Whistler Olympic Plaza Grand Opening

Comments 62 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Many know it as a frosty, snowy, wintertime getaway but Whistler is one happening place in the summertime as it comes alive with mountainbikers, shoppers, hikers, and adventure-seekers. This summer they’ve hosted the Whistler Presents Concert series featuring free shows by some of North America’s top bands and artists.

K'NAAN performing at Celebration Plaza
Photo credit: Mike Crane, Tourism Whistler on Flickr

On Saturday, August 27th, they’ll be continuing the entertainment and excitement with the official grand opening of the Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Where: Whistler Olympic Plaza
When: Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 7:00pm
Featuring: A free public concert with Sam Roberts Band and Kathleen Edwards. Hosted by Juno winner Jully Black.

The plaza accommodates 5,000 spectators and is now a permanent venue for recreation and the arts. It features a lawn, accessible playground, performance space, and public art that pays tribute to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Concert image photo credit: Mike Crane, Tourism Whistler

If you would like to attend this grand opening celebration I have a prize package available that includes a 1-night stay at the Aava Whistler Hotel and a VIP meet-and-greet with Sam Roberts, Kathleen Edwards, and host Jully Black before the evening concert begins.

Here’s how you can enter to win the prize package for this weekend:

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  • I entered to win a VIP Whistler Olympic Plaza Grand Opening prize pack from @GoWhistler @AavaWhistler & @Miss604 http://bit.ly/VIPWhistler604

    Since the prize is for this weekend, and the night at Aava Whistler is for Saturday, I will draw one winner at 12:00pm tomorrow, Friday, August 25, 2011. It’s a quick contest turnaround but definitely worth entering if you’re a fan of live music, any of the artists, or sunshine and good times in Whistler.

    Follow Tourism Whistler on Facebook & Twitter, and find the Aava Whistler Hotel on Facebook & Twitter as well. The free concert series continues through to September when Whistler will also host Jazz on the Mountain.

    Update The winner is @aran_seaman!

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    1. SteveThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 1:10pm PDT

      Im a HUGE Sam Roberts fan..would love to see them again!

    2. WallaceThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 1:17pm PDT

      definitely interested in this prize package!

    3. Lois PattersonThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 1:19pm PDT

      Dying to get to Whistler this year, and I’d love to hear this concert.

    4. SelenaThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 1:23pm PDT

      Mr Sammy Roberts in concert, whistler, what could be better!

    5. MarkThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 1:25pm PDT

      would love to hit Whistler this weekend!

    6. Rebecca ColemanThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 1:28pm PDT

      Jian Ghomeshi is my hero! Plus, I was just pricing hotels in Whistler this morning, thinking about a getaway, but they were too expensive. 🙁
      Hope I win! Thx, R! You have all the best contests!

    7. SUSAN WEISSThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 1:31pm PDT

      WOW! This will be fantastic! I’d love to hear this concert!

    8. marisaThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 1:57pm PDT

      This is an amazing prize! How do you do it?

    9. Ruth HartnupThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 2:08pm PDT

      Just to let you know, Jian Ghomeshi has had to cancel in order to attend the funeral of Jack Layton. He’s written a lovely apology (see @jianghomeshi on Twitter). Please don’t enter me for the prize, I can’t make it :-/

    10. Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604 Rebecca BollwittThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 2:17pm PDT

      Thank Ruth. The new host is Jully Black.

    11. Jason KawaguchiThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 2:46pm PDT

      Gonna be sunny and hot this weekend. Barenaked Ladies were great last week. Set it off!

    12. janetThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 3:01pm PDT

      Pick me!! Loving the Whistler Concert Series!

    13. ParkerThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 3:12pm PDT

      oh wow, Sam Roberts and Whistler?! What a great weekend!!

    14. RocheleThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 3:27pm PDT

      Yes! This would be amazing!

    15. KendraThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 3:28pm PDT

      This sounds like an amazing prize; a perfect weekend getaway.

    16. SMankyThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 3:32pm PDT

      Would love to head to Whistler for the beautiful weekend ahead!

    17. RobThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 3:32pm PDT

      Jian or no Jian this sounds amazing, would love to go .

    18. Jon SukThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 3:34pm PDT

      Sounds like it’s going to be a fantastic evening at Whistler this weekend!

    19. MaryThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 3:34pm PDT

      would love to win this great getaway

    20. JennThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 3:38pm PDT

      Nothing beats Whistler in the summer. Well, maybe Whistler in the winter, it being a mountain town and all…I’d love to dance my pants off up there and rest up at the lovely Aava

    21. DaphneThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 3:41pm PDT

      What an amazing prize-would love to win this!

    22. Sarah NThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 3:50pm PDT

      Perfect venue, perfect entertainment, perfect night! I’ll take it!

    23. Grant BowenThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 3:51pm PDT

      Yo, I wanna go!

    24. DarrenThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 3:56pm PDT

      Put me down as “Interested”!

    25. MelissaThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 4:01pm PDT

      Sounds like a great kick off to an awesome new venue! Never enough opportunities to see live music!

    26. NatalieThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 4:07pm PDT

      I would love to see sam roberts at such a wonderful venue !!

    27. soniaThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 4:11pm PDT


    28. Michelle W.Thursday, August 25th, 2011 — 4:36pm PDT

      What a great show! Can’t wait!

    29. SanazThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 4:37pm PDT

      Would love to win the prize pack

    30. Karen RobertsonThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 4:39pm PDT

      This would make a great birthday present for my husband! His birthday is Aug 27th, please let me win so I can surprise him!

    31. FrankThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 4:40pm PDT

      Sam Roberts!

    32. TracyThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 4:50pm PDT

      that’s a pretty awesome prize..would love to go!

    33. Toby SullivanThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 5:00pm PDT

      Oh man, this looks awesome. I’m already camping near Squamish for the weekend so, maybe sneak up to Whistler for the evening to check out the concert? Sounds good! Win a stay in a hotel? Perfect!

    34. AmyThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 5:28pm PDT

      It’s shaping up to be beautiful weekend for a concert.

    35. LindsayThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 5:32pm PDT

      I love me some Sammy Bobby!

    36. auThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 5:46pm PDT

      music is the language of the soul. .reduces stress, too.

    37. RebeccaThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 6:03pm PDT

      I would love to head back to Whistler for this!

    38. VanessaThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 8:20pm PDT

      Sweet prize!

    39. KatieThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 8:37pm PDT

      This would be amazing!!

    40. Trevor the WolfmanThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 10:35pm PDT

      Sounds amazing!

    41. TeresaThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 10:50pm PDT

      Will go to the concert either way!

    42. BrianThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 10:56pm PDT

      yeah Sam Roberts!

    43. BrendaThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 11:07pm PDT

      Great getaway for the weekend!

    44. Juanita sherlockThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 11:18pm PDT

      Meoooooow! Ain’ no place in the world like whistler-nompassport required!!!

    45. Albert CThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 11:42pm PDT

      Whistler is wonderful in the summer!

    46. AranThursday, August 25th, 2011 — 11:54pm PDT

      I’m a HUGE Sam Roberts Fan! Last time I saw him was during the Olympics – AMAZING show!!! Would be ecstatic to see him again 😀

    47. SabrinaFriday, August 26th, 2011 — 12:24am PDT

      I wanna take my foreign cousin to see Sam! He’s never heard/seen our Canadian boy…what a way to top off the summer.

    48. NicoleFriday, August 26th, 2011 — 6:52am PDT

      Going on the Peak 2 Peak today and Sam Roberts tomorrow, great weekend!

    49. JulieFriday, August 26th, 2011 — 8:00am PDT

      I love Whistler and Sam Roberts. Pick me please! 😉

    50. SharonFriday, August 26th, 2011 — 8:15am PDT

      This would be awesome!

    51. ErinFriday, August 26th, 2011 — 9:03am PDT

      This would be awesome!

    52. BreeFriday, August 26th, 2011 — 9:07am PDT

      I would love to win this great prize!

    53. wono99Friday, August 26th, 2011 — 9:18am PDT

      yes please, I need a weekend in Whistler!

    54. AmberFriday, August 26th, 2011 — 9:31am PDT

      I’ve been a huge Sam Roberts Band fan since the first album, living in The Netherlands makes it difficult to see them live. I planned my holiday to Vancouver for August. The day I arrived I heard Sam Roberts Band were playing in Whistler. This was just a dream come true! I will be there tomorrow, meeting them would make it even more perfect.

    55. MelodyFriday, August 26th, 2011 — 10:15am PDT

      Whistler & Sam Roberts!
      What a perfect combination. Wow.

    56. SandraFriday, August 26th, 2011 — 10:24am PDT

      This would be an awesome way to end the summer!

    57. AvaFriday, August 26th, 2011 — 10:43am PDT

      Great way to end summer by heading up to Whistler. Ava staying at the Aava Whistler Hotel?? Even better!!

    58. SharonFriday, August 26th, 2011 — 11:17am PDT

      I was a volunteer at the Olympic medals plaza and would love to see the opening of the new park! Such great memories, what a wonderful experience it was.

    59. IainFriday, August 26th, 2011 — 12:17pm PDT

      Was just up there. The plaza looks great!

    60. JuliaFriday, August 26th, 2011 — 12:56pm PDT

      LOVE Sam Roberts Band & absolutely LOVE Whistler – great prize package!!

    61. AndrewSaturday, August 27th, 2011 — 9:41am PDT

      I love Whistler in the summer. Please send me on this fantastic get away!

    62. vaNESSAWednesday, August 31st, 2011 — 11:39pm PDT

      I have never been to whistler and want to go so bad

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