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A cross-Canada cultural experience

A cross-Canada cultural experience


Squamish is getting in on the ground floor of a brand-new national movement that aims to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their community.

The volunteer-driven, grassroots initiative, dubbed Culture Days, will feature free, interactive activities that allow members of the public to get "hands-on" artistic experience and discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators and designers that are hard at work in their own community.

In Squamish, the creative minds behind Homebase Studios have taken on the task of coordinating a series of activities for local residents. They're planning to host a weekend-long block party starting on Friday, Sept. 24 and running until Sunday, Sept. 26. Activities include an acoustic rooftop performance by Kaylee Johnston and opening of A Day In The Life art show featuring work by resident artists, open door studio sessions, artist talks, a live mural jam session, BBQ and a closing rooftop soiree hosted by DJ Praiz.

Anyone interested in helping out with the block party activities should contact Stan Matwychuk at For more information on Squamish's schedule of activities for Culture Days, visit, and for background on Culture Days, check out


Fun with Foote


Norman Foote is much more than a children's entertainer, he's an experienced performer who blends elements of puppetry, physical comedy and music into each and every show, enthralling audiences both young and old.

He's known around the world for his hilarious performances (he's played an incredible range of symphonies and festivals throughout North America, including the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, London Symphony, Montreal Comedy Festival and the Galway Festival in Ireland), entertaining crowds of all ages with larger-than-life puppets and songs from his many albums, including his most recent, the 2010 Juno award-winning tune, Love My New Shirt.

Next up, he's returning to the Sea to Sky corridor for a show at the Pemberton Community Centre on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. He'll be performing with the Pemberton Children's Choir, a group that is open to all elementary-aged children regardless of singing experience.

Tickets to the event are $4 for children, $10 for adults and $20 for a family of four, and all are available for purchase at the door.


The Way I See It this winter


Matchstick Productions (MSP), a world leader action sport filmmaking, is set to roll back into town this weekend to unveil their 20 th feature-length film to the legions of passionate skiers and snowboarders who call Whistler home.

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