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Whistler-based ski and snowboard manufacturer Prior held a topsheet competition in the fall to collect local art for its 2013/14 line. After the public voted on the submissions at the Scotia Creek Gallery, it declared four winners: Vanessa Stark, Kris Kupskay, Leah Winhold and Catherine Roy. The boards are expected to be ready for purchase in August 2013.
Singer-songwriter Mike FroMontreal won the Whistler Music Search for the second year in a row at the Crystal Lounge. This time around, he had to beat out some stiff competition and food poisoning during the final round. "Mid-performance I had to run out to go throw up," he told Pique.
Still, he managed to add another prize guitar to his collection.
WinterPRIDE turned 20 in February and the Resort Municipality of Whistler officially declared it Pride Week. The event attracted around 2,500 people with 40 per cent from the U.S., 30 per cent from Canada and another 30 per cent from overseas. It included an endless string of après ski events, parties that carried on into the morning, a wine tasting, comedy show and a pride parade. This year the event is set to return Feb 3-10.
The Whistler Museum & Archives celebrated 25 years in February, six months before its founder, Florence Petersen, passed away Aug. 28 at age 83. Blossoming from a promise Petersen made to Whistler pioneer Myrtle Philip to document the community pre-ski industry, the museum has collected a large archive of books, clothes, photos and other artifacts. "I knew some of the old timers who felt that when skiing came, they'd be forgotten," Petersen told Pique on the museum's anniversary. "I said when I retired that I would collect photographs and stories to show and leave proof that they had been here."
The Whistler Arts Council turned the big 3-0 in June and to celebrate they threw a month-long party. There was craft-making, dance classes, and a variety of art workshops, from life drawing to intro to body painting. Read about the WAC and it anniversary at www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/imagine-a-world-without-art.
Howe Sound Performing Arts marked 20 years with a special concert in September. Formed to foster a music scene in the Sea to Sky corridor back in the '80s, today the organization helps develop local talent and bring in performers who might not otherwise play here. Their anniversary show, for example, featured a pianist performing pieces by French composer Claude Debussy with a photo exhibit of 10 local photographers.
Whistler Film Festival
Where to start? Well, there was the festival itself, which was studded with stars like Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame and Rashida Jones of Parks and Recreation, Celeste and Jesse Forever. Then there was a host of films, and several new threads like the GKIDS Animation Showcase and the Late Night TerrorFest — thanks to Paul Gratton, the new director of programming hired last year. It also awarded up to $31,500 in cash prizes and commissions in nine competitive film categories.
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