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As our headline for a story on Wanderlust ("What the f@%! Is Wanderlust") captured, there might have been a little confusion surrounding this new festival initially, but it appealed to both yogis and music fans alike. Billed as a "lifestyle festival," the yoga retreat/music event took place at four ski resorts in North America last year, adding our neck of the woods to their roster. The highlight in Whistler: a free concert by funky reggae-rockers Michael Franti & Spearhead (voted best free concert in Pique's "Best of Whistler" survey).
Still called Live At Squamish when it brought soul singer Charles Bradley, east coast indie rockers Wintersleep and Can-rock heroes The Tragically Hip to Squamish last summer, organizers have rebranded this event the Squamish Valley Music Festival for 2013. Growing the event slowly, its beautiful location combined with a well-curated line-up attracted around 12,000 music fans on its second day after a slow start.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra made its return to Whistler for two nights of classical music at Whistler Olympic Plaza last summer. The first night was dubbed "Classic Summer Celebration," featuring a selection of European composers while the second night included work by well-known favourites like Beethoven and Brahms.
After a successful 2012 event, Cornucopia, Whistler's food and wine festival, announced it would be expanding its programming for 2013 to include 11 days of festivities. Hotel occupancy was strong this year and while fewer U.S. visitors made the trek to Whistler, there was a spike in attendance by the LGBT community. More than 25 of the festival's events sold out and it raised over $30,000 for Whistler Animals Galore (WAG), a charity partner.
Like the aforementioned Deep Summer Photo Challenge, its winter counterpart, the Deep Winter Photo Challenge sold out its accompanying show in 2012. Photographer Robin O'Neill beat out five other shooters to become the first woman to win this annual competition, which sends photographers out into the elements with 72 hours to capture images.
Whistler sous chef Jimmy Stewart from the Bearfoot Bistro competed in Top Chef Canada last year. Though he didn't take the Food Network's $100,000 grand prize, he was featured on the small screen on Monday nights for several weeks.
Local artist (and DJ) Chili Thom was voted Canada's top landscape artist by the Federation of Canadian Artists in the spring. Thom beat out other top-name competition from across the country, winning the honour with a painting called "The Green Giant." It was his first award.
June 17, 2013, 5:00 PM
Social services, church and housing being built by Sea to Sky Community Services and United Church More...
June 17, 2013, 11:15 AM
Market opens with vendor numbers at maximum More...
June 16, 2013, 12:30 AM
67-kilometre mountain bike race sees 871 racers at the start More...