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.
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.
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’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.
Ottawa Jazz Festival 602-294 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 6E6 OttawaJazzFestival.com