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Acoustic guitarist Will Ross wins Whistler Music Search

Five finalists vie for crown and year’s worth of studio services


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Acoustic guitarist and beat box wizard Will Ross is the winner of the fifth annual Whistler Music Search.

Ross was the final act out of five in a night for showcasing the resort’s emerging musicians at the Crystal Lounge.

“Amazing! Whistler, thank you so much!” a clearly delighted Ross told the audience as he was congratulated by music search host, Jon Shrier.

Shrier replied: “Your beard has never looked fluffier!”

Ross got the packed bar going with renditions of Eminem’s My Name Is and Fat Boy Slim’s Praise You, and won a year’s worth of services at WMN Studio in Function Junction.

Second place went to The McQuaids, performing cousins Oliver and Kurtis, who took home a guitar.

The other performers in the final, after three weeks of preliminary competition, were Jenna Mae, Neverland Nights and B-Syde.

In all 15 acts from the Sea to Sky region took part, with judges eliminating four each week. The winners from each night went on to the final, along with two wildcards.

For the full story of the night, pick up the next issue of Pique Newsmagazine or visit on Thursday, Oct. 30.