Northern Ignition wins Be the Best, Play the Fest 

Arts News: Independent Book Awards long list announced

click to enlarge PHOTO SUBMITTED - Pemberton bound Rock band Northern Ignition won the Be the Best, Play the Fest competition and will perform onstage at the Pemberton Music Festival on Saturday.
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  • Pemberton bound Rock band Northern Ignition won the Be the Best, Play the Fest competition and will perform onstage at the Pemberton Music Festival on Saturday.

Whistler-Squamish rock band Northern Ignition has won the Be the Best, Play the Fest competition.

The band beat five others to take home $5,000 in cash and score a spot at the Pemberton Music Festival. They perform on the Whistler/Blackcomb stage on Saturday, July 16, at 12:30 p.m.

Whistler band Jon Shrier and The Ones That Made it Happen came second. They performed at Whistler Olympic Plaza on Wednesday, July 13, at 4:30 p.m., as part of the Pemberton Festival's free Whistler concert headlined by The Arkells.

The competition was sponsored by Mountain FM; 41 bands and musicians entered the competition this year.

Whistler Independent Book Award long list announced

The first Whistler Independent Book Awards long list has been announced.

The competition, founded by the Whistler Writing Society and Vivalogue Publishing, recognizes the top Canadian self-publishing titles in four categories.

The long list will be whittled down to finalists, with winners being announced at the Whistler Writers' Festival on Oct. 14.

Fiction: Alexander, Mark — Danny, What Are You Doing?; Barclay, Bryna — The House of the White Elephant; Barker, Donna — Mother Theresa's Advice for Jilted Lovers; Bishop, Ev — Bigger Things; Cameron, Mark — Goodnight Sunshine; Curran, Kath — Before It Was Easy; Duffy, Ron — Crossed Lives; Gale, Shawn — The Stories That Make Us; Hislop, Laurel — Chitchat; and Shepard, Caroline — Unlit Spaces.

Non-Fiction: Bendall, Pamela Roy — What Was I Thinking? Adventures of a Woman Sailing Solo; Campbell, Miji — Separation Anxiety: A Coming-of-Middle-Age Story; Clews, Graham — The Sound of Silence; Hill, Leslie — Dressed for Dancing: My Sojourn in the Findhorn Foundation; Layton, Monique — The New Arcadia: Tahiti's Cursed Myth; Loney, Bretton — Rebel With a Cause: The Doc Nikaido Story; Service, Dawn — The Cabin: A Misanthropic Journal; Veldhuis, Oriole — For Elise: Unveiling the Forgotten Woman on the Criddle Homestead; Williams, Megan — Our Interrupted Fairytale; and Ziegler, Maggie — The Road to Keringet.

Crime Fiction: Bailey, D.F. — Bone Maker; Brown, T.G. — O'Henry; Donald, Ruth — Sundown on Top of the World; Fostaty, Gerry — Stage Business; and Wong, S.G. — In for a Pound.

Poetry: Barclay, Gloria — Water Window Mirror; Braun, Connie — Unspoken: An Inheritance of Words; Knight, Rosalind — Songs of Zambia; Sobat, Gail — How the Light Is Spent; Swede, George — Micro Haiku: Three to Nine Syllables; and Woodland, Alan — Out of the Mist.

New public sculpture goes on show

A large bronze sculpture by Whistler artist James Stewart is on loan to the resort and is now on display on the Cultural Connector, next to Fitzsimmons Bridge.

Jeri, a statue of a crouching Brazilian man who is resting after performing, has been loaned by Stewart for at least a year, said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.

"It is a beautiful addition to what we've gained in the last few months," she said.

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