Artistic finds Friday in Function 

On Friday, Aug. 6 Whistler's industrial park will be the destination for local art lovers, as they flock to the second annual Function Junction Block Party.

The entire community is invited to discover some of the often-overlooked artists and venues that call Function Junction home, as the Whistler Arts Council hosts its second annual ArtWalk in the industrial park.

Function Junction is home to the Blind Mute crew, Chili Thom's art studios, Orkidz arts and crafts workshops, the newly-reopened Art Junction Gallery, Justin Ormiston's tattoo studio and many more who are the heart of the town's creative core. This year's Block Party includes 25 artists and three group shows featured in 14 venues, including Whistler Brewing Co., Patina Home Interiors, Millar Creek Café and Pique's own offices. Aside from the artwork that will be on display, the party also features street hockey, a community mural, a family fun zone, food vendors and live music from Tommy Honest & The Liars, Gnar Boots and DJ Phroh. Best of all, the event is free and everyone is invited. So dig out your bikes or rollerblades and get ready to be inspired. Art Junction, Pique and Whistler Brewing will be featured HotSpots, offering refreshments to thirsty ArtWalkers.

A free shuttle courtesy of Canadian Snowmobile Adventures will pick people up at the taxi loop starting at 6 p.m., and drop them off in Function.


Wildcard winner(s) announced

The people have spoken: Steve Lloyd of Salt Lake City, Utah has been selected as the winner of the Saint Deep Summer Photo Challenge Wildcard competition.

After tallying more than 11,000 votes cast at, Lloyd rose to the top and will join the roster of world-class professional mountain bike photographers - Paul Morrison, Sven Martin, Nicolas Teichrob and Jordan Manley. They go head-to-head at the second Deep Summer photo challenge on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

"I am stoked to compete in Deep Summer! I really want to get my name out in the bike industry and there couldn't be a better way," Lloyd said in a recent release. "So far I have Eric Porter and Kelly McGarry on board as riders. I have never been to Whistler - shame on me, I know - but maybe that will work to my advantage. I love showing up somewhere new and photographing it for the first time. It's all fresh and my creative mind really starts to work."

Organizers have also decided to allow a second Wildcard contender, Adrian Marcoux. The special invitation was made because the fifth invited pro photographer, Sterling Lorence, had to drop out of the competition due to an unforeseen schedule change.

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