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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Whistler sets its own soundtrack to summer with free outdoor concert series

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - June 17, 2014

Whistler sets its own soundtrack to summer with free outdoor concert series


Suggested tweet: #Whistler rocks with free concerts throughout the summer www.whistler.com

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Whistler, B.C. – Every summer has a soundtrack. It’s the mixed tape of eclectic tunes that sets the tone for long, lazy days at the beach, slow bicycle rides at sunset, warm dockside dips and mountain top treks.

Whistler has its own summer soundtrack – and, in true form, it offers a little something for everyone. The Whistler Presents Outdoor Concert Series delivers free outdoor concerts in Whistler throughout the summer, with everything from country, folk, blues, rock and classical tunes energizing the crowds of visitors and locals who gather to enjoy the ambiance that only an outdoor concert can bring.

Lindi Ortega, Barney Bentall and The Grand Cariboo Opry, Jon and Roy, Said the Whale, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Gord Downie, The Sadies, Matt Mays, Dan Deacon, The Matinée, Corb Lund, Kuba Oms, Jarvis Church, Del Barber Band, Dallas Smith, Messenjah, Rocky Dawuni, Headwater and Matt Nathanson all take to the stage at Whistler Olympic Plaza throughout June, July and August. The free concert series kicks off June 28.

In July, Whistler welcomes back the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with brass quintet, string quartets and chamber concerts. The VSO series kicks off July 1 to celebrate Canada Day with a free concert at 3 p.m. at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Wednesday July 2 features brass quintet chamber concerts throughout the day while the string quartet concert in the Village on Friday, July 4 is followed with a full orchestra performance (including both the Canadian and American national anthems) at Whistler Olympic Plaza. On Saturday, string quartet concerts will take place in Village Square with the full symphony orchestra concert in the evening at Whistler Olympic Plaza.

The music continues in July, with the pre-Pemberton Music Festival concert with the legendary Gord Downie joined by The Sadies, Dan Deacon and Matt Mays at Whistler Olympic Plaza July 16. The outdoor concert series continues in August with The Matinee and Corb Lund on August 22, Kuba Oms and Jarvis Church on August 23, Del Barber Band and Dallas Smith August 29, Messenjah and Rocky Dawuni August 30, Headwater and Matt Nathanson August 31.

In addition to these dates, various concerts will be held in conjunction with festivals and events throughout the summer. For the most detailed Whistler events calendar, visit www.whistler.com/events

The Whistler Insider gives readers the scoop on Whistler’s must-see summer concerts.

Book early and save for summer. Book your summer vacation at www.whistler.com by June 30 and receive a third night free on select accommodation. From the Rocky Mountaineer train package to the Scandinave Spa package, ziplining, floatplane and train or bear-viewing, whistler.com offers summer vacation packages to suit all tastes. Whistler-based travel consultants at whistler.com can also customize vacation packages, taking care of flights, ground transportation, accommodation and activities. Whistler.com offers the largest selection with no booking fee for accommodation and activities and the price match guarantee. Call 1.800.WHISTLER (1.800.944.7853) to request a no-obligation quote or visit www.whistler.com for more details and offers.

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Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

About the FE&A program
Celebration is an essential aspect of Whistler culture. This was highlighted during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games when the community presented the most outstanding display of sport, entertainment and culture the resort had ever seen. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and resort partners continue to build on that momentum through the Festivals, Events and Animation (FE&A) program to develop and attract a wide range of high-quality, year-round programming, including an exciting line-up of festivals, events and entertainment for all ages and audiences. The FE&A program is funded by the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI), which invests in programs and projects to build tourism throughout BC. The FE&A program is overseen by the FE&A Oversight Committee comprised of staff from the RMOW and Tourism Whistler, a community member at large and a Whistler council representative. Learn more about the FE&A program.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and whistler.com - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

Broadcasters: Whistler now has the capability to take you live with our enhanced fibre network. The significantly expanded network of more than 200 kilometres of fibre optic cabling throughout the resort allows instant transmission of HD signals to any location at any time. Details on how to access, and book the fibre are available on our media site.

Media can visit whistler.com/media for Whistler facts, media releases, story starters, local personality profiles and access to images and B-roll.

Media Contact

Patricia Westerholm
Manager, Communications
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E: pwesterholm@tourismwhistler.com

Mary Zinck
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