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Whistler rolls out the green carpet


The eighth annual Enviro-Fest will again feature an impressive range of cinematic offerings as part of a week of educational events.

This is the third year that organizers from the Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE) and Hilltrip have incorporated film screenings into the Enviro-Fest schedule, which runs from May 25 to 31.

This year, a total of seven documentaries will be shown in conjunction with discussion sessions, plus a panel discussion moderated by William Roberts of the Whistler Forum.

Films include Who's Got The Power, My Inventions, Lessons From Rachel Carson , and many more that bring attention to issues of global warming and climate change.

Jessica Turner and Marie Fortin are on-board as co-hosts of the screenings, and are joined by special guests Bob Brett, Kim Needham and Pina Belperio, who hope to generate some insightful dialogue on a range of environmental issues.

For a full schedule of the screenings, visit www.enviro-fest.ca .

Step into the mystic

DJ Chris CHill (aka Chris Hill) has recently returned to Whistler from a 13-year "pulsing sonic sound journey" which took him through Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Now, he plans to reach out to the local community with his transformative music.

During Enviro-Fest activities, Hill is hosting music gatherings, workshops, activities and showcases to appeal to an eclectic crowd. On Friday, May 22, he will transfix the audience at The FireRock Lounge at the Westin with "Mystica," his selection of deep chillout lounge and world-fusion sounds.

Hill has been involved with events like Transcendance, Alien productions, Shiva gatherings, Om Festivals, and the Shambhala Music Festival. Check out his unique sound at www.greengrooves.org/chill/index.htm before catching the real deal on Friday night.

Whistler Reads takes to the ocean

Whistler Reads is plunging straight into the icy waters of the Antarctic with its latest event: a discussion of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Great South Pole Exploration . The book chronicles the journey of Shackleton's unsuccessful - nonetheless epic - expedition to the Antarctic during World War I.

"Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness and constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success." More than 5,000 replied to this ad, which was posted in the newspapers of London to recruit a crew for the expedition. Twenty-four crew were chosen.

Andrew Prossin, an adventurer and managing director of One Ocean Expeditions, will speak at the Whistler Reads event, sharing his stories and photos from the Antarctic region, while Whistler's Chris Shackleton leads the discussion.