Six filmmakers named for GoPro GoShow 

At the first-ever event, part of the Great Outdoors Festival, $2,500 is up for grabs

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Six filmmakers have been named as competitors in the inaugural GoPro GoShow, where they will compete for a grand prize of $2,500, and the title of becoming Whistler's first GoPro GoShow champion.  

They are: Vince Edmonds, Chris Ricci, Zak Moxley, David Peacock, Graeme Meiklejohn and Ryan Regehr. All the filmmakers are from Whistler apart from Kelowna's Meiklejohn.

The goal of the competition, sponsored by Whistler Blackcomb, is for each three- to five-minute film to capture the essence of May in Whistler using a GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition camera to showcase experiences on snow, trails and water.  

The six filmmakers will receive a GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition camera and accessories, and have three days to shoot and edit their submission.

The event culminates with a presentation of the films on Sunday, May 18 at the Garibaldi Lift Co. at 7 p.m., followed by an afterparty.

Grants to bring artists into schools

B.C. schools and school districts are eligible to apply for $1.5 million in BC Arts Council grants to bring artists into their classrooms.

ArtStarts in Schools, a not-for-profit organization promoting arts and creativity for B.C. youth, is delivering two programs to connect professional artists with pupils.

Artists in Education provides school districts with subsidies for performing artists for activities including music, dance, literary and theatrical performances, as well as visual artists and other residencies. The application deadline is May 23.

Artists in the Classroom provides individual schools with subsidies to bring visual, literary, media or performing artists to students. The application deadline is May 30.

More information, including guidelines and application forms can be found at www.artstarts.com.

Climbers Honnold and Wright at SMF

Two of the world's top rock climbers will be talking about their "worst-ever" expedition at the Squamish Mountain Festival.

Sufferfest was Alex Honnold's and Cedar Wright's ambitious adventure to summit all of California's 14,000-ft. peaks via technical climbing routes using no ropes. The challenge wasn't the climbing, it was the cycling between mountains and the sunburn which tested their physical and mental endurance, according to a release.

Their presentation takes place on Saturday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at the Eagle Eye Theatre in Squamish.

The pair will also discuss their climbing origins. As Wright put it in a festival release: "(Honnold) learned in a gym, I learned outside. He started young, I started at 21. He climbs hard... and I am very good looking."

Honnold and Wright are among nine confirmed presenters for the festival, which takes place from July 16 to 20.

For more information on presentations, films and climbing seminars, visit www.squamishmountainfestival.com.

HSS performs musical Hair

Everything is getting groovy at Howe Sound Secondary in Squamish with the 1960s musical Hair, which is being put on from May 21 to 24, and from May 28 to 31.

Set in 1968, the musical is a psychedelic satire on many societal evils, including racism, discrimination and war, and the counter culture fighting against it.

It takes place at the Eagle Eye Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and senior and $12 for adults. Some of the material is unsuitable for under-12s.

Pemberton festival rv passes, comfy camping go on sale on May 9

RV Passes for the Pemberton Festival go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 9.

Purchasers of a Camping Pass by Tuesday, May 6, will be sent an email with a unique code to have first access to purchase RV Passes on Friday, May 9, at 9 a.m.

Tickets for Comfy Camping are also going on sale on May 9. Renters will get a safari-style tent, bedding and other amenites that will be set up before they arrive.

For more information visit www.pembertonmusicfestival.com.

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