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A Music Fan’s Guide to the 2010 Winter Olympics

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    A little while back we told you about the high-profile list of musicians who will be providing the entertainment during next February’s Winter Olympics games in Vancouver. If you don’t remember and don’t feel like clicking that link, then we’ll tell you that those acts included the likes of Wilco, Feist, Broken Social Scene, K’Naan, Stars, Joel Plaskett, Steve Earle, Martha Wainwright, Blue Rodeo, Iron & Wine, Corb Lund, Ron Sexsmith, Joan As Policewoman, and Sun Kil Moon.

    Well, with the games scheduled to kick off in less than two months, we’re beginning to get a good idea of who will be playing where, when, and how. Since guides are always fun, we thought we’d draw one up for you. Ladies and gentlemen, let us present you with A Music Fan’s Guide to the 2010 Winter Olympics…

    The following acts will appear during the Olympic Games (February 12-28):

    Kid Koala: Short Attention Span Audio Theatre:

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    What: This specially commissioned Short Attention Span show features a three-piece turntable section and accompanying visuals. Bingo and other special surprises are also promised.

    When: February 12

    Where: CODE Live 1 at Great Northern Way Campus

    How: Price = $22

    Malajube:

    What: Montreal outfit whose past accolades include a nomination for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize and a spot in a RadioShack commercial.

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    When: February 12

    Where: Place de la Francophonie

    How: It’s free

    Wilco:

    What: Wilco + free? Enough said.

    When: February 13

    Where: Live City @ David Lam Park

    How: It’s free

    Mes Aïeux:

    What: This Quebec quintet was crowned Quebec’s best band in 2009.

    When: February 13

    Where: Place de la Francophonie

    How: It’s free

    Pierre Lapointe:

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    What: He’s only 28 and already has more trophies then you’ll ever have.

    When: February 14

    Where: Place de la Francophonie

    How: It’s free

    City and Colour w/ The Rural Alberta Advantage:

    What: Lots of songs about Canada

    When: February 15

    Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

    How: Price(s) = $32.50; $37.50; $39.50

    Valérie Sajdik:

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    What: Formerly of the band Saint Privat, the Austrian pop singer has drawn comparisons to Florence K and Martha Wainwright.

    When: February 16

    Where: Place de la Francophonie

    How: It’s free

    Feist w/ Gonzalez:

    What: A one-off featuring Canada’s favorite indie princess and Gonzales, aka as the dude who holds the world record for longest-ever solo concert

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    When: February 17

    Where: The Orpheum

    How: Price(s) = $37.50; $42.50; $49.50

    Karkwa:

    What: They draw comparisons to Radiohead. And everyone loves Radiohead…

    When: February 17

    Where: Place de la Francophonie

    How: It’s free

    Hal Willner’s Neil Young Project:

    What: The event of the Olympics features Lou Reed, Iron & Wine, Sun Kil Moon, Ron Sexsmith, Joan As Police Woman, Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew and Jason Collett, and more paying homage to the Canadian rock icon.

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    When: February 18

    Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

    How: Price(s) = $74.50; $67.50; $59

    Stars w/ Hey Rosetta!:

    What: Another Broken Social Scene sighting…

    When: February 19

    Where: The Orpheum

    How: Price(s) = $37.50; $35; $32.50

    The Lost Fingers:

    What: The Quebec acoustic trio promises covers of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Jon Bon Jovi. Talk about eclectic!

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    When: February 19

    Where: Performance Works

    How: Price(s) = $20 Adults; $18 Students/seniors

    Corb Lund:

    What: A third-generation Alberta rancher turned Country musician. Need I say more?

    When: February 19

    Where: Whistler Village Square

    How: It’s free

    Chromeo and Team Canada DJs:

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    What: Lots of dancing

    When: February 20

    Where: CODE Live 1 at Great Northern Way Campus

    How: Price = $28

    K’Naan & Tinariwen:

    What: Performance featuring the author of the FIFA World Cup Anthem and a collective of poet guitarists from Sahara

    When: February 25

    Where: The Orpheum

    How: Price(s) = $39; $35; $30

    Florence K:

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    What: Speaking of Florence K, she’s playing too.

    When: February 26

    Where: Performance Works

    How: Price(s) = $20 Adults; $18 Students/seniors

    Blue Rodeo:

    What: The last day of the Olympics = this Canadian alt-rock band

    When: February 28

    Where: Whistler Village Square

    How: It’s free

    Other Olympic related events taking place in the weeks proceeding and following the games:

    Steve Earle w/ Joel Plaskett:

    What: Two acclaimed musicians team up to kick off the games on a right note.

    When: January 23

    Where: The Orpheum

    How: Price(s) = $39.50; $35.50; $32.50

    Martha Wainwright & Jorane:

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    What: As good as a collaboration you’re going to get.

    When: March 18

    Where: Commodore Ballroom

    How: Price(s) = $32.50

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