Hill concert moved to a different hill 

Country-pop superstar vocalist Faith Hill’s Aug. 7 outdoor concert in Whistler has been moved to the Base II area on Blackcomb Mountain from its original location at Creekside.

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Organizers Shout Resort Concerts cited several reasons for the move, including easier access from Whistler Village by foot, transit or gondola, a higher automobile parking capacity, and a gentler slope.

The concert set up will remain the same, with a stage at the base of the slope at Base II and the hill functioning as a natural amphitheatre.

The new location also provides the opportunity to expand the capacity by 5,000 should the original 15,000 tickets sell out said Shout spokesperson Barb Fraser. Any extra tickets issued would be either the mid-range $86 "silver" tickets, or the $65 nosebleed section "bronze" tickets, neither of which provide seating. All 1,000 of the $118 "gold" tickets, which include seating and the closest proximity to the stage, are sold out.

The concert is Hill’s first major vocal performance in four years.

MacMaster added to Hill bill

Cape Breton-born Celtic/bluegrass fiddler Natalie MacMaster was announced earlier this week as Hill’s opening act.

The vivacious virtuoso has toured all over the world and collaborated with celebrated musicians such as Bela Fleck, Sam Bush and vocalist Alison Krauss.

MacMaster has won several Canadian Country Music Awards for Fiddler of the Year and her album My Roots Are Showing was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Folk Album Category in 2000. Her latest album is the bluegrass-themed Blueprint .

MacMaster takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Faith wants you — to volunteer at her show

Local Faith fans who can’t afford to fork out for the pricey show have a couple of options:

Pique is giving away four sets of tickets. Enter online at www.piquenewsmagazine.com between now and Aug. 3 for the chance to win.

A surefire way to see Faith for free is to sign on as a volunteer.

According to volunteer co-ordinator Carson, the event requires between 60 and 100 volunteers to help with merchandising and seat set up, and as ticket takers, backstage assistants and "spotters" – an event host duty to direct audience members around the event and answer questions about Whistler. The event also requires certified First Aid workers.

Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old, have a presentable appearance and a decent knowledge of Whistler, and have to commit to showing up at the concert site by 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7.

Other than free access to the concert, volunteer perks include a T-shirt and hat, as well as the invaluable experience of volunteering at a large-scale local event – a great "resume item" for those looking ahead to volunteer opportunities at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Carson noted.

Volunteers will be chosen on a first-come-first-served basis. Call 604-932-0950 or e-mail snowpig@telus.net to sign up.

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