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On days like Feb. 28, the final day of the Olympics, only one band - Blue Rodeo - is slated to perform because the gold medal hockey games and closing ceremonies will be taking place. But on other days, when there are up to three groups booked to perform, the sporting events aren't as high profile.
"We tried to really keep this fusion of sport, art and entertainment - they're all headliners, you know - but making sure we were thoughtful and clever in our programming approach."
But Village Square is just one of the sites where entertainment will take place each day. Whistler Live! also includes Town Plaza, Village Common, CTV Mountain Square, Skiers Plaza, Blackcomb Bridge and Whistler Medals Plaza. The medals plaza is an official VANOC venue and so you will need a ticket to get into it.
"All of Whistler Live! - the six and a half integrated sites - they start from 9 a.m. and go 'til 11 p.m.," Robinson explained. "There are 14 screens throughout the network. We've got our Village Common studio where we'll have our announcers bilingually interviewing artists and going to video and taking the CTV feed, and we're working closely with Much Music... The whole stroll will be active from 9 a.m. 'til 11 p.m."
After checking out sporting events on the big screens and taking in the après performance at Village Square, anyone who has managed to snag one of 5,000 free tickets each night to Whistler Medals Plaza can make their way to the other end of the village to catch the medals presentations. The gates at the medals plaza will open at 4:30 p.m. daily, with a DJ entertaining the crowd until ceremonies start at 7 p.m. A half-hour later, the headlining act of the night will take the stage to give a performance that will wrap up at 8:30 p.m.
Then, if you still haven't had your fill of fun, make your way back to Skiers Plaza where an amped up Fire & Ice show, dubbed Fire & Ice Remix, will wrap each and every night with a serious bang.
The Whistler Live! team wanted to showcase something that was uniquely Whistler, profiling skiers and riders and "Olympicizing" the existing weekly show, taking things up another notch by adding in DJs and electronic acts and extending the show to run from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. each evening, except during opening and closing ceremonies.
"I think that we're trying to take the best of the best of everything that Whistler offers and certainly Fire & Ice and our partners at Whistler Blackcomb just offered up an opportunity to be able to... finish the night after Whistler Medal's Plaza and the victory ceremonies, and put an exclamation mark on the evening!" Robinson said.