting for great short stories (up to 850 words in length) to include in an anthology that showcases the best entries received. Not only will winning writers have their work published, but they'll also receive a cash prize for their efforts.

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