Hear and Now: New Bands, All-time Favs, and Local Vibes

Hear and Now: New Bands, All-time Favs, and Local Vibes

Make room on your Spotify playlists!

Discover your next favourite band at Hear and Now – Whistler’s local music festival. Back for its second year, Hear and Now celebrates Whistler’s thriving music scene  a chance to soak up free, live, local music. With two days packed with rising stars, local staples, and awesome Sea to Sky talent, come discover new music, local flavour, and local fun September 23 and 24 at Village Square in Whistler Village.

We all know there’s no shortage of talent in this town. This year’s roster includes a spotlight on our talented female musicians like brand new “all-girl” band Venus Envy, powerhouse performers Aude Ray, Small Town Runaway, Emily Molloy, and Old Soul Rebel, a dynamic duo from Squamish. We’re also shining a light on the next generation of Whistler musicians with Bad Habit, whose members just started grade 7. See below for the full lineup guaranteed to rock Village Square.

See well-known local favourites, discover new bands, and join in the party. Bring your friends for a full weekend of live music and fun activities in the square you won’t want to miss. In a few years you just might be able to say “I knew them when…”.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 12pm – 8:15pm

Ambassadors from the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre | 12pm

Enjoy a traditional welcome performance by Ambassadors from the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Learn about their traditions, art, and culture in this opening performance.


Venus Envy | 12:30pm

This combination of past band-mates, choral musicians, and solo artists bring stunning vocal harmonies and toe tapping beats to life with a little something for everyone. Contemporary pop, classic favourites, jazzed up originals, and the occasional rocker thrown in for good measure.


Brother Twang | 1:30pm

Meet Brother Twang. If you are expecting a country band to take the stage…it will be a long wait. Brother Twang is first, and foremost a rock band. Their high-power rock sound, have been building a buzz in Whistler’s music scene for years.



The McQuaid Band | 3:30pm

The McQuaid Band is a collaboration of local Whistler Artists, Marcus Ramsey, Radim Koppitz, and Kurt McQuaid. The three cover a wide range of classic and modern hits and have been known to get the party going with their high energy and tight harmonies.


Red Chair | 4:30pm

Red Chair has grown to be one of the most diverse and entertaining full rock bands in the region. Currently in the process of releasing their first studio album, Red Chair is always a local favourite with their selection of favourite bar tunes, high energy performances, and great musicianship.


The Golden Thread | 5:30pm

From hot jazz Americana to Cuban and World themes, The Golden Thread gives a Rat Pack vibe with a Latin edge.



Marble Canyon | 7:30pm

Marble Canyon is a Sunday morning summer day soundtrack when it’s still misty out and you watch the sun come up with a coffee. They deliver melodic Alt. Country/Folk Rock songs that have been compared to having the same classic feel as artists such as Blue Rodeo, Tom Petty, and Jackson Browne.


Sunday, September 24 | 12pm – 8:15pm

Bad Habit | 12pm

These aspiring musicians are grade seven students at Myrtle Philip Community School, who began playing on their own and then together at school last year. From there they moved onto garage jams, two school concerts and a live performance at Maury Young Arts Centre after completing Arts Whistler’s School of Rock program in May.



The Courageous Mountain Rangers | 12:30pm

The Courageous Mountain Rangers’ mix of music spans traditional fiddle tunes, bluegrass, and western swing. Forever pushing the envelope, they revamp songs that are not traditionally played acoustically bringing their own spin to music from The Beatles, Steve Earle, and Bruce Cockburn to name a few.


Emily Molloy | 1:30pm

Emily Molloy is a rock n’ roll/blues musician with a whole lot of soul. Her music fuses traditional folk/acoustic styles with soul, rock n’ roll and grunge to bring you a raw and powerful sound.



Some Assembly Required | 2:30pm

Some Assembly Required assembles as a two, three, four, or five-piece playing everything from ska, reggae and rock to gypsy jazz, blues, and R&B with a healthy mix of originals and covers.



The Spiritual Warriors | 3:30pm

The Spiritual Warriors are a First Nations act from the Lil’wat Nation. Their music is roots and world, mixed with reggae, rock, and country, inspired by the traditional drumming of the Lil’wat people.



Old Soul Rebel | 4:30pm

Old.Soul.Rebel is the musical musings of Chelsea D.E Johnson and Lola Whyte. Formed in August of 2015, they offer a raw blend of original soul and bad-ass rock n’ roll.



Small Town Runaway | 5:30pm

Small Town Runaway is the music of local singer-songwriter Christine Sherrington. A lover of songs that tell a story, she has been described as both smoky and soulful, bringing a down-home twist to original songs and country hits.


FOMO | 6:30pm

A band of “Gratefully Deadicated” musicians playing the music they love for the people they love. Live performances explore all the possibilities of the Grateful Dead’s substantial repertoire including the amazing bands that the Dead shared through their covers.


Blame the Weekend | 7:30pm

Featuring 2 guitarists, bass, drums, keys, and 4 vocalists; Blame the Weekend kicks out the jams with a focus on killer tunes that get booties shakin’! Pumping out high quality rock, classic rock, alternative, pop, and country hits, this quintet has been packing dance floors in Whistler since 2014.



Jenna Mae and Lozen with The Groove Section

Aude Ray

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