We are planning for the summer festival 2022! It will be our 40th anniversary, even if it is two years late. It will be worth it, we hope! We will have the Canal stage back in Confederation Park and a stage on Marian Dewar Plaza, just as we used to…
Look for emails from John about your availability and interest in helping out again this year. We will be running 2 1/2 stages–stay tuned for details on how that’s going to happen! Always something new for us.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The show went off on time. It was nice to hear live music again. The crowed enjoyed it immensely.
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.