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Mayor Jim Watson and Industry Minister Tony Clement at Feb 8 NAC masterclass with Wycliffe Gordon

NAC 2010 masterclass with Theo Bleckmann. ©Brett Delmage, 2010Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Industry Minister Tony Clement will attend the next Manhattan on the Rideau masterclass, with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 from noon to 2 p.m. in the NAC Fourth Stage. Admission is free.

They will be accompanied by staff from Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE). The ultra high-speed network links the students at  the NAC with faculty at the Manhattan School of Music.

The NAC suggests that those who want to watch the master class arrive early to ensure good seating.

If you arrive early enough and things work out, maybe you'll have a few moments to tell Mayor Watson how Arts funding should be supported in the  2011 City budget, or to thank him for the city grant that helped make your jazz recording project possible.

Or perhaps you'll get a chance to tell Minister Clement why UBB (Usage Based (internet) Billing, mandated by the CRTC recently, will make it unaffordably and unjustifiably expensive for ordinary Canadians without direct access to the CANARIE network to simply watch video on the internet about Canadian musicians, including Mike Essoudry's Mash Potato Mashers or The Back-Talk Organ Trio.

View photos and listen to a podcast of  Theo Bleckmann's masterclass with Renée Yoxon.