Arts News: Get Deep Summer'd, be a wild card 

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Hey photographers, want to be seen by, like, everyone in Whistler? Because there's this totally rad opportunity where you, the photographer, can take part in the very, very popular Deep Summer Photo Challenge at this year's Crankworx Whistler.

Five pro photographers have already been picked to participate in the annual competition and now Pinkbike is holding its own challenge to pick the wild card spot. Visit for more details.

Deep Summer will be held on August 15 at Whistler Olympic Plaza. All six photographers, including the wildcard pick, along with pro photographers Ian Hylands, Scott Markewitz, Jon Hayward, Justa Jeskova and Reuben Krabbe, will show their slideshows of photos taken in the Whistler Mountain bike park.

The competitors will have three days to shoot and edit their slideshows before the event. The winner will take home $5,000. Second and third place will receive $3,00 and $2,000.

For the first time, Whistler Olympic Plaza will be used for the competition. Tickets for priority seating under the pavilion are $20. The area beyond ticketed seating will be available to spectator for free.

RMOW launches public art tour

Well, isn't this wonderful? The Resort Municipality of Whistler, the celebrated harbingers of all things creative, has launched a public art tour.

The tour will guide visitors to Whistler's public art collection in an attempt to build the RMOW's place-based tourism strategy, though we're not totally sure what there is to see. Do you mean the totem pole in Whistler Olympic Plaza? Or the Olympic rings at Whistler Olympic Plaza? Or the fireplace representing the Olympic flame at Whistler Olympic Plaza?

Or maybe you mean the sculpture of the bears outside of Millennium Place that greet people as they walk toward Whistler Olympic Plaza.

I'm only teasing.

There are about 50 pieces on the tour, only 10 of which I even knew existed. Who (other than the Public Art Committee) knew?

In any case, rather than a tour guide, visitors will guide themselves using either a printed brochure and map that will outline the walking tour, or a smart-phone application that links to a webpage that includes the map. There is also an audio tour guide that visitors can access by phone, where descriptions of each piece will be available.

Animal Nation nominated for Western Canadian Music Award

It's been a good year for Animal Nation. Yes, it's been a good, fairly reasonable year. They're amidst a cross-Canada summer tour in support of their latest release, The Basement Tapes Vol. 1, which might very well be the best album from a Whistler band yet.

Now, that album has been nominated for Rap/Hip Hop Recording of the Year at the 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards. It's up against albums by Cityreal & Wes Mackey, Swollen Members, Evil Ebenezer and ZZBRA.

Artists from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon are all considered for the prizes. The winners will be announced at an award show in Regina.

Animal Nation is also asking for your help to secure them a spot on the LIVE at Squamish line up. About 50 bands are vying for a spot to play at the festival through the "Play at LIVE at Squamish" contest, where people have until 11:59 p.m. on June 26 to vote for who they want to see on the bill.

"Animal Nation is on the brink of taking things to the next level and we can use all the help we can," wrote AN's Mike Armitage in an email.

You can vote at:

SLCC celebrates Aboriginal Day

Just a quick reminder that the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is holding its National Aboriginal Day Celebrations all day today (Thursday, June 21), including three performances by Lil'wat roots reggae group Kalan Wi at noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

There will also be children's crafts, including rock painting, weaving and scavenger hunts, and an artist market, where First Nation's artists will be selling their work.

Check it out!


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