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the sheepdogs
GO Fest Mainstage
16 May
The Sheepdogs<br />8-9:30pm
The Sheepdogs
The Sheepdogs don’t have a miraculous, unusual origin story. Instead, the rock and roll band, which hails from the isolated city of Saskatoon, SK, has built their name on hard work and determination, funding their first three albums and early years of touring on their own. With the band’s 2010 album, Learn & Burn, momentum began to build, and the disc eventually won the band three Juno Awards.

In 2011, The Sheepdogs won a competition to secure them the cover of Rolling Stone, making the group the first unsigned band to appear on its front page. The win, decided by 1.5 million public votes, also scored them a record deal with Atlantic, which offered up a new EP from the band, Five Easy Pieces, in August 2011.

“Our goal is two-fold,” says lead vocalist Ewan Currie, “we want to make killer albums that people really want to listen to, but we also want to have a really reputable live show. When we come through town we want to be the hottest ticket there. Those two elements are what make a truly great rock and roll band. Really, though, we just want to play to anyone who is willing to give us a shot and who wants to have a good time.”

17 May
The Boom Booms<br />9-10pm
The Boom Booms
Formed in Vancouver in 2008, the Boom Booms are a funk/soul band who have been friends since childhood.

They released their debut album ¡Hot Rum! (2011), which earned them a spot in The Peak Performance Project. They won second place picking up a cash prize of $75,000, which enabled them to produce and release their travel documentary, Boom Boom Brazil. The documentary explores the rich and unpredictable adventures of an up-and-coming band on tour in Brazil and raises awareness of the Belo Monte Dam’s impact.

Aloe Blacc’s song, “The Man” feat. The Boom Booms (2013), became the feature song for the Beats by Dre commercial starring Kevin Garnet of the NBA, which is being played in top cinemas and circulating on TV and online.

The band is currently recording a new album with Grammy Award-winning producer Chin Injeti, which is set to release in summer 2014.

dj ace
Foxy Moron
6-6:30pm & 7-9pm
Ace plays lots of different styles of music, as long as it's funky! In winter you can usually find her spinning 7" vinyl records during aprés-ski at the base of Whistler Mtn at The Garibaldi Lift Co. This year she was voted Whistler's Favourite DJ by readers of Pique Newsmagazine.

18 May
She Stole My Beer<br />8-9:30pm
She Stole My Beer
For long time Whistler locals, She Stole My Beer is a household name, bringing memories of a lost era when a SSMB gig was a fairly regular event.

Originating from Vancouver’s north shore, the septet has been at it for over 20 years. Their strong following in Whistler reflects the population of a flourishing town where new faces can been seen at every show, mixed in with those of the long time locals looking to escape back to a simpler era.

All grown up and with real jobs, She Stole My Beer now approaches their sprinkling of gigs as a social event. An opportunity for some old friends to get together and provide an escape for their fans in the process. It provides for a truly organic musical experience, something that many of the bands’ fans may find quite fleeting these days.

19 May
Gordo has been spreading the gosple of roots rock and rhythm 'round Whistler as a solo artist for near 20 years. Come celebrate both his and Queen Victorias birthday at Go Fest. But be ready to stomp your feet…

coloured sky
Coloured Sky
Formed following a chance meeting in Whistler, Coloured Sky is a duo of two musicians from markedly different backgrounds. Merging influences as distinct as fingerstyle acoustic and punk rock, Samson Danniels (guitars) and Adam Giles Levy (vocals, guitars) produce a sound which is equally energizing as it is reflective.

Armed with Samson’s unique fingerstyle guitar work and Adam’s expressive vocals and melody focused electric guitar riffs, Coloured Sky brings a rawness and unbridled openness that has to be experienced. Theirs is a live show not to be missed.

Their self titled debut EP “Coloured Sky” written in Whistler, was produced and recorded in Vancouver alongside Dave Genn of Matthew Good Band and 54-40 fame. It is currently available on iTunes.

blame the weekend
Blame the Weekend
Whistler’s newest live band is set to make waves on local stages this summer! Blame the Weekend is a 5-piece act featuring local musicians Matt King (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Rachel Thom (lead vocals, keys), Rajan Das (bass guitar), Gary Yoshida (vocals, lead guitar), and Jason Chaulk (Vocals, drums). All seasoned performers on the local scene, the group’s joining of forces has been a long time in the making... and well worth the wait!

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