John Cvetan (volunteer coordinator) and Wendy Bardach (assistant coordinator) with one of 500 volunteer T shirts and badges required for the 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival. photo ©Brett Delmage, 2010
John Cvetan (volunteer coordinator) and Wendy Bardach (assistant coordinator) with one of 500 volunteer T shirts and badges required for the 2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival. photo ©Brett Delmage, 2010
Two dedicated volunteers prepare for 500 more

Over 500 volunteers will be required to help run the Ottawa Jazz Festival in 2010, according to the new Volunteer Coordinator, John Cvetan. Each on-duty volunteer needs to be clearly identified to the public and other festival crew  by a personal badge and a special color of T shirt. So John and Wendy, both long-time festival volunteers themselves, are spending this weekend making packages with a badge, T shirt and printed instructions for the massive volunteer orientation meeting on Monday.  John points out that the new roll-up self-packaged kit doesn't need an envelope and is "more environmentally friendly."

photo ©Brett Delmage, 2010



Larger OLG tent will host new evening series

A larger tent will host the new OLG Late Night Series this year. ©Brett Delmage, 2010
A larger tent will host the new OLG Late Night Series this year. ©Brett Delmage, 2010

The OLG Tent, at the western edge of the park next to Elgin Street has been expanded this year, to accommodate the OLG Late Night Series starting at 10:30 p.m. and replacing the Studio series. It will also host free noontime concerts by local artists and the afternoon OLG Workshop Series.

The Main Stage

The chair of an eager listener is already in perfect position for the start of the Festival . photo ©Brett Delmage, 2010
The chair of an eager listener is already in perfect position for the start of the Festival . photo ©Brett Delmage, 2010

The Main Stage and tent is up. But there is a lot of work to be done before it is usable for performances. The Ottawa Jazz Festival`s Stage crew will be very busy for the next four days.