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Dip into the Amazon, raft the Yenisey Adventurer Colin Angus will present the new adventure film Amazon: Source to Sea, at Millennium Place on Oct. 10. Two screenings will take place, at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Dip into the Amazon, raft the Yenisey

Adventurer Colin Angus will present the new adventure film Amazon: Source to Sea, at Millennium Place on Oct. 10.

Two screenings will take place, at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., and a question and answer session will follow each presentation.

The story follows a team of three adults, Angus, Ben Kozel (of Australia), and Scott Borthwick (of South Africa), three twenty-somethings who attempt to be the second team to raft the Amazon River. Previously, four teams had tried but failed.

The original concept for the film literally arrived on Angus’s doorstep in Canmore, Alberta, where Angus was working as a raft guide.

An amateur filmmaker wanted to document the upcoming trip, but when the filmmaker’s plans fell through, the team decided to purchase a Sony one chip digital with the last of their funds.

"We had virtually no filming experience," says Angus.

Three months ago, Angus and the team began working with his footage.

"It was quite an exciting moment for me. I finally felt I could do something.

For me, rivers have always evoked a sense of mystery. As a child in my hometown of Port Alberni, B.C., I would stare at the silent, brooding waters of the Somass River and wonder where the water had come from," said Angus in a previous interview about the film.

A second adventure film, Yenisey: River of Extremes will shown on Oct. 24 at Millennium Place.

The film follows a team of four adventurers, including Angus and Vancouver’s Remy Quinter, as they raft the Yenisey River.

Amazon Extreme, from Anchor Books, is the book version of the first adventure, and Lost in Mongolia features images and tales from the Yenisey Expedition.

"I hope the film will add to awareness out there of these beautiful areas," says Angus.

CBC is currently producing a story about the challenges Angus faced making the Yenisey film.

For information and tickets contact Millennium Place at 604-935-8418. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at door or through Ticketmaster.

Happy Hour film premiere

Kingpin Productions is presenting Happy Hour, a new film from Whitey which features Lucas Huffman, DCP, Tyeson Carmody, and Alex Auchu, at Garfinkel’s Oct. 8.

Mikey Leblanc, Andrew Crawford, Seth Hout, Iikka Backstrom, Josh Dirksen, Chad Otterstrom, and Micah McGinnity.

The film is from director Brad Kremer and pro rider/assistant to the director Scotty Wittlake, through Kingpin Productions is based in Northeast Portland,

Whistler Film Festival submissions call

The second annual Whistler Film Festival returns Dec. 5-8 and organizers are now calling for submissions to the festival.

The Whistler Film Festival will feature a compelling collection of adventure, culture and mountain films – some uniquely Canadian. The festival will also present a dynamic series of filmmaking workshops, filmmaker appearances and an inspiring exhibit of mountain culture photography.

The deadline for submissions is Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. Submission forms and further information can be found online at

Jack and the Beanstalk visits Whistler vines

The travelling company Missoula Children’s Theatre brings their troupe of professional actors to town this month to present Jack and the Beanstalk.

The Theatre group auditions local children for the play, then rehearses the show with them. The approach is similar to an actor’s course for young people.

Jack and the Beanstalk auditions will be held on Oct. 14 at Myrtle Philip school. The performance will take place on Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Beauties and Beasts at MY Place

A new art exhibition runs from Oct. 10 to 31 on the second floor of Maurice Young Millennium Place, titled Beauty and the Beast.

Artist Cary Campbell Lopes, formerly of Hong Kong and a Whistler resident for the past three years, presents images of beasts including bears and horses in paintings, which range in value from around $200 to $1,900.

Meanwhile Helga Ruiterman, who paints under the artist name Marielle, presents her painting of Balinese beauties. An opening reception takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 10. All works will be for sale.

New BBK’s photo exhibit

A new photo exhibition opens at BBK’s Pub on Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.

The show is part of an ongoing exhibition which features the work of three new photographers each month.

This month’s photographers are Grant Simmons, Kirsten Bol, and Rob Miller, who will all be in attendance at the opening.

Simmons, owner of Disc Imaging Services Corp., studied photography prior to opening his business. Bol, a Newfoundland native, previously worked in Web design in New York. Meanwhile Miller, who studied fine art the University of Windsor and photography at Colorado’s Deep Creek School, presents a wide array of photographic mediums.

For more information about the show, or to inquire about exhibiting, contact Ellen Atkin at 604-734-0059.

Connie Kaldor performs

As part of a concert series spearheaded by the Whistler Singers and Millennium Place, Connie Kaldor (Love is a Truck) performs at Millennium Place Theatre on Oct. 26.

Conductor Glen Irvine, who has been director for the past year for the non-auditioned, co-ed ensemble choir, says the Whistler Singers will perform in April, 2003 as part of the series. The Whistler Singers were established in 1984 and have approximately 40 members.

In other developments, the new rehearsal space for the choir has moved from Myrtle Philip Elementary School to the Millennium Place Theatre, Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Slow Nerve Actions tour news

The former Whistlerites have most recently been living the band-van lifestyle on the road and on tour across Canada.

They returned home for their first fall show in Whistler, at the Boot Pub on Sept. 30, and will appear at the Pitt Pub at U.B.C. on Oct. 19.

Chris Berry rang in from Golden to chat about their show, known for its frisky nature. He said "the Reverend managed to get arrested for indecent exposure," and there was more trouble from "a dirty little hygenist and hot rod dentist."

We’ll leave that one up to the imagination.

The band is currently promoting its second CD, The Soap of Beautiful Women , as well as writing new songs.

Toronto stops included the Rivoli, the Horseshoe Tavern, and the Bovine Sex Club.

"We do a lot of improv at our shows too, and that’s really our rehearsal and practice space too," adds Berry.

Singer Josh Gontier also plays solo at the Crystal Lounge on Oct. 5, with a handful of SNA songs, as well as Beck and Hendrix covers on acoustic guitar.

Subb goes punk

Montreal’s Ska-punk band Subb perform from their new album, Daylight Saving , at the Boot on Oct. 6.

Guitarist Martin Charron says the band is now "heavier on the punk, with influences from old country to heavy metal."

Their video for new single Twenty-One, is currently in circulation on MuchMusic’s Much Loud and Optional Feature programs. Nu Films shot the video on location in a Montreal suburb.

"Twenty One talks about a couple who always fight with each other, and everywhere they go, we turn up and play."

Meanwhile the single Daylight Saving is about life on the road.

"It’s pretty fun playing on the road, but you miss your girlfriend, you miss the shower, so it describes life on the road."

The band lineup also includes Stephen Gaultier on bass, JF Lague on drums, Jeff Quesnel on vocals, and Mattieu Goyette on lead guitar and backing vocals.

Established in 1991, the band went through several lineup changes but have had the same group for the past five years, selling 10,000 copies of their album Until the Party Ends .

Their last visit to the Boot was in 2001, with co-guests The Planet Smashers, the same year they played the Vans Warped Tour.