Whistler Outdoor Photography summit returns 

Also in arts news: join a band, become an idol and fund some shoes

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Having an Instagram account and an iPhone might not make you an outdoor photographer, but the annual Whistler Outdoor Photography Summit workshops could help get you there.

The fourth fall summit, taking place Sept. 26 to 29, will feature two separate workshops: the sports action photography workshop and the general outdoor photography workshop.

"Whistler is a world-class epicenter of outdoor action and adventure photography with the highest concentration of athletes, photographers and avid outdoor enthusiasts documenting their experiences in the mountains," says summit director Blake Jorgenson, in a release. "Some might say it's the centre of the universe for outdoor action and adventure photography... Documenting and sharing our adventures and epic moments with others inspires us to be out in the mountains even more."

The workshops will help photographers learn to plan and capture photos in the field, despite their background. During the day, participants will be outside learning to work in the field before heading into the classroom for edits, review and tutorials on software and image processing. There will also be evening lectures for those who can't attend during the day.

This year the summit is being held alongside The Out of Bounds Photography Contest, the screening of Sherpa Cinema's Into the Mind, along with a finale dinner at the Bearfoot Bistro.

Instructors include Jorgenson, Paul Morrison, Eric Berger, among others. The action sports session, which includes three days of shooting and instruction as well as six evening lectures, is $900 while the general outdoor photography workshop, featuring similar offerings, is $750. Evening lectures are $20 for each evening or $50 for all three.

For more information visit www.whistlerphotosummit.com.

Make your voice heard

Looking to brighten up those dreary fall months with some music?

Well, you're in luck. The Whistler Community Band is looking for adults and kids interested in joining both their choral and band programs.

The community band meets Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Whistler Secondary School. Anyone who knows their way around an instrument is welcome to join the band in its fourth year of delving into a wide range of tunes. (Bonus: they already have a gig lined up at the end of the month.)

Those with strong pipes are encouraged to join the Whistler Singers in their rehearsals Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Whistler Secondary School. Kids, meanwhile, are welcome to join the Whistler Children's Chorus at their weekly rehearsals Tuesday afternoons at Spring Creek School. They will be singing as part of a Peace Day Celebration on Sept. 21. For more information or to register visit www.whistlerchorus.org.

Compete in Squamish Idol

The first Squamish Idol singing competition will take place Saturday in Pavilion Park as part of the District of Squamish's downtown summer series.

The Squamish Nation Welh Tima Kexwusem Dance Group will kick off the event with a performance starting around 6 p.m. Then singers 15-and-under will showcase their chops ahead of the adult Idol category where competitors will vie for $500 in cash and the Squamish Idol title.

Catch the event running from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Kickstart some kicks

Back in May, Pique told you about the creative couple behind local shoe company Love Jules Leather... just before they split to Vancouver.

Well it seems the former Whistlerites are thriving in their new location. The pair launched a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter on Monday in hopes of raising $10,000 to begin producing their own custom rubber soles. By press time (just over 48 hours later) they had already reached over $14,000.

If you'd like to contribute — and get the perks up for offer — search "Love Jules Leather" at kickstarter.com.

Portico Gallery closes its doors

Squamish's Portico Gallery will be closing the doors of its Pemberton Avenue location.

In an email owner Linda Bachman says the move is due to "development and just progress" taking over the building.

The gallery will continue to host shows at various venues around Squamish. Its last exhibition in the gallery will be Pride of Squamish which you can see during gallery hours Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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