Simon 'Bassline' Smith brings it to Tommy Africa's 

British drum and bass producer performs on Thursday, March 19

click to enlarge PHOTO SUBMITTED - Junglists present Simon 'Bassline' Smith (centre), of U.K. drum and bass legends Drumsound and Bassline Smith, performs at Tommy Africa's on March 19.
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  • Junglists present Simon 'Bassline' Smith (centre), of U.K. drum and bass legends Drumsound and Bassline Smith, performs at Tommy Africa's on March 19.

If you want to see one-third of British drum and bass legends Drumsound and Bassline Smith you'll need to be in Whistler.

Simon 'Bassline' Smith is performing at Tommy Africa's on Thursday, March 19 at 9 p.m. and will not be in Vancouver this time around.

Caught at home in Derby between studio time working on a single he can't talk about, and walking his two Rottweilers (one called Athena), Bassline says he is happy to be making his first trip to Whistler.

"I've been meaning to go there for a number of years and never made it," Smith says.

He says the band has always been pushed to keep the music fresh and ever changing and this benefits their fans.

"In my set I'm going to play in Whistler, there's probably six or seven tunes that are fresh that have been done in the last two or three months. No one has heard them," he says.

Their latest single, Spring Jack Heel, was released in February.

Rapper YelaWolf and other acts play free WSSF concerts

Hip-hop artist YelaWolf is performing at a free concert as part of the World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF).

The Alabama rapper plays as part of the Monster Energy Shred Show at the base of Whistler Mountain on Saturday, April 18.

He will also close the WSSF with a Kokanee Freeride Club Series performance at Garfinkel's on Sunday, April 19.

Other confirmed musicians for this year include Whistler's SkiiTour opening WSSF at the base of Whistler Mountain on Friday, April 10.

Also performing free concerts are Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party (Sunday, April 12), LongWalkShortDock (Monday, April 13), HUMANS (Tuesday, April 14), Fort Knox Five (Friday, April 17) and Jazz Cartier (Saturday, April 18 — opening for YelaWolf).

Tickets for evening gala events at clubs around the resort can also be purchased at www.wssf.com.

Whistler Student Art Awards seek nominees

Children and youth in Whistler, Pemberton and Mount Currie are invited to apply for the Whistler Arts Council's 2015 Student Art Awards and Bursaries.

Awards of $500 are given to individuals graduating from Grade 12, while awards of $100 are given to individuals graduating from Grade 7. The deadline is Friday, May 1.

Student art bursaries are also available for students who wish to further their studies in the visual, performing, literary, or media arts at a credible institution or from a recognized mentor or artist. Bursaries are typically $250-$500 and can contribute to tuition, accommodation, and travel costs associated with the studies.

The bursary deadline is Friday, May 22.

Award and bursary applications can be found and downloaded online at artswhistler.com.

Applications open for ArtWalk 2015

Artists are invited to apply for ArtWalk 2015, the annual summer display of artwork in Whistler businesses.

Sponsored by the Whistler Arts Council, the pieces will be displayed at over 40 pop-up galleries from June 27 to Aug. 31.

Deadline for artist applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1.

More information and applications for businesses and artists can be found at www.artswhistler.com/events/artwalk.

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