Will the band that many describe as the greatest in American rock and roll history will be rolling into Whistler this spring?
Nicole Windsor has launched a campaign to bring Aerosmith to perform in Whistler this year as part of the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival. And with no connections to the music or event planning industry, Windsor's campaign is motivated purely by her love for the band.
Originally from Ottawa, Windsor moved to Whistler almost seven years ago and today, works for the finance department of Whistler Blackcomb. She just missed out on a chance to see Aerosmith perform live in Ottawa when the band cancelled its 2009 North American tour.
"I suppose it would be a lie if I said it didn't have anything to do with the fact that (Stephen Tyler) cancelled the tour that they recently had, because I did have a ticket," Windsor said with a laugh.
"...I had big plans - I was going backstage. I was having a custom outfit made and the whole meal deal."
Never a quitter, however, Windsor decided to write front man Tyler a letter, pitching Whistler as the site of a future concert, preferably at this year's Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival.
"Whistler's big, and we know that, but I don't know if the whole world really knows that, so I can see that this could be a really great thing for their band."
Now, she's making it her mission to bring the band to Whistler.
"The letter starts, 'From one addict to another' and some people think that's kind of rude, but it's the truth - I've got an addictive personality and I obsess over things, and so the latest obsession is 'let's bring Aerosmith to town!'"
So, Windsor wrote a letter and sent it to one of Tyler's home addresses, which she dug up through a bit of online sleuthing, plus management and the band's agency. She then started a website and launched a Facebook group to further her cause.
"I am a huge fan of Whistler and everything about Whistler, and this would just be incredible."
"We have trouble with our concerts here," she added.
And while this may be "shooting for the moon" so to speak, Windsor sees no reason to stop aiming high.
So far, the reaction from the community has been largely positive.
"Most people are not as diehard Aerosmith fans as I am, and they just think, 'okay, whatever, 62-year-old guys," she pointed out.
Now, she's trying to gather support and find people who have connections with both Whistler and Aerosmith to make her dream a reality. So far, she thinks her odds are over 50 per cent.
"If we're all thinking this, and we' re all believing, then well, who knows?"
For more information on her campaign, check out www.aerosmithinwhistler.com .
A forum for the finest guitarists
MY Millennium Place will echo with six-stringed rhythms this weekend, as four of the world's most innovative acoustic guitarists gather to put on a special concert for Whistler music-lovers.
International Guitar Night, North America's premier touring guitar festival, is returning to town on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. Founded by Brian Gore in 1995, this annual event showcases a new cast of musicians each year, joining him in an evening of solos, duets and quartets.
This time around, Germany's Lulo Reinhardt, Israel's Itamar Erez, and harp guitarist Stephen Bennett will join Gore. Tickets are $22 for adults, $19 for students and seniors, and $16 for Whistler Arts Council members.
With the New Year just around the corner, a Whistler resident and familiar face in the hospitality industry, Shannen Carlson, is finally ready to release Whistler Exposed, a new calendar which features beautiful local ladies surrounded by our beautiful scenery. The calendar will be released at a stellar launch party at Tommy Africa's on Thursday, Nov. 12. All 14 of the models will be on-hand to sell autographed copies of the calendar, while body painted models hand out hors d'oeuvre, and DJ Tim Livingstone provides some house infused retro beats for the evening. A percentage of sales from the calendar will be donated to The Canadian Spinal Cord Research Organization.
Photo by Rich Glass, richglass.ca.