Tokyo Police Club announces Whistler concert 

Indie band to perform with Said the Whale and Pack A.D. at Millennium Place on Nov. 12.

click to enlarge Tokyo Police Club The Ontario-based indie band, pictured here at the Squamish Valley Music Festival, is performing in Whistler in November.
  • Tokyo Police Club The Ontario-based indie band, pictured here at the Squamish Valley Music Festival, is performing in Whistler in November.

Tokyo Police Club is coming to Millennium Place on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

The four-piece indie group from Ontario, fresh from their set at the Squamish Valley Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 9, is performing in Whistler in a lineup that includes indie rock band Said the Whale and garage-rock duo The Pack A.D., both from Vancouver.

Tokyo Police Club has been touring following the release of their latest album Forcefield in March.

Tickets will be available online from Friday, Aug. 15 at www.artswhistler.com and also at the band's website, www.tokyopoliceclub.tumblr.com.

Mr. Gay Canada needs your vote

Christepher Wee, who was crowned Mr. Gay Canada in Whistler during WinterPride in January, is off to Rome for the Mr. Gay World 2014 competition.

The event takes place in Italy from Aug. 24 to 31.

As part of the competition, an online People's Choice award allows the public to vote for their favourite delegate.  People can vote once a day until Saturday, Aug. 18, at mrgayworld.com/vote.

Wee says that since winning the competition in Whistler, he has met community leaders and LBGTQ activists and tried to support gay rights initiatives both within Canada and overseas.

"I went to World Pride and the human rights conference (in Toronto in June) and I was meeting leaders in our community from all around the world and learning from them. It has just been amazing," the Vancouver resident said in an interview.

As a Chinese-Canadian man he has been asked to comment on gay rights in Asian countries in media around the world.

He added that being seen as a role model for gay youth, who often feel isolated and threatened, particularly moved him, and says he wants to work with different Canadian communities on gay rights issues.

The Point Centre needs festival volunteers

Whistler's The Point Artist-Run Centre needs volunteers for its third annual Flag Stop Theatre & Arts Festival, its biggest fundraiser of the year.

Around 25 people will be needed to fill four-hour shifts before and during the festival, from Aug. 26 to 29.

The festival runs on Friday, Aug. 29 and Saturday, Aug. 30.

Premiere performances of original plays, Decaf for a Dying Man by Karen McLeod, and Mirrored Lives by Angie Nolan, are part of this year's festival.

Music includes swing jazz from the New Orleans Ale Stars on Friday night, Aug. 29, and the C.R. Avery with DJ Su Comandante and the Sass Section on Saturday night, Aug. 30.

Free Saturday afternoon events include singer-songwriter Christine Sherrington from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and down south jazz blues piano legend Doc Fingers from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets are available at www.thepointartists.com.

Those interested in helping out can email thepointinfo@gmail.com.

Whistler Arts Council seeks grant applicants

Whistler arts, culture and heritage groups are invited to apply for the 2014 Member Groups Grant by the Whistler Arts Council (WAC).

The grants range from $400 to $1,000 each. Eligible projects include professional development workshops for amateur and professional writers, artists and performers, assistance with programming and productions in the performing and literary arts, art exhibitions, purchase of sheet music, or project-related costs like venue and equipment rentals and artist, director, facilitator fees.

Overall, $2,500 is available to arts and culture groups, WAC announced in a release, and is open to any group or organization that is a member of the arts council.

Applications are available online at artswhistler.com and are due by Friday, Sept. 19.

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