This page contains posts from the old web site before we switched to a blog.
- 2012-09-29 Work Party
Doug won the draw for the work party so 12 of our Stage Volunteers gathered at Doug and Alison’s house on Saturday, September 29 with beautiful weather and lots of jobs to do. The crew included Bruce, Bill, Carol, Brad, Jennifer, Riek, Kathleen, Suds, Sandra, Doug, Andrew and Henry ably assisted by Alison and Doug’s dad, Jim. Work included moving plants and renovating some of the gardens, painting a fence and erecting a custom garden shed based on very detailed plans created by Andrew.
Doug and Alison provided a really nice lunch and snacks. There were lots of choices and the team members were well fuelled for the afternoon. It was a productive day and the results are much appreciated by Doug and Alison.
Riek’s pictures are here.
- 2012-07-04 Volunteer Party
The video of Henry’s tribute to Riek and the performance of the “End of Jazz Festival Blues” is here. The “Blues” lyrics are here.
- 2012-06-09 Emergency Procedures
The Emergency Procedures notes from the safety briefing are posted here on the Safety page.
- 2012-06-09 Riek’s Pictures
Riek has already started her gallery of pictures from the 2012 festival with shots of the party at Henry’s and her delicious cookies (over 2000 cookies – 28 varieties). She’ll add more pictures as she takes them.
- 2012-04-24 Cookie recipes added
Some of your past favourite Gluten Free cookie recipes have been added to the Cookies page.
- 2012-04-04 Stage Crew Social Committee Celebrates Oscar Peterson
On April 4th, the first event of the Social Committee of the Park Stages Crew was held. We met for dinner at the Colonnade (Pizza of course!) and then walked to the NAC. The Dave Young Trio provided a wonderful soundtrack for the evening, which celebrated Oscar Peterson’s performing and recording career in the German Black Forest. The evening was presented by the German embassy and there were stories, photos and videos in addition to the music. In addition to the Park Stages Crew, attendees included the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien and his wife, the German Ambassador and his wife and many jazz fans! It was a wonderful evening and it was great to get together in our off season. Hopefully there will be more events!
- 2012-01-21 Happy Birthday Bruce!
Bruce Thomas, one of our stalwart volunteers with 19 years of experience setting up shows on the main stage, celebrated his FIFTIETH birthday. Several of us were able to join him and his family and friends for his surprise party. Great company, great food and three different birthday cakes. Congratulations Bruce!
- 2011-08-27 Work Party
Andrew won the draw for the work party so eleven of our Stage Volunteers gathered at Andrew Hamlin’s house on Saturday, Aug 27 with beautiful weather and lots of jobs to do. The crew included Bruce, Bill, Carol, John, Brad, Don, Jennifer, Riek, Doug, Andrew and Henry. Work included taming the gardens and lawns, scraping and sanding window frames, re-arranging a garbage storage area beside the house, taking down a small tree, brick re-pointing and grouting around windows, and gutting a sunroom area above the front porch (totally removing inside walls, ceiling and floor). This last job was a really dirty one because of all the squirrel nests that had
accumulated over the years. In fact, one of the nests was still in use and contained at least 3 babies (about 15 cm long plus tail and huge feet). I say “at least” because we think there may have been a fourth baby that the mother hid somewhere. Andrew and Joni provided a really nice lunch and snacks, – much appreciated by all.It was a productive day and the results are much appreciated by the Hamlins. Henry’s pictures are here and Riek’s are here.
- November 23, 2011 – Annual General Meeting
The 2011 Ottawa Jazz Festival Inc. Annual General Meeting was held Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at the Colonel By Room, Ottawa City Hall at 7 p.m. The notes are here.
- 2010 Work Party
The 2010 work party draw was won by Bruce Thomas who “donated” the crew to help his sister Andrea and brother-in-law Stuart with a some gardening and deck building at their lovely home on the Ottawa River near Baskins Beach.
We were there Saturday September 25th, worked hard, ate really well and had a great time. Thanks to all involved. Pictures are here.
- May 6, 2010 – Stage Crew Special Announcement
The Ottawa Jazz Festival (OJF) stage crew wishes to congratulate our leaders,
Henry, Riek and Andrew who have been awarded the City of Ottawa Civic Appreciation Award, in the category “Community Activism – Group Award”, for their outstanding work done in support of the OJF. We also wish to thank them for their professionalism and leadership.
You can see the supporting material we submitted with our nomination here and more photos here. The Stage Crew would like to thank Kathleen Quinn who first proposed and spearheaded the nomination, and who along with Bruce Thomas prepared and submitted the nomination, John Cvetan, Catherine O’Grady, Cris James (Apex), Jacques Emond and Margaret Jaques who provided essential background information and Ken Dawson, Stéphane Desjardins, John Messier, Carol Moskaluk and Bill Robertson who worked on the nomination.
- 2010 Volunteer Party
One of the highlights of the 2010 Post Festival Volunteer Party was Henry’s ode to the stage volunteers which you can read here.