Arts Briefs 

Horrifying call for entries

It’s chocolate sauce time again with Heavy Hitting Films organizers Feet Banks and Chili Thom putting out a submission call for the 5 th annual Horror Film Festival Oct. 30 in Whistler.

The festival showcases local independent B-grade horror short films. Anything goes. Think zombies, monsters, aliens, murderers, gore, guts and token nudity. Keep true to the genre that rose out of the 1950s with films riddled in sinister mayhem and horror produced cheaply with plenty of creative zest.

Viewing musts include Devil Girl From Mars (1954) and Door to Door Maniac (1961) to get you in the mood.

The only stipulations are that films must fall under 15 minutes in length and music rights must be attained.

The showing, the night before Halloween, sells out every year with more than 20 filmmakers showcasing their best use of chocolate sauce as blood and whatever else they can pull out of their kitchen cupboards to make horrific ghouls.

Filmmakers must pre-register. Contact Banks at for rules and entry forms. The deadline for entries is Oct. 20. No late entries will be accepted this year, so get filming.


Calling all Bratz

Adult artisans and artists showcase their talents annually at Bizarre Bazaar, Whistler’s largest Christmas artisan show. However, there has never been a venue for Whistler’s up and coming artistic zealots — until now.

Two Whistler moms Susan Shrimpton and Carmen Laslett saw a need for kids to have a space to share their talents and launched Bratz Biz, a new bazaar for young artisans, Dec. 16 at Whistler Secondary School.

Interested participants must present their art to a jury Tuesday, Oct. 17 between 3:30 and 7 p.m. at the North Shore Credit Union Room at Meadow Park Recreation Centre.

All entries must be designed and made by participants ages 19 years old or younger.

Applications are available on Whistler and Pemberton school notice boards or by contacting .

Successful applicants will be notified by Oct. 20.


A crystal symphony

Grateful Dead’s Truckin’ played on 30 crystal bowls — not what you might expect from a musician who draws on Tibetan traditions to create ethereal landscapes.

Deadhead David Hickey channels musical inspiration ranging from the Grateful Dead and the Beatles to Tibetan ritual songs for his concert Crystal Journey Friday, Oct. 29 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Brew Creek Lodge.

The musician is currently traveling across Canada with his unusual orchestra of 30 quartz crystal bowls. Each bares a different size and thickness, offering a myriad of tones produced by different mallets. Rubber, gong or suede mallets are used to either strike the bowls or stroke the rim in long circles to produce other-world sounds.

The ringing tones produce a meditative and healing state. Hickey also uses his concerts to raise awareness about the suppression of Himalayan spiritual traditions by Chinese rule.

Artist Eden Martin joins the concert. She paints live, capturing the crystal sound on canvas for both a visual and audio experience.

Tickets are $26 and available at the Herbal Emporium or at the door. Floor seating, so bringing a blanket or pillow is recommended.


Ramping up skateboarding awareness in Whistler

The Whistler Skateboard Association is preparing for a street-style rail, stair fundraiser/competition in the heart of Whistler Village Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Longhorn Saloon.

The non-profit association champions skateboard-related issues in Whistler, particularly the underground skateboard park in Creekside.

The fundraising event includes a public free-for-all from 5 to 7 p.m. with skaters invited to perform tricks on obstacles and down the stairs constructed on the Saloon’s outdoor patio. The official competition begins at 7 p.m. with competitors competing for cash and prizes, including the top $200 prize for the best trick on rail, ledge and stairs. There will also be plenty of giveaways for the crowd.

A premier of a locally produced skateboard film, The Peanut Gallery, will follow with skateboarding revelers partying late into the night with live music.

The event moves forward rain or shine with tents ready and waiting.

Competitors must pre-register by contacting Lenny at or 604-698-1514.

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