Whistler’s Summer Concert Series brings music back to the mountains and sets the stage for the return of large-scale live performances after two summers without the free evening shows. This year’s line-up at Whistler Olympic Plaza puts joy front and center and showcases genres as diverse as the people who will visit the resort this summer.
“I am thrilled to see Whistler’s Summer Concert Series come back after a two-year hiatus. This is an impressive lineup of musicians and performers from across Canada, and beyond,” says Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “No matter who is headlining, both locals and visitors are going to love being together, immersed in the energy of a large-scale music-driven event in one of our community’s most beautiful outdoor venue. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to this iconic Whistler experience, with the help of the Province of British Columbia.”
Whistler’s Summer Concert Series is produced by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and funded by the Municipal and Regional District Tax (hotel tax) revenues collected in Whistler and allocated by the Province of British Columbia in support of tourism initiatives in Whistler.
The free performances are set to kick off on Friday, July 1 with the return of Sam Roberts Band; the first band to rock Whistler Olympic Plaza’s stage when the summer concert series debuted back in 2011.
The series encompasses 12 nights of shows over the core summer months and each evening’s programming will start at 6:30 p.m. People are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy a picnic, or grab some takeout and settle into the vibe of live DJ sets before the headlining performers start at 7:30 p.m. There will be complimentary secured bike parking for those who choose to pedal along the Valley Trail to the event.
Whistler Summer Concert Series Schedule
Friday, July 1 - Sam Roberts Band
This beloved rock and roll band from Montreal has infectious melodies, deep lyrics and a live show that rocks. Their songs are blueprints for how to be properly alive. Their fiery spirit makes their live shows legendary, earning them spots performing everywhere from Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza to Bumbershoot, and alongside giants like the Rolling Stones and AC/DC.
Thursday, July 7 - The Funk Hunters
DJs, producers, hunters of funk. The Funk Hunters have cultivated their signature sound by creating forward-thinking electronic music influenced by old-school funk, soul, and hip-hop. The Funk Hunters enjoy a vibrant global touring career with major festival plays at Coachella, Life Is Beautiful, Osheaga, Burning Man, and Shambhala.
Friday, July 8 - Serena Ryder
This vocal powerhouse is a platinum-selling artist adored by fans, peers, and critics alike, in part due to her raw and earnest songwriting, and beautifully electric live performances. She has received numerous accolades, including the prestigious Canada’s Walk of Fame Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour, seven Juno Awards, and the Margaret Trudeau Mental Health Advocacy Award.
Thursday, July 14 - Stars
Indie pop/rockers, Stars have been performing for over 20 years with a storied catalog, including nine albums and a number of EPs. Nominated for two Juno Awards and two Polaris Music Prizes, Stars continue to prove themselves as some of the finest musical storytellers in the country, moving through life side by side with their fans.
Friday, July 15 - Barney Bentall
Barney Bentall is loved globally for his band the Legendary Hearts, which, in over ten years in the ‘80s and ‘90s, had more than nine hit singles, won Juno Awards and achieved platinum status for multiple albums. Barney has just released his second 11-track solo album, “Cosmic Dreamer” and still has “something to live for,” to borrow the title from an early hit. Whistler looks forward to welcoming him back.
Thursday, July 21 - Tynomi Banks and The Bratpack
Canada’s Drag Race alumni, the iconic Toronto drag entertainer Tynomi Banks and Vancouver Supergroup, The Bratpack starring Kendall Gender, Gia Metric, and Synthia Kiss, will all take the stage for an epic summer night of high energy hits, fabulous fashions and drag in the mountains.
Friday, July 22 - Chin Injeti & introducing ZADA
Vancouver-based Grammy and Juno Award-winning artist and music producer Chin Injeti hits the stage for an evening of music with a special guest; up and coming, Ethiopian-born, Whistler-based artist, ZADA. Along with performing, Chin will introduce ZADA, who he has worked closely with over the last two years, to share her neo-soul-soaked songs at her first full-band hometown show. A show made all the more special as she performs on the eve of her 19th birthday.
Thursday, July 28 - Gurdeep Pandher
Gurdeep is best known for spreading hope and positivity during the pandemic through his joy-sparking, viral Bhangra dance videos set in the wilderness of the Yukon Territory. In this unique performance on Whistler’s largest stage, the Bhangra artist and educator will share his best tips on finding joy in darkness, and blend a massive interactive Bhangra lesson for the audience with his own traditional Punjabi folk-dance performance.
Friday, July 29 - Choir! Choir! Choir!
This Toronto-based singing group returns to Whistler Olympic Plaza with their non-traditional approach; there is no audition, and the audience is the choir. Founded in 2011, Choir! Choir! Choir! has amassed a dedicated and passionate community of singers and a thriving international fanbase on YouTube amassing 10s of millions of views on some of their videos.
Thursday, August 4 - Ron Artis II & The Truth
Ron Artis II is a multi-instrumentalist who grew up in Hawaii among an exceptionally musical family. Ron has performed and collaborated with Mick Fleetwood, Jack Johnson, Booker T Jones, and G Love among others. If this wasn’t a rich enough lineup of names, go spend a few moments reading the lyrics to Ron’s songs. They are laced with intention, deep conviction, story, and a heart that has truly been there.
Thursday, August 18 - DJ Shub presents “War Club Live”
Considered to be the Godfather of PowWowStep, DJ Shub won the 2022 Juno Award this May in the Contemporary Indigenous Artist of the Year category and has previously won Breakthrough Group of the Year in 2014 (with A Tribe Called Red). DJ Shub will present a dynamic live show of his critically acclaimed, chart-topping electronic Indigenous album “War Club Live”. The show is a celebration of Indigenous music and culture and will feature special guests and Indigenous dancers in full regalia.
Thursday, August 25 - The J.B.’s
The original James Brown band will come together from across the United States to perform their horn-driven funk instrumentals. Known as the hardest working band in show business, The J.B.’s will bring that unique musical language The Godfather of funk, James Brown, gave to the world and make Whistler truly funky again.
Explore and Experience Whistler
The Explore and Experience summer animation programming, produced by Arts Whistler, will return to showcase art, music, wellness activities, and entertainment events every week through July and August. Programming will follow weekly themes that capture Whistler’s distinct vibe while showcasing unique experiences to both locals and visitors. Whether it is listening, learning, and reflecting on Canada’s history with Indigenous people while participating in a community canoe carving project at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, or chilling out in the Village, awash in a sound bath, each week will embrace a variety of themed immersive experiences designed to inspire.
In addition to the RMOW’s Festivals Events & Animation program, Whistler hosts hundreds of other events each year. Regularly updated calendars are available on Whistler.ca/events and Whistler.com/events.