Ottawa Jazz Festival 2021 at Moore Farm, Day 4, Aug 22

Jazz festival 2021

Moore Farm estate – day 4 – August 22nd, 2021

So today was day 4 of the “in-person” jazz festival at both Confederation Park in Ottawa, and the Moore Farm estate in Gatineau.

Our stage crew tonight were Taylor Morey, Guy Tauvette and Sally McIntyre and George Nenonen, along with Dough Thompson to assist with the stage audio teardown..

For day 4 at Moore Farm, we had the luxury of hosting Jack Pine & the Fire.

Great music all around, got the audience foot stomping, worth of 3 encores .

Of course, day 4 was no different than day 3 or 2 or day 1.  Sold out crowd that braved the heat and humidity to hear great music.

Nevertheless, Jack and the group entertained, told stories and everyone had fun

This is a wrap.

Thank you all for your support

Jean Messier

Stage Coordinator

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Ottawa Jazz Festival 2021 at Moore Farm, Day 3

Moore Farm estate – day 3 – August 21th, 2021

So today was day 3 of the “in-person” jazz festival at both Confederation Park in Ottawa, and the Moore Farm estate in Gatineau.

Our stage crew tonight were Taylor Morey, Guy Tauvette and Dough Thompson.

For day 3 at Moore Farm, we had the luxury of hosting Meagan Jerome and the Together ensemble.

Great entertainer, had a great time practicing her French.  Mais oui!

Of course, day 3 was no different than day 2, sold out crowd that braved the heat and humidity to hear great music.  The difference tonight, we brought in some fans to move the air around.  They were directed upwards, towards the rafters.

Nevertheless, Megan had a great repertoire with some salty lyrics but all was in good humor.

See you on Sunday, Aug 22nd.

Jean Messier

Stage Coordinator

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Short but sweet

Another JazzFest in the bag. A short one, but nice to put on live music. Last band was F8-Bit (Fate Bit), a jazz spin on classic 8-bit video games. A fun band and the audience was fully into it.

Once done we struck the band, the stage, packed up the stage in just about an hour. We called for an earlier truck arrival to pack it all up.

Final picture of the empty tent. Reminds me of what Jim Cuddy said to me as Blue Rodeo left the stage and us stage crew to to take it down:

“There you go, make it look like it never happened.”

Done and gone by 7:45.

Thanks to this evenings crew of Larry, Tomo and Michael, and the strike crew with the addition of Brad.

_Don

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Day Four at Confederation Park

Today was the last day of the 2021 festival. It has been absolutely glorious to be able to present live jazz to an in person audience in the park again! It has also been hot!

Lucas Haneman Express

The Lucas Haneman Express did not disappoint. They were as energetic and musical as you would expect, in spite of the sweat dripping off each of them. The volunteers were also very hot and took the opportunities when available to cool down.

Thanks to all our volunteers who returned on fairly short notice to help us with this year’s festival!!!! We could not have done it without you.

Here’s hoping we are back again next year!!!!

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Day 3 at Confederation Park

Yes, it was hot in the park today.

We had a good crowd for the 1 pm show and the musicians really enjoyed playing together for us all!

There was also a vintage pop up event happening inside the fenced area with mostly used clothing. That also seemed popular with the audience members.

It is sad to think that tomorrow will be the last day for this year’s festival–four days goes so fast!

Thanks so much to all the volunteers today who worked safely together to put the show on for everyone!

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Day 2 at Moore estate Farm

So today was day 2 of the “in-person” jazz festival at both Confederation Park in Ottawa, and the Moore Farm estate in Gatineau.

Our stage crew tonight were Taylor Morey, Guy Tauvette, Michael Lechasseur and George Nenonen.

For day 2 at Moore Farm, we had the luxury of hosting Birdie Whyte.

Great entertainer, each song has a story.

Quote of the night: “I’ve been to the beach and I’ve been in the sauna, but never both at the same time”.  It was a steamy night in the barn and even the small fans blowing air on the stage were not enough to keep the sweat from running down everyone’s brow.

Of course, day 2 was no different than day 1, sold out crowd that braved the heat and humidity to hear great music.

Nevertheless, Birdie prevailed and gave the audience a great show worth of encores.

The festival contimues tomorrow evening, August 21st, 2021, 18:00 hrs, at Moore Farm.

We will be hosting the Megan Jerome/ the Together ensemble.  Show starts at 18:00 hrs

Book your tickets at the Ottawa Jazz Festival website 

See you on Saturday.

Jean Messier

Stage Coordinator

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Day 2 at Confederation Park

Today was hot. It went way beyond warm for sure. The team worked steady and it all gone done. There was some great music made by Sweet Revival at 1. Thanks to all of you!

It was too hot to take out the camera, unfortunately. Hopefully tomorrow…

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Jazz festival 2021

Moore Farm estate – day 1 – August 19th, 2021

So today was day 1 of the “in-person” jazz festival at both Confederation Park in Ottawa, and the Moore Farm estate in Gatineau.

The Stage crew was in on Wednesday to finalize the audio setup and back this morning, Aug 19th, to help the one staff member (James Richardson) with the audience chairs, ensuring that the spacing was proper based on the Quebec Health COVID directive.

The place looks great, and everyone pitched in to assist with the final setting up this morning.

Many thanks to Michael Lechasseur and Dough Thompson (Stage Volunteers) with your assistance in finalizing the audio patching and setup on Wednesday Aug 19th.

Of course nothing ever goes smoothly so we had to call in a crew on Thursday, Aug 20th, in the morning, to get delivery of the chairs for the audience and set them up in a COVID mandated setup.

For this, thanks to John Cvetan (Jazz Fest Volunteer Coord), Douglas Thompson (Stage Volunteer extraordinaire) and James Richardson ( Jazz Office Staff) with the help to ensure that the chairs were laid in place for COVID spacing.

For day 1 at Moore Farm, we had the luxury of hosting the Moonfruits.

This duo really rocked the place with some audience interaction.  Even some of the old foot stomping folklore music (All that was missing was the sash and I would have been at home) that even got me going back to my roots.

The audience were clapping hands but the people outside the barn were stomping and dancing.

All in all, a great evening for the full house.

The barn is a great venue, the sound and lighting is great (Victor Menasce and crew, audio).

We all had a great time and heard some great music.

Looking forward to Day 2 at Moore Farm in Gatineau, with Birdie Whyte.

Remember that you must go to the Ottawajazzfestival.com, the Getaway Jazz Experience, for the Moore Farm shows.

Book your free ticket, print it or save it to your phone and attend the concerts.

Concerts are being held at the Confederation Park venue at 1PM and 5PM, and at the Moore Estate farm at 6PM

The shows go until Sunday August 22nd, at both venues plus 4th stage.

Once again, visit the: OttawaJazzfestival.com

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First day, late night

Odd to say late night when the late show is at 5pm.

After yesterday’s set up of the stage, today we populated that stage. It was great to see the balloon entranceway and signage. It’s been a long time, but stepping in to set up the band was like riding a bike.

A colourful welcome back.

The band was a simple quartet, not even a singer. Doug had the sound sorted. Our crew attended to the needs of the band and solved a few problems: fixing keyboard stand issues with cardboard and gaffer tape, and scrounging up a drum carpet.

Setting up.

The show went off on time. It was nice to hear live music again. The crowed enjoyed it immensely.

Sound check.

Strike was almost too efficient! We had the stage cleared, band removed and tent closed up in twenty minutes, a time that could be tough to beat, especially tomorrow with a much larger band on the stage.

Thanks to the efficient work of Larry, Andrew, Stephen and Jennifer for making it an easy evening.

-Don

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The music has started!

Today, Live Jazz is finally back in Confederation Park! It has been a very long time! There was a decent sized audience to enjoy the first show, by CU3B4. It was very good!!! And smiles all around as everyone enjoyed being back! The rain held off and it was a glorious summer day to be in the park and listen to the music!

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