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3rd Annual Whistler Music & Arts Festival presented by VISA®


3rd Annual Whistler Music & Arts Festival presented by VISA®

Tourism Whistler News Release
For immediate release July 21, 2006

3rd Annual Whistler Music & Arts Festival presented by VISA® Takes the Arts
to New Heights

August 10-13, 2006

Whistler, B.C. - The spectacular mountains of Whistler come alive this
August with art and music events for all ages. The Whistler Music & Arts
Festival, as presented by VISA® and Tourism Whistler, will run from August
10-13, 2006.

"This is our third annual Music & Arts Festival," says Michelle Payette,
Manager of Events for Tourism Whistler. "And each year it just keeps
getting better. People are starting to plan their trip to Whistler to take
advantage of the many wonderful Festival events, and there are some terrific
accommodation rates available at this time of year."

Room rates start at $89 per night, and free main stage performances feature
a mix of hot new acts and established Canadian performers.

Toronto-based Melissa McClelland, a gorgeously gritty lyricist and a vivid
painter of pop noire, will warm-up the stage on Thursday at 4 p.m., followed
by Shaun Verreault at 5 p.m. Verreault, the former lead singer of Wide
Mouth Mason, will captivate crowds with his guitar playing.

Also hitting the main stage are children's performers Fred Penner on Friday
at 4 p.m. and Norman Foote on Saturday at 4 p.m. Not to be missed is Jeremy
Fisher, the smart lyricist letting loose on the harmonica and guitar. On
Friday at 6 p.m., audiences will be treated to the experimental musical
collective and pioneers of Canadian live organic house music Velvet.
Everyone from skateboarders to grandparents will be toe-tapping to Shona Le
Motte, the fiery, fast-paced fiddler.

Winding up the mainstage festival programming is Toronto-born Matt Dusk, the
sophisticated and stylish hot new crooner, sure to play his smash hit Two
Shots on Saturday at 6 p.m. To change the pace from the sultry to pop/rock
will be the high-energy all-girl band Lillix from Madonna's record label
Maverick on Sunday at 4 p.m. The Paperboys will close off the festival with
their acoustic-based roots music on Sunday at 5 p.m.

"Whistler attracts people of all ages," says Payette, "so we have tried to
make sure that there is something for every musical taste from lounge to hip
hop. And for the kids, the street entertainers are a huge hit. They will
be strolling through the village every afternoon, starting at noon."

On Saturday evening, music lovers can admire the view from 6,000 ft while
enjoying a mouth-watering barbeque at the top of Whistler Mountain and
listening to live entertainment. And every evening after dark, music lovers
can explore the Lounge Series at some of Whistler's famous nightspots for a
diverse range of live music offerings.

In addition to wonderful musical offerings, the Festival celebrates all the
arts. This year, the Festival is delighted to work with the Whistler
Theatre Project. In its inaugural season, Whistler Theatre Project is
presenting an outdoor presentation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's
Dream on the banks of Fitzsimmons Creek. There will be evening performances
and weekend matinees from August 2 to September 3.

And on the big outdoor inflatable screen on the scenic shores of Lost Lake,
LUNAFliks, in cooperation with the Whistler Film Festival, presents :The
Life & Hard Times of Guy Terrifico" on Thursday at 9 p.m.

During the Festival, visitors will also have the opportunity to meet some of
the region's finest artists and watch them in action with daily live art
demonstrations in Mountain Square in Whistler Village. Every afternoon, art
aficionados can also participate in a free Artwalk and Gallery Tour. Tours
leave from Mountain Square at 2 p.m. and 4p.m. each day.

Visitors who would like to pick up a piece of local art or even some local
produce might want to visit one of Whistler's outdoor markets on the
weekend. On Saturday, the Franz's Trial Outdoor Market is at Creekside from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Whistler Farmers Market is on Sunday and takes place
at the base of Blackcomb Mountain from 11a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the Whistler Music & Arts Festival or to find out
about accommodation packages, please visit

Tickets for the Whistler Theatre Project production of A Midsummer Night's
Dream can be purchased at or call 1 877 991
9988 or drop by the Whistler Activity Centre.

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About Whistler

Whistler is a year-round leisure and meeting destination located 120
kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and is
site of the alpine, nordic, sliding and Paralympic venues for the 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Whistler has a range of accommodations
totalling 3,200 hotel rooms, and more than 5,000 other tourist accommodation
units including condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler offers a wide selection
of restaurants, bars, spas, boutiques, galleries and activities ranging from
world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking,
rock climbing, and watersports. Whistler Blackcomb mountains feature 3,036
hectares (8,171 acres) of terrain and receives an average of 9.14 metres (30
feet) of snow per year. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a
diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization
representing Whistler, operating the TELUS Whistler Conference Centre, the
Whistler Golf Club, in-resort Visitor Services centres, and, as well as 1-800-WHISTLER and - the
official call to action for Whistler. As the convention and visitors bureau
for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more
than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on
resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail


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Media contact:
Darlene Small - Manager, Travel Media Relations
Telephone: 604-938-2794
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