A Look Back at the Season that Made Us Fall For Arts

A Look Back at the Season that Made Us Fall For Arts

Now that the snow has taken hold of our mountain town and we’ve officially arrived to winter, it’s time to take a look back on autumn – the season that made us “Fall for Arts.”

From wine walks to tiny art to rowdy Halloween celebrations, “Arts Season” kept the good times rolling on from summer through to winter. The Cultural Connector gave us the opportunity to learn about our community’s cultural evolution, linking six significant cultural institutions. A record number of events and attendance made this year’s Fall for Arts a huge success.

Feast & Tour – The Story of Hunters and Gatherers

This culinary and cultural series hosted at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre allowed attendees to experience the rich traditions of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations and indulge in some First Nations-inspired cuisine.

Whistler Beer Festival (September 11 – 16)

It wouldn’t be September without the Whistler Village Beer Festival. This six-day celebration of craft beer featured an amazing array of events, from cask nights to tap takeovers, barbecues, brunches and even beer yoga!

All Relative: A Space Time Odyssey (September 19 & 20)

The Point Artist-Run Centre, one of Whistler’s favourite cultural hot spots, brought an original theatre piece from the 2018 Flag Stop Theatre & Arts Festival to the Maury Young Arts Centre to help kick off the arts season right. Locally-written All Relative: Space Time Odyssey by Brandon Barrett and Holly Clark featured a cast of talented local actors and was directed by Whistler’s 2018 Champion of the Arts award winner, Angie Nolan.

Zero-Waste Living Workshop (September 20)

Environmentalists and crafters alike rejoiced with the Zero-Waste Living Workshop: Natural Living with Joanna Runciman hosted by the Whistler Public Library and AWARE. Attendees were shown how to take control over what they put on and in their bodies by handpicking the ingredient list and creating the products they use.

Naming Night at the Whistler Museum (September 20)


The Whistler Museum asked the public’s help in identifying the people, places, events and dates of some of the photos in their collection. September 20 saw a night of nostalgia – people came together ti share their memories with friends and helped to catalogue the collection.

Hear and Now Whistler’s Local Music Festival (September 22 and 23)

Late September brought us two days of live, local music with the third annual Hear and Now music festival. With over 20 musicians and bands of all genres, there were some toe-tapping good times right in Village Square!

Teeny Tiny Show (September 10 – October 14)

It may have been small, but small is mighty as the Teeny Tiny Arts Show proved in The Gallery at the Maury Young Arts Centre. Mini masterpieces – all under 3″ x 3″ were created and sold at this event that made a big splash in our community of local artists and art lovers.

Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection (October 6 – January 28)

In early October, the Audain Art Museum unveiled a new art exhibit, Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection, which presents a selection of outstanding contemporary art by Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander artists. While the exhibit’s dazzling paintings and beguiling sculptures often share formal characteristics with Western modern art, they represent conscientious efforts on the part of Aboriginal artists to share their culture with outsiders.

Whistler Writers Festival (October 11 – 14)

The Whistler Writers Festival returned in October for its 17th year, featuring literary readings, seminars, and workshop sessions with the very best emerging and internationally-known Canadian authors. The Literary Cabaret brought words and music together featuring an all-star cast of musicians and authors, while heavy-hitting Australian author Peter Carey had an in-depth conversation about his latest book with CBC Radio Host Ali Hassan.

Krafty Kids

We can’t forget the little ones who joined in the Fall for Arts fun with a Krafty Kids workshop each week. Over the course of the season children had a blast making Thanksgiving, Halloween and other festive fall crafts.

Out on the Town: Wine Walk

Wine lovers had a chance to discover Whistler’s bustling gallery scene at the Wine Walk each Friday night in October. There was an abundance of painting, crafting, music and writing, enough to make any creative soul sing.

International Day of the Girl (October 13)

Whistler celebrated International Day of the Girl at the Maury Young Arts Centre with a special presentation of Dropping The “F” Bomb, a light-hearted look at how to be a proud feminist with humorist writer Elizabeth Renzetti and a panel of Whistler teens.

Halloween the Whistler Way

It’s not Halloween until the Rocky Horror Picture Show visits town the way it was meant to be seen – on the big screen, in the dark, with live host actors and a rowdy Whistler audience. (October 27)

Locals were also thrilled with the much-anticipated return of the Heavy Hitting Horrorfest. With an all-star line-up of gory glamour, creative madness and savage DIY cinema, it’s back in the books as one of the best nights of the year. (October 28)

Cornucopia (November 8 – 18)

Cornucopia is one of Whistler’s annual favourites, and why wouldn’t it be? Spending each day sipping, savouring and delighting in luxury wines and decadent culinary offerings is a pleasure few can resist. This year’s event featured more tastings, seminars, luncheons, brunches, chef’s tables and parties than ever before.

Living the Dream – Then and Now (October 18 – November 13)

Ever wondered how far some people are willing to go to “Live the Dream” in Whistler? Photographer Carin Smolinski was able to us a glimpse into the many creative living situation of some locals with her exhibit Living the Dream – Then and Now at The Gallery at the Maury Young Arts Centre.

Full Frontal Nerdity (November 17)

A captivating Nerdlesque experience from Geekenders, Full Frontal Nerdity wowed a full house with with its nerdy irreverence, a mix of Muppets with pop culture that had the polish and showmanship of a Vegas showgirl revue. What better way celebrate a hugely successful Fall for Arts season then to fall for a troupe of geeky, sexy, body-positive, energetic and reference-filled nerds.

Arts Whistler Holiday Market (November 24 & 25)

Easing into the winter with two days of hand baked, homemade goodness is the best way to get into the Christmas spirit. The Arts Whistler Holiday Market featured over 100 vendors and artisans, with festive food, music and even Santa himself.This year’s market saw over 10,000 attendees. Thank you to all who came out to eat, shop and be merry, as well as all our fantastic volunteers and vendors who made it all possible!

Whistler Film Festival (November 28 – December 2)

Who would guess that Whistler can rock a red carpet? The Whistler Film Festival, returned for its 17th year with an incredible line up of must-see films. Whistler Film Festival brought together a wonderful array of filmmakers and actors to showcase their talents, delighting audiences with everything from dark and dramatic, to funny and inquisitive.

Arts-U: From Inspired to Hired (December 8)

Arts-U: From Inspired to Hired offered a game-changing chance to gather among artists, creatives, performers and musicians in an immersive day of learning and collaboration that left the group inspired. The impressive line up of speakers ignited the creative community and will hopefully remain a staple in the Fall for Arts program for years to come.

Through the Looking Glass: An ARTventure (On Now – January 27)

Arts Whistler delved into the realm of augmented reality with innovative exhibit Through the Looking Glass: An ARTventure. Guests are invited to go beyond the paintings of three Sea to Sky artists with the aid of an augmented reality app called HP Reveal. The artists created small visual stories to tell the stories behind their art, taking the traditional art display into the future.

As Fall for Arts grows every year, our creative community blossoms and we and our cultural connector partners continue to strive to provide opportunities for people to have access to bold, inspiring and engaging experiences in our community.

There’s lots more art, culture and heritage events to check out this winter season, so make sure to check our event calendar regularly, and pick up your free copy of Winter Arts Scene magazine at the Maury Young Arts Centre, available January 2, 2019.

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