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Those artists that live and work in the Sea to Sky region can register for the database. Applicants should note whether they have a studio available to visit. For more information contact the WCAC at 604-935-8419 or e-mail: wh-artscouncil@direct.ca. The form is also available at the municipal Web site: www.whistler.ca

New wave punk at Boot Pub on Aug. 11

Rocker and Ramones fan Siobhan Duvall is back from a 10-day tour of the U.S, to rock the Boot Pub on Aug. 11.

Covers include her classic 99 Red Balloons, and Night of the Living Dead by the Misfits.

"I’m working really hard to get the next record together and get a deal in the States, ideally with a good indie label. It’s too hard to make it in Canada," says Duvall, who worked with publicity from Mint Records Toronto.

"I know people on a major record label that are working at Starbucks," says Duvall, who is currently sending demos to her sound producer, Vincent Jones in L.A., for an album due out in April 2003.

Duvall lists Eureka, California and Eugene, Oregon as top towns from the tour, mentioning the helpful assistance in booking gigs from locals she met along the way.

Duvall will also be joining ex-Black Halos punk rocker Billy Hopeless as part of a new band, the Widows, who open for the Misfits at Vancouver’s Commodore on Aug. 19.

Side-splitting at Bill’s

Get the laughter out with comedian Kristeen Von Hagen, who is in Whistler on Aug. 6 for a show at Buffalo Bill’s.

Von Hagen has been in the biz since the age of 19, including TV appearances on CTV’s Comedy Now! which also aired on the Comedy Network. She appears at the Just for Laughs Festival airing on CBC this summer, and has also appeared in the March of Dimes all-women comedy festival.

Von Hagen received two Canadian Comedy Award nominations, for Outstanding New Sketch Troupe and Best Female Stand-up.

Can’t get no you-know-what?

Jumping Jack Flash, the Saskatoon-based Rolling Stones cover band, hit Buffalo Bill’s on Aug. 12 with their mix of covers from the still-going British rockers.

Musical progression

Whistler musician Rob Funk, part of the band Bob Funk, expands the August gig datebook after consistent shows every weekend at the local Second Cup café, where he entertains the tourists and locals catching up over lattes.

The sounds blaring from his outdoor amp have apparently caught the attention of local bookers, as Funk plays Earl’s Bistro on "Margarita Monday" evenings. The four-piece Bob Funk band will be at Moe Joe’s on Wednesdays, starting Aug. 7 and continuing through the month. The band also plays diverse dance stomp ground the Pemberton Hotel on Aug. 10.

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