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Whistler Presents Outdoor Concert Series

Concert Schedule for Summer 2014

Mark your calendars - the outdoor concert series calendar is starting to fill up for summer 2014. Check back regularly for updates on free live music and roving street performances.

Friday, August 8

Crankworx Concert Series

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Description:
Free concert presented by Crankworx Whistler: Five Alarm Funk
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Thursday, August 14

Crankworx Concert Series

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Description:
Free concert presented by Crankworx Whistler: Whole Lotta Led
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Friday, August 22

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Description:
7:30 PM The Matinée
8:30 PM Corb Lund

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The Matinée

The Matinée are five high school friends who are creating a lot of buzz in the music world. They released their debut roots rock album, We Swore We'd See the Sunrise last year.

The Vancouver-based group is composed of Matthew Rose on guitar and vocals, Matthew Layzell on vocals, Peter Lemon on drums and vocals, Geoff Petrie on guitar, percussion and vocals and everyone on songwriting.

The Matinée won third place in the 2011 Peak Performance Project and signed a record deal soon afterwards. And they have been playing live performances and experimenting with their sound ever since.

Corb Lund

Albertan-born cowboy Corb Lund, and his band of guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Grant Siemens, upright bassist Kurt Ciesla, and drummer Brady Valgardson, will release their ninth album in June: Counterfeit Blues. Their sound is a mixture of western swing, country rock and some very witty rhymes.

The Canadian Country Music Association has awarded Lund Roots Artist of the Year seven times, and in 2006 he received a JUNO.


Saturday, August 23

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Description:
7:30 PM Kuba Oms
8:30 PM Jarvis Church

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Kuba Oms

Kuba Oms, the singer, songwriter and co-producer, is known for filling dance floors. His 2011 hit Electrolove played on over 100 radio stations in Canada, and his recently released album ADHD with its quick tempo and electro-pop has gone in a similar dance direction. He has shared a stage with Common, De la Soul, Metric, The Chemical Brothers, Maceo Parker and Mark Farina.

In addition to his solo work, Oms has been the frontman of Velvet for 15 years. He lives in Victoria and was recently diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) which inspired the name of his album.

The Matinée won third place in the 2011 Peak Performance Project and signed a record deal soon afterwards. And they have been playing live performances and experimenting with their sound ever since.

Jarvis Church

Soul singer Jarvis Church needs little introduction. The singer-songwriter, music producer, and winner of multiple JUNO (and other music industry) awards is a renowned contributor to contemporary music. Church, also known as Gerald Eaton, was the frontman of the R&B group Philosopher Kings, and producer for Nelly Furtado and K'Naan.

Church's most recent album, The Soul Station Vol. 1: The Songs of Sam Cooke—A Tribute, recognizes Sam Cooke's contribution to soul music and the Civil Rights Movement. It features Michael Kaeshammer (piano), Marc Rogers (bass), Davide DiRenzo (drums), Justin Abedin (guitar), Wade O. Brown (vocals) and Chris Rouse.


Friday, August 29

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Description:
7:30 PM Del Barber Band
8:30 PM Dallas Smith

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Del Barber

Del Barber's's gentle country ballads are catchy, cross-country road trip types of songs with thoughtful narratives behind their lyrics.

His latest album, Prairieography, is currently at number on in the Folk/Roots/Blues charts and his 2011 album Love Songs for the Last Twenty won two Western Canadian Music Awards. The organic sound on Barber's latest album is created by recording sections in a grain silo—seriously; the rest of the album was recorded at Empire Recording in his hometown of Winnipeg.

Dallas Smith

Vancouver-born Dallas Smith released his debut country album Jumped Right In last year. The songs are lively, playful and rock-influenced. The album received five Canadian Country Music Association nominations last year.

Smith is best known for singing in Default. The band released four albums, received a JUNO award and sold over two million copies.

These days Smith follows his passion for country music supported by the all-star band of bassist Scotty Cook, drummer Ryan Vikedal as well as guitarist Darren Savard and multi-instrumentalist Matt Rose.


Saturday, August 30

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Description:
7:30 PM Messenjah
8:30 PM Rocky Dawuni

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Messenjah

Roots reggae band Messenjah was founded in Kitchener, Ontario in 1981. They were the first Canadian reggae band to be signed by a major record label and enjoyed great success: they received a JUNO for Catch De Vibe in 1998.

After playing in the Sky Dome for Nelson Mandela in 1998, the band parted until 2013 when Warner Music Canada rereleased Rock You High and Messenjah's Session albums. These albums were followed by their 2014 reunion tour—which brings them to Whistler.

Rocky Dawuni

Ghanaian international music star Rocky Dawuni is famous for his distinctive Afro roots sound: a fusion of reggae, African grooves and soul.

Dawuni's recent fifth album, Hymns for the Rebel Soul, has won several awards. He is working on a new album which includes African Thriller—the single you might recognize from EA's FIFA World Cup 2014 video game.

Dawuni was named Best African Artist in 2011 at the International Reggae & World Music Awards. He has performed live alongside Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Jason Mraz, Sharon Jones, and Janelle Monae.

In Ghana Dawuni is an icon: he is Ghana's Tourism Ambassador and World Music Ambassador for the Musician's Union of Ghana. In addition, Dawuni is a United Nations Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and has been an activist for social causes through Product (RED), UNICEF, the Carter Center and the UN Global Fund.


Sunday, August 31

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Description:
7:30 PM Headwater
8:30 PM Matt Nathanson

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Headwater

Headwater is a Vancouver-based alternative folk music band began by Jonas Shandel. The critically acclaimed group is named after the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park near where Shandel grew up. The band has been playing for 15 years.

Their latest release is the album PUSH.

Matt Nathanson

Matt Nathanson's vocals and guitar playing have created hits like Come On Get Higher which went platinum and his 2007 album Some Mad Hope which sold over two million copies.

His ninth, and newest, album Last of the Great Pretenders made it to number two on the US rock charts. And his tours have sold out throughout Canada, the U.S. and Australia.

Nathanson's music has integrated into pop culture through TV and movies such as Good Morning America, NCIS, Private Practice, American Idol, X Factor,Vampire Diaries, American Pie and 90210. He has also appeared on television shows including David Letterman, Ellen, Conan O'Brien, Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, Dancing with the Stars, Rachael Ray and The CMA Awards.

Saturday, June 28

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Description:
7:30 PM Lindi Ortega
8:30 PM Barney Bentall and The Grand Cariboo Opry

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Lindi Ortega

Country singer songwriter Lindi Ortega received JUNO nominations for her 2013 album Tin Star as well as for Little Red Boots. Her 2012 album, Cigarettes & Truckstops was long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize.

Ortega was born in Toronto, but now lives in Nashville; she is known for her contemporary take on traditional country music, as well as for her red lips and matching red boots.

Barney Bentall

Barney Bentall has been performing music since 1978; over the course of his career he has created three independent albums and eight studio albums. In the late 1980s, Bentall formed The Legendary Hearts which had a platinum debut in Canada, three hit singles and received a JUNO award.

His most recent studio album, Flesh & Bone, is influenced by folk and blues-rock with pop and a little Celtic thrown in. This mixture of influences is gleaned from his life in the Cariboo region operating a cattle farm. Bentall will perform in Whistler with his son Dustin Bentall, as well as Kendel Carson, Matt Masters, Ridley Bent, Wendy Bird, Angela Harris, Craig McCall and The Quartet.


Sunday, June 29

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Description:
7:30 PM Jon and Roy
8:30 PM Said the Whale

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Jon and Roy

Roots duo Jon Middleton and Roy Vizer have been creating music together for more than a decade. They have appeared on MTV, HBO and NBC, and were responsible for the catchy tune on a long-running Volkswagen commercial.

Particularly renowned for their live performance, Jon and Roy have spent much time touring through Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Their 2012 album, Let It Go, won a Western Canadian Music Award, and they recently released their fifth album By My Side.

Said the Whale

Ben Worcester and Tyler Bancroft began Said the Whale in 2007. These days they are joined by Nathan Shaw on bass, Spencer Schoening on drums and Jaycelyn Brown on the keyboard. The indie rock group from Vancouver has released four albums, with the latest being Hawaii in 2013.

In 2011 Said the Whale received the JUNO award for New Group of the Year, and in 2012 they made Rockstar Weekly's list of Top 12 Rock Stars to Watch in 2012.

Tuesday, July 1

Canada Day Concert - Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 3:00 PM
Description: Enjoy the festivities of Canada Day in Whistler, including this free concert from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra celebrating the national day. Program Details


Wednesday, July 2

Brass Quintet Chamber Concerts

Location: Village Square
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM | 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Description: Hear the lively sounds of the string quartet as you stroll through the Village. Program Details


Friday, July 4

String Quartet Concerts

Location: Town Plaza
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Description: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra string quartet plays free concerts in Whistler Village. Program Details

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Concert

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 8:30 PM
Description: A full orchestra performance in beautiful Whistler Olympic Plaza. Bring blankets or chairs and enjoy the music from the comfort of the lawn. Program Details


Saturday, July 5

String Quartet Concerts

Location: Village Square
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Description: A free concert from The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra string quartet. Program Details

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Concert

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 8:30 PM
Description: A second full orchestra performance in beautiful Whistler Olympic Plaza. Program details


Wednesday, July 16

Pre-Pemberton Music Festival Free Concert

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 4:30 PM
Description: A free concert from Gord Downie, The Sadies, Matt Mays and Dan Deacon.
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Thursday, July 31

Wanderlust Concert Series

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Description: Free concert as part of Wanderlust Whistler
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