The municipality of Whistler will receive just over $7 million in Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) funding in 2013.
Part of those funds, $2.84 million, will go towards the Festivals Events and Animation (FE&A) program, including the Whistler Presents free concert series, which was announced on Tuesday (April 2).
The concert series will feature more performances by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra over two seperate weekends in July as well as 12 free concerts over the summer, including Canada Day long weekend.
“We commend and thank the province for their investment and commitment to the program toward building tourism in British Columbia,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden in a press release. “Recent RMI investments include the development of Whistler Olympic Plaza and the new permanent ice surface, and the Festivals, Events & Animation Program — these projects would not be possible without RMI.”
This will also be the first year that FE&A funding is available for both winter and spring events including Luge World Championships in February, weekly winter family nights at Whistler Olympic Plaza and the upcoming World Ski & Snowboard Festival in April.
“RMI funding is part of our commitment to help grow tourism in British Columbia,” said Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training and the Minister Responsible for Labour in a press release. “The province recognizes the importance of resort-oriented municipalities in supporting our provincial tourism economy and creating jobs for British Columbians.”
The 2013 RMI funding is part of a five-year agreement ending in 2016 between the province and the RMOW. Through these funds, the province hopes to achieve a five per cent revenue increase for the tourism industry with the goal of reaching $18 billion by 2016.
The over $7 million in 2013 was an increase of approximately $700,000 compared to 2012 due to increased occupancy rates in the resort.
Whistler Presents Concert Series:
June 29 – Matt Dusk
June 30 – 54-40
July 1 – Ruckus Deluxe, Kalan Wi, Jeremy Fisher
July 5 – The English Beat
July 6 – The Strumbellas, The Trews
July 13 (during the Children’s Arts Festival) – Ache Brazil
July 14 (during the Children’s Arts Festival) – Ali Milner, The Lost Fingers
July 26 – The Boom Booms, Hey Ocean!
July 27 – Dessy Di Lauro, Maestro
August 30 through September 1 – to be confirmed
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO):
July 16, 17 – Afternoon quartets/ quintets (3 concerts per day)
July 19, 20 – Evening concerts
July 21 – Afternoon concert