Well for starters it’s Whistler and Whistler is AWESOME! The TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival has arrived! Stay tuned starting Sunday for daily Festival videos on Unofficial Whistler. I mean there is no better place to be during the month of April than in Whistler. This festival is banger… Even if you swore off sleep for the next 10 days you wouldn’t be able to see everything. But you can give it a try, because as they say: “sleep in May”
THE TELUS WORLD SKI and SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL! Watermark President and executive director Sue Eckersley says: “It’s this world class event but at the same time it’s a community event as well” and it doesn’t hurt that “so many pro-skiers, snowboarders and innovators are based here in Whistler and they’re really creating the industry. They’re shaping the industry around the world” There you have it!
First off: The backcountry advisory as of Friday April, 15, is… ALPINE: Moderate. TREELINE: Moderate. Always check for the most current conditions before heading out into the backcountry. Daily updates for the areas adjacent to Whistler/Blackcomb are available at 604.938.7676. OR on the world wide web at:www.whistlerblackcomb.com/weather. Here you will also find a a link to the CAA public avalanche bulletin
Also now is the time to get next winter’s Season pass & Edge cards. Buy next winter’s Season Pass with a $199 down payment and if you don’t already own a pass, for $49 more you can ski the rest of the season.
Saturday, April 16 –AXE Free Concert Series. Swollen Members. Skiers Plaza. 4pm. As far as Canadian hip-hop goes, Swollen Members are the real deal. Featuring duo Mad Child and Prevail, who have been called “two of the most innovative people in hip-hop” and producer Rob the Viking, ’Best Producer’ from the Urban Music Association of Canada (UMAC) 2002, Swollen Members are popular returnees to Whistler, always playing to sold-out shows and ecstatic crowds. With five studio albums, one Greatest hits album and one compilation, this crew are no one-hit wonder, they consistently produce tracks that resonate with people across the globe and create hip hop beats that are energetic, raw and rare.
Saturday, April 16 –AXE Free Concert Series. Mat the Alien. Skiers Plaza. 9pm. Having DJ’ed for 22 years, Mat, who actually is not a real alien, has had ample time to hone his skills, drop some beats and establish himself at forefront of Canadian DJ’ing. As Whistler’s favourite DJ (Pique Newsmagazine), Mats mass appeal lies with his huge variation in music selction, spanning genres from Hip-Hop, Glitch, Hop,Dubstep, funk, dance-hall, breakbeats, electro, drum & bass, rock, and more. DJ’ing in Whistler quickly solidified Mat’s success as a versatile performer who caters to an audience from the world over.
Sunday, April 17 –THE SHOW Mogul Mash. Glacier Creek on Blackcomb Mountian. 12pm. When we brought the Grenade games to the TWSSF in 2009 one of the new events was the dual slalom moguls. It became such a fun part of the TWSSF that we decided to keep it in the mix. Our favourite way to spend a spring day is eating some bbq, listening to some tunes and watching a cast of some of the craziest snowboarders in the world hurl themselves through a slalom course in a mogul field. Watch out team Norway… Here comes the snowboarders, however we won’t see any doubles.
Saturday, Sunday,April 16, 17 – Kokanee Freeride Apres. Dusty’s, GLC. Come and enjoy a Kokanee at the infamous Kokanee après series. Local legends Hairfarmers play as you drink. Sounds good to me. Dusty’s April 16 and GLC April 17.
Sunday, April 17 –AXE Free Concert Series. Spirit of the West. Skiers Plaza. 2:30. Spirit of the West are a Canadian folk rock band, who were popular on the Canadian folk music scene in the 1980s before evolving a blend of hard rock, Britpop, and Celtic folk influences which made them one of Canada’s most successful alternative rock acts in the 1990s.
Sunday, April 17 –AXE Free Concert Series. Delhi 2 Dublin. Skiers Plaza. 2:30. Hour Magazine wrote that “Delhi 2 Dublin is the United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll”. They are a Vancouver, Canada based band that plays an energetic mash-up of Bhangra, Celtic, Dub Reggae and Electronica with global rhythms and club beats. Tarun Nayar, Sanjay Seran, Andrew Kim and Ravi Binning along with new members Jaron Freeman-Fox and Sara Fitzpatrick are diverse in both their backgrounds and musical influences. The band has been together over four years and has released three albums including its latest, Planet Electric. The album title is apt because the six musicians feel that they plug directly into the world’s music and energy. delhi2dublin.com
Sunday, April 17 –Vancouver Canucks vs. the Chicago Blackhwaks. Game 3. Stanley Cup Playoffs. 5pm. No better place to watch the action than at Earls in Whistler. And during game day they have ½ price wings. However you have to pay an extra dollar for ranch dipping sauce and celery? WTF Earls. None the less still fun and always HOT GIRLS!
Sunday April, 17 –3PO presented by Pique Newsmagazine. Whistler Conference Center. 8pmThink: Playing Outside the Lines | Think : Projection | Think: Three Points of Origin. Art, Music, Film, Photography and Mountain Culture are what make up TWSSF. Singularly, these elements are incredible. Together, they define us. Three Point Oh is a portrayal of the sum of these parts, offering the digitally-fluent the opportunity to take their creativity to the next level. Now in its third year at the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival, 3PO emerges as the festival’s freshest, most compelling addition to the ten day and night showcase of sports, music, and arts. A panel of industry experts will select six to ten finalists to be screened in Whistler, BC during a Gala evening on Sunday April 17th, 2011.
Sunday, April 17th –Delhi 2 Dublin. Merlin’s Club Series: 9pm
Sunday, April 17 –K2 skis presents Legendary Local’s Night. Longhorn Saloon. Humm don’t go because it’s at the Longhorn. Go to Glow in the Dark Party at Moe Joe’s. See Below
Sunday, April 17 – Glow in the Dark Party. Moe Joe’s. 8pm. Get your glow on! This popular party is back and better than ever with Fidel Ca$hfl ow supplying the tunes, pumping out an intoxicating mix of high energy house, electro, and mash-ups. Get your free glow in the dark gear at the door!
Monday, Tuesday April 18, 19 – Passover Seder. Aspens Conference Room. 8pm. Celebrate Pesach with friends and make new ones around the Seder table. This will be a traditional Passover Seder with handmade matzah, plenty of wine, traditional songs and classic chabab spirit. See all you Jews there.
Monday, April 18 –THE SHOW Boarderstyle. Blackcomb Terrain Park. 11am. What fun is it to just watch one rider hit a booter when you can have four riders go head to head and race to be the first to hit a section of jumps and jibs? Confused? (Jake is). But I guess you won’t be when you see multiple riders popping into the air in a mad dash to be the first to cross the finish line. The Kicker? Judges use a specific formula that weighs tricks against placing, so just going fast enough isn’t good enough… you have to stick it too. Oh you wacky snowboarders.
Monday, April 18 –AXE Free Concert Series. The Acorn Project. Skiers Plaza. 2:30. Deep electro-funk grooves and sonic instrumental exploration interlaced with a provocative indie-rock song writing ability have become the signatures of Bellingham, Washington’s Acorn Project. As a long time staple on the touring circuit of the Pacific Northwest, the sextet has spent the past three years expanding their region and is a recognizable touring machine on the West Coast, British Columbia, and out through Colorado and the Southwestern United States. acornproject.net
Monday, April 18 –AXE Free Concert Series. Brasstronaut. Skiers Plaza. 2:30. Brasstronaut has emerged from Vancouver’s unpredictable music scene as a gang of six drawing from a sprawling range of influences to create a sound that has been called “a new way forward” according to the UK’s Independent. In the short period of time since releasing their debut full-length Mt. Chimaera, the band has won the SOCAN Echo Prize for best Canadian song of 2010, been nominated for the Polaris Prize, landed a #1 rank on the Hype Machine, been approved by Gilles Peterson at BBC1 and received much international critical acclaim. Praised as one of Canada’s best new live acts (Exclaim!, the Toronto Star, and CBC R3) Brasstronaut is now bringing its visceral performance to TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival 2011 – Brasstronaut.com
Monday, April 18 –11th Annual Mustache Night. Sushi Village. Come show your stache. And maybe take home the grand prize for best freestyle ‘Stache. There are also prizes for the greasiest, most suiting, most acreage. Make sure to book your table early. The dress code is freestyle and all ‘staches and genders will be considered in the competition.
Monday, April 18 –FILM 10 – Screening & Awards Gala. Whistler Conference Center. 8pm. It’s been 10 years since the inception of the famous and groundbreaking 72hr Filmmaker Showdown and since the directors of the first winning film, The Last Cigarette, walked the stage in victory. And what a decade it’s been. Much has changed in Whistler, and in film, and this year we celebrate the incredible array of talent that has graced our silver screen since 2002.
Tuesday, April 19 –THE SHOW Dustin Craven’s FUN Pipe Jam. Blackcomb Superpipe. 11am. All day long they will be giving out cash for tricks, style and power in a superpipe decorated with some untraditional jib features. At the end of it all someone will walk away with the big cash prize for best performance of the day. We’re keeping a tapout format from years past so that if a rider isn’t bringing their “A Game” they might be riding one minute and then hanging out with the Spectators the next. “Many will drop in but only one will be crowned king at the end of the day”!
Tuesday, April 19 –AXE Free Concert Series. Stars of Boulevard. Skiers Plaza. 2:30. As the 2010 winners of 99.3 The FOX SEEDS Competition, Vancouver band Stars of Boulevard have grown in leaps and bounds in their recent musical progression. Having only formed in 2008, the band, made of up members from three previously rival Vancouver bands, has already opened for acts such as Disturbed, Danko Jones, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Steel Panter and Papa Roach and share a love for “true rock and roll”, forming the foundation for this quartet’s raw and gritty success story.
Tuesday, April 19 –AXE Free Concert Series. YUCA. Skiers Plaza. 2:30. Langley, British Columbia, Canada quartet YUCA skilfully redraw the rock & roll design, digging deeper creative wells and adding familiar yet innovative horizons. In YUCA’s music there are discoveries of new depths and dimensions in their song writing, melodies and lyrics.When it comes to YUCA’s music, the band has a rule “write what comes naturally”. And what comes naturally is best described as “infectious, uplifting, emotional & passionate music with hints of U2, Radiohead, Muse and Elbow”. This music has led the band to win multiple competitions and awards for their live show and song writing. yuca.ca
Tuesday, April 19 –Vancouver Canucks vs. the Chicago Blackhwaks. Game 4. Stanley Cup Playoffs. 5pm. No better place to watch the action than at Earls in Whistler. And during game day they have ½ price wings. However you have to pay an extra dollar for ranch dipping sauce and celery? WTF Earls. None the less still fun and always HOT GIRLS!
Tuesday, April 19 –72hr. Filmaker Showdown. Whistler Conference Center. 8pm. Post production trickery, exotic locations, superstar talent and big budget advantages are made irrelevant in this competition. Filmmakers are tasked to shoot, edit and produce a three to five minute short film within a 100km radius of Whistler over the course of 72 hours Three rotations of the Earth on it’s axis makes for a mass creative frenzy and the most in-demand film screening of the year. DON’T MISS THIS ONE!
Tuesday, April 19 –Swollen Members. Moe Joe’s. Part of the 2011 Telus Ski and Snowboard Festival Moe Joe’s Lineup.
Wednesday, April 20 –AXE Free Concert Series. Dilated Peoples. Skiers Plaza. 2:30. Despite being severely underexposed, the Los Angeles underground hip-hop scene has been the site for some of hip-hop’s most cutting-edge work. At the heart of the movement has been Dilated Peoples, whose special brand of hip-hop has raised the creative stakes for the genre’s avant-garde. From their early independent releases to their more recent major label projects, Dilated Peoples has worked to stretch the bounds of hip-hop music into previously uncharted territory. The group’s name reflects the artistic vision, as Rakaa explained to the Michigan Citizen: “To dilate is to grow. We are people expanding. It’s really simple. It’s also a play on words. Dilated is when your eyes are opening. Really be wide awake.” – Answers.com
Wednesday, April 20 –AXE Free Concert Series. Lyrics Born. Skiers Plaza. 2:30. Japanese American rapper, record producer, songwriter and voice over announcer Lyrics Born is a man of musical complexity and intellect. Blending genres, and techniques, he has formulated an incredible melodic mash-up which he has coined “Em-Singing”. Working with convoluted rhythmic patterns, an awesome array of rhyming techniques, similar to what we all learned in primary school (alliteration, double entendres and internal rhyme), and an impressive vocabulary, Lyrics Born takes urban hip-hop, funk, rap and gives it a high IQ. His controversial, in-depth and politically conscious music resonates with the youth of today and gives a powerful, relevant musical experience.
Wednesday, April 20 –INTERSECTION. Whistler Conference Center. 8pm. This is the event that sums it all up: Skiing, Snowboarding, snow, music, adrenaline, creativity. With only 7 days to shoot, edit and produce a five to seven minute extreme sports short film, six film crews take on this never before seen challenge. Grand prize is $15,000. YEPPERS 15K. The presenting crews are Dendrite Studios, Family Tree, Videograss, Toy Soldier, Voleurz and my winning bet NuuLife Cinema!
Wednesday, April 20th –Dilated Peoples. The Longhorn Club Series. 9pm.
Wednesday, April 20 – Classified. Garfinkel’s. East Coast rapper kid brings his A-game to Whistler. Along with Kidz in the Hall. Tickets to this event are $20. Classified will play as part of an international tour to promote Handshakes and Middle Fingers. Check out www.classifiedofficial.com
Thursday-Saturday, April 21-23 –Ski Bum the Musical, Millennium Place. To get tickets call 604.935.8410 or visit www.artswhistler.com
The World Skiing Invitational (WSI) is now officially the first major pro event since the announcement of Halfpipe skiing in the Olympics. This event is really setting the tone for the next three seasons as we build up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. WSI taking place from Thursday, April 21 –Sunday, April 24!
Thursday, April 21 –WSI Slopestyle Qualifiers and Finals. Blackcomb Park. 1pm.
Thursday, April 21 –AXE Free Concert Series. Black Mountain. Skiers Plaza. 2:30. Heading the Black Mountain Army, a slew of similar minded hippie musical types, Black Mountain, the band, hails from Vancouver and offers mind-blowing psychedelic-rock tunes to satiate your soul. Citing incongruent influences such as New Order, King Crimson, Studio 54, Alex Chilton, sunshine, Janis Joplin, Please Kill Me, Shirley Collins, Mickey Newbury, jalapeno salsa, Night of The Hunter, Cactus Taqueria, Funky16Corners podcasts, Dennis Wilson, the house blowing up in the desert at the end of Zabriskie Point, you know you’re in for a treat when experiencing the all-out fury of holistic and sundry collaboration that is Black Mountain.
Thursday, April 21 –AXE Free Concert Series. Tokyo Police Club. Skiers Plaza. 2:30. Rising from suburban Ontario, Tokyo Police Club has grown in leaps and bounds with their quirky high-energy indie rock edge. Their second album, Champ, was released mid-2010, and has stayed true to the Tokyo Police Club staples whilst throwing in some incredible new experimental and adventures elements.
Thursday, April 21 –AXE Free Concert Series. Darker the Sky. Skiers Plaza. 2:30. What do you think of when you hear “Darker the Sky”? Is it just a sample of a phrase relating to the struggle often experienced before victory? Is it a reminder to not stop following the path of your dreams? How many of you think of a small group of determined individuals who create music that is both beautiful & haunting, sometimes in the same moment? Darker the Sky has been a seed, constantly growing stronger since Robin Younge got his first acoustic guitar as a teen, and began to sing the songs he created about his troubled life and observations of the world. Its branches have flowered to include the percussive mastery of Chris Warunki, the textured bass touch of Joseph Henderson McCance, and the ominous keyboard voicings of Camille Fournier.
Thursday, April 21 –Vancouver Canucks vs. the Chicago Blackhwaks. Game 5 (If necessary). Stanley Cup Playoffs. 5pm. No better place to watch the action than at Earls in Whistler. And during game day they have ½ price wings. However you have to pay an extra dollar for ranch dipping sauce and celery? WTF Earls. None the less still fun and always HOT GIRLS!
Thursday, April 21 –PRO Photographer Showdown. Whistler Conference Center. 8pm. Probably the most anticipated event of the festival… The craft of action sport photography requires devotion and unfailing passion. The Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown is an unparallel Celebration of still imagery that captures time and captivates the human spirit. This year’s photographers are: Re Wikstrom, Blake Jorgenson, Bryn Huges, Russell Dalby, Steve Lloyd, and Mike Yoshida.
Thursday, April 21 –Tokyo Police Club – Moe Joe’s. Club Series. 9pm
Friday, April 21 –WSI Superpipe Qualifiers. Blackcomb Superpipe. 10am
Friday, April 22 –AXE Free Concert Series. Broken Social Scene. Skiers Plaza. 2:30. Canadian Indie rock band Broken Social Scene was formed in 1999 and has progessed beyond all imagination to a musical entity of supersized proportions. Featuring singularly famous artists, such as Metric’s Emily Haines, Jason Collet, and Leslie Feist, who collaborate and meld into a mind-blowing amalgamation from 6 to 19 members at any given time. With two Juno awards under their belts, Broken Social Scene is climbing the ranks of musical royalty and will be an exciting and energetic addition to an already stellar line up!
Friday, April 22 –AXE Free Concert Series. Dinosaur Bones. Skiers Plaza. 2:30. Hailing from the same coast as many of Canada’s top musical acts, these self confessed “broody indie rockers for real people” are the real deal. Reminiscent of the grit and truth of the NYC garage movement, with added emotion and honest musical talent, this quintet of Toronto based boys are blowing up with their new album “My Divider”. Don’t miss out on this unique chance to see an up-and-coming band create musical magic on the main stage.
Friday, April 22 –Fashion Exposed. Whistler Conference Center. 8pm. The Vaio Fashion Exposed is so much more than just a fashion show. Street, action and lifestyle, the Vaio Fashion Exposed is a professionally choreographed assault on the senses, and one that is guaranteed to make a major statement. Watch out Whistler.
Saturday, April 23 –Palm Bay Slush Cup. Glacier Creek on Blackcomb Mountain. 11:30. Are you man or woman enough to dress in a ludicrous outfit, charge down the spring snow and hopefully make it across the slushy abyss of our icy cold slush pond? Bring your own towel because it can get rather nippy in the slush!
Saturday, April 23 –AXE Free Concert Series. Marianas Trench. Skiers Plaza. 4pm. As a Juno Award nominated Canadian pop rock band from Vancouver, BC, Marianas Trench had already elevated itself above the rest of the pack with a 2006 debut, Fix Me, that showcased a knack for colouring outside the lines of factory-issue millenial punk, shrewdly-built pop, and super-adrenalized modern rock. The single and in particular the video “Shake Tramp” was enough to demonstrate these qualities, coupled with frontman Josh Ramsay’s uninhibited urge to be the complete song-and-dance man. marianastrench.net
Saturday, April 23 –WSI SKI BIG AIR. Skiers Plaza. 7pm
Saturday, April 23 –AXE Free Concert Series. Ghetto Funk Canada Showcase – Featuring: Stickybuds, JPod, The Funk Hunters, Bryx, Wood & MC Think Tank. Skiers Plaza. 8pm. Playing during the reincarnation of the awe-inspiring Big Air competition, Ghetto Funk is set to hype up the crowd and maintain the frenzy that comes with the Big Air atmosphere! Laying down incredible tracks, mixed and mashed by masters of the decks, Ghetto Funk reinvents and rejuventates music for the masses. The ultimate party atmosphere, combined with the eye candy of the Big Air, the 23rd will be a night to remember.
Saturday, April 23 –The END. Whistler Conference Center. 10pm-4am. We don’t go hard, throw-down and power-up just to walk out quietly. We’ll be here right until the bitter end and we love it. The End is the ultimate wrap-up party featuring wicked DJ’s and mixmasters and the latest ending after-hours party Whistler has to offer all year. If you haven’t burnt the candle at both ends, you just weren’t trying hard enough. The Headliners are: RJD@ and Ghetto Funk Showcase (A bass heavy party funk that makes the system rock!)
Sunday, April 24 –WSI Ski Superpipe Semi-finals and Finals and Superhit Blackcomb Superpipe. 10:30am
Sunday, April 24 –Freeze Dance Comp. AXE concert series mainstage. 11am. the Urban Dance competition that brings the streets to the snow. Hip Hop and Urban Street Crews battle it out to take the grand prize and the title of Freeze best Dance Crew! With incredible moves, mind blowing music this is a throwdown that you don’t want to miss!
Sunday, April 24 –AXE Free Concert Series. Ozomatli. Skiers Plaza. 2:30.Taking their name from the Nahuatl word for the Aztec astrological symbol of the monkey, which is also a god of dance, fire, the new harvest, and music, Ozomatli features 8 unique and talented artists who ride the sweet spot between hip-hop, latin, funk and rock. Producing an incredible cacophony of sounds, which intermingle to perfectly create the Ozomatli sound, this band takes musical genres, live instruments and eclectic personalities to a whole new level that will have you up and dancing before you know it.
Sunday, April 24 –AXE Free Concert Series. KO. Skiers Plaza. 2:30. From a tough past to a solid future, KO has emerged as a true success story of the ability to overcome. His songs, musically based in hip hop, folk, rock, R&B and reggae, mainly feature vocals and acoustic guitar played over hip hop beats and have in past been compared to Everlast. KO has opened for Snoop Dogg on some of his tour of 2009 and De La Soul in 2010. His honest and raw lyrics shine through and his songs have become poignant reminders for youth of the temptations of society and the will power it takes to stay strong.
Sunday, April 24 –Chairlift Review. Whistler Conference Center. 7pm. Nowhere else is it more acceptable to talk to strangers, and even share candy, than on a chairlift. The opportunities that arise from dangling above the vast show fields are endless and incredible. Enter the Chairlift Revue. With some of Whistler’s best writers lending their insights and humor to the cause, a number of short plays emerge, to tackle sticky and pertinent subject matters all set on a four person chairlift. Come check out the “real” side of Whistler….. Tickers are $10 dollars.