Main stage music in Village Square 

Whistler Music and Arts Festival goes live this weekend

What: 2nd Annual Whistler Music & Arts Festival

Where: Various locations - Whistler

When: July 22-24

In the spirit of summer, the Whistler Music & Arts Festival is featuring an eclectic lineup of free music concerts from a main stage in Village Square.

The music begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 22 with a performance by beloved Vancouver-based children’s entertainer Norman Foote, also known for his adult-contemporary folk recordings.

Foote is followed by The Wassabi Collective, a vibrant five-piece band from Nelson that incorporates elements of jazz and reggae into their groovy house/drum ’n’ bass-style beats. Following Wassabi, with a 7 p.m. start time is eclectic Vancouver urban music/spoken word artist Kinnie Starr, a local favourite last in town for the World Ski and Snowboard Festival’s Words and Stories event.

Saturday’s lineup kicks off with sultry jazz singer Lee Aaron, followed by West Coast folk rock singer/songwriter Jeremy Fisher – a rising star recently awarded a big time record contract with Sony for his second album Let It Shine . But the outdoorsy, easygoing Fisher will forever be known for his marathon bike tours across Canada and the U.S. carrying his guitar with him and busking from town to town. The likeable performer takes the stage at 5:30 p.m., and is followed by Vancouver-based fiddle player Shone LeMottee.

On Sunday, July 24, the stage gets going earlier with a 1 p.m. performance by sultry Toronto R&B artist Divine Brown, who will put her renowned five-octave range to the test in the mountain air.

Following Brown will be Jim Byrnes – another longtime West Coast favourite.

In addition to the main stage music artists the festival features street entertainers all weekend.

For a complete schedule go to www.tourismwhistler.com.

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