Music to entertain the crowds at the Whistler Village Beer Festival 

Arts news: Ben Haggar wins People's Choice at Deep Summer; WWF offers pass for ideas

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Along with the food and the happy opportunity to drink hoppy beer, the Whistler Village Beer Festival (WVBF) is back with good music to wash everything down.

The WVBF main event has the best local acts during the festival, which takes place from Sept. 14 to 18.

The Ontarios, The Whiskey Dicks, The Hairfarmers, Ruckus Deluxe and DJ Billy the Kidd line up for the show on Saturday, Sept. 17, from noon to 5 p.m.

Streetlight Society, Live in the House, Neverland Nights, Red Chair and DJ Billy the Kidd perform on Sunday, Sept. 18.

General admission tickets are $40. All shows take place at Whistler Olympic Plaza.

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Ben Haggar Deep Summer fan fave

After a week of online voting, Ben Haggar took home the People's Choice Award for the Deep Summer Photo Challenge.

"When something you have been hoping for is realized you almost don't want to do it because you could mess it up. So, I knew I wanted to come out, and I knew what I wanted to do, but I was nervous," said Haggar, who took home a $3,500 prize.

"I just love the creativity of finding a beautiful piece of forest and working with what that hillside has to offer," he said in a release.

Tommy Wilkinson was earlier selected by judges to take home the first prize of Best in Show and $3,500.

Wildcard competitor Chris Pilling earned an honourable mention for taking home the Iconic Shot prize for a monochrome image of the tree island in the Garbanzo Zone of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

To see all the Deep Summer Photo Challenge entries visit:

Enter to win pass for two to Whistler Writers Festival

The Whistler Writers Festival wants your ideas for new reading events, workshops, or suggestions of authors for future festivals.

The festival is drawing for an all-inclusive reading pass for two to this year's festival, which takes place from Oct. 13 to 16. The winning entry will also receive two nights' accommodation at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, where many of the festival events are taking place.

In 2015, suggestions included getting authors Emma Donoghue, Cathie Borrie and R.J. McMillen to attend the 2016 festival — organizers have been successful at securing all three.

Other requests carried out included bringing in more children's and young adult authors — with Susan Juby, Richard Van Camp and Kenneth Oppel also attending this year.

The competition closes on Sept. 23.

To enter your ideas and take part, visit

WFF and Music BC seek musicians for film fest showcase

The Whistler Film Festival and Music BC will be presenting up to 10 musicians and bands from British Columbia who will perform in WFF's Music Showcase, which runs during the festival, from Dec. 1 to 3.

The musicians — all considered at the point of their careers to build overseas fan bases — will play live sets for attendees of the festival and receive an Industry Pass and $200 stipend.

Applying artists must be members of Music BC.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.

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