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Going Deeper with Jeremy Jones

After two long years of shooting and editing with the award winning producers at Teton Gravity Research (TGR), snowboard legend Jeremy Jones is finally ready to release his backcountry snowboarding film to the world.

Dubbed Deeper , the film follows Jones and other top freeriders as they hit the world's snowboarding meccas, venturing past the realm of helicopters, snowmobiles and the lifts on all-night hikes in 20-below temperatures, enduring 10-day storms and 20-mile days, all on a quest to put the adventure back into riding. On top of the jaw-dropping footage, the film also offers viewers a glimpse into the trials and tribulations faced by the riders along the way.

"The 'Deeper crew' put cameras in places and in conditions you could never imagine," TGR co-founder, Steve Jones, said in a recent release. "It is the ultimate first-hand experience and the most insane riding I have ever seen."

The film will rock the big-screen in Whistler, during back-to-back screenings at Millennium Place at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct 22. Come out and show some love for local rider, Jonaven Moore, who is just one athlete on the roster of snowboarders from around the globe featured in the film. You also just might snag some swag from event sponsors O'Neill , Arc'teryx , K2 Snowboarding , Jones Snowboards , Surefoot Whistler , Evolution Whistler , Smartwool , RECCO , Clif Bar , Whistler Blackcomb or Comor .

And if you don't win, attendees will still have a chance to place bids on items that are up for auction in support of POW ( Protect Our Winters ), Jeremy Jones's non-profit organization dedicated to uniting the winter sports community towards a common goal of reducing climate change's effects on our sport and mountains.

After the credits roll, people will make their way over to Moe Joe's for the official after party, organized by HillTrip, featuring tunes from DJ Praiz, Stevie James and Miss KosmiK, from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m. Tickets are $11 at the door, but it might be wise to call ahead and order: 604-935-8410.


Drums as teaching instruments

Anyone who has stepped into the halls of the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre has probably noticed that hand drums are a significant part of the culture of local First Nations groups, the Lil'wat and Squamish people.

This weekend, Tsawaysia Spukwus (Alice Guss), a member of the Squamish Nation, will be teaching people how to make their own traditional hand drums at the SLCC, leading a drum-making workshop on Sunday, Oct. 23 starting at 1 p.m. According to Guss, the experience teaches patience, respect, sharing and caring, and the end result is an empowering tool of self-awareness.

The cost of participating in the workshop is $130, which includes all material and supplies (deer hide, drum frame, sinew and drum stick). For more information, contact 604-897-1421 or visit


Beagle closes

Whistler bar stars will be pouring out a little liquor in memory of an old friend, the Savage Beagle. After almost 20 years of hosting live shows and parties, including an incarnation as Jamaica House during the Olympics last February, the local hotspot has been sold.

The club was owned by Sea to Sky Hospitality, which also owns Garfinkel's and The Mountain Club in Whistler and The Ocean Club, Oceanside Liquor Store, Forum Sports Bar and AuBar Nightclub in Vancouver. According to Dom Boucher, the new marketing and promotions manager at Garfinkel's nightclub, Sea to Sky Hospitality decided to sell two of their businesses - the Savage Beagle and Tonic, another club in the city - to focus on their six other properties. Calls to Sea to Sky Hospitality to confirm the sale were not returned by press time.


Celebrate WAC's stories on Nov. 6

Whistler Arts Council (WAC) is hosting its major annual fundraiser, dubbed Our Whistler: Celebrating Our Stories 2010, at their new home in Millennium Place on Saturday, Nov. 6 starting at 6:30 p.m.

This year, which marks WAC's 28th anniversary and the celebration of our Olympic experience, promises to be a lively evening of storytelling, tapas-style fare, cocktails, artwork and entertainment, as well as silent and live auctions featuring a range of items and experiences.

The Community Foundation of Whistler (CFOW) will also be presenting the Citizen of the Year Award at the fundraiser.

Tickets are $100 per person, with all proceeds going towards WAC. They are available at, 604-935-8410 or in person at Millennium Place.



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