FREE FIDO Outdoor Concert Series

Whistler BC • April 7-16, 2017

Crowd Scene at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival

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  • FREE CONCERTS DAILY, APRIL 7 - 16, 2017
  • SKIER'S PLAZA




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.

 
THE LINE UP IS ROLLING IN...


2017 LINE UP:

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FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017, 7PM*




VIRGINIA TO VEGAS
 

Recognized as a fitting example of tomorrow’s global music star, singer-songwriter and platinum recording artist Virginia To Vegas, aka Derik Baker, hails from Guelph, Ontario where he was raised on his parent’s eclectic record collection and cut his teeth in the music industry writing songs for a variety of pop artists. Following a successful run of western Canadian dates with Marianas Trench and Shawn Hook, Virginia To Vegas has just revealed the first round of dates on his headlining “Utopian Tour”. The Utopian Tour kicks off on March 23rd, named after the notable 2016 full-length album “Utopian” (Wax Records/Universal Music Canada), which spawned the Top 10 hit “Lights Out”, and the platinum-selling smash “We Are Stars” featuring Alyssa Reid. Virginia To Vegas’ new track “Selfish” is the follow up to 2016’s Gold-certified “Lights Out” – a Spotify mainstay with 5 million streams. “Selfish” sees Virginia To Vegas once again join forces with the powerhouse team of writers and producers behind his Top 10 hit and fastest rising single to date to deliver another modern crafted pop song. 





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. 


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SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017, CONCERTS START AT 1PM*




WALK OFF THE EARTH

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.




WILLA


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. 





JENNAMAE AND THE GROOVE SECTION

A stylistically unique R&B band from day one, the members of JennaMae and The Groove Section have been singing, performing and playing in sync as if they'd been together their entire musical careers. Starting off as separate entities throughout the course of the band's union, they have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life; performing at a variety of venues in the Sea-to Sky area and recording new music.


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SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017, CONCERTS START AT 2PM*


BUSTY AND THE BASS

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”. 


GRANDSON

Grandson is a 23 year old alternative artist hailing from Toronto,Canada. Born in the small town of Englewood New Jersey, he relocated to the cultural melting pot of Toronto at a young age and grew up surrounded by music ranging from jazz and rock & roll to rap, dancehall and R&B.  
 
Searching for his voice and for meaning in today’s divisive, chaotic world, grandson confronts the most pressing issues of his generation through his songwriting, such as financial inequality, governmental, environmental accountability and social justice, giving these topics a soundtrack with a genuine sense of urgency and frustration. His music also touches on adolescence, relationships, and the insecurities and difficulties of growing up through your 20s. When asked about today’s music scene, he says: “I genuinely believe the world needs honest rock & roll, now more than ever”. 
 


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MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017, CONCERTS START AT 2PM*



NORTHERN IGNITION

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

Started back in October 2015. Their main influences are mostly ska and funk music though each
have roots from other genres ranging from Rock, RnB to hip hop. They won a couple of band competitions in Whistler and played with notable local artists like Jennamae, Bruno Valle, The Combat Dolphins - Murray Hunt and Travis Smith and Monty Biggins from the Sociables. They are currently writing songs to and exploring other possibilities by continuously collaborating with other musicians.


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TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017, CONCERTS START AT 2PM*



BROTHER TWANG


BROTHER TWANG were a bit surprised when they were tapped to play the inaugural Pemberton Festival back in 2008...alongside such giants as Tom Petty, Jay-Z and the Tragically Hip. You see, they'd only been together about a year and were still trying to find their sound....but that seems to be the ongoing story in the History of Whistler's BROTHER TWANG.

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 first album "A Taste Of the Twang" was released just after our Pemberton Festival experience....and led us to 100's of gigs from Vancouver Island to London, England!

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.
The band continues to write and record new songs, perfecting them through extensive live performances, soldiering forward towards Album #4...brothertwang.net 





RED CHAIR

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. 

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017, CONCERTS START AT 2PM*



THE CHRIS BUCK BAND


The Chris Buck Band is The BC Country Music Association (BCCMA) reigning 2016 “Country Club Act of the Year” and 2015 “Group or Duo of the Year”, quickly earning them the reputation as one of the busiest country performers on the West coast of Canada, performing at every major festival and venue the province has to offer. The Chris Buck band takes their regional success and attacks the nation with a national record deal with Sony/Royalty and a new EP being released in April. Country radio has already embraced the CBB’s new music charting songs in the top 30 and climbing. 2017 will see The Chris Buck Band taking the show on the road coast to coast! The ”live experience” is wildly energetic and always captivating, with a twist of a country/rock sound, it’s hard for any music fan to sit still during their performance! 




DAKOTA PEARL

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. 


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THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017, 7PM*



SWOLLEN MEMBERS


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. 





KYPRIOS

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. 


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FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017, CONCERTS START AT 2PM*



KEYS N KRATES


It's been this way since the very beginning, when Keys N Krates went from being a live hip-hop band reliant on rough acapellas and memory-jogging remixes to something much more complex - a tight-knit trio of producers/performers - Turntablist Jr Flo, Keyboard player David Matisse, drummer Adam Tune - who take rocking a party as seriously as a week spent in the studio. "We always trade roles from song to song," explains Jr. Flo. "It's not uncommon for Matisse to flip a sample, or for me to write a melody, or for Tune to chime in on the mixing of a track. It's not the fastest way of working, but everyone has a say in everything."
 
Which explains why their breakthrough singles (the elastic loops and diamond-edged drums of "Dum Dee Dum," the head rush hooks of "Treat Me Right," a frantic, D'n'B-flavored "Are We Faded") are able to pull the strings of packed festival crowds without resorting to tired EDM tropes. Hip-hop, house and UK bass music all play a role in a Keys N Krates record, but so do the dark-tinged dynamics and widescreen ways of indie acts like Caribou and M83. "Seeing M83 live at the Osheaga festival changed our whole perception of how their music translates live," says Jr. Flo. "The chord progressions are beautiful and catchy but never corny. It's pop music at its best."




PHAM

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. 


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SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2017, CONCERTS START AT 1PM*



BUSTA RHYMES


One of the most idiosyncratic personalities in rap -- with his halting, ragga-inspired style and incredible complexity, inventiveness, and humor -- Busta Rhymes formed Leaders of the New School in 1990 and released two albums with the group before breaking out with a 1996 solo hit single, "Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check."
 
In late 2016, Busta released the Return of the Dragon: The Abstract Went on Vacation mixtape just in time for the holidays. The collection contained a stacked roster of guests including Fabolous, Jadakiss and Styles P, O.T. Genasis, Chance the Rapper, Mary J. Blige, Raekwon, MF Doom, and Busta's original crew, Leaders of the New School, on the track "We Home."





ALPHA OMEGA

 
Forged from a family bond, Alpha Omega, the Uncle and Nephew team legendarily known as Prevail and Neph, have highlighted their unique rhyming styles to present the world with a combination yet to be heard. The musical compositions crafted by their primary producer Tyler Durden, of Greece’s popular Professional Sinnerz, encourage Alpha Omega to expand their collective understanding of the creative process. Prevail is a four time Juno Award winner, gold and platinum selling artist and, co-founder of Swollen Members. Neph is the elite of Vancouver’s next generation of hungry emcee’s, whom has also been privy to the behind-the-scenes workings of the industry throughout his new, yet impactful career. Together, Prevail and Neph form Alpha Omega, a group with family ties that emerged from a creative beginning and, is foreshadowed by a promising end. 





THE LEISURE PRINCIPLE

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.


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SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2017, CONCERTS START AT 2PM*




OZOMATLI

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.




LONGSTRIDE

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.


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*Please note: concert start times may vary. Please check schedule for start time as the schedule is subject to change.




   

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