Corb Lund, Said the Whale and Lazy Syrup Orchestra will light up the Village Square stage with free concerts over May Long weekend
With snow still on the mountaintops and warmer temperatures in the valley, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, GO Fest is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the convergence of the seasons. The sixth annual festival showcases many of the fantastic outdoor activities that anyone can come and try out. Everything from stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing the River of Golden Dreams, daily yoga, the Whistler Parkrun, sailing and tennis clinics, to axe throwing.
Corb Lund launches the GO Fest free concert series with a show on Friday, May 17. Saturday and Sunday has performances from Jesse Roper, Said the Whale, Tonye Aganaba, Buckman Coe, and Lazy Syrup Orchestra. The opening acts will play at 3 p.m. and the headliners at 7:30 p.m. at Village Square.
“Over the last six years, GO Fest has really emphasized all that the resort has to offer in May,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “The festival is a perfect opportunity to come and experience an outdoor concert, try a new sport, catch a movie at the Adventure Film Series or drop into a quick workshop. Thank you to the Province of British Columbia for making this festival possible through Municipal and Regional District Tax funding.”
The range of outdoor activities on offer during GO Fest suits all ages and abilities, and includes the Whistler Parkrun, the VANS skate ramp, tennis clinics with Whistler Tennis Academy, a road cycling group ride with Whistler Cycling Club, Whistler Museum Valley of Dreams Walking Tours, beach volleyball with Whistler Outdoor Volleyball Association, stand-up paddleboarding and canoeing with Backroads Whistler, the GO Green Nature Scavenger Hunt and much more.
GO Fest’s creative offerings includes a digital camera photography workshop with Jeff Boyce, DJ lessons with Vancouver’s Premier DJ School Table Tutors, the Adventure Film Series, and workshops at The GO Fest Haven located in Whistler Olympic Plaza.
GO Fest Main Stage at Village Square Concert Schedule
Friday, May 17
7:30 p.m. Corb Lund
Saturday, May 18
3 p.m. Jesse Roper
7:30 p.m. Said the Whale
Sunday, May 19
3 p.m. Tonye Aganaba
3:40 p.m. Buckman Coe
7:30 p.m. Lazy Syrup Orchestra
JUNO-winning Corb Lund kicks off the weekend performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17. The alt-country singer-songwriter from Alberta has three Gold-certified albums and has won a host of awards including Canadian Country Music Awards’ Roots Artist of the Year eight times. His albums include Things That Can’t Be Undone, Counterfeit Blues and Cabin Fever.
Blues rock singer-songwriter Jesse Roper performs at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. The B.C.-born artist is known for explosive live performances. His most recent album is Access To Infinity.
JUNO-winning trio Said The Whale bring their rich West Coast harmonies to the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Their music draws from California pop and Pacific Northwest indie rock, and their lyrics are inspired by Vancouver’s water and mountains. Their sixth album, Cascadia, was released earlier this year.
Sunday afternoon will kick off at 3 p.m. with soulful R&B and rootsy sounds from Buckman Coe supported by harmonies from Tonye Aganaba. Buckman Coe sings of the issues of the day and delivers messages of social justice, humanity and love. His latest release is Gathering Storm. Tonye Aganaba is a social justice advocate and Much More Music Video Award recipient. Her music is a mix of soul, neo-folk and hip-hop.
Lazy Syrup Orchestra headline on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Their music blends mellow morning vibes, MCing and live instruments with eclectic dance music from around the world. The performers are Dunks (from The Funk Hunters), Thomas Workshop (The Soul Hop Committee) and members of live bands Love You Miss You and Wooden Horsemen.
GO Fest is produced by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW). The festival offers activities throughout Whistler. Whistler Olympic Plaza and Village Square will be the GO Fest bases: with music, street entertainment, workshops, food trucks and more.
The RMOW works with the Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE) before, during and after GO Fest to minimize waste during the festival. AWARE runs a Zero Waste Station at Whistler Olympic Plaza to divert waste and help people to recycle correctly; they diverted 82 per cent of the event waste at GO Fest last year.
Stay up to date on this year’s GO Fest, Whistler Great Outdoors Festival, by visiting greatoutdoorsfest.com or following facebook.com/greatoutdoorsfest, @GOFestWhistler on Instagram and @GOFestWhistler on Twitter.