WAC seeks arts and culture champions

Nominations open for the Whistler Excellence Awards

The Whistler Arts Council is seeking nominations for its annual Whistler Champion of Arts & Culture Award.

The award is presented as part of the Whistler Excellence Awards, which is hosted by the Whistler Chamber of Commerce and several community partners in June. WAC presents this particular award.

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Nominees can either be part of Whistler’s cultural community or a cultural organization or group. They must also be a leader in the arts community, demonstrating creative vision and a commitment to encouraging and developing partnerships between business and the arts; work or volunteer locally in arts, culture or heritage or work as an artist enriching
the community through their talents.

Last year Joan Richoz was honoured. Past recipients include the North Shore Credit Union, TD Bank, Nesters Market and Whistler Real Estate, to name a few.

To nominate a person or business fill out an online application (available at whistlerartscouncil.com) or contact the Whistler Arts Council before April 15.

Questions should be directed to Brianna Beacom at bbeacom@artswhistler.com or 604-935-8233.

Squamish Festival unveils bands

Organizers of the Squamish Valley Music Festival have revealed some of the bands set to perform from Aug. 7 – 9.

Headliners include Grammy-winner Sam Smith, R&B star Drake and banjo-plucking folk-rock outfit Mumford and Sons. Also on the list: Of Monsters and Men, Alabama Shakes, Brandon Flowers, Schoolboy Q and Hot Chip.

Anticipated under-the-radar acts include Death from Above 1979, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Bahamas, First Aid Kit, Whitehorse and Vance Joy, to name a few.

For the full lineup visit squamishfestival.com.

Telling tales

The third installment of the Mountain Story series will take place at The GLC featuring freeskier, professional mountain biker and environmental activist Alison Gannett on Friday (Feb. 27).

The series features live interviews and interactive stories of passion and adventure from various mountain culture personalities. Gannett is set to talk about the malignant brain tumour she was diagnosed with a year ago — and her multi-faceted journey to health.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or online at eventbrite.ca by searching Mountain Story.

Wanderlust reveals lineup

Wanderlust, a travelling yoga and lifestyle festival, is set to return to Whistler from July 30 – Aug. 3.

Organizers are bringing a range of talent with them, including Michael Franti, Thievery Corporation, Lee Fields & The Expressions as well as The Barr Brothers. The list of speakers includes former NFL player Jason Brown, environmentalist Bill McKibben and chef Seamus Mullen, to name a few.

On the list of yoga instructors: Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Elena Brower and more.

Tickets are on sale now at wanderlust.com/summer-2015-lineup.

The End party DJs announced

The World Ski and Snowboard Festival might still be weeks away, but already they’re looking at The End.

To cap off the annual end-of-season bash, The End party on April 18 will feature Toronto’s AutoErotique, L.A. producer ETC!ETC! and electronic remix stars Torro Torro.

Tickets are available now at wssf.com/The-End.

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