Mountain top BBQ Jazz series Sept 2-4 in Whistler

Mountain top BBQ jazz series, brunch with headliner Lorne Lofsky and family festivities added to three-day program

With over 30 concert performances over three days, Canada’s newest jazz festival, Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler, has announced a series of exciting new events scheduled to take place during the inaugural festival, September 2 to 4, 2011. With less than a month to go until the opening ceremony, the announcement of these new events brings even greater depth to an already highly-energetic program in its first year.

“It’s exciting to see new venues and sponsors jump on board as the Festival gets ever-closer,” says Arnold Schwisberg, founder and producer of Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler. “We have been thrilled with the level of enthusiasm and support received from our sponsors, resort partners and Whistler businesses in anticipation of this inaugural year. We are creating a new end-of-summer anchor for Whistler’s vibrant event calendar, and everyone wants to be part of it. It’s incredibly exciting!”

With free and ticketed concerts at indoor and outdoor venues throughout Whistler, the Festival features an explosive lineup of talent in its first year. 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, plus a host of other talented artists. Other highlights include the newly opened Whistler Olympic Plaza as the main ticketed venue, a Master Class Series offering 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, an interactive, family-friendly Street Festival, and more.

New events just announced include:

Mountain top BBQ Jazz Series on Whistler Mountain

The Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain will host a unique mountain top BBQ experience featuring jazz artists Ali Milner (Sept 2), Chris Smith (Sept 3), and The Night Crawlers (Sept 4), from 5pm to 8pm each evening. Guests will ride up the Whistler Village Gondola to enjoy mouth-watering BBQ at 6,000 feet, looking out over 360 degree views of endless mountain peaks. Tickets are available at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations or online at www.whistlerblackcomb.com.

Bearfoot Bistro Brunch With Lorne Lofsky

Whistler’s renowned Bearfoot Bistro invites guests of the inaugural Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler to a special brunch featuring an intimate performance by celebrated jazz guitarist and festival headliner, Lorne Lofsky, accompanied by Bearfoot Bistro’s resident pianist Cameron Chu. Taking place Sunday, September 4 from 10am to 2pm, Lofsky will play two sets at 10:45 am and 1 pm. Tickets, $49, are available by calling 604-932-3433 or by visiting www.bearfootbistro.com.

Whistler presents the Family Zone, sponsored by The Whistler Question

Open noon to 6pm daily in Whistler Olympic Plaza, and featuring fun for all ages, the Family Zone will entertain kids with carnival games, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, balloon twisting and more.

Accommodation in Whistler is available from $109 per night for a hotel room, and three day concert passes are available for $160 per person (or $65 for a single day ticket). Packages, including three nights accommodation and a three-day concert pass to Whistler Olympic Plaza are available from $293 (some restrictions apply).

For further information about the Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler concert schedule, artist biographies, and to purchase hotel rooms or concert ticket packages, please visit www.whistlerjazzfest.com.


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