K’NAAN and Kostaman to Perform at Crankworx

Kostaman - Matt Walker Photo

KOKANEE CRANKWORX KICKS OFF WITH FREE CONCERTS AT WHISTLER OLYMPIC PLAZA K’NAAN and Kostaman Perform Friday, July 15; Hot Hot Heat And Current Swell July 1606.22.2011– WHISTLER, BC – Kokanee Crankworx, the biggest and most prestigious freeride mountain bike festival on the planet will kick off with free outdoor concerts Friday July 15 and Saturday July 16 at Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Whistler’s own Kostaman will open for reggae, funk, pop, soul and hip-hop musician/emcee K’NAAN on Friday, July 15. Then on Saturday, July 16 surf rockers Current Swell will take to the stage to open for indie stars Hot Hot Heat.

“Bringing these free concerts to Kokanee Crankworx’s epic line-up of events is very exciting,” says Darren Kinnaird, Kokanee Crankworx General Manager. “Whistler Olympic Plaza is the perfect location for these kick off concerts. With artists like K’NAAN and Hot Hot Heat on board and the most talented mountain bikers in the world coming to Whistler to compete, we are looking forward to our best festival ever.”

These concerts in Whistler Olympic Plaza are funded by the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative grant.

Kokanee Crankworx Entertainment

Friday, July 15, Whistler Olympic Plaza
8pm – Kostaman
9pm – K’NAAN

Saturday, July 16, Whistler Olympic Plaza
8pm – Current Swell
9pm – Hot Hot Heat

Wednesday, July 20, Fairmont Chateau Whistler
7pm – Deep Summer Photo Challenge
Buy tickets at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations or by calling 1.866.218.9690 1.866.218.9690.

With exciting new partnerships launching and events getting bigger and better in typical Crankworx fashion, July will be here with ten days of freeride insanity in no time. Stay tuned to www.crankworx.com for upcoming news and connect with Crankworx through Facebook.com/crankworx or Twitter.com/crankworx.

Resort Municipality of Whistler Festivals, Events & Animation Program
The Festivals, Events & Animation (FEA) program is led by the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) Resort Experience department, playing a key role in producing and promoting spectator and participatory events, cultural programming and festivals in Whistler. FEA also funds the programming and operations of Whistler Olympic Plaza – Whistler’s newest venue for recreation and celebration. FEA initiatives and Whistler Olympic Plaza program management are funded almost entirely by the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Management Initiative (RMI).

About Kokanee Crankworx
The eighth annual Kokanee Crankworx is presented by Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Kokanee Crankworx is the biggest annual event held in Whistler and is also the largest freeride mountain bike festival in the world. Each year the best amateur and professional freeride, downhill and slopestyle mountain bike athletes gather for a ten-day, non-stop barrage of competition and celebration. Whistler has the world’s most diverse offering of mountain biking terrain, attracting all disciplines of mountain biking. Fromincluding 150 miles of single-track trails, and 5,000 vertical feet of lift-accessed downhill runs in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, to jump parks and the 20+ miles of paved Valley Trail, there’s something for every ride.r.

Consistently ranked as North America’s top ski and snowboard resort, Whistler Blackcomb elevates summer adventure to new heights. On-Mountain activities include high alpine hiking and sightseeing via the new PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, epic riding in North America’s number one ranked lift-accessed mountain bike park, and summer skiing and riding on Blackcomb’s Horstman Glacier. In the valley, the family-friendly Adventure Zone at the base of Blackcomb provides a carnival-like experience for all ages. Located a scenic two-hour drive north of Vancouver up the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway, this four season resort is truly spectacular by nature. Check it out at www.whistlerblackcomb.com.

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