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Broken Social Scene, Ghetto Funk announced for Telus Fest

Okay, well, they're no Arcade Fire but they are still Canadian indie rock gods, or whatever.

On April 22, Toronto collective Broken Social Scene will play the Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival, as part of the AXE Concert Series, better known as the free and boozeless outdoor gigs at Skiers Plaza.

The BSS announcement was made via Twitter last Monday.

"We don't really have a headliner this year. We've kind of spread out the budget this year. We were looking at one really big one and some smaller acts to support but it didn't work out," said Jess Smith, communications manager for the festival.

So instead of one big ol' headliner, the festival will instead feature "consistently awesome acts," including Black Mountain, Tokyo Police Club, Gogol Bordello and others. Last week, influential U.K. mix 'n' mashers Ghetto Funk was announced - they would play during the Big Air competition, which is also on April 22.

Smith said more acts would be announced over the coming weeks. Stay tuned via our website. Or if you want the news sooner, follow Twitter, if you must.


Now You Know gets encore screening


As if the first time wasn't enough. Now You Know has returned, so get your throats clean for all that cheering and hollering when big jumps are made.

The film covers all aspects of snowboarding, from backcountry powder to riding the urban rails. It's filled with all the stunning camera tricks you've come to expect from these types of films - sunset park shoots, double helicopter angles capturing huge jumps - and will surely prompt a lively response from the impassioned boarders in the room. Uh huh.

Sandbox Films, a collaboration between Canadian professional snowboarder Kevin Sansalone and principal shooter Clayton Larsen, made the film, shooting mostly in Whistler's backcountry but they also traveled throughout the rest of B.C., the Alberta Rockies, Japan, California, Utah, Eastern Canada and the Eastern U.S.

The film will play at MY Millennium Place tonight (Thursday, February 24). The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Millennium Place or at


SLCC shows off The Great Mountain


Meet Nuna. She's a curious young girl who sets out on an incredible journey to discover the source of Mother Earth's mysterious cries. Sounds topical, don't it? We've all got a bit of Nuna in us, it would seem, but how much exactly will have to be determined today (Thursday, February 24), when Red Sky performs The Great Mountain at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre.

As Nuna crosses prairies and rivers, pushing on toward the mountain in question, she meets a variety of characters that help her discover the transformative power of nature and the importance of courage.

The play, inspired by the story of Jumping Mouse, sounds like a Coen Brothers film dressed in Aboriginal folklore. It was written by Tracy Power and produced by the Toronto-based Red Sky. The performance is included with paid admission to the centre while seats are available. 100 seats have been set aside for the performance on a first come, first serve basis.

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