Archive for July, 2010

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Join, View and add Photo’s and Video to the Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Flickr Group

July 29, 2010

Why not join Flickr and submit some of your photographs and video from the festival to the Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Flickr group. It is totally free and we would love to see your pictures of the festival.

All you have to do is follow the link http://www.flickr.com/groups_members.gne?id=867017@N20 and sign in or sign up for a yahoo ID. Once logged in you will be given the option to sign up to the group and be sent notifications when new photos are added.

If you just wish to pictures from the this festival and the past you can view them on our photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/wreckhousejazzandblues/


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A 360 View of the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival

July 29, 2010

By Simon Miminis

Simon performed in several groups including the Al Robmon Quintet at 2010 WIJBF

This year marked another great year for our festival. We brought in some of our best performers to date and put off some of the best shows we’ve ever hosted. It was a real treat to be a part of this organization during this time and in that time I have seen this festival from many angles. I’ve been a performer, a staff member and like all of you I’ve been part of many of the wonderful and welcoming audiences that have made our festival a favourite amongst touring musicians. So, as you can imagine, festival week was a rather busy time for me.

As a performer, I had the opportunity to play with several groups spanning a variety of music. Greek music on Wednesday, Contemporary Jazz on Sunday and Film Scoring Sunday night… What a week! The venues were wonderful to play in, (with a special nod to Yellow Belly) and as an assistant to our logistics department I could appreciate the back line we were provided. With a couple of exceptions, I believe our artists appreciated it as well. With 200 artists you can imagine how difficult it is to please everyone! A unique experience for me however was definitely the Nickel Film Festival portion of our festival’s closing ceremonies. If you didn’t make it down I strongly suggest you do next year! Watching some of Newfoundland‘s most talented musicians score these films year after year in a live setting is not only interesting and fun to listen to but also inspiring. It definitely gave me a new perspective on scoring for film (an area which I’ve become more involved in over the last few years) and the importance of improvisation in scoring which is an essential part of a good score.

As an audience member I had the pleasure of seeing some absolutely fantastic bands and artists. Anyone who attended this year’s festival can definitely confirm this. Watching Matt Anderson sing and play the blues by himself was a real treat, Creaking Tree String Quartet blast through some beautiful blue grass pieces was marvelous and seeing Rinsethealgorithm tear through some back breaking grooves was as always a pleasure. Unfortunately, being a staff member also only allowed me to catch pockets of shows as there was always something that needed to be done, but from what I did manage to see I definitely felt that this year’s artists blew me away and I’m sure that next year will only be better.

Which leads me to working here. As a staff member you realize how much work is put into a festival such as ours. We’re by no means the biggest, but even at our stage in the game the challenges to putting off a festival of our size is still immense. Harder still is trying to promote a jazz festival in a province that doesn’t have a booming jazz scene. However, since the inception of our festival and with the hard work of our staff I have seen jazz music (and styles that fall under this very large umbrella) slowly become more prominent in the minds of Newfoundlanders, we hope this only grows in the future.

So, to say the least, my view on this festival has definitely been multi-faceted and in seeing it in the way that I have I believe that all of our efforts in Marketing, Logistics, Transportation, Volunteering, etc are working in shaping a jazz festival that’s constantly growing and bringing more great music to our province year after year. Hope to see you next year at WJB Fest 2011!

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Thank you Sponsors of the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival!

July 28, 2010

Thank you Sponsors of the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival!

Putting on a festival that meets the standards of Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues can be costly! In addition to paying artist fees, WJB also has a long list of expenses, such as travel and accommodations support for touring artists, equipment and performance space rentals, promotional materials and administrative overhead.

Festival sponsors lighten the load, and for that WJB wishes a very warm and sincere thank you. Without their support, the festival would simply not succeed at this level. In a sense, WJB’s sponsors own a part of the Festival’s success, and WJB encourages its sponsors to take pride in its involvement with the Festival.

For a full listing of the sponsors of the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival, you can follow this link.

Sponsorship of the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival has many benefits, such as ticket packages, brand exposure at the events, inclusion in promotional materials, concert presenting status, and contesting opportunities. The sponsorship campaign for the 2011 Festival is now underway!

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MusicNL Artists Emergency Fund Fundraiser

July 28, 2010

Where: The Rock House

When: Sunday August 15th, 2010 Time: 8:30pm – 12 Midnight

Why: To assist artists unable to work for medical reasons http://www.nlac.nf.ca/funds/index.htm

Lineup: All-star Jam featuring members of The Monday Nights, The Novaks, Denis Parker Band, Mark Bragg and Brothers in Stereo

Cover: Pay what you can


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Take the 2010 WIJBF Audience Survey!

July 28, 2010

Attention 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival audience members:  We want to know about your experiences attending the 2010 WIJBF!

If you attended at least one event during the festival (from July 13-18), this survey is for you.  The ten-minute-or-less survey is your opportunity to tell WJB what you liked about the Festival and where you saw room for improvement.   Your participation is voluntary; please be assured that your responses will be kept completely anonymous and confidential.

Take the survey by clicking here

Your input is very important to the growth of the Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues organization.  Your participation would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you for considering WJB’s survey request!

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Thank You Volunteers!

July 28, 2010

From July 13th to July 18th St. John’s came alive with electric jazz, blues and world music!  The 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival was the buzz of the entertainment world in St. John’s, featuring over 50 performances from 200+ artists.

Amidst the performers, the media representatives, and elated audience members there were dozens of volunteers in their “Texas Orange” t-shirts, working hard to make the festival’s events successful.  WJB’s volunteers were there all week long, attending to merchandise tables, box offices, security and stage hand postings, driving artists all over the city, and helping WJB staffers handle the daunting task of keeping the festival organized and running smoothly.

THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS!

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues owes so much to its volunteers, and would like to invite them all to the upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Party, the date, time and location of which are currently being negotiated.  The party will take place sometime in the month of August, and will feature prizes, awards, food and beverages.

For now, please join Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues in offering its volunteers a sincere and boisterous round of applause!  Cheers!

If you volunteered during the Festival, we want to know about your experiences!  You can take a very short online volunteer survey by clicking here. Your responses will remain completely anonymous and confidential.

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Thursday July 29th @ The Ship, King Pierson’s Bridge and Brad Jefford Trio +

July 28, 2010


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