EVENT PRODUCER, MANAGER and ‘LAST-MINUTE MC’
NAME: KRISTEN ROBINSON
OCCUPATION: KRISTEN ROBINSON PRODUCTIONS
(EVENT PRODUCTION & MANAGEMENT)
It seems that whatever Kristen Robinson does — whether it’s producing an event, partying with friends or stepping up to the microphone to be a “last-minute MC” — she does it with exceedingly good humour. Perhaps that’s why she’s such a Whistler personality — or why it’s no surprise that her job title with her company, Kristen Robinson Productions, is “Fearless Leader.” As a kid, Robinson moved around the country a lot, as her father Bill worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. She majored in creative writing at Concordia and attended the Second City Standup School in Toronto; so, there’s some semi-formal training behind her good-humoured presence on and off the stage. A few years ago, Robinson was helping coordinate a musical event in Vancouver, hanging backstage with Jann Arden, Bryan Adams and Stevie Nicks, when a producer approached her and said an MC was needed. “I walked up in front of, like, 15,000 people and said, ‘I was recently hired — about one minute ago.’ So, I’m a last-minute MC, literally.”
What did you do for a living in those first few years? You seem to know pretty much everyone in town.
I really am a graduate of the University of Whistler; I’ve had a lot of gigs over the past 28 years! I was a server, slinging good times at The Longhorn and pumping out pasta at Settebello in Creekside. The early ’90s were awesome — we skied every day in the winter, hit the beach in the summer, lived off staff meals and danced on the speakers at Tommy’s every Monday night.
Settebello was a great place to work. One fateful October day, one of the regulars, Arthur De Jong, encouraged me to apply for a Guest Services job at Blackcomb. I got the job (and an alarm clock), learned to fill sniffle stations with style and became one of the voices of the snow phone on the dark side.
Shortly after that, I hung up my tray for good and drove the Mountain Patrol for Mountain FM (crashed the truck on the first day), wrote the social column for the brand spanking new Pique Newsmagazine and started working on festivals and events.
Favourite Whistler winter activities?
Après anything … skiing, skate skiing, shoveling, working … you name it. I am open to celebrating it with a glacier fresh (Kokanee) beer and Chicken T&A from the Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill (GLC).
Favourite ski/snowboard runs?
I love skiing on both mountains but can remember a few particularly epic bluebird days doing laps of Heavenly Basin, Log Jam and Backstage Pass with my girlfriends on Blackcomb.
Summer Hangs: Mimosas at Fifi’s Bistro, Pocket Pies from the Farmers’ Market and local tunes at The Point Artist Run Centre.
Winter Triathlon: Early runs on the mountain, spicy snacks at The Royal Taste of India and a nap!
Honourable Mention: Working out at the Meadow Park Sports Centre. I’ve been going there for over 20 years and really love the staff and trainers.