You’re new in town. You don’t have a job yet, or you don’t plan on getting one. Or you do have a job, but you can handle a night out and still be productive. Or not.
Either way, there’s a whole host of options lined for Welcome Week – ski movies, Academy Award-winning movies, rock bands, folk bands, and indie bands.
Here’s our guide to official Welcome Week events:
Saturday, Nov. 23
PHOTO: Kaylin Richardson and Aurelien Ducroz ski in Norway for Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride. Photo by Sverre Hjoernevik.
Start the night off at the Roxy Theatre, where two screenings of Warren Miller Entertainment’s new ski movie Ticket to Ride are scheduled. The movie was filmed in exotic destinations like Kazakhstan, Iceland and Greenland, as well as classic ski movie destinations of Switzerland and, of course, Alaska. The athlete roster includes Olympians Ted Ligety, Gretchen Bleiler and Julia Mancuso; freeskiers Sean Pettit and Sierra Quitiquit; and ski mountaineer Chris Davenport. There’s an early screening at 5 p.m. for kids, and a late screening at 8:30 p.m. for adults. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.
Afterwards, head over to the Big Eddy Pub for The Boom Booms. This Vancouver six-piece formed while treeplanting, and they’ve kept going even after the move to the big city. The rock-pop band has charted on Much More Music, finished second in the 2011 Peak Performance Project, and have toured as far away as Brazil. They’ve become known for their catchy songs and feel-good party anthems. The show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Sunday, Nov. 24
It’s Sunday, and time for quieter evening of laid back, indie-folk courtesy of The Fugitives. The group includes Canadian SLAM poetry champion, musician Brendan McLeod and musician Adrian Glynn. Their latest album, Bigger Than Luck, marries the driving banjo and harmonies of their previous work with celebratory vocals and sombre piano tones. They are joined by White Ash Falls, the solo project of former Yukon Blonde bassist Andy Bishop. The show is at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at Art First, the Chamber of Commerce or through the Revelstoke Arts Council website.
Wednesday, Nov. 27
Come enjoy a screening of Kon-Tiki, the Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated Norwegian film about Thor Heyerdahl’s amazing journey on a raft from South America to Polynesia. It’s at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.
Friday, Nov. 29
Did you pack your afro wig with you? You’ll get a chance to use it at Disco Funk skating night at the Revelstoke Forum from 7–9 p.m. Entry is $2 and you can rent skates for $3. If you get bored there, you can head next door for drop-in night at the Revelstoke Curling Club. For $5 you can rent equipment, learn how to play the game, and enjoy the cheapest beer in town.
Saturday, Nov. 30
You’ll need to be mobile to enjoy everything this night. At the Sutton Place Hotel, the Revelstoke Ski Club is hosting its fifth annual Snowflake Wine Festival. Sample wines from 20 BC wineries, while enjoying some great food and live music. It starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $50.
If that’s not in your price range, you can spend $3 for a night of acoustic music at the Coffee House. The headliner is the Steve Brockley Band, an alt-country trio out of Salmon Arm. Anyone can play, so show up early to sign up. It’s at the United Church at 7:30 p.m.
PHOTO: Said the Whale.
For a more rocking night, Vancouver indie-rock darlings Said the Whale are playing an all-ages show at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre. Their songs feature catchy melodies, spike choruses, and ‘60s-style vocal harmonies. Tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for children.