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Youth get ready to rock

X-Life youth invites all corridor youth for evening concert



What: Summer Shake Up

When: Saturday, June 17

Where: Whistler Secondary School

The X-Life Christian Youth Group is inviting youth aged 11 to 18 years old to the Summer Shake Up featuring the group Split Second on Saturday, June 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Whistler Secondary School.

"We want the kids to have a blast and we are preparing for a bit of moshing and crowd surfing," said X-Life co-founder Carmen Traub.

"Split Second were recommended to us through other youth groups as being a high-energy band that get the kids moving."

Along with covers ranging from Blink 182, Sum 41 and Jimmy Eat World to popular Christian songs by Delirious and United Hillsong, originals from local teen Christian rock bands will also be included in the evening line up. Free food and drinks will be provided along with X-Life teens selling some of their handcrafted wares such as jewelry and t-shirts.

Carmen, along with her husband Benny, started X-Life out of response to a need for more activities for youth in Whistler. The Traub family hosts weekly meetings for the interchanging group of approximately 45-plus youth. Every week the kids engage in fun activities as well as partake in Christian teachings.

Carmen said the evening allows local talent to be showcased alongside a professional band, giving teen bands and soloists a venue for their music. Summer Shake Up is also the first X-Life event to include other youth groups in the corridor.

"We want to help pull the communities of Lillooet, Pemberton, Squamish and Whistler youth together."

The event is alcohol and drug free.

For more information contact Carmen at 604-905-0932 or visit www.x-life.ca.