2022 Jazz festival tear-down shift day 1, July 7th, 2022

2022 Jazz festival teardown shift day 1, July 7th, 2022

Today was a great day, and we got a lot accomplished.

Thank you Riek for coming in and cleaning up the cabinets.  After two years in storage, it was long overdue.

While Emily crawled under the stage to chase extension cords and then coiled each them, the rest of the crew were busy supporting the Wall lighting tech with taking down the lights from the truss, and later supporting the crew that was taking down the lights that were hanging at the front of the tent.

In the afternoon, everyone got into the action as we took down the main stage truss then went on to take down the truss at the OLG stage.

All in all, from crew call at 9AM to shutdown at 7:30PM, I am certainly thankful to all those who spent the day doing all the things that had to be done and then some.

As to the day 2 tear-down crew, do not worry, there is plenty to do.

Big thank you to Riek Van den Berg, Jennifer Barkley, Don Douglas, Ray Angers, Will Brodie, Tomo Iwasawa, Emily Plunkett, Don Dodds and Guy Tauvette and of course, yours truly was also present.

The weather does not look very nice for tomorrow but the train is going to be on time.

Thank you all,


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Packing up and saying goodbyes

Today was the first of several days for packing up the stages.

The rolling riser is no more

The team worked hard to take down the lighting gear and packing it up. They also took apart the various things that we do at the beginning of the festival to make things easier and better for all. Wall sound sent people to take down and pack up the sound equipment and that was a great help. The trusses still have to come down and a number of other things. Then the stage will be taken down by the contractor and the main stage cover will be taken down by the team working with staff.

Then it all goes away for another year.

Hope to see you all next year again for more fun and great music!

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Day 10 at the main stage

Today we had two shows. One was a traditional jazz setup: Piano, Bass, Drums and Sax. The other had mostly the same instruments but had two large drum sets so needed a very large drum riser. Luckily we had 2 8×10 rugs to use as drum rugs…

The evening crew yesterday put them together–thank you so much! Today’s teams were tasked with setting things up and also with the changeover. The piano was SL for one show and SR for the other…

It was a great way to end this year’s festival! Tomorrow we start the pack up.

These are big risers!

Thanks so much to all of this year’s volunteers for helping make it all happen!!!!

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Day 9 on the main stage

Today we had two fairly big setups and two managers who were great to work with. And the music was worth it.

Draping the drums

We left a lot of instruments on stage behind the first show so they had to be draped, as you can see. Black hides so many things on the stage.

Everyone worked well together and, again, we were able to turn the stage over to the second band with lots of time to spare. We also had a nice clean back stage area before the second show started!

If you were wondering what happened to Day 8–well the main stage was dark on July 1 so nothing to report.

Tomorrow is the last day of music–hard to believe it is already at that point.

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2022 Volunteer Party

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Day 7 on the main stage

Today started with both back line people having personal issues and having to be off site, luckily not at the same time. But both were unexpected and unplanned so that complicated things.

Then the first sound check band had a different stage plot than what we had.. The manager emailed it to me and I used my device to show the others as we went along. This was key world with the Hammond, a Rhodes, a Moog and another profile. That was for one member. Another member had a couple of other keyboards and a lot of effects things. Fortunately the base was straightforward. The drummer had a pad in his set but we were expecting that. There were two singers as well. So the trio became a sextet.

We got it all working and then had to strike it all. The Hammond bench fell over and broke.

We dragged the drum set back, much to the dismay of the next band, who insisted this could not be done… It was and we do this often when the band doesn’t use a rolling riser for the drums.

The day team were absolute heroes as they worked hard, managed to deal with the uncertainty and had no lunch break, unfortunately. Luckily there was ice cream and cookies to sustain them. Thank you all!!!

The A team June 30
The Day Team, all heroes!

Then we set up the big band. That went well and they gave a great show. Lovely so see a local band on the main stage!

The change between the two shows went pretty well, given that I was the only person who had seen the sound check set up.

The follow spots got used, which is good. The weather behaved and the crowd seemed happy. 🙂

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Missing Henry

Every day of the festival, we miss Henry more and more. Yesterday was really hard. Henry taught us how to set up a big band, and we had one. He built the boxers to hold the riser legs . Cleverly, they also serve as steps for high risers and we needed those. He made our work on stage so much better in every way with his creativity and hard work.

Thank you so much, Henry! We feel you here looking after us still.

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Day 6 at the main stage

Today we set up for a big band and then waited. And waited. It turns out that they decided not to come in time for sound check but didn’t tell the festival… Oh well. When the 6:30 band showed up, they helped us move risers and monitors to get set up quickly so they could sound check and then have a break before their show. That worked well and it was a very energetic 90 minute show!

When it ended we had less than an hour to set up the big band from scratch. The team had the stage cleared and reset in 30 minutes!!! Cam and Ken and Doug all helped us as more risers were needed than we had planned. Tom brought them over to our tent for us on the fork lift. There was a piano tuning in there as well.

The big band started a few minutes late but that was outside of our control. The team worked really well together and the help was much appreciated!

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Day 5 on Main Stage

Today was another day of different set ups and different music. Both bands leaned towards country, one more than the other. So the instrumentation was different that we usually see. As well, both bands provided significantly different stage plots within the 24 hours before their shows. However, we made it all happen and it sounded great!

The teams worked hard and we had fun. Jenn went shopping and restocked us with drinks and treats. Thank you, Jenn!!!

Tomorrow is a big band!

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Day 4 on the Main Stage

Today’s concerts was all free and the theme was New Orleans. The crew got to do all the setting up and wiring as neither band had a crew. Hurrah! Our back line, which also made things easier. Lots of dancing in the park!

New Orleans night decor
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