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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Coming back to life

Today was the day, the first time in way too long, that we constructed a stage for JazzFest at Confederation park!

While much scaled back, a small crew of volunteers arrived to empty tents and a full truck. We spent the day installing a stage, placing speakers and running the infrastructure cables to make it all happen.

It felt great to haul stage stuff and plug things in. It was also fascinating to see things arrive and build up to a full concert:

Fencing arrived and was installed, toilets arrived, chairs and tables arrived, and the all important, beer and cocktails arrived.

It’s all ready for musicians and music fans. Thanks to Glenn, Tomo, Kent, Larry and Jennifer lending brains and braun.

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Setting up at Confederation Park

Backstage at Confederation Park

Here we are back at Confederation Park. The set up is much smaller this year but that’s fine as the shows are much smaller too. It will still be great music by local musicians!!! Hope to see you at the park!

Other photos from this year’s festival are in the pictures tab.

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Set up Day at Moore Farm!

Moore Farm

Today, the crew set up the stage and equipment at Moore Farm in Gatineau. This is a lovely venue in a restored barn.

A link to this year’s photo album is in the Photo tab.

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And we are back!

Yes, the jazz festival is back, in a smaller COVID unfriendly version. We don’t want to let this infection grow and spread! But live music, in a variety of settings. The stage crew will be helping at two venues: Moore Farm and Confederation park.

Because of the pandemic, volunteers are required to read and follow the COVID safety plan for their site. Here is the one for Confederation Park:

Here is the plan for Moore Farm:

And let the music and fun begin! The schedule for the music can be found here:

Hope to see you safely around the music!

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From the festival to all volunteers

Here’s a letter from John Cvetan, Volunteer Coordinator, to all of the festival’s volunteers:

To all our wonderful Volunteers,

To the many wonderful people, young and old, from many professional and cultural backgrounds giving up their time for 10 days to volunteer at the Jazz Festival, I say thank you. I say thank you to everyone who has made this festival what it is today. Every volunteer’s actions no matter how small or large is key to our success.

It will be sad not seeing familiar faces around the park this year due to COVID-19, but we can share a special “once in a 100 years” moment together with “Tenacity”, our virtual music festival for 2020, starting June 19th.

I want to reassure everyone that your positions will wait for you next year. So practice driving around town, looking at all the different hotels, pouring beers to your family (or yourself), move random heavy objects back and forth and then, back again, practice your sales techniques, use your phones and scan another friend’s phone, build stages for the local kids on the street and then show them how to properly put away an extension cord, perfect your bbq techniques, and finally stack and unstack chairs (even move them around to different parts of your home). All this and more will wait for you in 2021!

Be strong, stay safe and be positive! We will be together again.

Warmest regards,

  Ottawa Jazz Festival
602-294 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 6E6

We will miss him too!

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2020 Ottawa Jazz Festival will be a bit different this year

Hi everyone!

After announcing that the festival was cancelled this year, because of COVID19, I was happy to see that there will still be 10 evenings of concerts, streamed on the festival’s web site

This way, as stage crew, we can just sit back and enjoy, where ever we are, and we don’t have to do all that work setting up and tearing down.

Of course, it is sad, as normally at this time we would be working in the park, setting up the tent over the stage and building other infrastructure. Next year!

Meanwhile, I hope you are all staying healthy and physically distancing so that we can have a full festival next year!

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Cancelled due to COVID19

Today, the 2020 Ottawa Jazz Festival was officially cancelled because of restrictions related to COVID19 and the appropriate restrictions on public events and gatherings.

Stay tuned for more information from the festival on their plans for later in the year, if that is possible.

Hope to see you all in the park in 2021!

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Hi everyone

I know these are strange times for everyone. I hope you are all adjusting to the new size of personal space (2 metres) and whatever other realities this is bringing into your life.

The family has decided to postpone the celebration of Henry Jaques’ life. A new date will be announced once the situation makes it safe for us to gather together.

In the meantime, we are still collecting stories and photos of Henry to share when that time comes. Send them to the email for this web site, please.

Thanks and stay safe, everyone!

social distancing party invitation


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Henry was a busy person!

While we all knew that Henry was a very generous person and volunteered in so many ways, this tribute from CHEO’s CEO just adds to the list of where he made a difference:

Henry and CHEO Tweet

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