T.A.G. – Weekly Events & Tall Tales For All
Even though Whistler is the Best, other places have cool things too. This little Okanagan spider really caught my eye.
Good day Artinados!
Weekly events and tall tales for all. Well, I don’t have any fake stories to tell, just the facts actually. This week is filled with a few. As I mentioned last week, The Function Block pARTy is picking up steam and we are trying to make this one the best yet. There is much work to be done, phone calls to make and as usual, a little begging. See, artists don’t have a lot of money and sometimes, most of the time, we have to be creative and do as much as possible with the resources at hand. What with securing a space, getting the artists onboard, is there food or booze at the opening, what about music? Did someone say band or dj? That’s where we are now. I may make it sound daunting, I can assure you that it is part of the process and it’s not that bad. It is just part of the protocol required to put a show on. Good or bad it has to be done. Today for example, I have to contact a local real estate agent to ask for permission of one of his spaces….. The saga continues and I hope you stay tuned for more results on our upcoming shows.
One might not think diplomacy is a part of art, sure! Let me tell you that it is one of the most important aspects of art, and dealing with people in the business. Even a goofy tone to your voice when negotiating could cause you to lose your chance in acquiring the space. Civility is also a very important trait in regards to these matters. Simple things in getting your show hung. Always remember to be nice when asking for things for free. It just makes sense. Think about what you are offering them as compensation for their time, effort and of course, the space. Or whatever it is that you are asking for, in my case, it’s the space. Wish me luck.
In other news, Whistler worthy that is. I thought, since I write for WIA I would like to recount a super recent realization about our lovely little tiny town. I just came back from a road trip/camping/wine buying trip to the Okanagan with my lovely wife and little one Momo. We also visited a friend who is building a house on some of the regions most prized property. What I first realized is that, it’s not Whistler. Obviously, Arne. What I could not help thinking the whole time I was there was, “Sure, this place is great and has a lot going for it, but… it’s not Whistler.” That sounds pretty silly, so let me explain.
Anyone that has visited Whistler will realize there are not many places like Whistler in the world, let alone B.C. I just felt terribly home sick. I missed things like the mountains with their snow-covered peaks. The valley trail on a sunny day, all the great little lakes. The sheer amount of trees and sea of green. Yes, even the Village Stroll has an appeal to it that I missed. Of course it is not really fair to compare places because every town and place has its positive and negative. What I am saying is there is no place for me like Whistler and it’s great to be home, yes, even with my Okanagan wine.
Super cheers to Whistler!