All good things must come to an end. I am stepping down as president of the Collingwood Jazz & Blues Society and as producer of the Jazz & Blues at the Station series.
It seems like just a few weeks ago that Mark Redmond approached me with the idea of a mid-week summer Jazz series for Collingwood in 2007. After looking around we decided that the space behind the Museum would be a great venue.
We had lots of help from Doug Burn, Fred Jewer, and others.
Peter Dunbar, then Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture was instrumental in getting the series on its feet, his advice and guidance were invaluable.
Our first concert in 2007 featured the Fig Leaf Jazz Band and we had an audience of 65 fans, we were happy and amazed at the turnout.This summer of 2017 our outdoor concerts drew an average of over 500 fans while over 600 enthusiasts attended and danced at the July 5th “GRACE” concert.
Charlie Gudaitis will be taking the reigns for the 2018 series and will do a great job. Charlie is a Jazz and Blues music fan with a solid background in management and organizing.
Charlie will also be bringing the South Georgian Bay Music Foundation on board, an exciting new group of supporters.
We have been blessed by having a great group of local sponsors, our loyal fans, a great group of volunteers and wonderful support from the Town of Collingwood
Looking forward to summer 2018, bringing my lawn chair and enjoying the music, food and beverages at the Station on Wednesday evenings.