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ArtWalk needs more venues


The Whistler Arts Council has its artists, oh yes, but it could certainly use more venues. It's reaching out to local businesses for help in hosting galleries and events during the annual ArtWalk.

"We're coming up with a lot of interesting initiatives to make it very vibrant this year but we really want more venues to participate. We found last year people were (getting involved) at the last minute, so we just want to hype it up more this year," said Magda Kwaterska, manager of marketing and communications at the WAC.

Art Walk will run from June 20 to August 31 and will feature artists from across the Sea to Sky. Businesses from the Village, Creekside and Function Junction are urged to apply.

Each "gallery" will provide a minimum of six metres of display space for exhibition. The application deadline for artists and businesses is Friday, April 15 at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation has donated $31,200 to WAC, which has been used for technical upgrades to Millennium Place. These new upgrades include a new DLP projector and projector screen for film screenings, a Midas Venice F audio console to enhance musical performances at the theatre, as well some arts supplies and equipment for workshops and community programming.


Become a karaoke idol in Squamish

Karaoke -the bane of unsuspecting patrons walking into the wrong bar on the wrong evening. It frees spirits and causes bleeding ears. It makes people superstars in their own minds and as such will be the highlight of every Thursday night at the Rock Bar and Grill at Chances Boardwalk for the next 10 weeks.

The "Rock Bar Rock Star" karaoke contest is American Idol for Squamish residents. Each night, five - ahem - "singers" will belt out renditions of "Brown Eyed Girl" or  "I Will Survive" or whatever, with one winner chosen by a panel of judges.

"We're searching out the best and the brightest in the karaoke community in the Sea to Sky corridor," says Bianca Peters, director of marketing for Chances Boardwalk Squamish.

The competition is for karaoke singers only, which means no instrumental accompaniment. A panel of "surprise" judges will pick one winner from each night, who will qualify for the semi-finals on June 4, followed by the finals on Saturday, June 11.

The winner will take home $500 cash and will be featured on a Mountain FM morning radio spot with Craig Stone and Karen Horak. Second and third-prize winners will take home $300 and $150 cash.

"We're inviting everyone from Sea to Sky to come down, absolutely," Peters says. "People from Whistler, Pemberton, Mt. Currie, we'd love for them to come down to Squamish."

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