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WJB IS HIRING, JOIN OUR TEAM: Marketing & Operations Manager

September 27, 2010

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues is seeking a dynamic and skilled individual to fill the role of Marketing & Operations Manager as the organization moves into its 10th year in 2011! This position is a leadership role that requires a motivated, independent, and out-going individual with the flexibility to work evenings and weekends, as well as the ability to work under pressure. See the full job description below for more details.


Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues (WJB) is seeking a full‐time, permanent employee to fill the role of Marketing & Operations Manager in St. John’s Newfoundland.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Marketing & Operations Manager will be responsible for the administration of Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues, including marketing, public relations, government/agency relations, contract negotiations, and volunteer management.


  • Oversee office management and administrative functions: maintenance of accounts payable/receivable, expense claims management, monitoring of main phone line, general data entry, purchasing;
  • Develop and distribute WJB marketing and communication plans and materials: media releases, letters, invitations, website content, social media and other marketing initiatives;
  • Manage support personnel: delegation of tasks, follow‐up, status reports, time sheets, leave approval, disciplinary action, conflict resolution;
  • Volunteer program management: recruiting efforts, volunteer screening, orientation/training, scheduling and retention efforts;
  • Assist Executive Director with the coordination of fundraising activities, grant applications, and corporate sponsorship proposals as required;
  • Develop and implement WJB Membership Program.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in an appropriate field: Commerce, Communications, or Arts Management;
  • Experience in marketing special events, particularly artistic or cultural activities would be an asset;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Must be able to meet deadlines and perform under pressure;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office;
  • Self‐motivated with the ability to work independently and collaboratively;
  • Must be able to work flexible hours;
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle;
  • Experience with Simply Accounting would be an asset;
  • Experience with design software would be an asset;
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience would be considered.


Please send resumes to the attention of

James Price

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues

90 O’Leary Avenue, Suite 203

St. John’s, NL A1B 2C7


For more information please contact:

Liz Dunbar at 709-739-7734

Full Job Description here


Sponsor of the Week: September 23, 2010

September 23, 2010

The 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival would not be possible without the support of our corporate and media sponsors.  To show our appreciation for their support, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues will be showcasing a different sponsor each week.  This week, we are actually featuring two of our longest-serving sponsors, Heineken and Lamb’s.

Heineken is a featured brand of Molson Coors Canada. Molson Coors Canada’s vision is very simple, to be a top performing global brewer, while staying true to its values, heritage and identity. Molson has been a corporate sponsor of Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues for many years. This represents not only a strong sense of commitment to the community but also Molson’s commitment to making a difference in the communities where Molson’s roots are deepest. They believe it is important to support the arts community and take pride in a continued commitment to the 2010 Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Festival.

Lamb’s Rum is a featured brand of Corby Distilleries Limited, a leading Canadian manufacturer and marketer of spirits and imported wines. Corby’s portfolio of owned-brands includes some of the most renowned brands in Canada, including Wiser’s Canadian whiskies, Polar Ice vodka and McGuinness liqueurs. Through its affiliation with Pernod Ricard S.A., Corby also represents leading international brands such as ABSOLUT vodka, Chivas Regal, The Glenlivet and Ballantine’s scotches, Jameson Irish whiskey, Beefeater gin, Malibu rum, Kahlúa liqueur, Mumm champagne, and Jacob’s Creek and Wyndham Estate wines.  The variety of products offered by Corby is rivaled only by the variety found in the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival lineup!

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues is proud to offer Molson and Corby products exclusively at our licensed venues during the Festival.  However, the contributions of both Molson Coors and Corby Distilleries are not confined to the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival.  Both partners provide support for many of WJB’s year-round activities, helping us showcase young players in the jazz & blues community and providing support for our volunteer appreciation initiatives.

A sincere thank you goes out to both Molson Coors Canada and Corby Distilleries Limited!


Photos From the Worst Pop Band Ever Performance During the 2010 WIJBF

September 23, 2010

The Worst Pop Band Ever performed their innovative form of jazz at The Martini Bar during the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival. Below are a small selection of photos from the night,


Volunteer Appreciation Party and Volunteer Awards Winners

September 14, 2010

On August 19th, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues once again showed its appreciation for the phenomenal core of volunteers at the second of this years’ Volunteer Appreciation Party!  The volunteer party featured many treats; for example pizza donated from Boston Pizza, beverages from Molson Canada and Corby Distilleries, and a very special performance from WJB staff members.  Staffers Dave Goudie, Simon Miminis and Adam Reid assembled with little rehearsal to put on a pleasant set of jazz standards.

Every volunteer present at the volunteer appreciation party received a certificate commemorating their involvement at this year’s Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival.  If you volunteered at the festival as well, there is a certificate waiting for you at the WJB offices at 90 O’Leary Avenue.  Come down and accept your certificate sometime from 9:00 to 5:00, Monday to Friday.

The support offered freely by all volunteers is invaluable, and we thank each and every volunteer for their help.  Sometimes, individual volunteers make an extraordinary impact that merits further recognition.  As such, WJB would like to publish the names of several volunteers who have earned special awards, given out during the Volunteer Appreciation Party.

Volunteer of the Year Award:    Carmel Dooley

Rookie of the Year Award:           Ashley Collins

Sprit of the Festival Award:         Bill Hunt & Kyla Bruff

Volunteer Family of the Year:     Bonnie James & Jim Miler

Volunteer Group of the Year:     Behzad Hezarkhani, Emma Yoshioka, Nerges Salimi, Somayeh Ghobai & Shervin Ayazi

“Come From Away” Award          Leslie Reid, Susan Reid & Kimiko Irei

Congratulations to all WIJBF volunteers on a job well done, and especially to 2010 volunteer award winners!


Using Social Media to Promote Your Music. Part 1 – An Introduction to Social Media Sites

September 14, 2010

Traditionally promoting your music has involved frequent gigging and postering, and although this still plays a huge role in promoting your music there are many other ways to get yourself out there. As people spend more and more time on-line,  the Internet is becoming more and more important in music promotion.

Before you embark on promoting your Music online it is important that you have an EPK (Electronic Press Kit). If you do not have an EPK you should read our artice “A Guide to EPK’s and Artist Promotion” . Having an EPK ready is important as it is effectively your musical resume which will give people information about who you are and what you do.

One of the main benefits of social networks are that they help your audience feel more connected and close to you, giving them a stake and therefore a real interest in what you do. But what is social media below is a video that explains social media in plain English.

Each social network and platform has its own distinct benefits and disadvantages and not all will be useful or necessary in promoting yourself. We shall begin by looking some of the major mediums and provide information on what they are and how to use them.


Although Myspace is no longer the most popular social networking site it is still immensely popular with musicians. This is due to the ease of page customization, the ability to add music, videos and the established network of music industry professional that use the site. Below is a video that gives a brief description of social networks and how to use Myspace.

you can view our Myspace page at


It is rare today to find someone who does not have a Facebook account. Facebook is a site where you create a personal profile.  You are now able to link to friends and colleagues. The idea of the site is that it allows you to keep in touch with people you know by posting photos, making comments and sending messages within your network. It is also a way of getting back in touch with people that you have lost contact with or of  extending your social circle. With Facebook you are also able to create “like” or “fan” pages dedicated to whatever ever topic you like. People will then become “members” or “like” that page to keep up to date with the latest news on that subject. Below is a basic guide on using Facebook with an overview of what is offers;

Visit the Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Facebook Page


Twitter is a micro blogging site where you can post text and links no longer than 140 characters. You are also able to post pictures (through links) through services such as twitpic.

With Twitter you follow people and have followers meaning people whose posts (tweets) you see and those who see your posts. In effect, the more people who follow you the further your message is going.  Below is a video on giving a basic guide of what twitter is and how to use it;

You can visit our twitter feed at


WordPress and Blogger are sites where you can create a free blog. A blog is essentially a basic form of a website where you can post articles, photos, video and comments. The site you are on right now is the Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues blog, and as you can see a large number of different items have been posted to it. What Workpress and Blogger offer is a free website address, a content management system (CMS) to allow you to post what you want and provide you with a limited amount of  webspace to upload picture, video etc. By having a blog you are able to destribute information in more detail than many of the other social mediums listed. Below is a basic guide detailing what blogs are and what they do;

Visit the main page of our blog at


Flickr is a website that allows you to post photographs and video to your profile on their site. Within the site you can join groups and networks, just like in many of the other social networking sites. This is a great place to post pictures of yourself as a form of promotion. Below is a basic guide on how to use Flickr;

Visit our Flickr page


Newsletters are a great way to keep  your fans up to date with the latest information and news about you and your music. Although newsletters are not strictly classed as social media they do work incredibly well with many of the social media mentioned before. Newsletters can be sent to the email in boxes of subscribers as often as you require and provide a very targeted for of advertising. Newsletter can channel people to your other forms of social media and promote your up coming events.

In future weeks we will cover in more detail these sites and give advice on which will meet your needs.


The Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MusicNL) Announce the 2010 MusicNL Conference.

September 14, 2010

MusicNL is bringing the event to Rocky HarbourGros Morne National Park October 22-24, 2010.

As always the event will be action packed including:

Registration for the event will take place at the Ocean View Hotel starting 3:00 PM, Friday October 22.

Seminars and Workshops take place at The Fisherman’s Landing Inn both October 22 & 23.

Showcases will be held at the The Fisherman’s Landing Inn October 22 & 23.

The Industry Brunch is Saturday October 23 at The Fisherman’s Landing.

CBC/MusicNL Songwriters Circle will take place at the Fisherman’s Lading 2:00 PM

The Awards Gala is Sunday October 24 at Gros Morne Academy hosted by Mike and Louis MacDonald.

For more information don’t hesitate to contact the office at 709-754-2574 Jen Winsor


Photos From the Treasa Levasseur Performance During the 2010 WIJBF

September 9, 2010

Treasa Levasseur played an energetic and fun performace at the Fat Cat Blues Bar during the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival. The set even included a guest appearance by by Chris Kirby. Here are a selection of photographs from the night.

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