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Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival rolls into town

Also in Arts News: Audain Art Museum hosts new art workshop; For the Love of Winter music series kicks off
The Banff Centre Mountain Film Fest World Tour stops in Whistler on Feb. 10 and 11.


Are you ready for an onslaught of diverse mountain films?

The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour is on the road and set to stop in Whistler on Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Maury Young Arts Centre.

For the uninitiated, the eight films will be different each night, so if you have your heart set on a specific movie, be sure to choose wisely.

On Feb. 10, check out Free to Run, a documentary about an organization of the same name that helps women in Afghanistan access sport, Wild Waters, which follows a groundbreaking French kayaker as she attempts to become the first female to run a 30-metre waterfall, and the lighthearted Danny MacAskill’s Do A Wheelie.

On Feb. 11, you can see Balkan Express about a pair of German mountaineers who bike and ski their way from Thessaloniki back home to Munich, Clean Mountains, featuring the famed Mingma Gyalje Sherpa and his sisters endeavouring to climb mountains and clean up some of the staggering amounts of trash left on Everest, and The Process about rock climber Tom Randall as he attempts to achieve unattempted off-road running routes.

Tickets for the festival are $29, available at

Explore clay hand-building

The Audain Art Museum is hosting a unique three-session art workshop, starting on Feb. 4.

Stephanie Lowe, a professional artist and educator, will teach clay hand-building and monotype printing finishes, using a printmaking transfer technique.

The first session on Feb. 4 will focus on hand-building. The next, on Feb. 11, will teach printmaking, allowing participants to create several ceramic tiles then use them to monoprint their design onto clay.

Finally, the Feb. 25 session will be pick-up day with a gallery walk—in particular a private tour of the Audain’s new special exhibit, The Collectors’ Cosmos.

The first two sessions run from 1 to 4 p.m. with the final day from 1 to 3 p.m.

Sign up for the $160 program at

For the Love of Winter

Arc’teryx and Gibbons Whistler have partnered up to launch a new music series.

For the Love of Winter will feature music at venues throughout the village on Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11, including genre-bending favourites Fort Knox Five on Saturday at The Longhorn Saloon. That show kicks off at 8 p.m. with DJ Foxy Moron opening the party.

Tickets are $25, available at

Meanwhile, If you can get your hands on a ticket to see award-winning music producer Hayden James, he’s also set to perform at The Longhorn Saloon as part of the series on Feb. 10.

Who else is playing? Catch Neon Steve at Moe Joe’s and Smalltown DJs at Garfinkel’s on Feb. 10 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Then Whipped Cream at Moe Joe’s and James Hype at Garfinkel’s on Feb. 11.

For tickets and more info head to