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What is Whistler’s Greatest Icon?

What heights will this year's competitors go to?

WHAT HEIGHTS WILL THIS YEAR’S COMPETITORS GO TO?

Icon [AHY-kon] noun: A person, place or thing of great cultural significance.

Icon Gone [AHY-kon gon] event: A no-holds-barred critical-thinking cage match to determine Whistler‘s greatest icon.

Tailor-made for a town with as quirky and contested a history as Whistler, Icon Gone is a raucous community celebration that pits passionate, outspoken locals against each other in a rhetorical joust to determine Whistler’s greatest historical icons.

It’s all going down this Wednesday at Merlin’s, itself an iconic Whistler watering hole. An atmosphere (and the carpets too I guess) drenched in decades of epic apres sessions will provide the perfect setting for 8 impassioned Whistlerites to get on stage and debate on behalf of their chosen icon.

Just who are these Icon Goners?  Well, we’re pretty excited because we have a full  array of prominent, knowledgeable, and  charismatic long-time locals who are sure to out on a great show:

Michel Beaudry

Mandy Rousseau

Angie Nolan (defending champ)

Stephen Vogler (inaugural champ)

Steve Andrews

G.D. Maxwell

Emily Wood

Kevin “Big Kev” Mikkelsen

We’ve got actors, writers, and all sorts of other creative folk. Who or what their specific icons are we’ll leave as a surprise, but suffice to say there are some great choices, and a few tricks up their sleeves.

Once again, Mo Douglas will be keeping things rolling as our wonderful MC, and we’ve got Whistler Question editor Tanya Foubert, and Whistler Museum President John “Bushrat” Hetherington joining you, our audience, as the esteemed judging panel. It all adds up to one solid night of entertainment, and you’ll probably learn a thing or two as well!

Angie Nolan, with help from Cathie Coyle, waxes nostalgic about the beloved Boot Pub.Angie Nolan, with help from Cathie Coyle, waxes nostalgic about the beloved Boot Pub.

Icons—our shared experiences, cherished landmarks, and beloved neighbours—are the essence of our shared identity, the difference between a collection of people and a real community. So what are Whistler’s greatest icons? Is it Black Tusk? Opening day gondola line-ups? Your favourite local visionary or eccentric? Or is it some under-appreciated yet essential element of our social fabric? Come with an opinion, and come prepared to laugh, cheer, maybe even cry at one of the few events that can truly claim to be “history in the making.”

We’ll leave you with a clip from last year’s event, as Jamie Bond (Gaper Day) and Angie Nolan (The Boot Pub) faced for the evening’s final showdown.

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Wednesday, March 6th, at MERLIN’S BAR & GRILL

Advanced tickets: $10 at Whistler Museum (4333 Main Street, or call 604.932.2019)

Tickets at door: $15

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Icon Gone’s back!

We’re super excited to announce the return of Icon Gone, one of our biggest events that we like to describe as “the Battle for Whistler’s Soul!” For those who don’t know, Icon Gone pits passionate locals against each other in a head-to-head competition to determine Whistler’s greatest historical icon. Over the past five years this has produced tons of compelling, entertaining, informative presentations, and yes, even some controversy (for those who recall Andrew Mitchell’s questionable but ultimately effective defense of bikes).

Well, as all good things do, Icon Gone muse come to an end. This year will be the last Icon Gone, so we’ve opened up the field and all previous icons are back on the table, whether or not they were represented at past events.  We’ve got a great line up featuring such literary and performing heavyweights as Michel Beaudry, G.D. Maxwell, defending champion Angie Nolan, Stephen Vogler, and more. Mo Douglas returns as our fabulous M.C.

It’s all going down the evening of March 6th, this year at that iconic Whistler watering hole, Merlin’s.

To whet your appetite, here’s Jack Crompton’s opening round performance as Jeanie the Bear from last year’s event. Those who recall that the event took place during the last municipal council election will get the joke in Mo’s introduction of Jack.

Jack’s spirited performance was enough to advannce to the semi’s, where he went head-to-head with Jamie Bond in full Gaper Day mode. Here’s Jamie’s 2nd round rebuttal of Jack’s Bear performance:

Tickets ($10 in advance) are now for sale at the Museum. More details to come later this week. Hop to see you there!

Icon Gone: blow-by-blow

After weeks of steady preparations by Museum staff and intense training by the competitors, this past Sunday’s Icon Gone confirmed that Whistler’s greatest historical icon is none other than the beloved Boot Pub. Angie Nolan, assisted by Cathie Coyle, took home the glory after defending the Boot’s honour against Jamie Bond and Gaper Day, in an epic final showdown between an “Icon Gone” and an upstart icon-in-the-making.

Angie showing off her Icon Gone Championship belt while Jessica "Pika" Turner dons the crown (Angie felt the honours should be shared since Rabbit and the Boot Pub were inseparable in their day). A well-dressed Cathie Coyle looks on. (Belt designed "with love and angst" by the Whistler Arts Council's Andrea Mueller)

As promised, the competition was fierce. The new head-to-head format proved ruthlessly efficient, perhaps no more so than during the final first-round match-up when odds-on favourite Jessica “Pika” Turner’s heartwarming presentation about her father John “Rabbit” Hare was defeated by the eventual champions. The audience called for a tie, but Stephen Vogler and Jennifer Miller, who as judges were forced to pick just one, were swayed by Angie and Cathie’s theatrics.

Icon Gone ensures that community pillars like "the locals' living room" are gone but not forgotten.

The evening’s presentations were consistently compelling, but of widely divergent styles. Few dry eyes remained after Chris Quinlan’s touching tribute to late restauranteur Joel Thibeault or Hi Brooks’ case for an on-mountain memorial to fallen mountaineers, while Jamie Bond’s elaborate Gaper Day schtick and Jackson Crompton’s Broadway-style ode to Jeanie the Bear had the crowd crying with laughter (as did Jamie’s wry remark that Jack’s “bear” costume was actually a gorilla suit better-suited to Gaper Day during their semi-final showdown).

Unable to withstand Jamie's punishing verbal blows in the semis, Jackson/Jeanie secured the final podium spot with a little Aerosmith and aerobatics.

Kevin Damaskie delivered a deadpan recollection of The Whistler Answer that reinforced Whistler’s proud tradition of satire, while realtor and freestyle-ski queen Stephanie Sloan’s biography of Guiseppe Garibaldi was highly informative, but her narrow first-round elimination denied us the chance to learn of Whistler’s own “three wars.” Here are the final results:

Keeping the event running smoothly and the audience in stitches, Maureen Douglas returned to host the event for the fifth straight year. No one’s ego was safe from her razor-sharp wit. The GLC, a Whistler icon in its own right but a newcomer to the Icon Gone scene, proved the perfect venue for the informal community celebration.

Big thanks to everyone who came out, as well as the Province of BC, the GLC, Whistler Foto Source, Araxi, and Sushi Village for supporting what may have been the best Icon Gone yet. Tons of well-deserved credit goes to all of our competitors, judges, and MC for taking time out of their busy lives to take part in the event simply for the fun of it all (and perhaps some bragging rights). That’s what Icon Gone is all about!

Jamie wins over the evening's MC and judges with his Gaper Day gospel.