Whistler, BC – March 31, 2006 – What could be more exciting than finding outsome of the most talented and popular performing bands in North America areset to play in Whistler from April 14-23? Probably the realization thatwatching your favourite acts live is completely FREE, as part of Canada’slargest free outdoor concert series, during the TELUS World Ski & SnowboardFestival. Daily concerts are scheduled from 2:30-5:30pm, including twonighttime concerts on Saturday April 15 and April 22 from 7:00-10:00pm, inSkier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain. Over fifty live concerts arescheduled to rock Whistler during the annual Festival’s legendarycelebration fusing music, arts and sports.

Many are already saying this year’s performing schedule is the strongestyet, and one of the most expansive on record, including acclaimed Junonominees, Canada’s red-hot rising stars and some of the most influentialbands to come out of the United States in the past decade. Providing evenmore excitement, iTunes by Apple will power the 2006 Festival Mainstage,delivering a ten-day blowout of hip-hop, funk, rock and alternative music toa crowd of thousands in Whistler Village.

“W1 is proud to be working with Apple to bring Canada’s largest free concertseries to Whistler,” said Doug Perry, President of W1. “Being one of themost progressive companies in the world today, essentially revolutionizingthe music industry with iTunes and iPod, Apple is the perfect group to laydown the soundtrack for the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival.”

From popular rock groups, platinum-selling Default and current chart-topperMobile, to the pioneering hip-hop artists of Jurassic 5 and Blackalicious,the line-up is diverse, with all the featured artists hand-picked for theiramazing live performances. Headline groups include another Platinum sellerand teen rock sensation, Hedley, who’s lead singer gained notoriety as aCanadian Idol finalist, and Metric, presently referred to as the coolestindie band out there. Both are also 2006 Juno nominees. A final, completealphabetical listing for the 2006 Mainstage is as follows:

adam ezra group | Blackcalicous | Default | DJ Relm | Fatlip with Omni |Flowmotion | Hedley | Hermit | Jurassic 5 | KostaMan | Lifesavas | Mariana’sTrench | Metric | Michael Franti & Spearhead | Mobile | MyG | Pacifica |Panurge | Pauder | Pigeon John | Rally Car | Slackstring | Souls of Mischief| Stabilo | Team Canada | The Left | The Wassabi Collective | Umphrey’sMcGee

For more information on the Whistler Concert Series powered by iTunes,including an up-to-date concert schedule and performing band bios andpictures, please visit www.whistler2006.com/ocs