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WDC: The capital of Whistler and the heart of rock ’n’ roll



Who: WDC

What: WSSF

Where: DKNY Jeans Outdoor Concert Series

When: Friday, April 11

There’s rock and then there’s "Roocckk!" and the rather large devoted Whistler fan base behind local four-piece icon, WDC, would categorize their music as the latter. If you’ve ever poured yourself into the bustling bar crowds at Moe Joe’s or the Crab Shack on any given Monday, Friday or Sunday night, you’ll know exactly what we mean.

WDC are high energy rock ’n’ roll in its truest form. Their gigs are just what the music doctor would order if he had to choose the show that goes best with beer. Their sets are loud, fun and full of good times for all involved, including the band who’ve been hard at it since 1998.

Okay, so there’s been a few lineup changes along the way (as is always the case on the long road of music mayhem) but co-singers and guitarists Pete Couillard and Chad Oliver have since formed a tight unit of fellow musicians and management committed to going all the way. Armed with new recruits – bassist Jason Bonnell and drummer Steve Ballstadt – the band has been hammering out hard and fast hits together for several seasons now and show no signs of slowing down.

The fact that you can still see WDC in an intimate setting around their home town actually masks how on-the-move these guys really are. They are three albums down and their latest single, Sunny Day, off the self-titled LP has been making the most requested lists on many West Coast city radio stations.

WDC were one of the final five bands who beat out 600 other hopefuls in 2002’s prestigious Seeds contest on Vancouver’s CFOX and they’ve been featured in a 13-part TV series called Whistler Stories , currently airing on the Life network Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Their third album was co-produced by Nickelback’s lead singer Chad Kroeger, with the first pressing selling out fast. But there’s no doubting WDC are Whistler boys. We talked with Pete Couillard on Citta’s patio one morning last week. There he was drinking coffee and waiting for someone to take his dog for a walk.

Pique : What keeps you based here in Whistler?

Pete : I have dogs and mud toys so I like being in Whistler. Eventually we might have to move somewhere where it’s easier to get things done but not right now. Management take on most of the responsibilities that lie outside the artistic, so they stay in the city for us. We just sit back, write songs, play gigs, meet people. Y’know, be rockstars and drink coffee on patios doing phone interviews… ha, ha!

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