It's the 10th anniversary of Toronto ensemble the TorQ Percussion Quartet and member Richard Burrows reaffirms their mission as "four guys who hit stuff for a living."
They are an eclectic bunch and can be found pounding beats off garbage cans or getting rhythm from the stuff in 11 bags of luggage they take on the road.
"We aren't defined by any specific genre," Burrows says.
"The music itself is a fusion of numerous genres. Everything from world music to classical instrumental. There's even a bit of jazz influence in there. We also play a traditional African hymn."
Variety that makes the show special, he adds. TorQ Percussion Quartet performs at Millennium Place on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. Arrive early for the opening of a new multi-media art exhibit called From Here To There: A Progression in Art at the gallery in Millennium Place at 6:30 p.m.Tickets for TorQ Percussion range from $26 to $29 and are available at the box office or at www.artswhistler.com.
First-ever International Women's Day music show
Whistler's first musical night to celebrate the resort's female singers, songwriters and performers takes place at Black's Pub on Sunday, March 8.
Organizer Susan Holden says the night is a fundraiser to celebrate International Women's Day and get funds for the Whistler Women's Centre.
"We are having the night as also as a showcase to support local female musicians," Holden says.
Twelve acts are already booked, including Bethany Parsons, Laura Nedalak, Katherine Fawcett, Catherine Bachelor, Sue Sterns, Cayley Fee, Aude Ray and Laurie Lyster.
"We could fill the night, but we're going to make room for more if people show up to play on the night," she says.
The night is free, with donations to the women's centre and a raffle.
"I started volunteering for the Whistler Women's Centre and they knew I was a musician, so they asked if I would take it on. I jumped right away at it. I think it will be a lot of fun," Holden says.
Pemberton Arts Council goes in new direction
The Pemberton Arts Council is holding a Community Conversation to explore how arts and culture should be represented in the community.
The event takes place at the Pemberton Library on Monday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. and is open to all.
The Pemberton Arts Council annual general meeting takes place on Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at the Pemberton Community Centre.
World Ski and Snowboard Festival DJs announced
AutoErotique, ETC!ETC! and Torro Torro are headlining The END at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival at the Whistler Conference Centre on Saturday, April 18.
A late-night dance party to end the winter season, organizers promise sensory overload.
The END starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $35 for 19 and over. For more information about The END, the DJs and to purchase tickets, head to www.wssf.com/The-END.
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