It's the final few days of the World Ski and Snowboard Festival's free Outdoor Concert Series. There are still nine amazing acts to catch. Here are seven of them.
Live in the House
Thursday, April 16. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Internationally renowned party starter/rockstar DJ's Scotty Mac and Joni T team up with the ultra talented Lachy Hol (six string), Andy Crome (percussion) and Greg Cossar (trombone) to form Live in the House, a five-piece travelling act made up of a back-to-back DJ set, followed by the addition of electric guitar, percussion and horn instruments.
Swedish Afterski Mafia
Friday, April 17. 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
These Scandinavian guys kicked of the Swedish Afterski Mafia with the aim of bringing some wicked Euro aprés to Whistler. Started at the Cinnamon Bear with literally no expectations, the crowd has grown from just the crazy Scandinavians to include everyone in Whistler looking for a great show on the patio. The weekly show is currently the holder of the Whistler's all-time crowd-surfing record with 48 people in one show.
Saturday, April 18. 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Toronto-born and based rapper Jazz Cartier is making moves much like his city, which happens to be the fourth largest in North America and arguably the world's most multi-cultural. He knows area codes. And in the most non-superficial way imaginable. Having spent his formative years living in destinations as disparate as Houston, Barbados, Georgia, and Kuwait, all the way to Connecticut (where he attended private school), Jazz has a lot to draw on lyrically, perhaps way more so than your average 21 year old.
The forthcoming Marauding In Paradise mixtape is Jazz's coming of age, coming-out party that will appeal to the lowest common denominator of hardcore rap enthusiast all the way over to the more cerebral and heady urban music enthusiast who can appreciate what this Leader of the New School is bringing to the rap game.
Saturday, April 18. 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The very day YelaWolf was born, his teenage mother strapped him into a stroller and rolled him around the mall. The first week of his life, she took him to house parties, and by the time he left high school, the family had roamed to so many towns that YelaWolf had attended 15 different schools.With his latest release, Love Story, perhaps he can finally downshift. Since 2010's Trunk Muzik, his career has been on the fast track. His appearance — his tattoos include a catfish swimming down his forearm and "Heart of Dixie" stamped on his stomach — and raps about Appalachian meth dealers might've made him a novelty act. But his rapid-fire delivery and intense live show ensured no one considered him a joke.
Fort Knox Five
Friday, April 17. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Fort Knox Five consists of Steve Raskin, Rob Myers, Jon Horvath, and Sid Barcelona, who combine live instrumentation with funky electronic breakbeats.As DJs, Jon H. and Steve "Raskal" know how to rock parties with infectious grooves that effortlessly move from funk, reggae, and hip hop to primetime 4/4 beats and breaks. Their unique four-turntable DJ sets have proven irresistible to clubgoers worldwide. They first came to Whistler to play Ace Mackay-Smith's Hotdoggin' Party over 10 years ago and have been coming back ever since.
Animal Nation w/ Lozen
Sunday, April 19. 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Whistler's favourite native sons, irreverent rap duo Animal Nation, bring their brash party raps and feel-good lyrics to the World Ski and Snowboard Festival big stage just in time for their first full-length studio album since 2008, slated for an August release.
So head to Skier's Plaza to check out one of Canadian hip-hop's most promising acts, along with another emerging Whistler MC, Lozen.
Sunday, April 19. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
MSTRKRFT is a Canadian electronic music duo from Toronto. The group was started in 2005 by Jesse F. Keeler of Death from Above 1979 and Al-P (Alex Puodziukas), formerly of the Mississauga, Ont. electropop group, Girlsareshort. Al-P was also the producer for Death from Above 1979's album You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, as well as several of (Jesse's former band) Black Cat #13's records.
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