Thursday, September 01, 2011

Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler: Canada's newest jazz festival

Canada's newest jazz festival, Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler, is making its debut this Labour Day weekend. Running Sept. 2-4, 2011, the three-day festival features more than 30 concert performances along with other jazz related events.

The festival features both free and ticketed concerts at indoor and outdoor venues, including the newly opened Whistler Olympic Plaza. Performers include guitar greats Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan; contemporary jazz masters The Rippingtons and Spyro Gyra, and jazz veterans Oliver Jones and The New Gary Burton Quartet.

Other highlights include a Master Class Series featuring intimate performances and learning sessions with six renowned jazz masters; a Late Night Jazz Series at Millennium Place and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Mallard Lounge; an Acoustic Jazz Series at the North Shore Credit Union; and an interactive, family-friendly Street Festival and Family Zone. Other events include:

Mountaintop BBQ Jazz Series - Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain

Featured jazz artists include Ali Milner (Sept. 2), Chris Smith (Sept. 3), and The Night Crawlers (Sept. 4) from 5-8 PM. Guests ride on the Whistler Village Gondola to for BBQ and jazz at 6,000 feet. Tickets are available at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations.

Bearfoot Bistro Brunch with Jazz Guitarist Lorne Lofsky

The Sunday brunch features an intimate performance by celebrated jazz guitarist and festival headliner Lorne Lofsky, accompanied by Bearfoot Bistro's resident pianist Cameron Chu. September 4, 10 AM-2PM, with two sets at 10:45  AM and 1 PM. Tickets are $49, available at Bearfoot Bistro or by calling 604.932.3433

Whistler Village morning from Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside
Photo by Sue Frause

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