The official grand opening of the Whistler Olympic Plaza this past weekend was an exceptional event, capping off a month of great entertainment. On behalf of Whistler Blackcomb I would like to say thank you to the Resort Municipality of Whistler for their hard work and dedication coordinating the concert series this past month. A huge thank you also goes to the Province of British Columbia and Government of Canada for the funding to build Whistler Olympic Plaza, and additional funding for the concert series.
Visitors from far and wide, along with Whistler locals, have enjoyed Whistler's Olympic Plaza all month long and at each event the atmosphere has been magnetic. Each person present, whether they had been in Whistler for the Games or not, were experiencing a piece of the energy and excitement that radiated through Whistler in February and March 2010 all because of this incredible new amphitheatre and green space. And it's ours Whistler. Talk about an Olympic Legacy!
An incredible asset to this community, British Columbia and Canada, here's to many more celebrations and events in Whistler Olympic Plaza; a place that will continue to bring the community and guests from around the world together, keeping the memory and spirit of the Games alive. With a glowing heart...
President and COO
Whistler's Olympic Celebration Plaza in a word... awesome!
Finally an overbuilt legacy that nobody is complaining about and is not destined to become a white elephant. Even we over-taxed locals can temporarily forget our woes.
The closing of the Boot left us with a void and a grieving audience. Now we've got our mojo back with a stage the size of the old club. The clear-cut trees are long forgotten and the Olympic hangover is but a fading memory. It's time to fill our hotels and restaurants and party again!
There is a drawback, however, that few recognize; these free concerts along with all the TWSSF, Crankworx and many other heavily sponsored events have created a spoiled, complacent and jaded breed of local concertgoer. In the real world, which of course Whistler is far from, such high-calibre concerts can be expensive. Tickets, hotels, travel, childcare, food and party favours can easily set you back $500 for big shows in the city.
Being an event promoter myself, I echo the sentiments of organizers and club managers stated in last weeks Pique , titled "Live concerts in trouble: Less interest in ticketed events hurting promoters." I also have seen a steady decline in people willing to actually pay for live music. To me, $20 to $30 to see a talented band seems like good entertainment value. One can easily blow that on a lunch, bar tab, night at the movies or lottery tickets. These are professionals who often dedicate their lives to their art. Tons of equipment, large crews and huge travel costs create lots of overhead, yet the younger crowd would rather hire a DJ. With the advent of virtually free internet music, playing live is one of the only ways artists can generate revenue. This requires our support or up-and-coming bands will cease to show up.