FREE FIDO Outdoor Concert Series
Whistler BC • April 7-16, 2017
Who says nothing comes for free? FIDO at WSSF brings us a free 10-day program of music concerts spanning a vast variety of genres to feed your soul and get into the festival groove. The FIDO Outdoor Concert Series is anchored at the WSSF festival Main Stage, located in Skier's Plaza, in front of the Excalibur Gondola and the Whistler Village Gondola. Join us at our stage and enjoy the massive crowd, serious beats and unforgettable vibe. It's all for you and it's all for free.
2017 LINE UP:
FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017, 7PM*
VIRGINIA TO VEGAS, 7PM
JON SHRIER, 4PM
Jon Shrier is a professional musician/songwriter based in Whistler B.C. He divides his time between songwriting, live performance and teaching. He plays rock, folk, country and contemporary music and currently performs shows with Keyboardist Bradford Needham in the Whistler & Vancouver area. His music has been described as warm and infectious.
SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017, CONCERTS START AT 1PM*
WALK OFF THE EARTH, 3:30PM
Walk Off The Earth is an unconventional, multi-talented five-piece musical phenomena that is currently taking the world by storm. The chemistry between the members of Walk Off The Earth is undeniable. Marshall, Sarah and Gianni’s individual vocal stylings mesh seamlessly with Taylor’s haunting harmonies and keys all the while soaring over epic melodic arrangements held together by Joel Cassady’s driving and prolific percussion work. Their independent spirit, unstoppable work ethic and awe-inspiring creativity has catapulted Walk Off The Earth into new and uncharted waters with only bigger and better things on the horizon.
Her voice is her identity; her voice carries memories, vulnerabilities, pain, sadness, happiness, freedom, and herself. It's her best friend and worst enemy. Now we hear and feel that voice wrapped in sounds from a dream. The growls, whispers, and sighs of what's been created, brings the musicto a whole new place. Paired with Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother (co-writer/producer), Willa’s new album is the birth of an electro-pop heavyweight.
SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017, CONCERTS START AT 2PM*
Busty and the Bass have come a long way in a short time. The nine members of the band connected in their first week at McGill University’s jazz school in Montreal and started jamming. Casual house party gigs soon led to scorching live performances in front of thousands on stages across the U.S., Europe, and their home country of Canada. The group’s natural chemistry and an ability to create a sound that Complex says is “best described as a lovechild between jazz, hip-hop, and electro-soul" has been a major hit with audiences, bouncing along and chanting “Bus-ty!” in unified delight. Even R&B legend Macy Gray is a fan of Busty and the Bass, praising their soulful living room session cover of her hit song “I Try” as “beeyooteefoh”.
MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017, CONCERTS START AT 2PM*
NORTHERN IGNITION, 3:30PM
Northern Ignition is the brainchild of Sea to Sky musician Marcus Ramsay. While playing regular cover shows in Whistler B.C. and surrounding area, Marcus was attending school for Music Production and Audio Engineering, learning the technical side of the music industry and giving him full creative freedom in his productions. Marcus wrote, produced, mixed and mastered the Northern Ignition debut EP "Youngbloods" bringing in Geoff Hicks (Colin James, Chad Brownlee) to lay down the drums and playing most of the other instruments himself. After being selected as one of the top 5 in Mountain FM's Be The Best, Play the Fest contest, Marcus called upon local musicians Andrew Crome (drums), Art Barrientos (bass), Clive English (guitar) and Bradford Needham (keys) for the live debut of Northern Ignition. They came first, earning them a cash prize and a spot at Pemberton Music Festival. After a busy summer on stages all along the West Coast, Northern Ignition have earned themselves a reputation as one of the Sea to Sky corridor's top bands, with a bright future ahead.
THE FUNKY SNOW MONKEYS, 2PM
TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017, CONCERTS START AT 2PM*
BROTHER TWANG, 3:30PM
Comprised of Jason Romany(vocals/guitar) George Skoupas (guitar/vocals) Derek Stembridge(bass) and Todd Vague (drums) BROTHER TWANG pits 2 metal heads from Toronto, a Folkie from Hamilton and a disciplined rock drummer from Edmonton, against some odds...what would the sound be like? The answer? Anything and Everything...from slow, mesmerizing instrumentals, to up tempo aggressive country anthems, to all-out harmonized fury...all in a Rock Format.
Our 2nd album "This Thing Of Ours" was released just after our triumphant homecoming gig in Whistler opening for the Barenaked Ladies in front of 8,000 people. Our latest album, "Here Comes The Melody", was released this past April in time to be named one of Whistler's Top 3 Bands, and finds the band forging ahead full-steam with their "Rock First" sound.
RED CHAIR, 2PM
RedChair have been Rocking the Sea to Sky since 2013. The band is made up of Local Whistler Rockers, Adam W(vocals),H.D.(Lead Bass),Cam Bodia(Lead Guitar) and Frankie G.(Lead Drums). RedChair always brings an incredible high energy show to any venue. Currently in the process of releasing there first studio album. RedChair are exactly what Rock band should be.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017, CONCERTS START AT 2PM*
THE CHRIS BUCK BAND, 3:30PM
DAKOTA PEARL, 2PM
British Columbia's fastest rising country rock band, Dakota Pearl has risen out of the ashes from various projects. First playing in the Pemberton Music Festival in 2014, they haven't looked back since. Performing at many events and festivals, the past fall and winter season has been a period of rehearsal and creation in order to get into studio to work on some of their newest songs for spring of 2017.
THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017, 7PM*
SWOLLEN MEMBERS, 8PM
Swollen Members has been proudly rocking since 1999, the year of their debut release, Balance. Since then, the trio of Madchild, Prevail and, Rob The Viking have amassed 5 Juno Awards, 7 Much Music Awards and have sold records worldwide, including Platinum and Gold releases in Canada. Known for an energetic and engaging live show, Swollen Members have become underground legends whose focus is on dark poetry atop of driving beats.
The classic definition of the term MC is one that has the ability to grip a mic and control the crowd, and Kyprios has more than earned this title. He is a commanding presence on stage – able to hold the crowd in silent rapture as he drops an introspective piece that draws heavily from spoken word, only to suddenly flip it and incite a sea of thrusting hands with a rapid fire set of punchline-laden lyrical flows. Able to deliver a seamless blend of rapping, singing and harmonizing, the North Vancouver, BC native’s larynx is a potent stash of varied lyrical weapons.
FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017, CONCERTS START AT 2PM*
KEYS N KRATES, 3:30PM
Not to be boxed into any genre, Pham’s musical style is meant to be a fusion of various elements, combining electronic, hip-hop, down-tempo, and future bass into the beautiful meld featured on the Movements EP. The lead single “Movements”, has already amassed over 60 million streams aggregate.
SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2017, CONCERTS START AT 1PM*
BUSTA RHYMES, 4PM
ALPHA OMEGA, 3PM
THE LEISURE PRINCIPLE, 3PM
Starring an eclectic cast with a colourful musical past, the four protagonists courageously battle revengeful, distorted guitar riffs and terrifying flute solos while bass lines dance with polyrhythmic grooves. Epiphany arrives when they realize they share a mutual love of music as an art form, discovering harmonic nuance through their differences and their ultimate goal, to serve the Song.
SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2017, CONCERTS START AT 2PM*
Since its inception in 1995, innovation and creativity have defined Ozomatli. Hailing from Los Angeles, the group found a way to represent the city's eclectic culture through music that appeals to the local community and the world beyond. Ozomatli's success is exemplified in an impressive variety of genres from classic to modern Latino, urban, hip-hop and other world styles. The "Dioses del Baile," or "Gods of Dance," have created one of the most exciting, captivating and flat-out fun live shows touring today. They continue to harness their musical instincts by conceiving new concepts and forging new sounds that keep fans on their toes and the world dancing.
Seattle, Washington based group Longstride has put a fresh spin on their version of Reggae inspired, Rock and Groove. Longstride has emerged with a unique identity, with real melodies and a high energy live show. Music available on Pandora, iTunes, Spotify and many more.
*Please note: concert start times may vary. Please check schedule for start time as the schedule is subject to change.
Live at the Festival
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- RT @forecastski: Here's a recap of RK Films' win at #WSSFIntersection during @WSSF in @WhistlerBlckcmb -> bit.ly/2nVuxUp #WSSF2017… Apr 17
- RT @mercedesnicoll: Thank you everyone for another amazing HalfpipeFamJam! 🎉🏂⛷#halfpipefamjam pic.twitter.com/IsXk625ChU Apr 16
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