• 2017 Arts and Garden Festival – Sunday May 28th

    Come and enjoy Lions Bay Arts and Garden Festival, Sunday, May 28th. A unique pairing of gardens with the work of local artists and artisans. Native plants, art, and jewellery for sale; performances by local musicians, garden tips by Master Gardener, food and refreshments. Pick up map at the Lions Bay General Store. Tour gardens 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. […]

  • Whistler Champion of the Arts & Culture Award

    The Whistler Arts Council (WAC) presents the Whistler Champion of the Arts & Culture Award in partnership with the Whistler Chamber of Commerce Whistler Excellence Awards. This award is open to individual artists of all disciplines, volunteers, cultural workers, or a business leader or business/organization who has made a significant impact on the growth of arts, culture and heritage in the community of Whistler.

    The award recipient is recognized for their support of local arts and heritage events and programs. Support may have been given through sponsorship, volunteerism, professional services or products, marketing or public relations donations, or business leadership that demonstrated support for the arts above and beyond the basic commercial benefits. The recipient is nominated by the arts, culture and heritage organizations of Whistler. 

    Submit A Nomination

    You are eligible to submit an nomination if you are:

    • A member of the cultural community of Whistler (defined as individual artists of all disciplines, arts, culture, and heritage organizations, and performing, exhibition, and arts educational programs and facilities).
    • A cultural organization and/or group (you do not have to be a registered society). 

    Eligible award recipients include:

    • A business, organization, or business leader who demonstrates exceptional leadership, creative vision, and commitment in encouraging and developing partnerships between businesses and the arts.
    • An individual who actively works or volunteers locally, and who has made significant contributions to enhance arts, culture, and heritage in Whistler or who has made significant contributions to arts education in the region.
    • An individual artist who has enriched the community through their talent and commitment to visual, literary, media and/or performing arts or heritage. The individual excels as a creator or performer, facilitates or promotes the artistic efforts of others, and broadens community engagement in the arts.     

    Eligibility criteria:

    • Individuals (business, volunteer, staff, artist) who demonstrate they enrich the community by serving as a mentor, leader, teacher, connector or those who engage with the cultural community. Individuals showing significant vision, creativity, initiative or breaking new ground.
    • Individuals that have made significant contributions of cash or in-kind investments.
    • Individuals who have taken on key roles and responsibilities in developing the ACH community or providing a bridge between business and the arts community, and enhanced the visibility of the arts, culture and heritage.
    • Businesses based in Whistler of any size which have supported local ACH events and programs through sponsorships, volunteerism, donated professional services or products or a link with marketing or public relations campaigns; arts related businesses that demonstrate support for the arts above and beyond the basic commercial benefits through advocacy, services and/or events, relative to the size of their business. 

    Past recipients include Stella Harvey, Joan Richoz, Blue Shore Financial, TD Bank, Whistler Question, Sue Adams, Pique newsmagazine, Nester’s Market, Rocky Mountain Production Services, Whistler Real Estate Co. Ltd, and Whiski Jack Resorts Ltd.

    Nominations for the 2016 Whistler Champion of Arts & Culture Award is now open. 

    Please direct any questions, or to request a paper nomination form, to Brianna Beacom at 604-935-8233 or bbeacom@artswhistler.com.

    * Nominations for the 2016 award close on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. 


    The awards celebrate Whistler's innovators, trailblazers and community cultivators. With over 200 locals together for one night, Whistler’s black tie business and community awards build brands and honour local legends.

    Presented by the Whistler Chamber in partnership with the Community Foundation of Whistler, the Whistler Arts Council and the Whistler Centre for Sustainability.  The Awards honour excellence in the areas of service, innovation, sustainability, outstanding leadership in the arts, business and community service.  The Rising Star Award catapults careers for those under 40 on the fast track to success.


  • Mazacote


    Love that Latin flare? Arrive early for mojitos in The Gallery while you check out the Cigar Box art show, then get your groove on with a free salsa class before Mazacote hits the stage.