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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Explore public art, a free concert, take a heritage walk or run away and join the circus – celebrate the art of summer in Whistler

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - July 03, 2012

Explore public art, a free concert, take a heritage walk or run away and join the circus – celebrate the art of summer in Whistler

Suggested Tweet: Get artsy in #Whistler: explore public art, take in a concert or join the circus! And enter our Perfect Whistler Summer Getaway Contest

Whistler, B.C. – For art enthusiasts of all ages – those wanting to explore Whistler’s arts and cultural heritage, whether it be through a stroll of the resort’s many studios and galleries, through an interactive public art tour or a hands-on circus workshop – Whistler delivers the ultimate art experience.

This summer, Whistler takes art to a new level, offering enhanced public art programs, a new heritage and art walking tour and a host of activities and entertainment including workshops, artist demonstrations and concerts.

This summer marks the launch of Whistler’s Public Art Tour, offering a number of ways to learn about the pieces of Whistler’s public art collection: through smart-phone enabled Quick Response (QR) codes linked to a descriptive webpage, by  calling the tour’s phone line at 604-935-8215 to hear an audio description, by using a printed brochure and map available at the Village Host kiosks or the Whistler Visitor Information Centre, or online at for a virtual tour.

Artwalk is a free program, from July 1 to September 4, featuring the works of more than 50 regional artists and artisans displayed in more than 40 host venues throughout the resort. Artwalk is a walking tour that combines art and business, opening up high-traffic business locales to artists who can, in turn, bring their art to the public. As cafes, retail outlets, hotels and restaurants take on the role of venue, guests will find themselves surrounded by beautiful works of art, in a variety of mediums, sometimes in the most unlikely of locations. Kicking off Artwalk is the opening reception on Thursday, July 5 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. The village-wide opening reception features live entertainment, artist demonstrations and children’s crafts. Visit here for more details. New this year is the Celebration of Arts weekend July 6-8, featuring daily guided artwalk tours, artist demonstrations, musicians and roving characters while local artists compete at the Whistler Arts Council’s third annual “Paint Off”.  On Sunday, July 8, the Whistler Skate Park is the location for the Paint and Shoot Skate Jam with graffiti artists painting from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and a DJ-led skate jam from 2-4 p.m.

A collaboration between the Whistler Arts Council and the Whistler Museum, art and heritage tours are offered Friday through Sunday, throughout the summer, beginning July 6. The tour leaves from the Whistler Visitor Centre at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. with local, knowledgeable guides sharing stories from Whistler’s past while focusing on the diverse public art that is displayed throughout the village, as well as many of the Artwalk host venues. Expect to see works by a variety of artists including Suzanne Johnston, Ron Smid, Vincent Massey, Chili Thom, Mark Richards, Andrea Mueller and Susie Cipolla, among others.
The Valley of Dreams Walking Tour, offered by the Whistler Museum, leaves from the Whistler Visitor Centre daily at 1 p.m. in July and August. Learn about Whistler’s unique history in this one-hour tour; led by long-time Whistler locals – some of the most colourful characters of the community.

Whistler’s a great place for children to participate in hands-on art workshops during the Whistler Children’s Art Festival. The festival offers a comprehensive schedule of workshops for all ages in a variety of mediums, as well as entertainment and activities. This year, the Vancouver Circus School will present free performances and workshops at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Performances take place July 10-12 at 7 and 8:30 p.m. while the workshops take place July 11-13 at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. In addition to the onsite entertainment, popular children’s groups The Monkey Bunch and Mexican folk/ Latin soul group Locarno perform in in Village Square with the Monkey Bunch taking to the stage July 13 at 7 p.m. and Locarno performing July 14 at 8 p.m.

The music continues in Whistler throughout the summer with upcoming Whistler Presents concerts including The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra July 20 and 21, The Mocking Bird and Wil on July 27 and Chantal Kreviazuk on July 28. Jason McCoy performs August 3, Spirit of the West August  4, Great Lake Swimmers August 5, Vince Vaccaro Band and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings August 31, The Boom Booms and Kytami September 1 and Emmanuel Jal September 2.

At the Point artist-run centre on Alta Lake Road, a freelance writers’ symposium is scheduled for July 5 while improve theatre workshops take place July 10 - August 7. Expressive art workshops in songwriting, theatre, jewelry design, fashion makeup and face painting, mixed media painting, recycled fashion design, and interpretive dance take place through July and August, leading toward a performance and art exposition at the Flag Stop Theatre and Arts Festival August 11.

Those interested in the most up-to-date information regarding programming are encouraged to visit where the comprehensive events calendar is regularly updated.

Enter the Perfect Whistler Summer Getaway Contest for a chance to win your ultimate summer getaway. Four grand prizes ranging in value from $1,570 to $1,790 are up for grabs: whether you’re in the mood to chill, connect, meander or adventure – it’s all up to you to decide which prize you would like.

Whistler-based travel consultants at can also customize a vacation package, taking care of flights, transportation, accommodation and activities. Call 1.800.WHISTLER (1.800.944.7853) to request a no-obligation quote or visit for more details and offers.

Faces of Whistler: Chili Thom
To view the world through the artful eyes of Chili Thom; oh what a colourful world it would be!
Artist, DJ, filmmaker, adventure guide; Thom is Whistler's original Renaissance man.
A native British Columbian, Thom combines his love of nature and the outdoors with his passion and talent for fine arts, using nature to inspire his creations. He's travelled the province as a wilderness guide, dedicating his time to appreciating the world around him, reflecting that world through his creations in paintings, films and music. Working primarily in acrylic paints, Thom's style, as he explains it, "uses linear brush strokes, unique perspectives and saturated colours to capture a sense of motion and the passage of time ... to invoke a mood similar to actually being out there in the hills."

To read more about Chili Thom and the arts in Whistler, visit online media room and search arts and culture.




Whistler Festivals, Events & Animation Program
Celebration has always been an important aspect of Whistler culture as was highlighted during the 2010 Winter Games when the community presented the most outstanding display of sport, entertainment and culture the town had ever seen. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and resort partners have continued to build on this momentum by coming together to develop quality year-round, cultural programming. Complementing the many great events the resort has become known for, the Festivals, Events and Animation (FE&A) program showcases a variety of events, concerts and lively village entertainment for all ages. In support of Whistler’s place-based cultural tourism strategy, the RMOW invests in many cultural projects. The FE&A program is financed almost entirely by the funds it receives from the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Management Initiative (RMI) designed to invest in programs and projects to build tourism in the province. Click here for additional details about the FE&A program.

Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

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Media Contacts

Tourism Whistler
Kerry Duff
Manager, Travel Media
T: 604.938.2709

Resort Municipality of Whistler
RMOW Communications
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T: @RMWhistler