Lights, Stars and Bedouin Soundclash confirmed to perform at Whistler Olympic Plaza
The Whistler Presents summer concert series has been finalized and Whistler will welcome a slate of celebrated Canadian and international artists for the free, outdoor concert series between July 13 and September 8.
The confirmed artists include (in order of appearance) The Washboard Union, Bedouin Soundclash, Hey Ocean!, Too Many Zoos, Orgone, MarchFourth, Samuel J, Nick Mulvey, Geoffroy, DJ Drez, Dear Rouge, Choir! Choir! Choir!, Terra Lightfoot, Lights, as well as Nearly Neil and The Solitary Band.
“What an outstanding lineup of performers,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. “Thank you to the Province of British Columbia for their investment in Whistler Presents and for making these concerts possible. Listening to live music at Whistler Olympic Plaza with the mountains as a backdrop is a really special and unique experience.”
The Washboard Union, who perform on July 13, added: “The artwork and inspiration for our new album comes, in part, from those years spent skiing and snowboarding on Whistler Blackcomb. It's not lost on us how lucky we are that we get to return and play music in such an incredible place, one that not only helps explain who we are and where we come from, but also defines What We're Made Of."
The concerts from August 2 to 5 are in partnership with Wanderlust Whistler: a four-day festival with yoga, meditation, music, speakers, artists and chefs. The final concert on September 8, coincides with the RBC GranFondo Whistler: a 122-kilometre bike ride from Vancouver to Whistler along the Sea-to-Sky Highway.
Whistler Presents is produced by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and funded through the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative.
Friday, July 13
The Washboard Union performs at 7:30 p.m.
Fifteen-time Country Music Award winners, The Washboard Union are one of the most exciting new bands in country music. Stepbrothers Aaron Grain and Chris Duncombe and their best friend David Roberts share a love of songwriting and storytelling that have created top-ten hits such as “Maybe It’s The Moonshine” and “Shot of Glory”. What We’re Made Of is their latest album.
Saturday, July 14
Bedouin Soundclash performs at 7:30 p.m.
JUNO-Award winning Bedouin Soundclash released their fifth studio album +MASS- this year, recorded with the New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band and also with the children of Vancouver’s St. James Music Academy. The duo started making music in 2001 and rose to fame with their hit single “When the Night Feels My Song” in 2004.
Friday, July 20
Hey Ocean! performs at 7:30 p.m.
West Coast's Hey Ocean! are a Juno-nominated pop outfit whose latest record, The Hurt of Happiness, dances between dancy-synth surf hits and their trademark three-part harmonic ballads. With four records and 13 years under their belt, Hey Ocean! have truly honed in on a sound and style all their own.
Saturday, July 21
Too Many Zooz performs at 7:30 p.m.
Too Many Zooz call their music “BrassHouse”: a visceral vocal-free sound that includes EDM, house, techno and glitch with Cuban, Afro-Cuban, Caribbean and Brazilian Carnival rhythms with saxophone solos. Too Many Zoos performed Beyoncé’s “Daddy Lessons” with her and the Dixie Chicks at the 2016 CMA Awards.
Thursday, August 2
Orgone performs at 7 p.m.
Orgone delivers dirty, organic, California soul with heart that gets you dancing. Their music was originally inspired by gritty 60s and 70s soul, mixed with the variety of music in LA during the late 90s. Orgone recently released their latest studio album: Beyond the Sun.
MarchFourth performs at 8:30 p.m.
MarchFourth blends brassy funk, rock and jazz with the theatricality of acrobats, stilters and other performers. Their fourth studio album, MAGIC NUMBER, is full of grooves, brassy swagger and New Orleans magic.
Friday, August 3
Samuel J performs at 7 p.m.
Samuel J is a singer songwriter, producer and conservationist. His soulful performances have given him a global fan base; he even performed at the Dalai Lama’s 70th birthday celebrations and at the London 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympics. This year Samuel J released his latest album: Into the Light.
Nick Mulvey performs at 8:30 p.m.
British Nick Mulvey is an artist who shirks the conventional. He is a guitarist doing extraordinary things and painting unique colours in his music. His second album, Wake Up Now, includes multi-layered groove-based tunes such as “Unconditional”.
Saturday, August 4
Geoffroy performs at 7 p.m.
Geoffroy is a Montreal-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who has grown in fame since releasing Soaked in Gold in 2015. His recent works have moved away from his folk background to a downtempo, electronica trip-hop inspired sound.
DJ Drez performs at 8 p.m.
DJ Drez is known internationally for creating cutting edge sonic ambiance that cuts through genre to create his unique sound.
Stars perform at 8:30 p.m.
Stars have spent almost 20 years perfecting their musical storytelling that delivers the hard and soft edges of life and love. Their newest album, There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light, was recorded in Montreal and Connecticut.
Friday, August 24
Dear Rouge performs at 7:30 p.m.
JUNO-Award winning Dear Rouge are a Vancouver-based electronic rock duo. Their latest album, Phases, is a mix of grit and gloss with Danielle McTaggart’s laser-focused vocals and unfettered guitars and propulsive percussion.
Saturday, August 25
Choir! Choir Choir! performs at 7:30 p.m.
This isn’t your traditional choir: Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman founded Choir! Choir! Choir! to get you singing: the audience is the choir. They teach the audience and original three-part choral arrangement to a song you love. It’s interactive theatre. And it’s stand-up comedy.
Friday, August 31
Terra Lightfoot performs at 7:30 p.m.
Now in the middle of a year-long, globe-spanning tour, JUNO-nominated rocker Terra Lightfoot is a remarkable new talent — a gifted songwriter with a huge voice and killer guitar skills.
Saturday, September 1
Lights performs at 7:30 p.m.
Alt-pop phenomenon Lights has won three JUNO Awards, including the 2018 Pop Album of the Year, which recognized her concept album Skin&Earth, a record that also doubles as a comic book series, written and illustrated entirely by Lights herself.
Saturday, September 8
Nearly Neil and The Solitary Band perform a Tribute to Neil Diamond in the afternoon
Bobby Bruce’s tribute celebrates Neil Diamond’s early days and his rise to fame from the mid-sixties to his 1980 The Jazz Singer album. Bobby brings his engaging stage presence and stunning vocal delivery to this Neil Diamond tribute.
About the Festivals, Events and Animation program
Celebration is an essential component of Whistler’s culture. This was highlighted during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games when Whistler presented the most outstanding display of sport, the arts, and entertainment the resort had ever seen. The RMOW and resort partners continue to build on that momentum through the Festivals, Events and Animation (FE&A) program by developing and attracting a wide range of high-quality programs throughout the year including an exciting line-up of festivals and events for all ages and audiences.
The FE&A program is funded by the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative, which invests in programs and projects to build tourism throughout BC. The FE&A program is overseen by a Committee of Council composed of senior staff from the RMOW and Tourism Whistler, a community member at-large, and a Whistler council representative.
About the Resort Municipality of Whistler
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is a destination resort community, local government organization and leader in providing municipal programs, services, progressive planning and infrastructure for almost 12,000 residents and three million annual visitors. Situated in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Our vision: to be the premier mountain resort community as we move towards sustainability.