Vancouver TheatreSports! returns to Whistler

Also in arts briefs: Arts Whistler puts out call for artists, D.O.A. plays Pemberton, Audain architects receive award

Vancouver TheatreSports! has enlisted the help of locals again this year for its Arts Whistler Live! show.

As part of Wednesday’s (Jan. 25) performance at the Maury Young Arts Centre, two teams of local actors will be pitted against each other in a Family Feud-style showdown. The improv twist? The losing contestants will have to join the Vancouver TheatreSports improv players in an improv scene.

Team one will feature Tara O’Doherty, Louise Robinson and Jonny Fleet while team two will include Kevin “Big Kev” Mikkelsen, Brandon Smith and Angie Nolan.

Tickets for the show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The McQuaid Trio, the opening band, will hit the stage at 7:15 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available at

Call for artists

Arts Whistler is seeking submissions for its Anonymous Art Show Fundraiser, set to take place in April.

Artists are invited to create one or more pieces on an eight by eight inch canvas or cradled panel — the theme and medium are wide open, organizers said. The art will then be on display as part of a ticketed event where prospective buyers can see the pieces, which will be on sale for $50, $100 or $150. Some of the proceeds will go to the artists and the rest will go towards growing the Arts and Culture Legacy Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of Whistler.

Every year, Arts Whistler uses the annual disbursement from the fund to award Grades 7 and 12 students arts awards, as well as member group grants and community arts grants. The organization said it’s hoping to increase the number of recipients with this fundraiser. To that end, Scotiabank has pledged to match every $1 raised up to $5,000.

The deadline for submissions is end of day March 5, delivered to the Maury Young Arts Centre. The show will run from April 3 – 17.

For more information on how to submit work visit

D.O.A. plays Pemberton

Trade in your cowboy boots for converses — Canadian punk legends D.O.A. will be playing the Prospect Pub in Pemberton on Saturday (Jan. 17).

Local music veterans Hounds of Buskerville (founded by brothers Stephen and Peter Vogler back in 1994) will serve as the opening act.

Advanced tickets will be available at the Pemberton Hotel.

For more, visit

Audain architects receive recognition

The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) has chosen Patkau Architects Inc. — the team behind the Audain Art Museum — as one of 17 recipients to receive its 2018 Institute Honor Awards. They were selected from around 500 submissions and will be honoured at the AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City. The awards are “the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design.”

The organization said the Audain Art Museum’s design “navigates three main determinants by connecting local culture with permanent collection and traveling exhibits of all kinds, by spanning the revegetated floodplain of Fitzsimons Creek, and by strategically shedding the enormous snowfall typical of Whistler. The building’s minimal interiors recede behind the art and its calm exterior foregrounds the natural landscape.”

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