Whistler musicians compete throughout November at Dubh Linn Gate 

Arts News: WFF names Rising Stars, Squamish puts out art call

click to enlarge PHOTO BY ROBIN O'NEILL / TOURISM WHISTLER - Dubh Linn Gate Pub
  • photo by Robin O'Neill / Tourism Whistler
  • Dubh Linn Gate Pub

The Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub has three more Mondays in its competition that pits musicians against each other, and assistant manager Jonathan Dobie couldn't be happier.

"We've had 16 musical acts sign up to play, everything from singer songwriters to duets to bands," he says.

Five have competed in the first two weeks, and six the final week.

"The pub has been full. Everyone had a great time and it's a good way for the young musicians in this town to be heard."

A winner is selected weekly and the performers move on to the semi final on Nov. 23. First prize is $1,000, second prize is $500 and third is $200. Winners will be named at the final on Nov. 30. Judges are Chad Oliver from Ruckus Deluxe, Frankie G of Red Chair and Tara O'Doherty of Mountain FM.

"We've had folk, country, funk, rock, soul and R&B. We haven't limited the genres," Dobie says.

"It's sharing our love of music. We have such great talent in Whistler; I've met so many great musicians," he says.

WFF names Rising Stars for 2015

The Whistler Film Festival has named four young Western Canadian actors as its Rising Stars for 2015.

Lauren Lee Smith (How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town), Jakob Davies (The Birdwatcher), Taylor Russell (Suspension) and Rustin Gresiuk (Suspension) each have new films premiering at the festival and impressive resumes.

"This year's Rising Stars represent a diverse group of actors, each carving his or her own path in the industry with unique projects that will surely make audiences take notice," said Paul Gratton, the WFF's director of programming, in a release.

The Rising Stars program is supported by the Union of BC Performers/ACTRA and is designed to showcase the next generation of Canadian talent poised for international careers.

For more information and to purchase tickets and passes, visit www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.

District of Squamish public art call

The District of Squamish has launched its new public art program with a $15,000 commission of two or more pieces that connect neighbourhoods in the town.

The aim is to create linkages within the community through permanent art. Locations and mediums should be proposed by the artist.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2016, with the aim of installation being carried out in the spring of 2016.

For more information, visit www.squamish.ca or contact mgunn@squamish.ca.

West Coast Float call for artists

Whistler's West Coast Float is creating a float-inspired art project — an adult colouring book — and is inviting artists to apply to take part.

Selected artists will be required to use the company's float tanks three times with the intention of being inspired to create a page in the Colour Whistler! adult colouring book.The aim is to create pages with patterns, shapes, picture and scenes.Deadline is Nov. 19. For more information contact hello@westcoastfloat.com.



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