Michael Franti Headlines Festival with Film Screening, Q&A, Intimate Acoustic Performance and Free Outdoor Show
WHISTLER, B.C. March 22, 2019 – The eagerly awaited 2019 music lineup for the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) has been announced. While here, headliner Michael Franti will be performing two incredible shows. Crowds can see his free show in Skiers Plaza on Wednesday, April 10, or at an intimate pre-festival screening of his new critically acclaimed film Stay Human, which will include a Q&A with Michael Franti followed by an acoustic performance in the Whistler Conference Centre on Tuesday, April 9. Additional performers in the free outdoor concert series schedule include Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Old Soul Rebel, Little Destroyer, Skratch Bastid, Mat The Alien and MarchFourth.
Outdoor Concert Series Schedule:
April 10, 4 p.m. – Michael Franti & Spearhead
April 11, 3 p.m. – Old Soul Rebel
April 11, 4 p.m. – Little Destroyer
April 12, 3 p.m. – Skratch Bastid
April 13, 3 p.m. – Mat The Alien
April 14, 3 p.m. – MarchFourth
Festival – Eve Features Intimate Evening with Michael Franti
Musician, humanitarian, filmmaker and activist, Michael Franti will be hosting a special pre-festival intimate event in the Whistler Conference Centre. Ticket holders will be treated to a screening of his latest film project – Stay Human. After the screening, Franti will host a Q&A session with the crowd followed by an intimate acoustic set.
“My new film Stay Human takes us on a journey through music and stories of some of the most inspiring individuals on the planet. Amazing people that I’ve met on my travels around the globe, who have chosen to overcome cynicism with optimism, hope, tenacity, music, and love – and remind us all what it means to STAY HUMAN” says Franti.
“The film every human needs to see right now” -Woody Harrelson
“(a film) that will leave audiences inspired” -Arizona Daily Star
“A visual love-letter to hope and optimism” -San Diego Union Tribune
“Stay Human is very powerful, moving and uplifting” -Maui News
Slope Side Stage
Revellers can go from ski boots to dancing shoes in mere seconds with WSSF’s slope side stage in Whistler’s Skiers Plaza. The shows start at 3 p.m., prime après time. WSSF’s free outdoor concert series is the perfect kick off to après after a day on the sunny slopes of Whistler Blackcomb.
Celebrating Up And Coming Canadian Artists
WSSF is committed to supporting home grown Canadian talent. The 2019 WSSF outdoor concert stage features Canadian artists on the rise that are sure to be crowd favourites.
Haisla rappers the Snotty Nose Rez Kids originally from Kitamaat Village, currently call Vancouver home. Blending trap beats with thought provoking lyrics that challenge Indigenous stereotypes, their energy filled performances have been making crowds bounce all across Canada, US and Australia. Their album The Average Savage landed them a nomination for Best Hip Hop Album at the Indigenous Music Awards, a win for Best Hip Hop Artists at the Western Canadian Music Awards and a Juno nomination for the Best Indigenous Music Album of the Year.
Old Soul Rebel a female rock and soul duo from East Vancouver, brings a creative twist to their music through inspiration from their respective First Nations and African American upbringings. Named one of the “11 Best New Bands” by CBC Radio Canada these recent competitors from CTV’s The Launch are sure to put on an amazing show when they take to the stage April 11 at 3p.m.
Also from Vancouver Little Destroyer, will be taking to the stage April 11 at 4 p.m. to play heavy electronic dissonant grunge pop anthems. This energetic three-piece will either leave you thrashing, dancing or simply standing in awe.
The Soundtrack To Big Air
Following sets from DJ and Juno nominated record producer Skratch Bastid on April 12 at 3 p.m., and official Monster Energy DJ Mat The Alien on March 13 at 3 p.m., competitors of the Sp’akwus and Halaw Invitational Big Air events will be jumping the jams of Canada’s King of the 45’s, Vinyl Ritchie.
Sun Soaked Sunday Set
To send the festival off on the right note MarchFourth will be playing the final show on the mainstage show on April 14. The 20-person marching band extravaganza is more like going to see the circus than a concert. The show starts on the stage in Skiers Plaza at 3 p.m., but where they will end up is anyone’s guess.
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About the World Ski & Snowboard Festival
The World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) is North America’s largest festival of snow sports, music, arts and mountain culture, April 10-14, 2019. Get fired up for progression, speed and excitement as the Ski and Snowboard Big Air competitions, the steepest ski race in the world, and finals of the Monster Energy Boarderstyle World Championships, launch from Whistler. Soak in the best of mountain culture at art, film, photography, and speaker events. Get loud alongside musicians and DJs at the WSSF Outdoor Concert Series. Then keep the party going through elevated après sessions at Whistler’s renowned restaurants and bars.
This is the après of your season.
Soak it in. Go all out. Make it count.
Julia Montague | Communications Manager, World Ski & Snowboard Festival