You’re sat on the soft, lush grass at the Whistler Olympic Plaza. You have kombucha in one hand and in front of you, on your picnic blanket, is an expertly crafted charcuterie box. The sun has started to set and the pinky hues of the alpenglow make the mountain backdrop look surreal.  That’s when the musicians takes to the stage.

You feel the energy ripple through the crowd as the first note reverberates into the warm, evening air. This is the best way to end a summer’s day, with music, food and good vibes all around; this is the Whistler Summer Concert Series.

People get ready on the lawns of Whistler Olympic Plaza for the Summer Concert Series.
Get to Whistler Olympic Plaza early to secure the best seats in the house. PHOTO MARK MACKAY

The Whistler Summer Concert Series, presented by the Resort Municipality of Whistler, will bring up-and-coming, trending and world-renowned musicians to Whistler Olympic Plaza for 13 nights this July and August. The music action starts on Monday, July 1 with the critically acclaimed JUNO Award-winning multi-platinum musical phenomenon, Walk off the Earth.

Happening on Thursdays and Fridays throughout July and August, each evening’s programming starts at 6:30 PM with a live DJ set before the headlining performers take to the stage at 7:30 PM, wrapping up around 9 PM. We suggest getting there early to scope out a good spot, organize your nibbles and simply relax and take it all in! 

It’s good to note that one of the Paralympic legacies at Whistler Olympic Plaza is that it has a network of low-grade (less than five per cent) ramps and raised viewing areas for performances, so the music can be enjoyed by all.

People dance in the alpenglow at the Whistler Summer Concert Series.
Dance under the stars at the Whistler Summer Concert Series. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

NEW: Sunday Sessions

Embracing the rich talent of the Sea to Sky region, the Sunday Sessions are two afternoons (1 to 5 PM) of live music by local talent. The application is open until May 13, 2024, and is open to musicians residing in Lions Bay up to Lillooet. The lineup for the two Sunday sessions on August 4 and September 1 will be announced on May 21.

“It wouldn’t be summer without the Whistler Summer Concert Series, and this year’s line-up of headliners is one of the most impressive yet,” says Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “On top of that, the addition of the Sunday Sessions will give our talented local musicians the chance to perform their original sets on the Whistler Olympic Plaza stage. Year over year, this series has presented a diverse array of headliners from around the world, and we are thrilled to see the opportunity for our locals to get up there, too.”

Whistler Summer Concert Series Lineup

Monday, July 1 – Walk off the Earth

In the past few years alone, Walk off the Earth has headlined Red Rocks Amphitheater and Wembley Arena, sold out the historic Sydney Opera House, notched a top-10 single in Canada for 30 straight weeks and made it to the top of the Pop Albums chart in the US.

The chemistry between band members Gianni, Sarah and Joel is infectious and undeniable as Joel’s driving and prolific percussion work and Gianni and Sarah’s remarkable vocal talents continue to exhilarate fans across the globe.

Thursday, July 4 – Aysanabee

Aysanabee is a two-time JUNO award-winning alternative indie artist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer-songwriter. He is Oji-Cree, Sucker Clan of Sandy Lake First Nation, a remote fly-in community in the far reaches of Northwestern Ontario, Canada. With a swirling mix of indie, soul, and electronic sounds, and pulse-quickening fingerpicking, the music is both hypnotic and melodious and has been compared to Bon Iver, Matt Corby, Hozier, Kim Churchill, and Kings of Leon, among others.

On March 23, 2024, Aysanabee made history as the first Indigenous artist to win the JUNO Awards for Alternative Album of the Year and the coveted Songwriter of the Year, for his EP Here and Now and was also nominated for Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year. Fun fact, former Whistler local Ali Milner co-wrote “Here and Now” and “Alone” on the award-winning album.

Friday, July 5 – The Sheepdogs

Built on the solid, classic rock foundation of three-part harmonies and dual guitar leads, Canada’s JUNO award-winning Sheepdogs blend Southern rock, groove-based psychedelia, and bluesy barroom swagger into a modern rock and roll revival. From Canadian roadhouses to global music festivals, their on-stage and on-road hours are countless, underscoring their endurance in the music scene.

Thursday, July 11 – Ibibio Sound Machine

Ibibio Sound Machine’s signature style, epitomized in their latest album “Pull the Rope,” defies categorization, blending an eclectic mix of genres into a vibrant and infectious sound. Led by the dynamic duo of Eno Williams and Max Grunhard, the band seamlessly fuses elements of Afrobeat, funk, house, post-punk and disco, creating a kaleidoscopic sonic landscape that transcends cultural boundaries.

Themes of unity, empowerment and political consciousness run deep in their music, reflecting the band members’ diverse backgrounds and global outlook. From the sweaty dance floors of all-night clubs to the sunlit stages of festivals, Ibibio Sound Machine’s electrifying sound promises to captivate audiences and ignite a spirit of joy, hope and liberation.

Friday, July 12 – New Breed Brass Band

New Breed Brass Band’s sound, as showcased in “Made In New Orleans,” is a vibrant fusion of second-line music deeply rooted in the rich cultural tapestry of their hometown. Drawing inspiration from diverse sources their music pulsates with joyful chaos and infectious vitality.

Infusing the rhythmic versatility of jazz, funk and hip-hop with the soul of New Orleans’ street culture, they forge a path for 21st-century second lines. New Breed Brass Band invites listeners to join them on a musical journey down the vibrant parade route of their unique sound.

Sunday, August 4 – Sunday Sessions – TBD

The line-up is coming out on May 21.

Thursday, August 8 – Astrocolor

Astrocolor, named Instrumental Artist of the Year at the 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards, pioneers a genre they aptly term “AstroJazz.” Inspired by jazz, psychedelia and electronica, their experimental soundscapes evoke the spirit of 90s electronic acts like Air and Massive Attack.

With over 10 million streams and national radio play in Canada, Astrocolor’s dynamic live performances have graced prestigious festivals worldwide and continues to push the boundaries of sonic exploration, captivating audiences with their innovative blend of jazz-infused electronica. Plus a guest performance by Kuba Oms will make their Whistler show even more special.

Friday, August 9 – The Suffers

The Suffers’ musical style, showcased in their latest album “It Starts With Love,” is a potent blend of Gulf Coast Soul and socially conscious lyricism. Their sound, described as a fusion of 70s R&B, disco, jazz, and contemporary gospel, resonates with audiences as they navigate themes of love, growth, and self-acceptance.

Thursday, August 15 – Fort Knox LIVE

Fort Knox Five is bringing DC to B.C.! Known for fusing live instrumentation with electronic production the group helped pioneer a modern funk movement. Founder, DJ, and Producer Steve Raskin, brings a rare Live Band experience to the West Coast, curating an all-star ensemble that combines FK5’s Washington DC roots with some of B.C.’s top musical talent. Expect a night of bass, funk, disco, boogie, house and breaks! Special opening set from Dunks (The Funk Hunters) playing an exclusive all 45 vinyl set to get the vibes going.

Friday, August 16 – Colin James

Colin James, hailing from the prairies of Saskatchewan, has carved a legendary career spanning over 30 years in the Canadian music scene. With a string of accomplishments including 20 studio albums, eight JUNO awards, and induction into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, James is a true icon.

His latest album “Open Road” received critical acclaim, earning him a 2022 Juno Award for best Blues Album. James’ musical style seamlessly blends blues, rock, and swing. James captivates audiences with his electrifying stage presence and unmatched talent as both a guitarist and songwriter.

Thursday, August 22 – Trans-Canada Highwaymen

The Trans-Canada Highwaymen (TCH) is a supergroup consisting of Moe Berg (The Pursuit of Happiness), Chris Murphy (Sloan), Craig Northey (Odds) and Steven Page (ex-Barenaked Ladies). Four guys who have known each other for decades now, all of whom have written songs that have contributed to Canadian culture, like “I’m An Adult Now,” “The Other Man,” “It Falls Apart,” and “Brian Wilson.”

The TCH live show includes selections from their album Explosive Hits Vol. 1 along with the Barenaked Ladies, The Pursuit of Happiness, Sloan & Odds tracks everyone knows and loves.

Friday, August 23 – Ocie Elliott

Victoria, B.C. duo Ocie Elliott – Jon Middleton and Sierra Lundy – dream up dusty folk painted in broad strokes of acoustic instrumentation and lyrical eloquence meant for nights under the stars, long drives with no destination, and quiet moments of reprieve. After racking up over 15 million combined streams and receiving acclaim from American Songwriter, Atwood Magazine, PopSugar, and more, the pair cement this balance on their 2020 EP, Slow Tide [Nettwerk].

Thursday, August 29 – Drag in the Mountains

The Whistler Summer Concert Series is proud to present a family-friendly night full of amazing drag performances with stars from Canada’s Drag Race including the winner of Season 4 Venus and stars of Season 2 Kendall Fender and Synthia Kiss. Alongside Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar winner Androgynass and Genesis, Drag Derby winner Dolly H, Tiffany Ann Co, Bibi Souphresh, Batty Banks Hazel and more!

Three drag queens with a colourful backdrop.

Friday, August 30 – Boy & Bear with special guest Boo Seeka

Boy & Bear has attained a level of staying power that most artists could only dream of while maintaining their authentic vision and driving love for their craft. In addition to their five consecutive top 10 albums and over 250 million streams, Boy & Bear’s live show is a uniquely compelling experience that has earned the band a glowing reputation as one of Australia’s most outstanding live acts.

Australian electro-pop star Boo Seeka is opening for Boy & Bear on their North American tour and will join the show on August 30 at the Plaza. Boo Seeka’s smooth synths and uplifting beats will get everyone grooving and feeling good. With fellow Australian opening DJ LDA(.) getting the crowd warmed up, this line-up from Down Under is sure to hit the right note in “Whistralia”!

Sunday, September 1 – Sunday Sessions – TBD

The line-up is coming out on May 21.

The Whistler Olympic Plaza lit up in the night by the Whistler Summer Concert Series.
Feel it all at the Whistler Summer Concert Series. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Movies in the Plaza

The movies start at 7:30 Pm this summer with five films being shown on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at Olympic Plaza.

  • Wednesday, July 3 and Saturday, July 6 – Movies in the Plaza – Eddie the Eagle
  • Wednesday, July 10 and Saturday, July 13 – Movies in the Plaza – 500 Days in the Wild
  • Wednesday, August 7 and Saturday, August 10 – Movies in the Plaza – Next Goal Wins
  • Wednesday, August 14 and Saturday, August 17 – Movies in the Plaza – Bob Marley – One Love
  • Wednesday, August 21 and Saturday, August 24 – Movies in the Plaza – Mrs. Doubtfire

Getting There

The Whistler Summer Concert Series and Movies in the Plaza are being held at Whistler Olympic Plaza, in Whistler Village North. If your accommodation is in Whistler Village then it’s an easy walk along the Village Stroll, but if you’re a little further afield then consider using some pedal power.

The car-free Whistler Valley Trail stretches for 46 kilometres, connecting Whistler’s lakes, parks and neighbourhoods, the perfect way to cruise in for some mountain tunes. When you get to Whistler Olympic Plaza there’s a complimentary bike valet service you can use to make sure your ride (and any other gear) is safe, which supports Whistler’s Big Moves climate action strategy.

What to Bring (and Not to Bring)

  • It can be hot in the sun, but as soon as it drops behind the mountains it can get a little chilly, so bring some layers.
  • The concerts happen rain or shine, but don’t bring an umbrella or tent to the concert as it will be a view blocker!
  • We suggest packing a picnic blanket to lay on the lawn and if you’re considering bringing chairs, make sure they’re not too big or tall to block the view for other concert-goers.
  • Kids and fur babies are welcome, but be aware that people will be picnicking and are there to enjoy the tunes – so it’s not ideal if they’re playing food defence against your pooch or curious toddler.
  • If you’re going to be picnicking, bring your reusable drink bottles, straws, cutlery and other eating implements to reduce the usage of the recycling bins around the plaza area.

Dine Early

A lot of your favourite Whistler restaurants will be opening earlier on concert days, so check in with them to see if you can get an early reservation before the music starts. They may also have additional take-out options if you do want to dine while the music plays.

Nearby Nibbles

Whistler Olympic Plaza is ideally situated close to Main Street, a hub of grab-and-go food options. The Deli by Picnic offers beautifully curated charcuterie boxes and a range of sandwiches and vegan wraps.

For something warm, there’s Peaked Pies where you can get an Aussie-style pie topped with mashed potato, mushy peas and gravy (they also do sweet treats and coffees). Splitz Grill is where to go for burgers and fries (they have great milkshakes too), and Hunter Gather does a yummy chicken shawarma, and pulled jackfruit sandwich.

We also love the fresh pizza at Pasta Lupino (bought by the slice), a box of Crispy Chili Beef of Pad Thai from Main Street Noodles or a fresh, ahi poke tuna bowl from Main Street Poke. You could also pop into Fresh St. Market (which closes at 7 PM) to grab some goodies including organic, cold-pressed juices, Whistler Roasting Company (coffee) and a range of gourmet donuts.

Other nearby options include The Brickworks, Brewhouse, Quattro and Alta Bistro. Visit’s dining guide for a full list of where to dine in Whistler.

Concert Etiquette

  • You can’t consume alcohol at Whistler Olympic Plaza
  • There’s no smoking or vaping allowed
  • Pack out what you pack in, and if the bins are full please take any garbage back to your accommodation and dispose of it there
  • Support local by buying your food and nibbles from nearby businesses
  • Keep dogs on a leash

It feels good to be able to come together again and revel in good music with the mountains as our backdrop. We hope we get to bop along to some tunes with you this summer!

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You can often find Dee exploring all Whistler has to offer with her three-kid tribe in tow. Originally from the UK, Dee enjoys balancing out high-thrills adventures with down-time basking in the beauty of the wonderful place she now calls home.