Cosmo's Midnight promise an evening to remember 

Arts news: Whistler Film Festival opens submissions; Photographer Hogue creates web series

click to enlarge PHOTO SUBMITTED - Twin collaborators Australian DJs Cosmo's Midnight are performing at Maxx Fish.
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  • Twin collaborators Australian DJs Cosmo's Midnight are performing at Maxx Fish.

I ask Pat Liney, one half of the Australian electronica-dance duo Cosmo's Midnight, how they got their name.

Cosmo is Liney's twin and collaborator, so I wondered if the "Midnight" part of the name came from some wild unforgettable evening out.

"Not at all," Liney says of his brother.

"He was playing around with some music and he decided to call it that. After a while, we were trying to find a name for us and we came back to it."

Cosmo's Midnight is performing at Maxx Fish on Thursday, March 9, at 9 p.m. as part of a tour to support its latest single, the R&B-influenced "History." It's the first release since the group's 2015 EP Moments.The next plan is to put out their first album.

The pair started creating music as teenagers in high school. Still in their early 20s, Liney agrees that their popularity has grown quickly since their debut in 2013."It's a bit crazy but we've just kept going," he says.

He says their closeness as brothers is useful in the studio, when they are trying to decide where to take their music. They don't mind giving their opinions about when something doesn't work.

This is the twins' first-ever trip to Whistler, which is the smallest location on a tour list that includes selling out in Los Angeles and Brooklyn.

"We've had a lot of friends come to Whistler. There are so many Australians there so we are expecting a real welcome," Liney says.

"We really can't wait to check it out."

Tickets are $15 from www.thisisblueprint.com/cosmosmidnight.com.

Whistler Film Festival submissions open

The 17th Whistler Film Festival is looking for film submissions.

The festival, which runs from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, features up to 90 Canadian and international films.

Filmmakers are invited to submit films of all lengths and genres by the following deadlines: April 30 for early film submissions (discount on application); June 30 for regular submissions; and Aug. 15 for late submissions.

Guidelines are available at www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.

Photographer Hogue is Getting the Shot

Whistler photographer Erin Hogue is featured in the web series Getting the Shot, a behind-the-scenes short series on what it takes to be a world-class action sports photographer.

Hogue created the series to see what happens in shoots that take place in remote locations. She looks at weather conditions, light, the challenge of hiking into remote areas and maximizing locations.

Three episodes have been aired so far, with the final episode out on Sunday, March 12. Episode one covers all-woman snowmobile group She Shreds, episode two covers a strenuous trip to Bralorne, B.C., north of Whistler, and episode three is about working with elite backcountry skier Chris Benchetler.

To watch the series, subscribe to Erin Hogue on www.youtube.com.

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