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M.A.D.E. with love in Pemberton

With Whistler's annual arts party officially wrapped up, the Pemberton Arts Council (PAC) is getting ready to pull out the big guns for their third annual house party at the Community Centre on Saturday, Nov. 27.

The evening is a true artistic showcase, featuring live music from Papa Josh's Funk 'n' Groove show, Soul Song Extended, Suzanne Wilson and DJ Lon alongside a selection of visual arts.

"M.A.D.E. is an informal event that celebrates Pemberton in all its funky artistic glory by bringing artists and citizens together so they can experience all the talent Pemberton calls its own," PAC president David Moldofsky said in a recent release.

New this year, the event kicks off at 4 p.m. for the family crowd, featuring Little Bear Performances, children's art and face painting. Then, at 6 p.m, the kids trundle off to bed so the adults can take over the space at 8 p.m., enjoying artisan-crafted Schramm Vodka martinis, wine and beer. Entry is by donation and bar proceeds go towards PAC events and initiatives. Attendees are encouraged to dig into their tickle trunks to come up with wild and weird costumes for the evening.

Last year, 46 artists exhibited their work at the event, which attracted almost 400 attendees. PAC is hoping to exceed those numbers this year. For more information on M.A.D.E., visit


Gold medalist tackles 'bucket list'


Jon Montgomery may seem pretty fearless to most - skeleton isn't a sport for wimps, after all - but there are apparently a few extreme sports the athlete hadn't ticked off his to-do list, yet.

So, Discovery Canada took Montgomery and a few friends - his fiancée and teammate Darla Deschamps, coach Kelly Forbes and skeleton teammate Sarah Reid - on the "Best. Trip. Ever," travelling around B.C. to tackle six new sports in six days.

They head to the salt lake of Nitinat to kite surf, then to Tofino for a night surfing experience. After climbing out of the water, they attempt to climb a 70-metre-tall old growth cedar before tackling the iconic Grouse Grind at Grouse Mountain. Last but not least, the crew heads to the Sea to Sky region to slack-line a 300-metre chasm on the Squamish Chief and then up to Whistler to tackle the Whistler Bike Park and a heli-bike excursion up to Rainbow Mountain. Two sets of cameras follow the crew along the way. More cameras are body-mounted, helmet-mounted, board-mounted, bike-mounted and even high-wire-mounted to ensure that viewers have access to the full spectrum of fears, frustrations and triumphs the team faces on each and every challenge.


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