Whistler Writing Society hosts AGM and workshop 

Arts news: Whistler Film Festival submissions set to close; street entertainment abounds in the village

click to enlarge PHOTO FROM ARCHIVES - write stuff The Whistler Writing Society gathered for its 2017 AGM.
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  • write stuff The Whistler Writing Society gathered for its 2017 AGM.

Local writers, mark your calendars.

The Whistler Writing Society—which organizes the Whistler Writers Festival—is hosting its annual general meeting on Aug. 22 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Whistler Public Library. That event—which will include "pizza, camaraderie and local literary updates," according to the society—will be followed by a free writing workshop with award-winning author Rachelle Delaney.

Called Embracing Beginnings, the workshop will focus on "beginner's mentality," including how to find new ideas, shaping those ideas and turning them into coherent stories.

Delaney—a multi-award winning Vancouver writer with several novels for young readers to her name—has also taught fiction and nonfiction workshops to writers of all ages.

The workshop will take place at the library from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

For more visit whistlerwritersfest.com.

WFF submission deadline approaches

The final deadline to submit a film to the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is quickly approaching.

Filmmakers must have their film in for consideration by Aug. 15. This year, the festival will have seven juried competitive categories with a total of $146,500 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

The five-day festival is set to screen up to 90 movies from Nov. 28 until Dec. 2.

For more information, or to submit, visit whistlerfilmfestival.com.

Whistler Street Entertainment animates village

There might be plenty of ticketed arts and music events around the Sea to Sky corridor over the summer, but did you know an impressive range of artists are also playing free gigs around the Village Stroll as well?

Arts Whistler's Whistler Street Entertainment program has been stationing local and Vancouver artists around the busy walkway over the summer months. While many people will happen upon these unexpected performances, you can also plan ahead to attend.

On Thursday, Aug. 9, catch blues-folk-rock act The Overcomers at the gazebo from 12 until 1 p.m. and again from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. You can also hop over to see local singer Rachel Lewis near Olympic Plaza from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. and again from 2 to 3 p.m.

Alt-rock act The Combat Dolphins are playing from 3 until 5 p.m. and again from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. at the gazebo while Vancouver's Erica Dee and Tonye Aganaba are capping off the day in Village Common from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and performing again from 5 to 6 p.m. In between, catch live painting, a free craft station and juggling/music/comedy duo Duncan and Scott in Village Common from 1 to 6 p.m.

Then Friday, Aug. 10, is equally jam-packed with action. Local musician Emily Molloy will kickoff the day at the gazebo from 12:15 until 1:15 p.m. then return from 1:45 until 2:45 p.m. Kelowna troubadour Michael Averill will take over that space from 3:15 until 4:15 p.m. and then again from 4:45 until 5:45 p.m.

Meanwhile, Erica Dee and Tonya Aganaba will also return with their DJ and live music combo, performing near Olympic Plaza from 2 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. Find the craft station near Town Plaza from 1 to 5 p.m., and face painting from 1 to 5 p.m.

Duncan and Scott will be stationed at Village Common from 1 to 6 p.m.

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