Vogler tells Whistler’s ‘cheeky history’ 

Ever wondered what Whistler was really like back when the village was a garbage dump? One long-time local will let you in on a few of the community's little-known secrets in a new book dubbed, Only in Whistler: Tales of a Mountain Town.

Stephen Vogler grew up in Whistler, born to "old-school" European alpinists that brought their children to Whistler to teach them to yodel and ski on the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb. But this European contingent was also forced to coexist with the other founding group of marijuana-loving and clothes-hating "snow-hippies" who congregated in the community at the same time. The end result was a uniquely hybrid Whistler culture that we still know and love today.

Vogler has been talking up his hometown to the outside world for years, boasting that the quirky town actually does have quite the eccentric history. He has written for the Globe and Mail, Explore Magazine , CBC Radio's Ideas, DNTO and Outfront programs, and he is also the author of Whistler Features and Top of the Pass: Whistler and the Sea-to-Sky Country . But this time around, he's out to prove his point with tales from way back when Whistler was made up of 500-year-round residents who referred to weekend visitors as "turkeys" and "gorbies."

Vogler will celebrate the launch of Only in Whistler with a special public event, including a reading and slideshow presentation, at Roland's Pub on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

Olympic exposure

Artists looking for a way to shine the Olympic spotlight on their work during the 2010 Games may have found an ally in the form of an upscale restaurant.

Players Chophouse in Creekside is calling on all Sea to Sky artists who are interested in having their work displayed at their restaurant during the 2009 and 2010 winter season, where it's sure to get lots of exposure to the media, officials and sponsors who will be popping in for a meal and a drink between events.

The 200-capacity restaurant is spacious with a mountain contemporary décor (think classic log-timber structure, leather furniture and slate surfaces). Artists from a variety of disciplines who believe their work would fit well in this setting are invited to apply for this exhibition opportunity by submitting three to eight high-resolution photos of their work on disc or via e-mail to travis@whistlerchophouse.ca . Submission deadline is Nov. 6.


Orkidz expands

The new kids art studio that opened in Function Junction earlier this spring is already expanding, taking over the space it shared with another business next door to Cracked Pepper.

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