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Cat Madden wins Whistler Music Search

Also in arts news: Spice Girls tribute show at the GLC; Refresh Market returns; and take coat-making lessons
Squamish singer Cat Madden won this year’s Whistler Music Search at The Crystal Lounge last Thursday, Oct. 24. Photo by Peter Bailey

Cat Madden earned first place in the 2019 Whistler Music Search at the Crystal Lounge last Thursday, Oct. 24.

The Squamish singer went home with the $1,000 prize, as well as a Whistler Blackcomb season pass.

"It felt good to be appreciated," she said, in an email. "It cemented me and my drummer's relationship in the band which is really important to me and our future. To know that people love our music from the source makes us very keen to keep on working hard."  

Coming in second place was Whistler's Conor Fitzpatrick and, rounding out the annual competition was Old Man Grant, who earned the Dave Morris Award for Originality.

The Whistler Music Search takes place every year throughout October.

Spice Girls tribute heats up Cornucopia

Call it '90s nostalgia, but the Spice Girls are having a moment.

Case in point? The GLC is set to host Wannabe—A Spice Girls Tribute on Friday, Nov. 8.

The show will feature five women from Toronto who "deliver a message of love, equality and girl power, complete with giant personalities, British accents and platform shoes, saluting Spice Girls Ginger, Baby, Scary, Posh and Sporty, who sold more than 65 million records worldwide," reads the description.

Running as part of Cornucopia, there's also food and drink involved. Starting at 7:30 p.m. on the GLC patio, there will be tastings of Stellar's Jay Sparkling Rose and Steller's Jay Brut, along with canapés.

Doors for the show will open at 9 p.m.

If you really, really want tickets, you'll have to keep an eye open for people offloading them as the event is sold out.

Refresh Market returns

This event is down the highway in Squamish, but it kicks off holiday market season for Sea to Sky residents who want to shop local.

The Refresh Market, winter edition, is running on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16, at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park, featuring handmade and locally sourced art, clothes, ceramics, jewelry and more.

Early bird tickets are $3 for two-day admission, $5 for online two-day admission, and $5 for one-day admission at the door. Kids under 12 get in free.

The event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Brand new this year, the Refresh Market will also make a stop at the Audain Art Museum on Dec. 6 and 7.

For more information and tickets to both events, head to

Make your own winter coat

It might sound like an ambitious project, but Muse Lab wants to help you make your own winter coat.

The two-day workshop runs from Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. until Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. In that time, participants (there's a five-person maximum) make a pattern, sew the coat together, hand-stitch details and sew the buttons on the coat.

(You must bring a coat material like wool or fleece as well as specialty buttons, if you have some you'd like to use.) The session is $200.

For more information, or to sign up, visit