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>>> July 19-25

Friday, July 19

SPOT THE STARS

Spot the Street Entertainer: Whistler daily street entertainment continues through the week at various village venues (Village Square, Town Plaza Gazebo, Upper Village, and Village Common), in conjunction with sponsor Tourism Whistler.

Between noon and 5 p.m. daily, you might spot the Whistler fashion police (Michelle Bush) stopping innocent visitors to offer slightly questionable fashion advice and faux pas delights. Jeff Collins, dubbed "Renaissance Man," is a magician and fire-eater providing flaming visual delights to add zest to the heat wave week. Meanwhile "Whistler’s favourite fool" Sand Northrup presents juggling in all shapes and forms to keep the young ones entertained and parents giggling.

A cabaret for families happens Wednesday, July 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Town Plaza Gazebo with an array of sketches from the above performers. Not to be missed; brings out the kid in you!

Who: Downtown Jay Brown and the White Guy

Where: Merlin’s

Strings and vocals, from the Whistler trio, Downtown Jay Brown and the White Guy. The group plays every second Friday, starting today. Merlin’s is now open Friday-Monday from noon.

Who: Bowen Boys

Where: Dubh Linn Gate

Celtic covers and originals, from the duo. Irish eyes are smiling!

Who: Steve Wright

Where: Crystal Lounge

Vancouver singer performs solo tunes, tonight and tomorrow, at a conversational level in the lounge. Catch up with an old friend.

What: Das Boot Ballet

Where: Boot Pub

Adult entertainment, by ladies, for men.

CLUBS AND DJS

What: Fresh Fridays featuring resident DJ R3

Where: Garfinkel’s

Local spinster DJ R3 plays a mix of mainly hip hop (Eminem to Swollen Members), with a touch of R&B, every Friday night. Live mixing some nights. Turntabling delights, all the time, every week.

What: Super funk with DJ Keph

Where: Maxx Fish

Whistler’s rising star, DJ Keph scratches with the power of Thor’s hammer during Ninja Tune Friday.

Who: DJ Little T

What: She’s On Fire

Where: Tommy Africa’s

The West Coast’s favourite gal DJ Little T plays sexy soulful house tonight, with hard banging electro, for a one time appearance. DJ Erin returns with Passion next week.

Who: DJ Derek

Where: Savage Beagle

A mix of Top 40 tonight and Saturday.

Who: DJ Tiny Elvis

Where: Buffalo Bill’s

Friday summer hours, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., featuring DJ Tiny Elvis with familiar tunes from the latest Top 40 charts.

PUBS & PATIOS

Where: The Brew House

Brewhouse tunes are always hopping, from morning to night. Outdoor patios make for great people watching in the village. Near all the bars, clubs and shops in between Marketplace and central Village Square.

Where: Hoz’s Pub

Hoz’s is still open during the Lake Placid Road construction extravaganza. Easily accessible by mountain bike, ATV or canoe. Cut through the Creekside dust and sit down for a cool one at Hoz’s.

Where: Citta’

Citta’s central stage in Village Square attracts locals and visitors. Best people watching spot to enjoy a variety of pints on tap. Open for lunch; low key candlelight dining upstairs into the summer evening.

Where: Amsterdam Pub & Café

A funky place for a pint or a meal, overlooking the Village Square. Live music some nights. For an international, younger crowd visit the ’Dam.

Where: Black’s Pub

The warming floor for locals apres-ski. Located at the foot of both village gondolas. With snowcapped peaks and the mountain bike park in the background, enjoy their telescope to bear watch or star gaze. Tasty food, 99 brands of beer in a gilded silver menu, and 40 scotches to keep you reminiscing.

Where: Tapley’s Neighbourhood Pub

Casual atmosphere for warm conversation and cold beer. Bar staff operate a not-too-loud sound system of rock and roll numbers and the outdoor patio gives patrons the best air in the world.

Saturday, July 20

BEAT THE HEAT, STAGE-SIDE

Who: Joanne Carins

Where: Brewhouse

Joanna Cairns performs her very own indie blend on guitar. At times wistful, some covers and always sweet tunes. Joanna is well-known at Open Mic nights in Whistler. Saturday from 2:30 p.m. on the patio, and two sets throughout the evening.

Who: Bowen Boys

Where: Dubh Linn Gate

See Friday’s listings.

Who: Steve Wright

Where: Crystal Lounge

See Friday’s listings.

Who: Rob Funk

Where: Second Cup Café

Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon through July, the guitar and piano stylings of Rob Funk.

What: Surf Flicks

Where: Boot Pub

A little Cali for your beverage-imbibing night a la Boot.

CLUBS AND DJS

Who: Milton Currie

What: Off the Hook

Where: Tommy Africa’s

Whistler legend DJ Milton, scintillating master of the tables, spins tribal tech house music.

What: Super funk with DJ Keph

Where: Maxx Fish

DJ Keph keeps the ladies dancing all night long with uber-sexy funk.

Who: DJ Stoli & Miguel Sanchez

Where: Garfinkel’s

Stoli mixes up your favourites for a Saturday night boogie, while Sanchez enhances sound bytes for your music-loving ears.

Who: DJ Peacefrog

Where: Buffalo Bill’s

A busy dance floor with great music – arrive early… "We are Whistler’s favourite nightspot! Summer hours, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

Who: DJ Derek

Where: Savage Beagle

See Friday’s listings.

Who: DJ Tone Ballone

Where: Moe Joe’s

Tunes from Ballone tonight.

Sunday, July 21

MUSIC AT TWILIGHT

Who: Thenon

Where: Garfinkels

Live after five, harder tunes from Thenon, tonight at Garf’s.

What: World Cup fooseball tournie

Where: Merlin’s

Every Sunday, $5 to enter, winner takes all.

CLUBS AND DJS

What: Soul Kitchen

Where: Tommy Africa’s

Resident DJ Ghetto Boy, the man who started it all ten years ago, and DJ Czech play breaks and house. Whistler’s longest running house night.

Who: DJ Peacefrog

Where: Buffalo Bill’s

With a busy dance floor and great music, staffers say get here early. Summer hours, 8 p.m.- 1 a.m. on Sundays.

Monday, July 22

NASTY ROCK

Who: Nashville Pussy with Bionic

Where: Garfinkel’s

Down home bad-ass rock from Nashville Pussy, who re-visit the world of Whistler, with opening guests Bionic. For the voyeur, the rock star, or the kinky listener in you.

Who: Flowmotion

Where: The Boot

You can now find Arlington’s Flowmotion, the rock, funk, and bluegrass outfit, at home in the San Juan Islands, as they place the finishing touches on their second, yet-to-be-named album, due for release by December. "There were insane audiences on our Alaskan tour, hungry for new bands," says guitarist and singer, Josh Clauson. He calls new single Pleasure Opportunity "a real funk-oriented tune written by our bassist," part of their own stewpot of music that still resists the jam-band label. "We’re currently doing short and sweet tours, as we like to put it. Bands burn out by over doing it and then breaking up." Post-Whistler show, the band carries on further south into California in and around the Bay Area. Averaging 140 shows per year, they stop into Whistler just for you tonight.

CLUBS AND DJS

Who: DJ Peacefrog

Where: Buffalo Bill’s

Pool tables and virtual racing available, with the Top 40 sounds of DJ Peacefrog. Summer hours, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Who: DJ Ryder

What: Magnum Opus

Where: Tommy Africa’s

The place to be Monday night, with Retro Boogie Night, billed as "a night of awesome top 40 dance music from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. The most fun you can have on a Monday."

Who: DJ Def Dubs

Where: Savage Beagle

Downtempo and hip hop.

Tuesday, July 23

TUESDAY TUNE AFTERGLOW

What: Open Mic Night

Where: Amsterdam Pub

Amid the glow of a slowly turning disco ball, let the star in you shine at Open Mic night. The magic happens every Tuesday with host Randy Phelan of Whistler Music.

What: The Boot Ballet

Where: Boot Pub

See Friday’s listings.

CLUBS AND DJS

Who: DJ Tiny Elvis

Where: Buffalo Bill’s

From the "king of great tunes," Bill’s presents DJ Tiny Elvis throughout the night. Summer hours, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Who: DJ Mad Momo

Where: Maxx Fish

Wake up! With DJ Mad Momo, who joins the elite circle of spinners at Whistler’s best DJ club every Tuesday night. "The best sound around."

Who: DJ Seanski

Where: Savage Beagle

Hip hop with Seanski.

What: Jungle ’n’ Breaks night

Where: Tommy Africa’s

Resident DJ Jungle Soldier headlines the themed evening, every Tuesday, with the varying beats of jungle ’n’ breaks.

Wednesday, July 24

OPEN MIC DELIGHTS

Who: Cease and Desist with open mic

Where: Buffalo Bill’s

Do it like a rock star… get up on stage and sing with the band and you could win big, including a video with MuchMusic. Tune those vocal chords, kids!

Who: Guitar Doug

Where: Dubh Linn Gate

Local musician and man of many rock outfits, Guitar Doug performs a variety of songs on a variety of classic guitars, tonight at the Gate.

What: New Open Mic Night

Where: Pemberton Hotel

Weekly open mic night with host Randy Phelan. Doors at 9 p.m.

CLUBS AND DJS

Who: Boogie Café with DJ Czech

Where: Garfinkel’s

First half of the evening, experience downtempo play with a touch of rare groove, followed by the second half of the evening at Garf’s with uptempo beats, a "nice blend of house."

What: Spare Grooves

Where: Maxx Fish

Mat the Alien and Kilo Cee bring you Whistler’s hip hop with incredible ease.

Who: Guest DJs

Where: The Shack

Acid jazz, disco and retro on tap.

Who: Mr. Wilson and Def Dubs

Where: Savage Beagle

Old school hip hop and breaks.

What: Bikini Contest Part II

Where: Moe Joe’s

Another night of bathing suits and dancing.

Where: Tommy Africa’s

Closed Wednesdays.

Thursday, July 25

BALLADEER MUSKATEERS

Who: Andrea Graham and guests

Where: Dubh Linn Gate

Looking for low-key? Covers and originals from Ms. Graham, with "a mellow, casual feel."

What: The Shane Show

Where: Boot Pub

All comedians welcome at the Shane Show, happening Thursday nights at the Boot, $100 pool tourney in tow.

CLUBS AND DJS

Who: DJ Phro

Where: Savage Beagle

Dub roots and dancehall reggae.

Who: VIP with Vinyl Ritchie

What: Beats and Breaks

Where: Maxx Fish

DJ Vinyl Ritchie sets the record straight playing his big, sexy funk. Scott Arkwell was voted best DJ in B.C. two years in a row by readers of the Georgia Straight.

What: Locals’ Night

Where: Garfinkel’s

Still the best locals’ night 10 years running. DJ Erin and DJ Stoli shake things up down below.

Who: DJ Peacefrog

Where: Buffalo Bill’s

It’s thirst-day at Bill’s; music by Peacefrog. Summer hours, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Who: DJ Dancehall

Where: Savage Beagle

DJ Phroh with dub roots and dancehall reggae.

What: Ladies Night-Tabu

Where: Moe Joe’s

Introducing Tabu, the new bevvie for ladies’ night, for all the ladies out there.

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