Top bands to play Whistler in pre-Olympic warmup

27-Dec-2009 | SHARE:

Some of Canada's best-known bands will have the resort jumping come Games time.

And unlike the Vancouver Olympic celebration sites, the performances in Whistler will be free.

The lineup, just released, includes the Barenaked Ladies (Feb. 17), The Sam Roberts Band (Feb. 21), Jully Black(Feb. 20) and Blue Rodeo (Feb. 28).

Organizers have also worked hard to make sure the performances represent Canada's Frenchs-speaking artists too, they say.

"There is something for everybody in the programming and really, what it does is provide people in Whistler the ability to experience the excitement of the Games without having to be in the venues," said Mayor Ken Melamed.

The programming is being paid for in part with $5 million from the federal Canadian Heritage Ministry, Melamed said.

"This is a way to maintain the excitement from the events and carry it over into the day-to-day and ebb and flow of the village," he said.

Whistler's all-but-sold-out village expects to host about 55,000 people daily.

At the end of each evening, the resort will host a Fire and Ice show at the base of Whistler Mountain in the village.

Renowned DJs and music acts, to be announced Thursday, will take to the stage, along with fire dancers, a laser light show and world-class athletes flipping and twisting through burning rings of fire.

For full entertainment listings, see www.whistler2010.com.

Credit: Clare Ogilvie; Canwest News Service

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Colour Photo: Chitose Suzuki, Ap / Ed Robertson, foreground, and Jim Creeggan of the Barenaked Ladies are among musicians who will perform in Whistler during February.; Caption:

Copyright Southam Publications Inc. Dec 27, 2009