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RAISING OUR VOICES – Whistler’s International Women’s Day Celebration 2018

March 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Maury Young Arts Centre
Maurice Young Millennium Place
4335 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
By donation

Join us at Raising Our Voices – International Women’s Day Whistler!


Thursday, March 8 | 4-10pm | Maury Young Arts Centre 
By donation | All proceeds support Howe Sound Women’s Centre
Reception, silent auction, performances by local musicians, cash bar

Whistler’s premier showcase of awesome musical women is back!
Join us on March 8th, as the Howe Sound Women’s Centre, hosts its annual fundraiser celebrating International Women’s Day. This year’s event will be held at the Maury Young Arts Centre and marks the 4th annual Raising Our Voices – Whistler International Women’s Day Celebration.

“Year after year this event grows in talent, attendance, and fundraising, promising to make the 2018 celebration the biggest year yet.”

Find out what the organizer has to say in our latest event BLOG post

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Over 25 female musicians, will be showcased in a cabaret-style evening. New this year, the event will feature performances by talented local youth.


First Nations Ceremony – details TBA

Tia Horn

Here’s a girl with a voice well beyond her years. Performing both an original and a cover song while accompanying herself on guitar. We got a preview of her talent at the Arts Whistler vocal and recording workshops. Prepare to have your mind blown.

Roshan Beaven and Eva Valentin
This high school aged instrumental duo will be entertaining us with a cover song on guitar and piano.

Emma Frederickson
Solo singer with acoustic guitar.

Madeline Smith
It’s a girl, and her acoustic guitar! Playing covers by her favourite artists, this is Madeline Smith’s debut solo performance.

Kera Willis

Kera Willis writes songs that are soundtracks for the rivers and the wild landscapes of the Sea to Sky. They are containers for memory, prayers for transformation, and a little soulful pockets of beauty to keep you company while you wait for the next step to be revealed.

Penelope Voyages

Ali Penelope: Singing, ukulele and looping inspired by world cultures.

Coco & the strings

Jody Wilson performing beautiful Spanish songs with the voice and guitar to match.

Rachel Lewis

A dynamic solo-performer on keyboard and vocals.  Top 40 covers – old and new.

Anita Burleson
A professional jazz/gospel artist, vocal coach and playwright performing songs alongside her music students.

Sea to Sky Orchestra

The Sea to Sky Orchestra is a dedicated group of classical music buffs from Pemberton, Squamish and Whistler. The ensemble features violin, viola, cello, and sometimes harpsichord. A few of the members have played professionally for years, others are teachers, some have rekindled their passion for an instrument they haven’t played seriously for years, and there are even several uber-talented high school students in the group.

With a #1 EP under her belt by age 15 and her debut album being released by age 19- Vendulka is an artist you want to keep on your radar. Travelling the world with nothing but a guitar and an open heart, she shares her experiences through haunting melodies and soulful lyrics. These lyrics have touched the hearts of many- including Jon Bon Jovi who called her an “old soul” and “storyteller”. She is a force to be reckoned with, and an artist you don’t want to miss the opportunity of seeing.

Chicks with Picks

Led by Sue Stearns, and founded in 2003 in Pemberton, Chicks with Picks provides group guitar lessons and performing opportunities for women of all ages. Performing all Canadian and Original music with multiple guitar, bass guitar and ukulele parts, as well as rich vocal harmonies. Performing at the 2018 Raising Our Voices, Sue will be joined by Barb Brooks, Nathalie Klein, Bev Nolan, Meredith Gardner, Jo Hoffman, and Pippa Hodge.

Emily Molloy

Powerful, grungy, and honest, Emily Molloy’s music takes you on a visceral journey of raw emotion.

Small Town Runaway

Small Town Runaway is the music of singer songwriter Christine Sherrington. Described as smokey and soulful, Small Town Runaway is country music a folk/rock twist.

Lozen and The Groove Section

Lozen is a VIMA nominated artist who has a knack for captivating listeners with diverse musical tastes. Her collage of lyrical rap flow and smooth vocal melodies over criss-crossing genres has earned her a loyal tribe and expanding fan base. Lozen exudes an energy that is both raw and authentic. Live shows have evolved her unique approach to Hip Hop while recordings have pushed her sound across the globe. She’ll be joined at the International Women’s Day performance by the incredibly talented Groove Section.

Venus Envy

A 5 piece band priding themselves on bringing the only female drummer to the show! Core members Carol Severson, Catherine Batchelor and Susan Holden are joined by the incredibly talented Tony Moser on bass and guitar player extraordinaire, Murray Hunt.

Sheila Sherkat and Izumi Inoue

Sheila on keys and Izumi Inoue on fiddle with be joined by Venus Envy to perform a very Natalie Merchant version of Because the Night.

Laura Nedelak carries the collaboration torch of International Women’s Day forward by coordinating eight local Whistler musicians to perform altogether for the first time. We look forward to three folk/rock original songs in honour of International Women’s Day. Along with Laura, Carol Severson, Heather Beresford, Ellen Domm, Jeanette Bruce, Libby McKeever, Tony Moser and Dean Feser make up this group.

Easy Street Band

Emily Nicholas is the front woman for this talent pool playing hits from Motown to the Millennium.

The Bandits of Blueberry County

Imogen Osborne leads these bandits in rockabilly infused classic and contemporary country and country western music hits.



The Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society is a for purpose charitable organization that has been serving the Sea to Sky Community for over 34 years. The Women’s Centre is focused on supporting women, children and youth who are in need of emergency shelter, support, referrals and advocacy, and in particular, those who are experiencing high conflict, violence or abuse. The Women’s Centre offers emergency housing, children and youth focused programs, as well as Multicultural Outreach, and health and wellness programs.
The Squamish and Whistler Women’s Centres receive over 5,500 visits annually. The Women’s Centre also operates Pearl’s Value & Vintage, a second hand thrift store, with all proceeds from sales supporting Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society programs.