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Shared passion, inspiration and camaraderie. Whistler’s World Ski & Snowboard Festival’s (WSSF) cultural events truly embody the soul of the Whistler. Continuing a long and storied tradition of celebrating local creativity and sharing it with the world.
WSSF’s roster of cultural events are back April 10-14, to wow audiences and inspire future generations.
Mark your calendars, here’s what’s coming your way for 2019:
• April 10 – Multiplicity presented by Mountain Life Media
• April 11 – Pro Photographer Showdown
• April 12 – Swatch 72hr Filmmaker Showdown
• April 13 – CLIF Intersection in association with Protect Our Winters Canada
• April 10-14 – Swatch Art + Soul
In the spirit of never standing still, the festival’s cultural events continue to evolve, bringing in some new and exciting changes for 2019, in addition to the evergreen top-notch programming.
Known Globally, Grown Locally
In a region bursting with talent, the Sea-to-Sky region puts on a showcase of its best creatives at the WSSF Arts events. New for 2019, every Arts event will have dedicated event producer, bringing their unique expertise, experience, passion and stoke to each event.
Each known as an absolute gun in their field, they’ll be bringing a fresh perspective to these beloved events.
“It is such an honour to produce an event that has personally meant a lot to me over the years,” says long time participant and past 72hr Filmmaker Showdown winner Angie Nolan. “To me it is one of the most important local events in Whistler; one that has single handedly changed the way we perceived mountain culture and the arts scene in a ski town.”
The full roster of producers for this year includes:
• Multiplicity presented by Mountain Life Media – Mountain Life Media co-owner and publisher Todd Lawson.
• Pro Photographer Showdown – Whistler-based Execution Media’s head and outdoor photography visionary Holly Fraser.
• Swatch 72hr Filmmaker Showdown – Whistler Film Fest and 72 Hr Filmmaker showdown veteran Angie Nolan.
• CLIF Intersection in association with Protect Our Winters Canada – Mountain local and festival alum Ryan Proctor.
• Swatch Art + Soul – Local DJ, and driving force behind the legendary Hotdog Party Ace Mackay-Smith.
Here’s what festival-goers have to look forward to in 2019:
Like a Ted Talk for the Mountain Minded
Multiplicity presented by Mountain Life Media: Whistler Conference Centre: Wednesday April 10
Trailblazers, thought leaders, disruptors, and boundary pushers—Multiplicity presented by Mountain Life Media supplies a giant dose of adventure inspiration though intimate talks from diverse speakers. From a journey across the arctic so bold it crowned the speaker as one of the Top 10 National Geographic athletes of the year, to inspiring tales from a female pioneer in downhill sports, the talks are as varied as our rugged local terrain. Don’t miss this unique showcase of inspiring speakers. Tickets can be purchased at wssf.com/events/multiplicity.
See the World Through a Different Lens
Pro Photographer Showdown: Whistler Conference Centre: Thursday April 11
Featuring the world’s best, at their best—the Pro Photographer Showdown features the world’s top action sport and lifestyle photographers and tasks them with distilling a career’s worth of imagery into a slideshow of their all-time favourites. The results? Nothing short of breathtaking. This perennial local favourite event sells out quickly, with tickets available at wssf.com/events/pro-photographer-showdown, so secure yours before they’re all gone.
3 Days of Insanity, Creativity and Hilarity
Swatch 72 Hr Filmmaker Showdown: Whistler Conference Centre: Friday April 12
With just 72 hectic hours to shoot, edit and produce a complete short film, the pressure cooker format of the Swatch 72 Hr Filmmaker Showdown has turned out films as diverse and unexpected as the Sea-to-Sky residents themselves. Back again with the same format and an open call for brave filmmakers to compete, this year’s shows promises to be as incredible as ever. Get your tickets at wssf.com/events/filmmaker-showdown.
Ski/Snowboard Edit Showdown – Helping to Support Protect Our Winters Canada
CLIF Intersection in association with Protect Our Winters Canada: Whistler Conference Centre: Saturday April 13
To help save white winters for future generations WSSF has partnered with Protect Our Winters Canada. Admission to CLIF Intersection presented by Protect Our Winters gets you a showcase of killer ski and snowboard edits, while supporting for a cause close to every skier and riders’ hearts. Get your tickets at wssf.com/events/intersection.
Mountain Culture on Display – Calling for Creatives
Swatch ART + Soul: Whistler Conference Centre: April 10-14
Fusing art, music culture and catching up with old friends, Swatch Art + Soul is a popup gallery featuring the work of Sea-to-Sky artists. Often inspired surrounding sport and landscapes pieces. This event runs throughout the festival and is free to enter. Submissions are currently open for prospective artists at wssf.com/artsoul-info.
Don’t miss out, WSSF 2019 is coming in hot, with an amazing roster of cultural events that’ll help end your season on an inspiriting note and carry you through to the next snowy winter. Purchase your tickets in advance at wssf.com/tickets, or at the door, subject to availability.