Inaugural Whistler Jazz Festival Kicks Off Friday

August 31, 2011
The inaugural Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler is already hitting a high note with sunny skies forecast for the weekend, and the launch of its own Galaxie Radio channel featuring many of the 80+ musicians who will perform in Whistler during the three day event. With more than 33 shows scheduled September 2 to 4, Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler has also announced a new evening-only ticket purchase option for Whistler Olympic Plaza concerts.
“We have introduced an evening ticket option available after 5pm to accommodate those who cannot take in a full day of concerts, but want to experience the incredible venue of Whistler Olympic Plaza and check out the festival headliners like Kevin Eubanks, Spyro Gyra, The Rippingtons, Stanley Jordan and others,” says Arnold Schwisberg, founder and producer of Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler. “We are incredibly excited about the coming weekend. The weather forecast looks fantastic; nothing but sunny skies in Whistler.”
Whistler Olympic Plaza - Ticketed Shows (September 2, 3, 4)
$65* - Day Pass - 4 shows daily; doors open at noon
$45 - 2 shows nightly; doors open at 5pm
$30 - 1 show nightly; doors open at 7:30pm
$160* – 3-day pass for all shows
* Note in/out access only permitted with full day and 3-day passes.
Concert tickets will be on sale starting September 1 at the Festival Box Office at Whistler Olympic Plaza from noon to 8pm. Tickets will continue to be available online at  <>  or 1-866-943-8849.
Jazz Bistro at Whistler Olympic Plaza
Award-winning Whistler catering company Whistler Cooks and owner Grant Cousar are bringing their culinary talents to Whistler Olympic Plaza via the Jazz Bistro presented by The Globe And Mail and North Shore Credit Union. Delivering an exceptional gourmet food experience for festival goers, Whistler Cooks won "Best Event Caterer” award at the Canadian special events national awards gala for catering services provided for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Whistler Olympic Plaza Jazz Bistro menu will offer food service throughout the day from noon to 10pm and will feature items incorporating many locally sourced ingredients such as burgers made from Okanagan Ranch natural beef, Pemberton potatoes, a local farmgate cheese platter, a North Pacific albacore tuna nicoise salad, along with other snacks, cheeses and non-alcoholic beverages.
With free and ticketed concerts at indoor and outdoor venues throughout Whistler, the Festival features an explosive lineup of talent in its first year. The renowned Bearfoot Bistro’s resident pianist and music director Cameron Chu offers his own take and advice on the Festival.
“The caliber of the entertainment this weekend is absolutely top notch, and when you consider the size of this Festival the variety is exceptional,” says Chu. “Although one may be tempted to see only the well known headliners, one must keep in mind the young unknown acts may very well be the stars of tomorrow. My advice to the jazz rookie is to see everything you can! I am looking forward to seeing as many of the acts and classes as possible.”
Performers include guitar greats Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan; contemporary jazz masters The Rippingtons and Spyro Gyra, and Jazz veterans Oliver Jones and The New Gary Burton Quartet, plus a host of other talented artists. Other highlights include the newly opened Whistler Olympic Plaza as the main ticketed venue, a Master Class Series offering intimate performances and learning sessions with six renowned jazz masters, a late night jazz series at Millennium Place and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Mallard Lounge, an Acoustic Jazz Series at the North Shore Credit Union, a jazz brunch featuring Guitarist Lorne Lofsky accompanied by Chu at the Bearfoot Bistro, and interactive, family-friendly Street Entertainment, and more.
Galaxie Radio Exclusive Channel
Providing an opportunity to preview the talents of the Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler lineup, and ensuring the jazz vibe extends far beyond the official venues to all corners of Whistler Resort, Galaxie Radio has launched an all-jazz channel exclusively featuring the artists who will perform at the Festival this weekend. The channel is now available online for all to listen to at
Accommodation in Whistler is still available from $109 per night for a hotel room, and three day concert passes are available for $160 per person. Packages, including three nights accommodation and a three-day concert pass to Whistler Olympic Plaza are available from $293 (some restrictions apply).
For further information about the Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler concert schedule, artist biographies, and to purchase hotel rooms or concert ticket packages, please visit <> .
Special thanks to sponsors of Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler: The Globe And Mail, North Shore Credit Union, CTV, KVOS, RTown Communications, The Whistler Question, Indigo Books & Music, Heineken, Appleton Rum, WineOnline, Coca-Cola, charity partner CNIB, lead hotel the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, and resort partners Tourism Whistler, Resort Municipality of Whistler, Whistler Arts Council and Whistler Blackcomb.


Whistler is Canada’s premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America for the past 12 years in a row, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports.

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