Iconic Canadian rockers 54•40 will launch the free concert series planned for GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoor Festival, May 19-21 with a show on Friday, May 19. The concert will set the stage for two more days and nights of free, live acts including JUNO-nominated “Breakthrough Group of the Year”, The Zolas, on Saturday, and Vancouver-based, alternative dance-rock and JUNO award-winning duo Dear Rouge on Sunday. GO Fest’s outdoor concerts will fill Village Square with free music every night with opening acts playing at 3 p.m., and headliners at 7:30 p.m., on the Main Stage.
The band 54•40 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at both the 17th Annual Independent Music Awards (The INDIES) and the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards this year. With more than three decades of performing and recording behind them, they are no strangers to Whistler, and their distinct vibe and energy always connect to locals and guests alike. 54•40 will take the GO Fest Main Stage in Village Square at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, May 19, to perform from their incredible catalogue of hit songs.
On Saturday, May 20, at 3 p.m., MAZACOTE, a hard-hitting West Coast Latin dance band will lay down some world dance party vibes and heat up the stage with horn-driven New York salsa dura and beats from Colombia, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico.
The breakout indie band The Zolas, fresh off a JUNO nomination, will follow later that night at 7:30 p.m. The band’s vibrant experimental pop combines influences including Queens of the Stone Age, Dr Dre and The Pixies. The Zolas will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night, May 20 and keep the crowd dancing as they stir modern production into their memories of the influences that surrounded them as kids growing up in the 90’s.
Sunday, May 21 at GO Fest will see up and comers //AMISTAD// play at 3 p.m. with the relentless energy that makes it clear why everyone is buzzing about them. The Vernon, BC alt five-piece band kicks off the day, with their poignant, catchy, go-home-and-listen-to-them-on-repeat songs.
Dear Rouge’s instantly recognizable sound will get the crowd going on the last night of the GO Fest live music series as they send out punchy guitar hooks, uplifting synth layers and sincerely powerful vocals. The duo’s synth rock jams will wind up Whistler’s May Long weekend free concert series in Village Square at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday night, May 21.
“The Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative contributions to the Resort Municipality of Whistler have allowed us to help drive a wide range of programs to grow tourism. Live music in the spring and summer seasons has been an integral component of the activation’s we have undertaken to help us achieve record visitation year over year,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.
GO Fest Main Stage in Village Square Concert Schedule
Friday, May 19
- 7:30 p.m. – 54•40
Saturday, May 20
- 3 p.m. – MAZACOTE
- 7:30 p.m. – The Zolas
Sunday, May 21
- 3 p.m. – //AMISTAD//
- 7:30 p.m. – Dear Rouge
Now in its fourth year, GO Fest celebrates May’s intersection of winter and summer activities where Whistler’s visitors and residents can experience the best of all seasons, in all manner of outdoor pursuits from skiing and snowboarding to sailing, golfing, fishing, tennis, paddling, running and biking.
Produced by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and funded through the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative, this year’s festival will see more entertainment and activities taking place in Whistler Village, including music and street entertainment. Over the course of four days, GO Fest attendees will get a chance to sample a host of outdoor activities and products in a high-energy, family-friendly outdoor setting.
Stay up to date on this year’s GO Fest, Whistler Great Outdoors Festival, by visiting www.greatoutdoorsfest.com or following www.facebook.com/greatoutdoorsfest, @GOFestWhistler on Instagram and @GOFestWhistler on Twitter.
Media Notes: Photo for 54•40 is attached, additional photography or promotional materials from the musical line-up for any of the artists performing at GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, are available upon request.
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About GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival
GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, takes place May 19-22, 2017 and celebrates the convergence of winter and summer in North America’s premier four-season mountain resort. GO Fest is an initiative of the Resort Municipality of Whistler and is funded through the Resort Municipality Initiative. Part of the Festivals, Events and Animation Program, GO Fest is one component of the larger May Long Weekend Initiative. Learn more at www.greatoutdoorsfest.com.