Lynch wins Out of Bounds photo competition 

Revelstoke photographer takes home $1,000 prize

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Zoya Lynch, the only woman entered in Out of Bounds: Tales From the Backcountry photo competition, has taken the top prize of $1,000.

The Revelstoke resident's photo "Shadow Quest" is a monochrome image with two skiers making their way up a mountain at Rogers Pass.

"When I'm ski touring, going uphill, I get pretty inspired," Lynch said in an interview when the show opened. 

The winner of the People's Choice award and a two-day snowcat trip with Backcountry Snowcats is Bradley Slack for his photo "Blue Room." Just three votes behind Slack in that category was Sean St. Denis for his photo "Into Heaven."

No one is skiing in the three winning photos, said organizer Andrea Mueller of the Whistler Arts Council, suggesting a shift in public preferences.

Comedy finalists' last laugh

Calling all those who want to crack a smile as they crack open a nice brew: six finalists and two wildcards will do battle with laughter at the Cinnamon Bear Bar's amateur comedy competition final on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

The finalists are Tara O'Doherty, Geoff Swan, (Pique's own!) Brandon Barrett, Kyle Killeen, Derek Mendonca and Jack Punshon. Emily Wood and Emily McDonell are the wildcards. Comedian Kelly Dyer is headlining and host is improv actor Megan Fullerton.

Two winners were selected each night at three comedy evenings during October to reach the final. Most competitors had just completed a comedy crash at Millennium Place.

The Cinnamon Bear Bar is located in the Whistler Hilton Hotel. LB Productions also sponsored the competition and the comedy crash course.

Acting workshops for teens

Bring It! acting and musical theatre troupe from Vancouver is offering a weekend of intensive workshops for teens interested in learning how to audition, and how to land an agent. Part of the weekend also covers how to study scenes and musical theatre.

It takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 17 at Whistler Media Networks, Suite 18, 1005 Alpha Lake Road in Function Junction. Open to teens aged 13 to 18, it costs $199.

It is run by actors and teachers Robyn Ross — a former teen actor on Nickelodeon — and Marie West. More information is available on the Facebook page, at or by calling Marie at 778-388-9378.

Back and beyond with Backstrom

American Ingrid Backstrom talks about the highs and lows of being an extreme skier in a presentation at Millennium Place on Monday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.

Lost & Found in British Columbia: A Skier's Journey is part of The North Face Speaker series and Backstrom talks about big mountain freeskiing, her award-winning career and her work in 13 ski films. She also talks about the challenge of overcoming injury.

General admission is free, though there is no guarantee of seats. Reserved seats are $8 and entrance to a pre-event meet-and-greet reception is $20. Tickets can be purchased at Net proceeds go to support the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

Gospel and the Grateful Dead

Those who like to channel a little Jerry Garcia into their inner reflection are invited to St. John's Anglican Church in Squamish to celebrate All Souls Day (a.k.a. Day of the Dead) on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Gospel and the Grateful Dead is an evening of prayer, music and dancing with Rev. Dr. Pitman Potter and friends.

Potter holds the HSBC chair in Asian Research at the University of British Columbia's Institute of Asian Research. He fronts Grateful Dead cover band Dustcover and is a vocational deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. at 1930 Diamond Road with a suggested $10 donation at the door. For more:

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