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Who’s on stage for First Night?

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This year, Whistler’s New Year’s Eve celebrations will have a particularly strong West Coast flavour.

Watermark Communications Inc. has confirmed they have booked Spirit of the West as the headline act for Whistler’s First Night celebrations.

“We’ve had some decent Canadian talent on the stage, and since I took over First Night, I’ve been sort of obsessed with ensuring that we show the world the level of talent that we have in Canada and promote our artists,” said Sue Eckersley, president of Watermark.

They hope that the Vancouver-based folk group will have a universal appeal, pleasing everyone in the crowd — young people, families, and seniors.

“It’s an opportunity to incorporate a different demographic to First Night to make sure there is something there for those who are a little older and don’t have kids,” Eckersley said. “Although its great for kids, too. It appeals to everyone! Its good, Canadian folk rock.”

Check back with Pique next week for a full First Night lineup.

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