By Nicole Fitzgerald
What: Citizen of the Year Award
When: Friday, May 25
Where: Westin Resort and Spa
I should have known pianoman
Michael Sicoly's response even before I asked him what makes a good citizen.
"Somebody who can
sing," he says with enthusiasm from his Vancouver home.
Even though the entertainer
resides in Vancouver, the world is the jetsetter’s extended family, including
the Fairmont Chateau Whistler where he has spent the last 10 years sitting
behind the piano for weekend performances.
To describe the performer as
merely a pianoman is far too narrow. Tickling the ivories is only one small
component of his act which includes his charismatic charm, Sinatra vocals and
passion for cajoling even the stuffiest dance floors into a flury of activity.
The Whistler favourite will work
his magic once again at the Community Foundation of Whistler's Citizen of the
Year Award dinner and dance Friday, May 25 at the Westin Resort and Spa.
When Sicoly isn't visiting his
favourite B.C. ski town, the resort hopper is frequenting Fairmont hotels from
the Big Island of Hawaii to Banff, Alberta. Corporate shows fly the B.C. boy
overseas to European hideaways in Italy and France. Not a bad life.
"Traveling always keeps me
fresh," he said. "I love people and when you like people they can see
it. I always interject new tunes and ideas to keep a show fresh. Of course
seeing new faces always keeps things fresh too. That is why I couldn't be a
house musician at the same place all your life. It's not a healthy thing for
But at the end of the day,
Sicoly unplugs the mic, closes his grand piano and toasts his new friends for
the evening adieu. His cover repertoire of fan favourites, such as New York,
New York and La Bamba, is pushed out of mind, making room for original work.
Sicoly is currently working on a
new album. The working title is
"I am a big advocate of
original music," he said. "You are not a true artist unless you are
writing your own stuff."
This will be Sicoly's third
album, a follow up of his most recent recording,
"The CD is more of a
jazz-pop-swing type thing with classic flare — Nat King Cole flare — with lots
of romantic ballads," he said of
. "Creating your own music fulfills you. It makes
you feel worthy. Letting people know what you have to offer. Not just Fly Me to
the Moon for the 100th time. People like to hear some original songs."
Both originals and covers will
be on the music score for the Citizen of the Year Award dinner and dance. The
Spring Gala Dinner and Dance will honour Whistler’s citizen of 2007 as well as
other volunteers nominated by local organizations and businesses.
Executive chef Hans Stierli has
prepared a three-course dinner for the celebration starting at 6 p.m. with a
cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m., and awards and dancing at
Tickets are $95. For tickets,