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Get noticed at New Music West

Calling all Whistler musicians: Due to the overwhelming interest in New Music West 2003, the organizers are extending their band registration deadline to March 21.

The 12 th annual festival and conference is to be held in Vancouver in May and is a great way to get noticed. NMW is considered the place to catch the "Buzz Bands", rub shoulders with those who have made it and make contacts with the necessary people in the industry. At this stage there’s been barely any interest from Whistler so get cracking and show the west what we’re made of.

Bands can register for NMW 2003 online at www.newmusicwest.com . You don’t even have to make the trek downtown as you can send in your application online. You’ll need to upload songs, pictures and a bio, but even if you’re technically illiterate it’s only just a mouse click away. Each submission will be listened to by at least two music industry professionals and once the process is completed, each band will have easy access to any comments made by the jurors.

The top 200 artists will be chosen to perform during NMW 2003, to be held from May 21 to 25. All showcase artists will be eligible for cash prizes from the NMW Artists Assistance Fund, 25 hours recording time in Mushroom Studios, they could win the Galaxie Rising Star Award and could be chosen to appear on the NewMusicWest 2003 compilation CD. The catch? It costs $30 to register online, $35 if you mail it in and there’s a $10 late fee that’s kicked in. But hey, split it between your band members and it’s not much at all.

Chunky, funky house for March

House has gone high class in Whistler with a special guest DJ filling the GLC with aural pleasures of an elite kind throughout the month of March.

DJ Alistair, a rising house DJ from the U.K., is known for playing dubbed up, deep, funky house music. He’s in Whistler for a few month’s holiday and decided to bring his vinyl collection with him. He’s part of the Deep Cartel collective, a group of DJs who play free festivals and parties all over the U.K and beyond. The G.L.C snapped him up and he’s done a few gigs at Maxx Fish as well. His next set is at the G.L.C on Wednesday, check it out.

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