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Shiny Thing a winner

Arts councils meetings

Arts councils play an invaluable role by not only representing artists’ interests, but also organizing events and encouraging artistic involvement, as well as arts education to nurture and encourage the growth of community culture.

The Squamish Art Council invites artists and the public alike to get involved by attending a gala artist reception as well as the council’s annual general meeting Tuesday, March 14 at the old Chambers (green) building on Cleveland Avenue.

Local artists are encouraged to showcase their works at the 6:30 p.m. reception, which will be followed by the AGM at 8 p.m. New members and ideas welcome.

The Pemberton Arts Council also invites creative types to get involved in helping build a vibrant arts community in Pemberton by attending the monthly meetings every third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at 1422 Collins Road. This month art enthusiasts meet March 16.

For more information, visit or call 604-894-5558.

Book mark April 5

Reading fans looking to join Whistler Reads, a village-wide book group that meets every month to discuss different books, are encouraged to start reading Snow by Orhan Pamuk.

The New York Times bestseller will be discussed at the Whistler Reads discussion meeting April 5 at 7 p.m. at Esquires coffee shop.

To join, or for more information, visit and click on Whistler Reads or call 604-907-2804.

Shiny Thing a winner

Shiny Thing – which includes the talents of Whistlerite Erin Sharp and ex-Whistlerites Sandor Jyurkovics and Joanna Cairns – was the winner of Whistler’s inaugural Battle of the Bands, hosted by LUNA and Bands Against Hunger.

Runners up included Animal Nation and Rob Tamblyn, whose acoustic originals can be heard Tuesday, March 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Crystal Lounge.

Short film call

Vancouver’s Lotus Events is now accepting short film submissions for its first annual Cinema in the Park Short Film Competition Aug. 18, set in the great outdoors at Spanish Banks West.

The deadline for the five-minute entries is July 14. Three finalists will be chosen and aired as part of the evening of film, which includes a presentation of a blockbuster movie. Films must be family-appropriate in content.

To register, call Rob or Andrea at 1-778-371-9781 or visit