WHAT A GREAT FESTIVAL WE HAD THE WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 16 - 19, 2014.
For wonderful reviews and photos of the Festival please visit OttawaJazzScene.ca
Other pictures taken during the event may be seen on the MerrickvillesJazzFest Facebook page. The link to that page is shown below.
It is early yet to be able to share information on attendance but the sense is that it was increased over last year. There were more smiling faces as attendees talked about their surprise and pleasure at the level of musicianship. Merrickville has now furthered its reputation as a Jazz Destination.
This year we also enjoyed the very welcome participation of a great number of volunteers. Again, we want to acknowledge the assistance we had this year from Karen Oxorn. If you attended our concerts you will have recognized the volunteers from their distinctive badges and willing assistance. Please join us in applauding their generous donation of time, high spirits and desire to spread the joy of music. They impressed on both visiting musicians and jazz fans that Merrickville is a very welcoming and friendly village.
We could not have accomplished any of this without the overwhelming support we received from our sponsors once again this year. Their names appear on our brochure and this website. Please support them with your business. Because of their community spirit and commitment to Merrickville we were able to engage the many excellent musicians we enjoyed. We benefited from the generosity of many outside our village as well this year who saw fit to provide extraordinary financial support. This support is greatly appreciated and we hope that our benefactors are gaining value in their support of our festival. The Village of Merrickville-Wolford provided financial assistance, Branch #245 of the Royal Canadian Legion loaned us their third floor hall and once again Holy Trinity Anglican Church and Merrickville United Church donated the use of their beautiful sanctuaries as venues. Our large venues are appreciated by both our audiences and musicians. Appreciation also is extended to Fulford Preparatory College (this year providing space for 2 events), The Goose & Gridiron Restaurant & Pub, Gad’s Hill Place and The Baldachin Inn for providing cooperation, refreshments and space for our audience and musicians. Long & McQuade Musical Instruments of Ottawa contributed equipment that made a huge difference to our sound. There were door prizes donated, cooperation extended and more generosity than imaginable.
For the first time this year we had a great media partnership with OttawaJazzScene.ca who attended the festival and reported on our great concerts. Read all about it at OttawaJazzScene.ca
Our donations this year towards musical programming for children were $750 to the Advisory Council at Merrickville Public School and $750 to the Wolford Public School. Additional funds were donated to the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, the Merrickville United Church and the Merrickville Legion.