Off the Slopes and Into the Chalet for a Night of Music
By Jack Barten
There are few things more wonderful than an evening of live music and drinks in a ski chalet. And for readers who have been to the Live at Loch series of shows, you know exactly what it entails. Since its inception in late 2019, Live at Loch has become a staple of Loch Lomond Ski Area’s Friday night skis.
With all local acts and a focus on more intimate acoustic shows, Loch is now a staple venue in the music community. “Live music has always been around at Loch. And we wanted to put together a series of shows that highlighted local musicians,” says Michelle Addison, owner of Go Beyond the Show and producer of Live at Loch. With established local acts like Ryan MacDonald (from The Honest Heart Collective) and Dueling Pianos (Danny Johnson and Richard Tribe), Live at Loch offers live music in a fun and different environment.
What makes Loch a particularly special venue is the rapport between patrons and acts during the performances. That, and the opportunity to watch an acoustic performance while warming up from a couple ski runs, makes for a truly memorable experience. When asked about the energy at the shows Addison mentions that “the shows are really conducive to sing-a-longs.” One element that makes for special sets is the non-stop support for local music. “We really focused on how we could support the community this year,” Addison says when asked about which acts they were booking for the upcoming season. As every performer is local, it gives the series of shows an instant feeling of familiarity and community.
The season started in mid December and runs every week until March 24, 2023. Every show is free and open to all ages, and every week is a different style of music and genre. Live at Loch’s upcoming season will yet again cement the ski area as a cornerstone of both the alpine community and the live music community.
For more information, visit lochlomond.ca.