Whistler Pride 2019 Festival Talent
Whistler Pride and Ski Festival is less than a week away and it’s time to get to know the talent that will make this year’s events extra special. With comedians, an iconic queen, and a grammy-nominated DJ/Producer – this year’s lineup has it all! There’s something for everyone!
Caroline Reid (a.k.a. Pam Ann)
Iconic international celebrity airhostess Pam Ann has evolved since first jetting out of her hometown of Melbourne 20 years ago. Pam – the alter-ego of Australian comedian-writer-producer Caroline Reid – has developed a cult like status both here and overseas with her masterful portrayal of an International hostie.
When she’s not jet-setting with the stars or flying the world sourcing material for her next performance, she can be found selling-out every stage she hits – from New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom to San Francisco’s Castro Theatre, Sydney’s iconic State Theatre to Melbourne’s Athenaeum. She’s headlined at the legendary Caroline’s on Broadway in New York, performed at the prestigious London Palladium, The Royal Albert Hall and sold out 2 shows at the 3600 seat Hammersmith Apollo – her largest solo audience to date. True to her status as an international comedy icon, she’s toured UK, Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong, USA, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Belgium, France and Canada.
In her native Australia, Pam Ann starred on her own television talk show, ‘The Pam Ann Show’ on the national Foxtel channel. She also hosted Australia’s live broadcast of Mardi Gras 2009, airing in over 2 million households.
Pam Ann brings a new show Flying High to the Whistler Comedy Night presented by Delta Air lines.
DJ Abel Aguilera
Abel Aguilera one of the the best known and most respected deejays on the circuit. As half of the super-duo Rosabel he and Ralphi Rosario have churned out a string of #1 Billboard dance hits including “Wepa” by Gloria Estefan, “Papi” by Jennifer Lopez, and the insanely huge circuit anthem “Chaha Heels” featuring Jeannie Tracy. They received a grammy nomination the Grammy nomination for their work on Rihanna’s “Only Girl In the World”.
On his own, DJ Abel’s name is synonymous with nights (and mornings) of relentless cha-cha influenced beats that keep people dancing for hours. He has headlined nearly every major gay party weekend and in the world. Of late, he has taken to spearheading a revolution in the party scene with RESISTa series of progressive underground parties that showcase his love for the darker, techy side of house music.
This year, DJ/Produer Abel Aguilera makes his Whistler Pride debut headlining Snowball, the festival’s massive closing party.
Drag superstar Jackie Beat has been entertaining audiences across the U.S. and in Europe for over twenty-five years with her razor-sharp comedy and hysterical song parodies. Jackie not only warps hits by Britney Spears, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Cher, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey and many others, but she flawlessly sings her twisted new versions LIVE — hitting every last note. Her hilarious music videos on YouTube are huge hits that have been seen by millions of people. She has appeared on many TV shows such as “Sex and the City” and in several movies including “Flawless” with Robert DeNiro, the festival hit “Wigstock The Movie” and the camp cult horror favorite “Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver.” Jackie has also been in many off-Broadway productions, performed on countless cruises ships, and on been part of various comedy tours. She currently plays the one and only Bea Arthur — in both the stage version of The Golden Girlz Live (over 70 sold-out shows!) and as part of The MisMatch Game at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center to benefit homeless LGBT youth.
Jackie Beat returns to Whistler for the first ever Saturday Night Drag Cabaret at CABN with her new show Jackie Beat Goes Downhill Fast!
Corey Craig (Coreyography)
Corey Craig and his “Coreyography” brand have evolved over the past decade to a current state of House, Disco and Bass. His 2009 closing set for NYC Pride’s “Dance On The Pier” launched him onto the nightclub and party scene and led to residencies in the Fire Island Pines and award winning parties throughout Manhattan. Top promoters from across the U.S.A and around the globe quickly took note and unique blend brought him to dance floors in Lisa Angeles Toronto and Sydney.
His podcast, COREYOGRAPHY has developed a fanatic following, showcasing upfront house, techno, disco and bass sounds. Partnering with Bobby Duron as “Haus Of Oz” for Deep House remixes and Saul Ruiz as “R2C2” for a more progressive sound amplifies his diversity in audience, style and creativity.
Corey Craig will give us “Hot Tea” at both Friday and Saturday T-dances at the Whistler Conference Centre.
DJ Phil B
Known in his hometown of San Francisco for his legendary performances at MASS, Aftershock and Industry, Phil B’s versatility as a DJ has made him a favourite with partygoers everywhere. Phil honed his skills on the Australian club scene before relocating to America. He has since played in a club or major circuit event in every major North American city, including Avalon, Tunnel, Reflex, Gay Disney, White Parties in Palm Springs and Miami, Winter Party, and San Francisco’s Magnitude and Aftershock. Phil’s production credits include work for Grace, Livin’ Joy and a number of projects for BT. Phil’s 2000 compilation CD ‘ Music For The Club’s’ was one of the years highest selling dance compilations, spending 6 months in the Tower Records top 10. Phil is an active reporter for Billboard Magazine.
DJ Phil B returns to headline Furrocious on Friday night at the Conference Centre.
Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy
The Ryan and Amy Show has been successfully performing across North America and on swanky cruise ships for the last 9 years. Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy have several television appearances between the two including Too Much Information, Amazing Race Canada, The Flash, and The Funny Pit. They are regulars in the Just For Laughs North West Comedy Festival. With over 100 videos online and over 5 million views, these Canadian Comedy Award finalists are not to be missed. From their gender bending and downright insane characters to their parodies on various hot topics, this duo stays on top of their game when it comes to range.
The Ryan and Amy Show will take the stage as the opening act before Pam Ann at the Whistler Pride Comedy Night presented by Delta Air.
With a full week of events there are so many artists in Whistler sharing their talent with the festival.
Brazilian sensation Rafael Calvente from Brazil returns to play Splash Pool Party.
LandonJames from Vancouver plays both #TBT Throwback on Thursday and opens for DJ Abel at Snowball.
Foxy Moron, a Whistler Favourite plays Sip ‘N Dip, a private event at Scandinave Spa on Tuesday and will play music before and after Jackie Beat’s performance on Saturday.
Whistler’s DJ Joni T will play keep the beats light at Arrivals Lounge, the comedy night after-party and will lay down serious house music at A Night in Heaven at CABN on Friday night.
With additional gogo dancers, drag queens and more to round out the roster at the many events.