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Help-Portrait for the holidays


Christmas is a time to give to others, especially those who've had a particularly tough year. Now, a few members of Whistler's artistic community are mobilizing to do just that with the help of a local business.

Four local photographers are taking part in a global photography project dubbed Help-Portrait. Celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart started the event in hopes of mobilizing photographers around the world to use their talents to give back to their communities. Photographers find people in need and take their picture, and give them a copy (or copies). On Saturday, Dec. 12, photographers around the world will give families a chance to have something that is normally a luxury - a portrait.

This season, the event is making its way to Whistler thanks to local photographer Rich Glass, who discovered the Help-Portrait project through a blog and decided he wanted to host an event here in Whistler, joining with thousands of other photographers in cities around the world to put a smile on faces of the less fortunate.

"I have the power to do this," he explained, simply.

Glass, who also does charity work through The Troutsmen International Club of Leisure, has recruited three other Whistler photographers - Matt Walker, Mark Gribbon, and Nick Vail - to shoot families and individuals who are down on their luck and need a pick-me-up. The photographs will be done at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Dec. 12, starting at 2 p.m. Rick Clare, the owner of One Hour Photo/Foto Source, has also stepped up to help out with the event, offering free prints to participants.

Anyone is welcome to come out and take part in the event - low income or not - but Glass and the rest of the photographers who are donating their time and talents ask that everyone who can afford it make a cash or food donation to the Whistler Food Bank. For more information contact


Soul Funktion's seasonal show Dec. 11

'Tis also the season for song and dance, courtesy of Whistler's talented dance troupe, Soul Funktion Dance Studio.

For one night only, on Friday, Dec. 11, the studio's performance-based dance troupe will be showcasing The Magic Within, an original production created and directed by award-winning choreographer Heather Stremlaw. Thirty-one dancers between the ages of eight and 18 will take the stage to share their passion for dance with the community, bringing Stremlaw's magical world to the audience.

The performance takes place at MY Millennium Place, with a pre-show gala reception and silent auction at 6 p.m. and the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $__ for adults and $__ for children.

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