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For Immediate Release
August 6, 2019


Arts Whistler launches 4th annual “Arts Season” with theatre,
film, music, street animation and visual arts. And that’s just the first two weeks.

Whistler, BC – Fall for Arts, Whistler’s season for all things arts and culture, kicks off on September 12 with a season of dynamic, daring and delightful offerings. From September to December, Whistler’s cultural sector brings its “A” game with a host of not-to-be-missed programs.

The first 10 days of Fall for Arts is jam-packed with music, two art exhibition openings and the world premiere of a new Indigenous play. “The Arts Whistler lineup of events and programs during Fall for Arts is our biggest yet. We invite everyone to get swept up in the incredible opportunities offered by the cultural sector. Exciting new projects like theatre premieres and must-see gallery shows will shine alongside returning signature festivals that everyone loves.” said Arts Whistler executive director Mo Douglas.

The first two weeks of Fall for Arts include:

Fall for Arts Kickoff – Street Party/Art Party- September 12
Arts Whistler jumps straight into the fun with the Fall for Arts Kickoff on September 12. Join us outside the Maury Young Arts Centre for an animated street party from 6pm to 8pm with live music, live painting, participatory crafts and fun. The celebration starts inside from 7pm to 10pm with the Teeny Tiny Show Art Party. It’s year three for this locally-loved art exhibit that features ingenious works all no bigger than 3” x 3”, proving that size does indeed matter. The Art Party also includes tiny, tasty snacks, a cash bar and a DJ of normal size. The price on much of the artwork is also tiny, so don’t miss a chance to purchase affordable, locally made art. (The Teeny Tiny Show runs until October 31)

Arts Whistler Live! Season Launch – September 13
The very next night, we continue the party with our first Arts Whistler Live! show of the season on September 13. T Riley and the Bourbon Rebels offer up an evening of fantastic music, from old school jazz to upbeat swingin’ rock. Join us at 7pm for a high energy swing dance workshop to get you warmed up for the evening ahead. Get those dancing shoes ready!

World Premiere of “útszan” A New Canadian Indigenous Play – September 19 to 22
útszan (to make things better) is an endearing story about First Nation’s language homecoming, written and performed by Yvonne Wallace, an actor and playwright from the Lil’wat Nation. This one-woman multi-character show excavates Indigenous knowledge, humour, strength and resilience through language reclamation. Join Margaret as she discovers that all the tools she needed to speak her first language were all around her in the land, stories, and memories.
Ùtszan will provide Sea to Sky and Lil’wat residents with a Truth and Reconciliation opportunity, inviting our communities to come together in an experience of learning through the shared emotional journey of “útszan”. With facilitated Q and A sessions following each performance, it provides a forum to ask the important questions and lay a foundation for greater understanding and compassion – both essential to forging a path of healing, reconciliation and friendship.

Hear and Now: Whistler’s Local Music Celebration – September 21 and 22
Discover your next favourite band at Hear and Now –Whistler’s Local Music Celebration. Back for its fourth year, Hear and Now celebrates Whistler’s thriving music scene with a chance to soak up free, live, local music in Village Square. Its two days packed with rising stars, local favourites, and awesome Sea to Sky talent. From sensational original tunes to catchy cover songs, discover Whistler’s professional music community, offering local flavour and local fun.

Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing – French Modernism and the West Coast – September 21 to January 19
September also features the launch of Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing – French Modernism and the West Coast at the Audain Art Museum, opening on September 21. Featuring more than 50 rarely seen Emily Carr paintings, this spectacular show will also include curator tours, film nights and more.

Other Fall for Arts highlights include:

  • The Whistler Beer Festival – September 10 – 15
  • The Whistler Writers Festival – October 17 – 20
  • Cornucopia – November 7 – 17
  • Flag Stop in the Fall! The POINT Take Over at the Maury Young Arts Centre – November 15 and 16
  • After the Blast – The Art of Levi Nelson – November 7 to December 29
  • Arts Whistler Holiday Market – November 30 and December 1
  • Whistler Film Festival – December 4 – 8

Pick up your Fall for Arts edition of Arts Scene from September 1 onward and check out the incredible arts, culture and heritage opportunities awaiting you this fall.


Find out more about Fall for Arts and upcoming events


About Arts Whistler:

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 to support local artists and their craft. Annual events include the Whistler Children’s Festival, Whistler Street Entertainment, Arts Whistler Holiday Market, We Heart Local Art 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.

Get in Touch:

Website: artswhistler.com/fallforarts
Facebook: facebook.com/artswhistler
Twitter: @artswhistler
Instagram: @artswhistler
Hashtags: #ArtsWhistler #FallForArts

Media Contact:

Arts Whistler
Kim Maitland, Marketing & Communications Manager

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