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GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, announces free concert lineup May 18-21, 2018
The Philosopher Kings, Current Swell and The Funk Hunters will perform free outdoor shows in Whistler during the May Long Weekend
April 17, 2018: Whistler, B.C. – The Philosopher Kings launch the free concert series at GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoor Festival, with a show on Friday, May 18. The concert sets the stage for two more days and nights of free, live acts, including Carmanah, Current Swell, Coco Jafro and The Funk Hunters. GO Fest’s outdoor concerts will fill Village Square with free music every night with opening acts playing at 3 p.m., and headliners at 7:30 p.m., on the Main Stage.
Juno-winning artists, The Philosopher Kings, start the weekend with a performance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18. The Canadian pop and alternative rock group is known for taking the music scene by storm in the 90s with their gold single “Charms” and their platinum album Famous, Rich and Beautiful. In 2017, they reunited after an 11-year hiatus to bring new material to their fans.
On Saturday, May 19 at 3 p.m., Carmanah will be laying down their unique west coast soul sound. The Victoria-based indie band are renowned for their thought-provoking lyrics about the environment and political issues.
Later on Saturday, roots rock quartet Current Swell take the stage at 7:30 p.m. The Victoria-based group has toured North America several times, bringing their music to thousands of fans. They have two number 1 singles on iTunes and their album Ulysses reached Canada’s rock top 10.
On Sunday, May 20, Coco Jafro will get the crowd dancing from 3 p.m. with worldly funk fusion and musical rhythms from Africa to the Americas. The group was acclaimed by CBC Searchlight, Breakout West and were nominated for Best Live Act at the Van Isle Music Awards. Their influences include Santana, Chaka Kahn and Stevie Wonder.
The Funk Hunters continue the party onstage at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday night. The DJ duo have cultivated their signature sound by creating forward-thinking electronic music that is influenced by
old-school soul, funk and hip-hop. Known for their live performances, they’ve performed over 750 times in 16 countries. Their performance closes the May Long weekend free concert series.
“This incredible lineup of Canadian artists is brought to Whistler thanks to the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative contributions which invests in programs and projects that support and help grow tourism. I hope you join us for GO Fest’s live music concert series, as part of a full weekend of outdoor activities,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.
GO Fest Main Stage in Village Square Concert Schedule
Friday, May 18
7:30 p.m. The Philosopher Kings
Saturday, May 19
3 p.m. Carmanah
7:30 p.m. Current Swell
Sunday, May 20
3 p.m. Coco Jafro
7:30 p.m. The Funk Hunters
The fifth annual GO Fest celebrates the May intersection of winter and summer activities where Whistler’s visitors and residents can experience the best of all seasons, with outdoor pursuits from skiing and snowboarding to sailing, golfing, fishing, tennis, paddling, running and biking.
Produced by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and funded through the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative, this year’s festival will see entertainment and activities taking place in Whistler Village, including music and street entertainment. Over the course of four days, GO Fest attendees get a chance to sample a host of outdoor activities and products in a high-energy, family-friendly outdoor setting.
Stay up to date on this year’s GO Fest, Whistler Great Outdoors Festival, by visiting www.greatoutdoorsfest.com or following www.facebook.com/greatoutdoorsfest, @GOFestWhistler on Instagram and @GOFestWhistler on Twitter.
Media Notes: Additional photography or promotional materials from the musical lineup for any of the artists performing at GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, are available upon request.
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About GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival
GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, takes place May 18 to 21, 2018 and celebrates the convergence of winter and summer in North America’s premier four-season mountain resort. GO Fest is an initiative of the Resort Municipality of Whistler and is funded through the Resort Municipality Initiative. Part of the Festivals, Events and Animation Program, GO Fest is one component of the larger May Long Weekend Initiative. Learn more at www.greatoutdoorsfest.com.
About the Resort Municipality of Whistler
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is a destination resort community, local government organization and leader in providing municipal programs, services, progressive planning and infrastructure for almost 12,000 residents and three million annual visitors. Situated in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Our vision: to be the premier mountain resort community as we move towards sustainability.
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A number of years ago, Whistler was only ever seen and marketed as the number one ski resort in North America. The thought of Whistler being a year-round resort wasn’t even really a consideration for most people (some probably thought there was snow on the ground year round). But as time has gone on, this little mountain town has grown to become a bustling summer destination, just as much as it is a ski destination. There’s a saying around Whistler that, “you come for the winter but stay for the summer” and here’s why:
PLENTY TO SEE
The summertime springs to life our Farmers’ Market that hosts an array of local food and art in the Upper Village (base of Blackcomb) every Wednesday and Sunday. Recently, the Audain Art Museum also opened. This grand space holds a variety of traditional art from the province’s First Peoples through to contemporary artists. We also can’t forget the free Whistler Presents: Concert Series that’s held at Whistler Olympic Plaza throughout the summer (see who is playing this year by clicking the link). If you manage to come on a weekend that features one of our many events, you might get to witness the Subaru IRONMAN Canada, Wanderlust or our very own Great Outdoors Festival (GO Fest)!
PLENTY TO DO
From a vast trail network for hiking to the Whistler Blackcomb Bike Park there is something for everyone. Right in the Upper Village, at the Blackcomb base, there’s a fun-filled Adventure Zone perfect for the kids to enjoy, such as a luge track and mini golf. You can also access hiking trails and sightseeing from the base of either Whistler or Blackcomb. You can include the Peak to Peak and do the sight see loop! Don’t forget to check out the variety of lakes in Whistler such as Lost Lake and Alta Lake, both perfect for swimming and chilling out on the docks with friends.
PLENTY TO EAT
Whistler’s restaurant scene is just as bumping in the summer as it is in the winter with a few extra additions! Warmer temps mean more ice cream shops along the Village Stroll so don’t forget to swing by and cool down with a scoop or two. This is the perfect place to enjoy some much-missed patio time where you can enjoy a classic caesar or summer salad while you people watch. There are a variety of places to grab a bite or a drink all throughout Whistler, from Function Junction just as you enter Whistler to Alpine Meadows north of the village. Check our Instagram for a few suggestions!
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No matter what you decide to do, there is one thing that’s clear: Come and enjoy Whistler in the summertime. There’s plenty to see, do and eat for everyone of all ages. We’re ready when you are!