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Spotlight on local music: Jon Shrier


Name: Jon Shrier


Hometown: Montreal


When did you first get to Whistler, and what brought you here?

I first came to Whistler 10 years ago to try out the mountain, then slowly I found myself showing up at the open mic nights to play music. I say the combo of mountains and music are my strong reasons for being here.


How were you introduced to music?

My mother always played music around the house while I was growing up. I really enjoyed listening to guys like Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, and Buddy Holly.


How do you describe your sound?

At the moment I’m warming up to alternative soul country rock pop, with a touch of folk.


When you aren’t on stage, where can people find you just hanging out?

I am definitely a homebody. I spend a lot of time at home writing and practicing. When I step out its usually at the coffee shop or to get together with a fellow artist(s) to jam.


This year alone, the Jon Shrier Band captured the Battle of the Bands title, and you’ve walked away with the title of King of Song — it sounds like you’ve been busy! What is your long-term goal for your music?

To simply be heard. I would like to complete my six-song demo CD and promote the band as best I can.


So, you’re working as an independent solo artist and performing with the band, still — how do you find this is balanced?

There are not a lot of venues to perform original material. However, many opportunities have come my way to play cover songs as a solo artist. This allows the band to focus on the original material… plus, they hate it!


You also had a chance to perform at Pemberton Festival. What was it like to play such a huge event?

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