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It's been 10 years of Hairfarmers - and dynamic duo Grateful Greg and Guitar Doug proved once again they not letting go of their stronghold on the best band or musician category. The Apres-all-stars and cover-band-extraordinaire finished off another spectacular year with a slew of new songs to keep ski-boots tapping - including a few borrowed from Kings of Leon. And they are gearing up for a hot, hot, hot 2010, including a series of daily performances during the Winter Olympic Games.
So what keeps these men - with their 300 live shows a year and a repertoire of over 3,000 songs - going?
Simply put: it's all about the fans.
"They have a good dedication," explained Guitar Doug. "We are really, really appreciative of the gifts that they send us, via e-mail or their physical presence and the conversations in between our shows. Some fans like to take us out to dinner, or buy us a drink.
"They are preserving peace in the world by directing their energy towards listening, which is something the Hairfarmers are trying to encourage people to do. They teach us not to look over our shoulders, but to look straight down the road."
To watch the Hairfarmers in action, check out their show schedule on their website, www.thehairfarmers.com.
Display of public art
What, exactly, is an Art Walk?
In the words of the Whistler Arts Council, it is a free walking art tour through Whistler Village and this year's extravaganza showcased the work of 71 regional artists and artisans in 40 host galleries in the balmy months of July and August. The event included paintings, photographs, multi-media displays, pottery and jewelry and was augmented this year with the help of cash from Whistler's 2009 Cultural Capitals of Canada fund.
Oh, and according to Pique Newsmagazine readers, Artwalk is also the single best display of public art in the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
Event of 2009
For 10 days and 10 nights last spring, Whistlerites forgot about last winter's generally humdrum snowfall, and instead took to the streets and the mountains to revel in the resort town's biggest annual hoedown: the legendary Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival.
This year's festival, orchestrated by Watermark, didn't disappoint, with outstanding athletics, cutting-edge art displays, witty short films, evocative photography, and eloquent musicians.
Second place went to the Crankworx mountain bike festival and third place went to the ever-gory and ever-offside B-Grade Horror Fest.
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