FAITH HILL BRINGS HER MAGIC TO THE MOUNTAINS OF WHISTLER

Country/pop diva Faith Hill chose Whistler for her return to the stage this past Saturday, August 7 where she dazzled fans with her remarkable vocals and stage presence in the picturesque alpine setting. After four years away from the concert circuit, Hill made her debut back to the stage in Whistler prior to her four-show appearance in Las Vegas this week. Canadian fiddling legend Natalie MacMaster and band wowed the crowd as the opening act for Hill.

“I’ll be back!” said Hill to the crowd of appreciative fans during her nearly two-hour performance, which included two encores. Fans from as far away as Buffalo, New York came to take in Hill’s incredible vocals on tunes such as the Grammy-winning Breath and This Kiss, along with covers including Janis Joplin’s Piece of My Heart. Concert-goers rode the gondola or chairlift to the venue at Blackcomb Mountain Base 2, where the show was set outdoors against the Rainbow Mountain backdrop under clear skies.

“We were extremely happy with the concert,” said Dennis McDonald of Shout Resort Concerts. “This was very much a landmark concert for us and we will definitely be looking to bring more shows to Whistler.”

The full evening of entertainment began at 5:30 including beer gardens and barbecues. Performances by Vancouver singer Rae Armour, followed by Melanie Dekker, also from Vancouver, warmed up the crowd for the main event. Cape Breton’s Natalie MacMaster opened for Hill with a sizzling, high energy act. Whistler legend, Guitar Doug, “the daddio of the patio,” and Resort TV Network’s Kristen Robinson of Whistler were the emcees for the show.

“This is the largest ticketed event that has ever taken place on Whistler Blackcomb,” said Doug Forseth, Senior Vice President of Operations for Whistler Blackcomb. “The entire show went extremely smoothly, we look forward to adding more events like this to our annual event calendar, which has historically been sports focused.”

“The concert was a big draw to Whistler this weekend,” said Barrett Fisher, President of Tourism Whistler. “It was one of the busiest weekends of the summer, and much of that was attributable to the concert. In addition to the great attendance, the concert generated significant general interest and awareness for Whistler.”

The Faith Hill Live in Whistler concert was produced by Shout Resort Concerts, in partnership with Whistler Blackcomb and Tourism Whistler, with support of the Resort Municipality of Whistler.

Whistler is a year-round leisure and meeting destination located 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and site for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Whistler has a range of accommodations including more than 5,400 rooms, and a wide selection of restaurants, bars, spas, boutiques and galleries. Activities range from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

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