JazzYYC News

JazzYYC membership matches our programming years, September 1 to August 31. If you haven’t renewed, there’s still lots of value to be gained. For your $10 membership, you can still save $55 or more on shows between now and August and puts you in line for special offers and our annual member appreciation party.

Your membership also gives you the right to vote and have a direct voice in JazzYYC governance and strategic direction. Plus, your membership shows us you care, and that’s good for our energy levels!


By Deb Rasmussen, President – JazzYYC.

JazzYYC held its AGM and member appreciation party on Wednesday, January 14th at Lolita’s lounge. 2014 was a year of many “firsts”, including the first Jazz Celebration mini-festival, first Canadian Jazz Festival, first JazzWalk”, first show with more than 250 tickets sold and our first sold-out show. JazzYYC presented, on our own and in collaboration with our many partners, 50 different events through the Illumin8 concerts, mini-festivals, UN Jazz Day, workshops, talks and free outreach events. We also launched collaborations with Lolita’s Lounge on Just Jazz Fridays and Cornerstone Music Café on Jazz in the Burbs. Our total audience reach including our co-presents, free outreach events quadrupled to more than 8,100 people. The increase in programming meant that JazzYYC hired 134 musicians, including 103 Calgary musicians. Here are the results for the President’s Report and the JazzYYC Online Survey. (read more…)

JazzYYC would like to thank departing Board members, Greg MacDonald and Mary Moran, for their contribution Greg MacDonald served as the JazzYYC Treasurer since 2012. Greg spent countless hours to establish our current accounting and reporting systems, submit financial reports, prepare fundraising applications and design all the financial forecasts supporting the strategic plan. He provided a clear and decisive voice at the Board onthe many the issues and opportunities we’ve faced during this very intense start-up period, making sure that the decisions we took were reasonable, responsible and within our grasp. Thank you Greg, for the invaluable contribution you’ve made to making JazzYYC a well-governed and financially responsible organization. (read more…)