It's time to get to the Point already 

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So, good news every one: Saturdays at the Point are returning for another year. This is great news for the Whistler arts community, but like all things arts related in B.C., financing is something of an issue. So on Tuesday, April 10, The Point Artist-Run Centre Society (PARC) is holding a fundraiser at Creekbread to raise funds for the project. The night will include live music and painting, readings, a silent auction featuring art and locally donated items.

Saturdays at the Point offered readings, live music and art workshops throughout the 2011 summer months at the old hostel on Alta Lake as part of a Resort Municipality of Whistler pilot project for potential uses of the historic building. This year, PARC is adding an evening event called "Works-in-Progress" to this year's project, where local and visiting artists will present material they're working on and discuss it with the public.

PARC will also launch the first annual Flag Stop Theatre and Arts Festival, a one-day event featuring live theatre on the dock, a lantern boat procession and an art show/reception in the lodge.

Saturdays at the Point will run from June 30 to Sept. 1, providing that PARC raises enough money between now and then to run 10 of them. Check back with Pique for more details and dates for specific events.

JUNO winners headline TWSSF

There are some people in town complaining about the line up at this year's TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival. We hear it frequently as they bemoan the lost glory days when Justin Timberlake joined Black Eyed Peas on stage. Or when De La Soul played. Or when Jurassic 5 played that first time or blah blah blah.

Well look at this! This year TWSSF is host to two JUNO winners. Yes! Two! Saskatchewan's Sheepdogs and Toronto's Dragonette both picked up JUNO Awards on Sunday night, which means top-notch Canadian artists will be represented at this year's festival. Good music is coming! It just so happens a lot of Whistler folk have yet to actually hear these bands, which is actually a lousy excuse to keep complaining about the perceived sub-par quality of all that free music the festival organizers are providing.

You know what? Go out and enjoy it!

Whistler Cup adds music festival

Did you know that the Whistler Cup is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year?

I didn't either. But the organizers certainly knew and so they've added the Whistler Cup Family Music Festival to celebrate the milestone. Kicking off this Friday (which happens to be Good Friday), Village Square will feature local musicians and assorted other elements of fun, fun, FUN!... including Easter-themed entertainment, face-painting (Easter-themed, of course) and perhaps "the visit of a special someone." Oh, wowee! Who could it be? Shaun White? I bet it'll be Shaun White. Let's all hope it is.

The festival runs all weekend. For full details on the music line up, see our music listings on page 108.

SLCC wins provincial tourism award

The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) is officially the top cultural centre in B.C.

Whistler's First Nation's museum was awarded the Cultural Centres and Attractions award by Aboriginal Tourism British Columbia (ATBC), which recognizes excellence in institutions that are "committed to ensuring cultural authenticity in sharing their knowledge, histories, exhibits and traditions."

The SLCC was honoured at an ATBC industry awards event in Osoyoos on Thursday, March 29. Other nominees included cultural centres, interpretive centres, galleries, museums and attractions.

 "We greatly appreciate this recognition from Aboriginal Tourism BC," said Casey Vanden Heuvel, SLCC Executive Director. "This award has been earned by our dedicated guest service ambassadors who represent their Nations' culture through their delivery of tours and sharing of their knowledge and local cultural traditions to the thousands of guests who visit us each year."


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