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Comedy for a Cause returns

The Garibaldi Lift Company is sure to be filled with raucous laughter this weekend, as comedians perform to raise money for the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program (WASP).

Comedians Charlie Viracola, Marianne Sierk, Peter Kelamis and Whistler’s own “Quadfather of Comedy,” Pete Crutchfield, will headline the third annual Comedy for a Cause event at the GLC on April 4 and 5, which will help to ensure WASP continues to offer programs to its ever-growing participant base. The funds will allow WASP to provide innovative adaptive sports and recreational programming, purchase equipment, provide volunteer training and operational support, and help expand existing facilities.

“We are very excited to be back in Whistler again this year,” said Viracola, who has been showcased on television networks like Showtime, A&E, NBC, HBO, MTV, Comedy Central, and the BBC. “This is one of our favourite events to play and we are happy to be able to support the phenomenal work of the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program.”

Viracola will be joined by Sierk — who can be seen on VH1, and programs like All Access, Most Shocking Series, and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham — and Kelamis, who has appeared in over 30 films, series and specials, and hosted his own comics special on the CBC.

“We anticipate selling out again this year, and for new and returning Comedy for a Cause fans to enjoy a first class night of comedy, all while raising funds for a great cause,” said Chelsey Walker, WASP executive director.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the GLC, Scotiabank Whistler and Pemberton branches, or at .


Examining the impact of Sea to Sky arts on economy


Local artists, arts organizations and cultural stakeholders are being asked to participate in a survey to assess the economic impact the cultural sector has in the Sea to Sky corridor.

The study is funded by the RMOW, the SLRD, and the Creative Communities Program of Arts Now, and is being directed by a regional steering committee made up of representatives from arts councils throughout the corridor.

“The results of this study will help define the scope of arts and cultural activities throughout the Sea to Sky corridor, and determine the contribution which these activities make to the regional economy,” said steering committee coordinator, Anne Popma. “We really hope that people will take the time to either complete the survey online, or respond to telephone interviews, for without the input of concerned and involved individuals, we will be unable to generate the data required to make the case that the arts are good for business.”


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