The Studio and Connoisseur series will not be returning to the 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival.
At the Festival's annual general meeting November 25, it was revealed that the Festival's agreement with the NAC to use the Studio theatre for 10:30 p.m. concerts would not be renewed because of increased costs. Instead, the Festival will be running late-night programming at its secondary tent near Elgin Street, which was used for afternoon programming in 2009. The Festival has received a noise bylaw exemption from the City of Ottawa which will allow it to present outside shows after 11 PM.
The Festival is also planning a special "Friends" series at the NAC earlier in the evening, which is still under development. The improvisational/experimental concerts at the NAC Fourth Stage, which attracted capacity audiences in 2009, will also return.
The Connoisseur series will be replaced by a Classics series curated by Programming Manager Jacques Emond, to be held at Library and Archives Canada. Emond emphasized that the change had nothing to do with the quality of artists in the Connoisseur series, which was high.
Despite one of the wettest summers in memory, jazz fans still showed up for the 2009 Festival, with box office revenues of $526,148 (only down 8% from 2008, and a 6% increase over 2007). The festival's net operating surplus for 2009 was $159,352. This is the third year in a row (and 11th of the last 13) that the festival has shown a surplus.
– Alayne McGregor