In recent years, multi-instrumentalist Petr Cancura has played an active role in the Ottawa Jazz Festival. He has been a member of the Ottawa Composers Collective, a guest workshop trainer for the Youth Summit, and helped create, organize and perform in the OLG Workshop Series. But 2011 is the first Festival that Cancura, working as the new Festival Programming Director since January 2011, has had a broader hand in shaping.

OttawaJazzScene editor Alayne McGregor talked with Petr Cancura at the Festival's official 2011 launch on April 13.  He explained his role in this year's programming, some of the changes this year that have reduced the presentation of local musicians, his personal knowledge of some of the performers, and what he sees for future community involvement by the Festival.

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