Arts Briefs 

Getting ready to celebrate 2010

Celebration 2010 is just around the corner, with Whistler organizations getting ramped up for the month-long festival showcasing everything from art exhibitions and live concerts to book readings and local film.

Squamish is also going for gold with organizers promising this year’s Wild at Art festival to be the biggest and best festival yet.

The community showcase rounds everyone up for celebrations.

The West Coast Railway Heritage Park will host the art gallery along with special heritage features and the infamous Rotary beef barbecue.

Downtown Squamish will erupt into sights and sounds with a mainstage concert lineup as well as an artist market showcase.

The concert mainstage will wield talents such as award-winning, gospel/blues artist Ndidi Onukwulu, Juno-Award-winners The Paperboys, Juno nominee Norman Foote and local talent, including children’s choirs.

The Squamish Adventure Centre will also host workshops as well as films for the event.

Planning for the nine-day festival, taking place Feb. 16 to 25, is already underway. However, businesses, artists, musicians and community members are invited to get involved.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Grass at 604-898-9689 or


YouthFest auditions

Squamish Youth Theatre hosts the 8 th annual YouthFest March 29 and 30 at the Eagle Eye Theatre in Squamish. Auditions for the theatrical celebration will be Sunday, Jan. 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sea to Sky Hotel.

The troupe, whose mandate is to develop and foster young talent for the stage, will produce five short plays. Thespians of all ages are welcome to audition from children nine years old and up to adults and seniors.

Volunteers are also needed for the production of the show.

To sign up for the audition or to learn more about the production, contact Adriane Polo at 604-898-5930.


Guitar for gals and guys

For the first time, Sue Stearns of Chicks with Picks fame is opening up what used to be gals-only guitar classes to the boys.

“Those poor guys started complaining that they were being discriminated against with classes only for ‘Chicks,’” Stearns said. “Well, now’s their chance.”

The mixed-gender guitar classes take place every Wednesday for eight weeks, starting Jan. 17 at the Pemberton Community Centre. The beginner class runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and intermediates from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Students will get strumming on both guitar and easy vocals. The class includes a booklet with basic information, such as chord charts, practice tips and numerous songs.

To register for classes, call the Pemberton Community Centre at 604-894-2340. For more information about classes, contact Sue at 604-894-9412.


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