FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

WHISTLER, BC – Discover the unexpected, challenge your perspectives, uncover moments in history, and celebrate creativity as you embark on a journey that connects you to the heart of Whistler.

Join the celebration of Whistler’s arts and culture scene at the Cultural Connector Days this weekend. October 1 and 2, bring the whole family on an interactive adventure through Whistler Village. The Cultural Connector pathway connects six of Whistler’s key cultural venues. From the legends of the First Nations to the pioneering stories of Whistler’s founders, international artistic masterpieces and architectural feats to local art, music, and theatre – the Cultural Connector weaves these experiences together with surprises along the way.

Pick up a Cultural Connector Map or Village Culture Map at the Maury Young Arts Centre and celebrate Whistler’s cultural venues. With fun tours and activities for the whole family, it’s a great way to enjoy BC Culture Days this weekend. At each venue, look for the brightly coloured Fall for Arts flags, check out what’s inside, and enter to win a family annual pass to the Audain Art Museum or the Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

Here’s what’s on this weekend along the Cultural Connector: 

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Join a Cultural Ambassador on a guided tour, share in their stories, and experience an overview of the traditional way of life of both the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations. On the tour you’ll experience a welcome song, enjoy an inspiring film, and create your own cedar rope craft to take home as a keepsake. Experience the Centre and have fun trying on traditional regalia, playing a handcrafted drum, and discovering the interactive exhibits.

*BC Culture Days Tip:

–         Half price off the Family Admission Rate. Only $19.50 for two adults and two children under 18.
–         Kids under 18 are free.


Audain Art Museum

This spectacular addition to Whistler’s cultural scene invites you to immerse yourself in the unique art of British Columbia. The permanent collection, comprised of over 200 works by B.C. artists, is spread throughout seven galleries. Highlights include two dozen Emily Carr paintings, a collection of Northwest Coast masks that pre-date European contact, modernist paintings and sculptures, and thought-provoking contemporary works created by First Nations artists.

*BC Culture Days Tips:

–         Kids 16 and under are free.
–         Last chance to see the Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery exhibit, on now until October 11. Don’t miss Salvador Dali’s Santiago El Grande – a 13-foot high rendering of Saint James the Great, the patron saint of Spain.


Maury Young Arts Centre

The Maury Young Arts Centre is your hub for everything arts and culture in Whistler. The Arts Centre hosts a community gallery, local artisan wares, a performance theatre, and multipurpose rooms for workshops and rehearsals. Whatever your interest—live music, theatre performances, painting workshops, improve classes, children’s festivals, writing retreats, film screenings, and speaker series – this is where you can find out what’s happening in the arts and culture scene in Whistler. You never know what’s in store at the Arts Centre – come play the community piano, explore the gallery, and get involved in the arts community. Stop by to discover what’s on and pick up a Fall for Arts Magazine, covering everything going on in the arts community from now through December.

*BC Culture Days Tips:

–         Kids will love making a free paper-bag puppet craft in The Gallery from 10am-2pm.
–         Catch the ArtWalk exhibit in The Gallery featuring 11 talented local artists.


Whistler Public Library

The Whistler Public Library is a work of art itself, and with an impressive list of architectural awards. This contemporary library embraces learning for the 21st century. In addition to visitors and locals enjoying an impressive book collection, Whistler’s library offers a host of digital assets and a packed event schedule including a speaker series, film and games nights, book and astronomy clubs, plus a whole schedule of family and children-focused activities.

*BC Culture Days Tips:
–         Check out the new kid’s area (opening soon), grab a coffee and sit on their new outdoor patio, and enter to win some books to expand your own home library.


Whistler Museum

The Whistler Museum invites you to discover the Whistler you don’t know. From Whistler’s colourful pioneers to the bid for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the museum uncovers Whistler’s best kept secrets, mountain moments, and natural history. If you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy shot, take a snap holding a real 2010 Olympic torch. Don’t miss the eye-catching mural on the outside of the building of Whistler’s most famous pioneer, Myrtle Philip, painted by local artist Kris Kupskay.

*BC Culture Days Tips:
–         Entry by donation.
–         The tickle trunk is a real hit with the kids…Swing by and play dress up.


Lost Lake PassivHaus

Canada’s first certified PassivHaus, which uses 90 per cent less energy than a traditional home, was built in Whistler for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and housed the Austrian Olympic and Paralympic Committees. It now serves the community as a seasonal day-lodge where you can rent bikes, cross-country skis, and snowshoes to enjoy the trails. It’s also a great place to pick up a coffee while you check out the heritage photos on the walls and temporary art shows that occasionally exhibit on the upper floor. Lost Lake PassivHaus is currently closed but be sure to stop by in November when they reopen for the winter season.



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Arts Whistler is passionate about Whistler, about arts, and about making arts and culture an integral part of day-to-day life. Operating out of the Maury Young Arts Centre in the heart of Whistler Village, Arts Whistler runs a variety of creative classes, showcases an exciting lineup of live shows for Arts Whistler Live!, and hosts year-round free-admission exhibits in The Gallery supporting local artists and their craft. Annual events include the Whistler Children’s Festival, Whistler Street Entertainment, Arts Whistler’s Holiday Market, ArtWalk, and Art on the Lake. Arts Whistler creates bold, inspiring, and engaging experiences and supports an arts and culture sector in Whistler that’s welcoming, accessible, and collaborative.



Jillian van der Geest
Communications Specialist
Arts Whistler


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