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10 Days & Nights, 40 Events, 50 Live Concerts

posted: 04/15/2003

Whistler, BC, April 9, 2003 -- For 10 solid days starting this Friday April 11, Whistler will become a party zone for families and hard-party goers alike as an estimated 200,000 people gather for the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival, April 11-20. After full days of snowsports competitions, live outdoor concerts during the day, and village-based parades, demonstrations and activities - it's time to roll out the carpet for night-time entertainment. It's going to be10 nights of band performances in various clubs and bars for après and after dark, and a multimedia event line-up surpassed by no other snowsports Festival in North America.

Kokanee Freeride: Kokanee Freeride Après rocks the Whistler patios with an après celebration like no other. You'll hear this party way before you see it so pull up a patio table and join in the fun. The live music continues to rock into the early morning hours with the Kokanee Freeride After Dark - 10 bands, 10 clubs, 10 nights. Get up close and interactive with an exciting line-up of musical talent.

Kokanee Freeride Après Schedule - 3.30-6.30pm
April 11 - Merlin's
April 12 - Dusty's
April 13 - Citta's
April 18 - Merlin's
April 19 - Dusty's
April 20 - Citta's

Kokanee Freeride After Dark Schedule - 10pm
April 11 - Kazzer @ Crabshack
April 12 - Abstract Rude @ Maxx Fish; Killa Kela @ Tommy Africa's
April 13 - Wide Mouth Mason @ Buffalo Bill's
April 14 - Not By Choice @ Dusty's
April 15 - Kia Kadiri @ Garibaldi Lift Co
April 16 - Sweatshop Union @ Garfinkel's
April 17 - Billy Talent/The Salads @ Merlin's
April 18 - WDC & Special Guests @ Moe Joe's
April 20 - DJ Science @ Savage Beagle; Vinyl @ The Boot

Hullabaloo, April 20, 9pm, Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC):
The Festival's infamous closing party will ensure you leave this year's Festival feeling well and truly exposed to the party spirit. Brought to you by AMP Productions, this year's party has the 60s style in mind. Dance into the set of the mod 60s TV show. "Hullabaloo" was famous for its fresh musical acts of the era and the infamous Hullabaloo-A-Go-Go dancers. Dress like a hip cat or risk certain fashion embarrassment for party peers. Tickets will be available at GLC before April 20 and on the night.

Raise the Ceiling, April 18, 8pm, Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC):
Hosted by the Whistler Photographic Society, the Raise the Ceiling charity auction and cocktail party will see photography that has been exhibited at the Exposure Gallery (April 12-18) auctioned off to the highest bidders. Tickets are $10, at the door. All proceeds go to the Zero Ceiling Society of Canada and the Whistler Photographic Society.

Pro Photographer Search, presented by Sony, April 14-15, 8pm, Delta Whistler Resort:
From 38 entries, the 6 finalists chosen by judges to present their work for the Pro Photographer Search are: Sterling Lorence, Vancouver, BC; Peter Moynes, Slocan, BC; Ryan Creary, Canmore, AB; Jonathan Selkowitz, Jackson, WY; Dave Humphreys, Squamish, BC; and Matt Power, Aspen, CO. Three photographers will present on each night of April 14 and 15, with the Best of Show being named on April 15. Each 12-minute presentation is choreographed to music, taking audiences on a vivid journey through the eyes of the photographer?s lens into the world of action sports. Tickets are $10 each, available from Ticketmaster and Salomon Store, Whistler Village and at the door.

Pro Photographer Showdown, presented by Sony, April 17, 9pm, Fairmont Chateau Whistler:
Three internationally renowned photographers have been invited to present a 12-minute slide show of the best work of their careers in front of a 1200+ crowd during this prestigious annual event. Each legendary in their own fields, the Showdown contenders are surf photographer Warren Bolster, Swedish-based outdoors photographer Mattias Fredriksson, andd skateboarding photographer Jon Humphries. A fourth "wildcard" seat at the Showdown is reserved for the winner of the Festival's Pro Photographer Search. Tickets are $25, available from Ticketmaster and Salomon Store, Whistler Village.

Panasonic Filmmaker Showdown, April 11-16:
Open to pros and amateurs, a total of 32 film crews have confirmed participation in the Filmmaker Showdown. Filmmakers will be required to attend a meeting in Whistler on Friday April 11 at 10am, following which, they'll be given 72 hours to shoot, edit and produce a film up to 4 minutes, 30 seconds in length. The Showdown, to be held April 16 and open to the public, will be staged in the majestic setting of the MacDonald Ballroom in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Tickets are $10 and available from Ticketmaster, Salomon Store and at the door on April 16.

For all information on the Festival and full schedules, visit the Festival's official website

The 8th TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival is a 10-day high-energy event fusing sports, music and action, April 11-20. Festival highlights include: Ripzone Snowboard Invitational; free DKNY//JEANS LIVE Outdoor Concert Series; Garnier Fructis World Skiing Invitational featuring Salomon Big Air and Superpipe; Pro Photographer Search and Showdown, presented by Sony; Panasonic Filmmaker Showdown; Exposure Seminar Series, RBC Olympic FanFair and RBC Rink on the Mountain; Super Demo Days; Kranked 5; Sawtooth Adrenaline Film Festival, Snow Film Fiesta; Whistler DogFest; Saab Salomon Crossmax Series; and the Kokanee Freeride.

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