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Deep Summer, the Dirt Diaries return to Crankworx

Arts News: Comedy Quickies deadline approaching; Whistler Pride tickets on sale
Last year's winner Ben Needham and his team celebrate winning Deep Summer 2015. PHOTO submitted

Five photographers are vying for the right to call themselves the best mountain-biking photographers in the world at the Samsung Deep Summer Photo Challenge, part of Crankworx.

The five will spend three days shooting around the resort and creating a slideshow for presentation at Whistler Olympic Plaza on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

The competitors are New Zealand-based Simeon Patience, the 2016 Rotorua Deep Summer Photo Challenge winner; B.C.'s Ben Haggar, who specializes in remote, self-supported expeditions, action sports and underwater; Tommy Wilkinson, a British action sports and lifestyle photographer who contributes to Descent World; and Baxter Redfern, a Vancouver Island–based photographer. Whistler's Chris Pilling is this year's Pinkbike wildcard spot winner in his third attempt. He has been a semi-professional photographer for five years.

Organizer Seb Kemp says changes to the screens at Whistler Olympic Plaza mean the show will start earlier than in the past. He hopes people will take their seats by 8 p.m., with the show beginning by 8:30 p.m.

Prizes for the winners of Deep Summer — one is selected by a judging panel, another by online public vote — will be announced at the event.

Tickets are $8 and available at Online voting begins on Thursday, Aug. 18, and will last a week.

Dirt Diaries give athletes the camera

Six mountain-biking athletes have spent two months pulling together a team of riders and filmmakers and creating a four-to-six minute video for Crankworx's Dirt Diaries competition.

This year's competitors are Dylan Forbes, Ollie Jones, Josh Lewis, Richard Cunynghame, Mike Gamble and Eddie Masters.

The presentation and judging of the videos take place at Whistler Olympic Plaza on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 and available at

Comedy Quickies writing contest deadline approaching

The Comedy Quickies competition, part of the Whistler Writers Festival, has a final call for funny writers.

The festival is seeking skits, stand-up sets, monologues, plays, original songs, poems and more before the Monday, Aug. 15 deadline.

Finalists will see their work performed at the Maury Young Arts Centre on Thursday, Oct. 13. Producers Ira Pettle and Brandon Barrett will help writers hone their scripts and cast them, if necessary.

The finalists will be announced by Thursday, Sept. 1.

Visit to submit or email for more information.

Whistler Pride tickets on sale for 25th year

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival may be five months away, but organizers have announced several performers for the resort's gay ski week, which takes place from Jan. 22 to 29, 2017.

Next year is the festival's 25th anniversary.

Italian DJs and producers The Cube Guys have been confirmed for Snowball 25, the club night finale for the festival.

Australian comedian Pam Ann has also been confirmed for Whistler Pride.

The Aava Whistler Hotel returns as the festival's host hotel.

Tickets are on sale at