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WRECKHOUSE JAZZ & BLUES TO ANNOUNCE LINEUP FOR 2011 WIJBF

June 1, 2011

St. John’s, NL – May 31st, 2011 – As the summer is fast approaching, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues (WJB) is preparing to announce the artist lineup for the 10th annual Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival (WIJBF). Executive Director Liz Dunbar will be releasing the highly anticipated lineup on Wednesday, June 8th at 10:30am at the Rocket Bakery on Water Street. She is extremely excited to reveal to the public all of the details regarding this year’s festival taking place from July 13th – 16th as once again downtown St. John’s will be flooded with the rhythms and sounds of different styles of music from all across the globe.

In what is sure to be the most exciting year yet for the festival, Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues gives the people of St. John’s a unique opportunity to experience music and culture from all around the world during 4 jam packed days of concerts, workshops, and events. Since the festival began in 2001 it has grown exponentially in size and numbers, having an increase in audience of almost 400% in previous years. In this milestone year, the WIJBF promises to be the biggest event on the St. John’s Arts and Entertainment scene in 2011!

This year’s festival is sure to have a wider variety of international music than ever before, adding to the musical diversity in St. John’s. Featuring over 100 internationally acclaimed artists and the best talent Newfoundland has to offer, the 10th annual Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival is sure to be one to remember.

Come join WJB on June 8th at 10:30am at the Rocket Bakery for some fantastic live entertainment as the exciting lineup for the 2011 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival is announced, running from July 13th – 16th in downtown St. John’s.

To keep up to date with the latest festival details, check out WJB on our website,  facebook, twitter, myspace, and wordpress.

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For more information please contact:
Ben Waring at 709-739-7734
ben@wreckhousejazzandblues.com

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The Nickel Gets Jazzed & the Jazz Festival Gets Framed

June 1, 2011

6th Annual Super 8 Series co-presented by the Nickel Film Festival,

Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival

and

Canadian Federation of Musicians – Local 820

(Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians’ Association)

During the 2011 Nickel Film Festival, filmmaker Roger Maunder will facilitate a workshop on Super 8 film-making for the festival’s annual film series that brings together filmmakers and musicians. The end result will be a screening of three original films with a live-recorded performance by musicians at the 10th annual Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival, as well as a screening of the film with sound the following year at the Nickel Film Festival.

How it works

Composers are invited to apply to participate in this program. One composer has already been selected. Two more will be chosen by a selection committee of the provincial musicians’ association.

On Tuesday June 17, three filmmakers will be chosen to create Super 8 films.

The three musicians will each be matched with a filmmaker at the workshop facilitated by Roger Maunder on June 21, from 1-3pm. Participating composers must be available to attend this workshop.

Once paired up, the composer and filmmaker collaborate on an idea for a short film. The filmmaker will be supplied with a camera and 3 minutes of Super 8 film for a one-day shoot during the festival. The film is edited in camera. It is then processed and the composer will be given a copy of the film to compose music. The composer will have 24 hours to complete the music and get it ready for a live-recorded performance during the Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival. The musical performance will be recorded and then combined with the film. The Nickel Film Festival will screen the result the following year at their festival.

To qualify

To qualify for this project, filmmakers must have had a film screened at a past or the current Nickel Film Festival.

To qualify as a composer, you should have experience composing music for film as well as confidence and ease performing in an improvised manner. You must also be a current member of CFM 820 or a performer at this year’s Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival. A selection committee has been formed by our association’s Executive Board to assess the submissions.

If you wish to apply, please submit a sample of your musical work and your artist bio OR an EPK OR a website address that includes a musical sample + bio.

Deadline for submissions is Monday June 6, 2011.

Questions?

Should you have any questions, please contact Rozalind MacPhail at the Canadian Federation of Musicians – Local 820:

The office phone number is 709-722-8005 and Roz’s email is: roz@cfm820.ca

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Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Looking to Fill Seats on Board of Directors

October 20, 2010

As Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues moves into its 10th year of operation, it is looking to fill vacant seats on its board of directors. Making the commitment to be a board member takes dedication, but it is so very rewarding as the board of directors is the guiding force behind the perpetuation and appreciation for Jazz, Blues and World music in Newfoundland. WJB is looking to recruit up to four new board members. Several will be general directors but WJB is also looking for two people capable of fulfilling specific positions including:

  • Secretary: manages the minutes of the BOD meetings; responsible for ensuring effective management of the organization’s records and legal documents.
  • Vice-President: acts as president in his or her absence; reports to and works closely with the President to assist with ensuring the organization is achieving its mission and objectives.

WJB is looking to recruit the very best and the brightest members in the St. John’s community. Artists, Educators, Administrators and all others who have a strong belief in the mission and vision of Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues are strongly encouraged to apply.

The following criteria will be used when evaluating nominations:

  • Community: applicants should have a strong track record of successfully collaborating with, enabling others and earning the respect of the community.
  • Character: applicants should have proven themselves a person of high character, with a history of acting honestly, fairly and openly when in leadership roles.
  • Experience and Expertise: if the applicant is being proposed for a specific role, they should have strong experience and expertise in that area.
  • Success: applicants should be able to point to a history of success and leaving previous roles in a better state than when they arrived.
  • Diversity: having a variety of social and cultural identities represented on the board is important in ensuring WJB provides members of the St. John’s community with diverse programming and initiatives.

Interested applicants may submit a resume accompanied by a cover letter identifying areas of interest and at least two references to:

James Price

President, Board of Directors

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues

james.price@whscc.nl.ca

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In Short – Around the Internet and World of Jazz, Blues and World Music

October 19, 2010

Kellylee Evans on CBC – Kellylee Evans was interviewed this week on CBC radio about her new album ‘Nina’, a tribute to Nina Simone. You can listen to the full interview here.

The International Song Writing Contest Deadline Extended – The International Songwriting Competition has extended its entry deadline to Dec. 3, 2010 find out more at their website at Link

John Lennon Song Writing Contest – In honor of John Lennon’s 70th birthday, Sonicbids has launched a song writing contest bearing his name. Find out more and submit your entry here

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues now Accepting Submissions for the 2011 Festival – Artists wishing to submit to perform at the 2011 WIJBF are now able to do so. Application forms and further details on funding and the submission process are available here

Early Bird Submission Dealine for JUNO’s is October 22nd – Find out more by clicking here.

Forget jazz flute — jazz triangle is where it’s at – Watch this amazing video where you realize music can be made in many different ways, Click here

R.I.P Marion Brown – Renowned saxophonist Marion Brown passed away this week aged 75. Read more

Musician’s to aid Igor Relief Effort –
On Tuesday October 19th a who’s who list of musicians’ from Newfoundland & Labrador will be performing at Mile One Centre in aid of relief efforts for Hurricane Igor. Included in the line up is previous festival performers Billy and the Bruisers. Find out more about this great event, Click here.

Celebrate Small Business Week – Drop in to the Northeast Avalon Regional Economic Development Board between  12-2 on October 21st in the main boardroom of the CNLBSC to (located at 90 O’Leary Avenue) to celebrate your successes and network with other small businesses/small business stakeholders. Please RSVP to NEA REDB at (709)-753-5554

The Newfoundland Twitter Newspaper – The Newfoundland Twitter Newspaper is a an online resource that compiles all the stories relevant to Newfoundlanders found on Twitter in one place. The site is updated daily and covers topics such as news, arts & entertainment and education. To take a look Click here.

New and Reissued Jazz Released Today – Click here

Any suggestions on what we should include in next weeks edition contact

ben@wreckhousejazzandblues.com

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Festivals Never Sleep

October 19, 2010

The 2010 WIJBF was a resounding success but we are not resting on our laurels. Preparation has already begun to build on our world class festival for 2011. Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues is excited to extend an invitation to all current and potential donors and sponsors to join us to celebrate another milestone: the 10th anniversary of the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival!

An early investment will help to provide opportunities to aspiring artists, educate young jazz, blues and world music enthusiasts, create employment, diversify and grow the city’s cultural heritage, and promote St. John’s as a world-class cultural tourism destination. Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues is more than the festival; it presents a year round calendar of events and is significant contributor to the music and arts community in Newfoundland.

In the coming weeks, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues will re-tool its sponsorship structure to provide even better flexibility, ingenuity and value without sacrificing the previous opportunities to actively engage our audience and enjoy a solid return on your investment. That’s part of Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues’ commitment to and appreciation for its supporters. Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues looks forward to your enduring support as together we build upon the fabulous success of the past ten years.

To find out more about sponsorship and how to get involved with Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Please contact us,

Liz Dunbar ,  Executive Director, liz@wreckhousejazzandblues.com ,

Ben Waring, Marketing & Communications ben@wreckhousejazzandblues.com

Festival Never Sleeps PDF

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Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues’ Executive Director leaving post

October 15, 2010

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues (WJB) is undergoing some changes at the top. Our beloved founder and Executive/Artistic Director, Kirk Newhook is leaving his post with the organization. Kirk has always been an important advocate for arts and culture in St. John’s and at the centre of diversifying the music scene in our vibrant city for almost a decade. He took his dream of expanding the musical heritage of St. John’s and created an organization and festival that has become a cornerstone event in the city’s cultural offerings. He has lead WJB through its formative years, and leaves a healthy and robust organization ready to move into the next phase of development. We owe Kirk a tremendous debt of appreciation and gratitude.

Kirk leaves WJB to take on a new role as a Sun Life Financial Advisor. Of his experience with Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues, Kirk said: “I am very proud of the contribution that the Festival has made to the local, national and international music scene.  It’s taken a tremendous amount of hard work, but I’ve been fortunate to have been surrounded by hundreds of great people; performers, volunteers, staff, directors, sponsors, government funders, industry colleagues and family who have shared in the vision and helped to build and sustain the momentum that’s now unstoppable. I am comfortable with my decision to step down from the ED role because of the stability that the organization has achieved, and feel very confident that the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival will continue on well into the future.”

Although this will bring about great change in the organization be assured that, “We’re not going anywhere”, says Jim Price, president of the WJB Board of Directors. “Kirk has planted a seed that has allowed the festival to grow over the last 9 years. The organization is determined to see our vision realized and continues to contribute to the artistic community of St. John’s for many years to come”

Taking over as Executive Director is Liz Dunbar, the former Marketing & Operations Manager. “I am honoured and excited to take on this new role with WJB. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working with this enthusiastic community and hope to foster the amazing growth the jazz, blues and world music community has seen over the past decade in Newfoundland. I look forward to many more years of outstanding music and community spirit.”

Kirk Newhook will become the festival’s volunteer Artistic Director. “Kirk will continue to bring a strong artistic focus and continuity to our festival’s programming, while Liz will continue to achieve WJB’s long-term goals,” says Jim.

Among the challenges Liz hopes to tackle as Executive Director of WJB is expanding the art form’s audience. “We must connect with younger audiences and make jazz less intimidating”. She will work closely with Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, as well as Kirk to ensure that the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival continues to be a landmark event in Newfoundland’s cultural landscape.

The organization has already started planning for the WIJBF’s 10th anniversary in 2011 and hopes to confirm some of its headliners before the New Year.

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For more information please contact:

Liz Dunbar at 709-739-7734

liz@wreckhousejazzandblues.com

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Music NL Export Readiness Training Pitching Workshop October 30th!

October 8, 2010

Music Newfoundland and Labrador is proud to offer its export-ready musicians, managers and company representatives an advanced Export Readiness Training Pitching Workshop on Saturday, October 30th held at the Delta St. John’s (Salon G) from 10:30 am – 5:30 pm.

Learn the skill sets and tools to forward your career in the business of music!

This full-day advanced Export Readiness Training Pitching Workshop, facilitated by internationally-acclaimed pitching consultant Jan Miller, is designed for export-ready artists, managers and companies who wish to perfect their presentation and one-on-one pitching techniques while developing relationships with music industry buyers.

Learn the components to strengthen your personal communication styles and adapt pitches for conversational, one-on-one business meetings. Participants will take part in an interactive, two-hour session focusing on the elements essential to conducting an effective business meeting through observing live, one-on-one pitch conversations in action. Guest Speakers: Shelley Nordstrom (ECMA Export Manager, Halifax, NS), Val Denn (Val Denn Agency, TX), Jonny Stevens (Halifax Pop Explosion, Halifax, NS).

I would like to thank you for the wealth of knowledge you provided during the export readiness training workshop. I feel very enlightened and excited to discover another avenue to direct my music. I took some great notes and the insight and materials provided will better prepare me for one-on-one meetings in the future”.

Patrick Molloy, Recording Artist

Pre-registration is required $25 and includes a light lunch.  To register, contact MusicNL at (709) 754-2574 (www.musicnl.ca).

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