We gotta have Faith! 

Country-pop superstar Faith Hill to perform exclusive outdoor concert in Creekside

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Who: Faith Hill

Where: Whistler Creekside

When: Saturday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $65/$86/$118

Superstar country-pop music vocalist Faith Hill has chosen Whistler as the site of her first concert after a four year hiatus from performing.

Hill will sing outdoors at the base of Whistler Mountain in Creekside on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 7, rain or shine.

The show is an exclusive engagement before Hill heads down to Las Vegas for a four-show run, Aug. 10 through 14, in the venue normally used by Celine Dion at Caesar’s Palace.

"It’s a real coup for us and for the resort that we’ve managed to get her to open ahead of Caesar’s Palace," said promoter Dennis MacDonald, whose Shout Resort Concerts was contracted by Intrawest last year to bring big-ticket, internationally recognized entertainment events to the company’s various resorts.

"She doesn’t know the resort. She doesn’t know anything about the mountains. She’s never been there before. To go to a place you’ve never played at after you’ve been on hiatus for four years is a big decision for her and her management team to make."

In the end MacDonald said it was Whistler that sold the concert to Hill’s management.

"As much visibility as Whistler/Vancouver gets, it’s still not a lot in a lot of American markets," said MacDonald. "When our agents in Los Angeles and Nashville flew up I think they were expecting to see a couple of rope tows but they were completely blown away.

"This is by far the biggest show that’s ever happened at Whistler. She’s one of the biggest superstars in the world."

The show will use the slope of the Whistler Mountain at Creekside as a natural amphitheatre, with the stage erected at the base of the hill.

The venue has been designated to have a 15,000 capacity. Tickets for the event went on sale Monday, July 12 through TicketMaster for $118, $86 and $65. All 750 of the most expensive "gold" tickets, which include general admission seating and the closest proximity to the stage, sold out early, prompting Shout to add another 250 gold tickets. The second release of gold tickets was declared sold out as of Tuesday, July 13.

Local print media outlets were not notified of the event in time to announce the concert prior to Monday.

The remaining 14,000 tickets – 12,800 "silver" tickets and 1,200 "bronze" nosebleed section tickets – require concertgoers to bring their own seating.

MacDonald’s history of event promotion in Whistler began with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performances at the top of Blackcomb Mountain in the late 1980s. He also co-produced the 1999 Altitude gay and lesbian ski week and the 2000 summer version, Cabin Fever. Prior to forming Shout Resort Concerts he produced the off-Broadway show Naked Boys Singing at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre last summer.

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