Canada CODE: the remix 

VANOC is taking its digital art project to the next step, launching a special application that will allow Canadians to go online and make a multimedia statement about their country.

As part of the Cultural Olympiad programming, VANOC launched Canada CODE earlier this spring as an online forum to collect images and text from across the country and create an online portrait of Canada as a whole. Since then, contributors from B.C. to Newfoundland have uploaded their own images and words to the Canada CODE website. Now, organizers are allowing people to go back to the website and use others' content to create their own stories.

To add some music into the mix, people can also access material from the National Film Board's sound library. Dubbed Canada CODE Remixes, the best of these projects will be shown to the world, displayed online and on screens at Celebration Sites and venues throughout the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

"Canada CODE has broken new ground in the digital realm by giving Canadians an opportunity to creatively share with each other and the world," Burke Taylor, vice president of culture and celebrations for VANOC, said in a recent press release. "Our new remix application takes that potential to a whole new interactive level that's designed to be as simple and inclusive as possible."

To check out or contribute to Canada CODE, visit .

Exploring another ArtWalk option

Whistler Arts Council is going all-out with this year's ArtWalk offerings. So far this summer, as part of their annual ArtWalk event, they've hosted one opening reception at the beginning of July, plus a special Function Junction event mid-month. Now, they're readying for yet another opening party, on Friday, July 31.

The Marketplace reception held earlier this month saw an impressive turnout of hundreds of people strolling through the village for drinks, appetizers, entertainment and, of course, artwork. The second round of venues will be featured during the second opening reception, with 15 locations from the Village Common to Village Square on board to participate.

The Release, Brother Twang, and Flatback Trio are providing the musical offerings for the evening, while Cary and Paolo Lopes' body painted creations will join the stroll alongside live graffiti painting by Liks and fire spinning by Phoebe Phoenix. Whistler Brewing Company and Barefoot Bubbly are providing beverages.

HotSpot venues include Mark Richards Gallery, Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery, Sea to Sky Premier Properties and The Blake Jorgenson Gallery. Afterwards, the FireRock Lounge at the Westin will host a special after party, with DJ Foxy Moron spinning til midnight. The stroll starts at Amos & Andes at 6:30 p.m. and continues along Village Stroll through the Square and up to Skiers Plaza and the Upper Village.

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