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5 Apr

8 Reasons to Not Miss the 1st Annual Mountain Multiplicity Show

Life in the mountains is multi-faceted indeed — peaks, valleys, joy, pain, laughter, adrenaline and a whole lotta fun. The Multiplicity Show features eight new presentations from some of the greatest storytellers in the Mountain Kingdom; everything from living with bears for 50 years  to exploring the unknown depths of Squamish river canyons, to making world-class skis in a local Whistler garage.

Hosted by Mountain Life editor Feet Banks, this one is a must-see.

This is the newest event in the World Ski Snowboard Festival’s incredible arts line-up, and the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Spearhead Huts Project. A growing number of people want to experience the majesty of Canada’s mountain backcountry, and the ultimate goal of the project is to build a series of backcountry huts for outdoor-lovers to enjoy year round in the spectacular Spearhead Range. A massive silent auction will be laid out and lots of free goodies will be flying through the air!

For more info and to buy tickets for the event, please visit

1. Charlie Russell — Living with Bears

For the past 50 years (no, that’s not a typo), Charlie Russell has lived, studied, photographed and written about grizzlies, brown bears, black bears and kermode “spirit” bears in the wilds of the Russian Far East and across Western Canada. Through striking photography and heartwarming tales, Russell will discuss his unique journey of exploration, adventure and discovery into the heart of wild bear country.

2. Nicolas Teichrob — Taking a STAND against Tankers

Following expedition standup paddler Norm Hann to the ancient totems in Haida Gwaii and the underwater world of the Great Bear Rainforest, Nicolas Teichrob (in collaboration with b4apres Media’s Anthony Bonello) aims to prevent the tanker route from happening, while inspiring people to get outside and protect what is wild.

3. Todd Lawson — Rough Tumble Through the Andes

T-boning a donkey while riding a motorcycle on a remote gravel road at 40kms/hr hurts….but the donkey barely noticed! Todd Lawson and his wife Christina Tottle spent three cold challenging months riding their dirtbikes through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia; experiencing altitude sickness, freezing fingers, wicked moonshine and the warmth of the incredibly resilient people who live above 14,000 ft. in the world’s longest mountain range.

4. Kelly Dyer — Killer Comedy from a Mountain Whoa-Man

Spend some time at the crag with Kelly and you won’t be able to climb, you’ll be too busy laughing your ass off. Climber, boulderer, snowboarder and 20-year Sea to Sky local — Mr. Dyer has been hitting the comedy scene hard for the past two years, establishing himself as one of the best new comics on the circuit. This one comes with a PG warning.

 5. Francois-Xavier De Ruydts — Down the Line and Into the Deep

Against all expectations, the surroundings of Vancouver are an amazing playground for canyoneers, and one thing sets the region apart from all others: none of these canyons have ever been explored. Nobody even knows where they are. Down deep slots and magnificent waterfalls, a handful of dedicated Vancouverites are bringing the world of a canyoneering into the light and exploring uncharted Squamish canyons – and once you’re in, the only way out is down. Xavier presents his new canyoneering film Down the Line.

 6. Chili Thom — Art from Adventure

As a former wilderness guide, artist Chili Thom knows a thing or two about adventure in the outdoors. “The primary inspiration for my work has always been the natural world and the amazing landscapes of B.C.,” he says. Passionate about blending art and the outdoors onto his incredible canvasses — Chili is always game for adventure.  

 7. Ace Mackay-Smith — Growing Up Ski Bum

Using slides taking by her Mom, Ace will take us through a humorous and imperfect recollection of growing up ski bum. Ace grew up in the hotdogging heydey of the 70s,  then moved to Whistler with a few ski trips around the world thrown in for good measure. Few people are as entrenched in ski town culture as Ace and she waxes poetic and philosophical in a slideshow/talk about the joys and pains of growing up ski bum.

 8. DIY Ski and Board Panel

A live discussion featuring some of the Sea to Sky’s best innovators and the stories behind their hand-made-right-here skis and snowboards. Builders from boutique companies Garywayne Skis, Foon Skis, Prior Snowboards and Funk Skis will present photos and videos then speak with moderator Feet Banks to explain their processes and inspiration. If you want something done right, sometimes you just gotta do it yourself.

Organizers of the World Ski and Snowboard Festival have generously donated the use of the incredible multi-media setup used for the Pro Photographer Showdown (valued at $30k). There will be a silent auction, DJ, and a service bar so the evening promises to be one full of energy and mountain enthusiasm. Expected seating for the show is 1,000.

Sunday, April 14th 7:00 Pm at The Whistler Conference Centre. For tickets please visit 

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