Are you and your turkey all dressed up with nowhere to go this Thanksgiving?
Or maybe you just want to avoid that awkward post-meal conversation with the in-law who’s had one too many glasses of pinot grigio?
Well, head on over to The Point Artist-Run Centre this Saturday (Oct. 12) for the All Original Orphans’ Thanksgiving where, along with a delish turkey dinner, you can enjoy the musical stylings of some of Whistler’s hardest working performers.
But don’t worry, there’ll be no Queen covers on this setlist, as event organizer Stephen Vogler wanted the evening to showcase the inspired creative talents of half a dozen of the resort’s top singer-songwriters.
“I came up with the idea of celebrating some of our local musician composers and make it a night of all original music,” he said. “There are so many really good songwriters in town, we could do a number of these evenings.”
With performances from multi-instrumentalist Michael Faiella, bassist extraordinaire Rajan Das, songstress Suzanne Wilson, folk artist Laura Nedelak, the bluesy duo of Susan Holden and Sean Rose, as well as Vogler himself, the night will showcase the diversity of Whistler’s musical community as well as giving resort artists a chance to collaborate.
“Typically when people are playing the Whistler circuit you’re often doing your own thing. You hear about all these other people in town but you don’t often get a chance to meet them, let alone collaborate with them,” said Wilson, who, as a mom and Pemberton resident doesn’t always have the chance to play in Whistler and connect with other resort musicians.
“I’m originally from Vancouver and there are a lot more opportunities to do that kind of thing with original music, so it’s fantastic it’s happening here and I’m a huge supporter of it,” she said. “I think it’s going to inspire a lot of originality and creativity.”
Vogler promised the improvised jam band would keep the turkey-stuffed crowd moving, and that the night wouldn’t feature the typical “singer-songwriter mellow folky” fare.
As artistic director at The Point, which is the former lakeside site of the Whistler youth hostel, Vogler has worked hard to provide a venue that showcases locals’ original works — be it music, art or theatre — creating the resort’s de facto grassroots cultural hub in the process.
“I’m happy with how (the cultural scene) seems to be something that’s growing here,” he said. “Particularly with The Point, these kind of ideas can be made to happen when we have that space to use. If we can continue to work out of there, a lot of these great local creative collaborations can happen, and I think it can really grow.”
It’s an effort that hasn’t gone unnoticed by local performers like Wilson, who hopes the DIY approach utilized at The Point is something that spreads to other venues across the resort.
“I think it’s awesome what (Steven’s) doing and I hope to see more of it,” she said. “I’m surprised this hasn’t happened sooner, but I think perhaps a place like The Point could be the beginning of a bit of a trend. I know it’s challenging in Whistler with the pressure of trying to entertain tourists, but to have a live original venue in Whistler would be absolutely amazing.”
The All Original Orphans’ Thanksgiving starts at 7 p.m. at The Point on Alta Lake. Tickets are $20 with dinner, or $10 for the show only, available at www.thepointartists.com.