Each spring there’s a shift in the Whistler universe that culminates into an epic stretch of days, climaxing into one heck of a grand finale…
It’s the send-off party of the season, a goodbye to winter and a celebration of everything that mountain culture embodies – a melting pot of mountain sports, art and music, known as the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF).
Over a decade in and still going strong, the best cultural and art events are back, and if you don’t have your tickets yet, grab them quick as they sell out FAST. The festival will land in Whistler on April 10-14, 2019. New this year, each event has its own dedicated producer with experience and passion in that particular field, bringing these old favourites new life and energy.
Michael Franti – Stay Human Film Screening
April 9, 2019
At this uplifting & intimate evening, you will be up-close with director Michael Franti who will be introducing and screening his new film, Stay Human, followed by a Q&A session about the film. The night will close with an acoustic set featuring Michael Franti & friends.
For a pick-me-up during these ever-changing times, join us for this event that’s sure to inspire!
April 10-14, 2019
Right from the get go you’ll have the chance to check out the spectacular artwork featured at the Swatch ART+Soul gallery, located in the Conference Centre. Open daily from 12-6pm and spearheaded by Whistler great Ace Mackay-Smith, Swatch ART+Soul is a curated collection of the best art the Sea to Sky has to offer.
Swatch 72hr Filmmaker Showdown
April 12, 2019
Filmmakers will vie for bragging rights and a cool $7,000 in cash and prizes at the Swatch 72hr Filmmaker Showdown. It takes guts to film, shoot and edit a short film in 72hrs…. guts, creativity, stamina and coffee… lots of coffee. Always hugely entertaining, we’re excited to see what these creatives bring to the big screen to shock, delight and entertain the packed house.
Pro Photographer Showdown
April 11, 2019
Get ready to be awed as the photographers from the nail-biting Pro Photographer Showdown take to the stage. Always a stiff competition, we’ll see four famed shooters go head to head with their impressive shows that feature their top imagery from a lifetime of travel, adventure, sport and an appreciation of the beauty of the natural world.
CLIF Intersection in association with Protect Our Winters Canada
April 13, 2019
Clif Intersection is a beautiful combination of art and skiing and snowboarding. Mixing the sports that this town loves with the medium of filmmaking, each team will be pushed to the limits as they shoot, edit and deliver a 5 to 7-minute ski or snowboard film – weather notwithstanding. This year WSSF has teamed up with Protect Our Winters, in an effort to battle climate change.
April 10, 2019
If none of these were quite enough to stoke your spirit, check out Multiplicity presented by Mountain Life, for a chance to hear some of the most exciting inspirational speakers engage you with their escapades and command the attention of the whole room with a variety of intimate talks.
Outdoor Concert Series
April 10-14, 2019
We saved the best for last, because the number one question on everyone’s mind each spring is, “Who’s playing WSSF?”. From April 10th to the 14th, music will fill the air as artists take to the main stage for the Outdoor Concert Series.
This isn’t any old après, get ready to dance in your ski boots to an exciting array of acclaimed artists, right in the heart of Whistler Village. Opening the stage are Canadian First Nations hip hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids, followed by long-time Whistler favourite Michael Franti & Spearhead. Local stars on the rise Old Soul Rebel and Vancouver trio Little Destroyer share their lively styles that will get the crowd moving and DJs Mat the Alien and Skratch Bastid will surely rev the party up. It all culminates with 20-piece marching band extravaganza March Fourth bringing down the house.
And if concert-going in the fresh air is not your thing, WSSF After Dark has got you covered, offering a selection of venues around Whistler to enjoy live music, DJs, and of course, some of the wildest times this little mountain town will see.
Plus! Head over to our Facebook page before April 6 for your chance to win two tickets Multiplicity on April 10!
Written by Kristy Aleksich.