jazz is love
Backstage at the TD Winter Jazz Festival’s Leonard Cohen tribute concert.
Yesterday was such an amazing Valentine’s Day. It was capped off with an up-close and intimate experience meeting and photographing many of the artists performing in the TD Winter Jazz Fest’s Leonard Cohen tribute concert, as well as many of the folks working behind the scenes. From the moment Anita and I walked in the side door of the Dominion-Chalmers Church to when we were all set up in the cozy hallway alcove ready to shoot, we were so well taken care of by the Jazz Festival’s staff and volunteers. It felt so much like a fun, welcoming family.
Our loveOttawa project is always focused on shining light on what a great city we have. We wanted to use the evening as an opportunity to share how lucky we are to not only have great musical talent gracing Ottawa, but also how friendly the folks who make it happen are. We had fun telling that story by asking people to write one or two words describing what they loved about the Jazz Fest and/or what they love and how they feel about the music.
Last night we were surrounded by some incredible talent: Martha Wainwright, Jay Malinowski, Scott Helman, Reuben and the Dark, Don Francks (Iron Buffalo), Kelly-Lee Evans and more. But what really struck us was everyone’s kindness and humility. Yes, the music was amazing and so emotional as these artists paid tribute to the great Leonard Cohen, but they were all so nice and generous with their time!
Petr Cancura – Ottawa Jazz Festival Programming Director
© dwayne brown studio – the loveOttawa project