Whistler is known internationally for major events, and for the last 20 years WinterPRIDE has successfully become the celebration of the LGBTQ community. This year top performing artists from around the globe team up with local talent to bring the very best to Whistler’s entertainment scene. Thanks to gaywhistler.com, we have provided you with a list of some of the best indoor and outdoor adventures this alpine resort town has to offer.
January 25: The kickoff party of the century, “Glitter” comes to Vancouver’s Club FIVESIXTY. This downtown club showcases international Mixologist DJ Paulo who is known for Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance and headlined for Ibiza. He’s voted as 2011’s DJ/producer/mixer of the year by Just Circuit. Added to the mix is local phenomenon DJ Quest throwing his spin on the turntable scratching some mad sounds bringing the seven day festivities to a start. Doors Open at 10pm.
January 26: If it’s your first time visiting WinterPRIDE head over to Garfinkel’s Whistler. Between 9:00pm and 1:00am the WinterPRIDE team will be there to answer any questions and give some tips for new pride adventure seekers as well as share their wild stories from WinterPRIDE’s past project planning steps.
January 27: You can’t travel all the way to the most beautiful mountain ranges in North America without the chance to go play on them. At 10:00 am join WinterPRIDE’s professional Ski Guides as they take you into our breathtaking backcountry to explore some of the best groomed runs. If this is your first time visiting our Alpine heaven then you have to take advantage of this outing.
January 27: After your alpine adventure at 3:00pm, head over to Buffalo Bills for Après Ski with DJ Gritty Bumps. This afternoon party will rev your appetite while preparing your pallet for a whole lot of food, music and dance.
January 27: End the night at Maxx Fish and experience “Mix and Mingle” at 9:00pm. This fun venue will delight you with drinks, games and a whole lot of fun. DJ Joni T has been slinging some of the best beats up on the mountain and definitely delivers the best atmosphere.
January 28: Garibaldi Lift Co brings you DJ Kori. K. This well-travelled DJ has brought the party to 5 different continents and 14 countries. This home town boy, known for his Smirnoff House Party at the GLC, knows how to bring the house down.
January 28: Buffalo Bill’s is rounding up all the wranglers for the Cowboy and Cowgirls Party. This wild night presents the Timberline Dance Troupe and bronco busting DJ Billy The Kid. Get ready to ride your steed into the party with the Mr. Gay Canada delegates. MGC delegates are known to travel internationally with their outreach and education but tonight they are here to make the west one.
January 29: It’s been a wild four days and it’s time to revitalize the system with the SuperFly Zipline. The Adventure Group Whistler will zip you through winter wonderland over the longest zip line of over 1500 feet in length at 400 feet in height. Don’t worry you don’t have to ride this alone TAG is one of the very few zip-lines that let you and your partner ride side by side.
January 30: Join TAG Whistler once again with their Trailblazer Fresh Tracks Tour. Wake up to fast paced fearless adventure where experienced guides will take you to places in wild whistler that not many get to see. Once up the mountain TAG treats you to a pleasant break by treating everyone to a warm beverage and snack in their backcountry yurts. This ride books fast; speed over and make your reservations today.
January 30: It’s the 6th annual Mr. Gay Canada Finale and Fashion Show. For many, this is a chance in a lifetime to represent the country in international competitions. It all begins with a vibrant high end fashion show where the competitors place their talents on the catwalk dressed in everything from formal to fabulous. That’s not all; special acts like Australian Idol sensation Courtney ACT and New Zealand’s Got Talent Chris Olwage performing his legendary “Black Swan”.
http://youtu.be/orv4Pee-Qrw BLACK SWAN
January 31: Ferocious – Military Ball will dress your night in uniform. Dress like your favourite army or police hero strap on the leather and get ready to dance. Vancouver’s own Nick Bertossi will blast you off your feet and on to the dance floor. Nick’s high-energy sound blasts into the crowd for a guaranteed good time. Whistler Conference Centre 9pm – 2am
February 1: It’s the last night and the Vancouver Dyke March Festival Society is ready to start the night just right. Two of Vancouver’s leading DJs will be headlining this Grand finale. DJ Kasey Riot rules bass with an amazing talent with mixing House and Electro and fusing them at the core. She dropped sets at many popular events including Burning Man and Afterglow.
Lisa Delux is influenced by Hip Hop, Dubstep, Funk and Breakbeat and is a master of knitting up her own mashups and remixes. This DJ is not only a producer of music but also teaches fresh DJs the ropes at “The School of Remix”.
Garibaldi Lift Co @ 9:00pm -2:00 am
February 1: Don’t fret the partying isn’t over yet! Gaywhistler.com wants to make sure every bit of energy goes into celebrating. This is extreme mountain partying that entertains into the wee hours. “Snowball” is the grand slam of all celebrations with go-go dancers and two top elite DJs.
DJ Ivan Gomez from Barcelona brings heat to the winter mountains. Gomez made his mark in the industry globe-trotting with his appreciation of Tribal, Progressive, Tech House and Underground. His trademark sound delivers endless live mashups and original productions. If Ivan’s groove doesn’t melt the snow then more likely your dancing will.
DJ Phil B originally from London, United Kingdom now lives in San Francisco and headlines parties such as White Party Palm Springs, Folsom Street Party, MASS and Aftershock only to name a few. Phil has released critically acclaimed CDs and not to mention opening for acts such as Jon Digweed. His unmistakable sound will move until the morning sun.
We would like to congratulate Dean Nelson and the WinterPRIDE team for their hard work and dedication to bringing such an extravagant festivity to Whistler, BC year after year. Their talented professionalism has placed Whistler on the map as the top LGBTQ friendly resort community and also created an international community.
Make sure to go to gaywhistler.com for complete scheduling and information or eventbrite.ca to purchase tickets online.