Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Volunteers ~ The Key to Success ~ Newmarket jazz+ Festival

NEWMARKET JAZZ+ FESTIVAL is just weeks away.  They need Volunteers to develop a Top Ontario festival of the arts and music!  I’ve often noted that Volunteers are the "Key to Success".  What I have experienced being with Sher St. Kitts at several Festivals, is that her team treats Volunteers with great respect, appreciation, kindness and always promise and deliver:  lots of FUN along the way!   Sher says “If you’re not having FUN, then don’t do it!”  Achieving something with a dedicated team is rewarding and fun.  Sher and jazz plus team loves to dance with the Volunteers regularly - how can you not have fun, when all of them are having fun!   It becomes a Fun-Fest!  Self-sustaining Festivals and Events depend upon YOU, the Volunteer.  I highly recommend you contact Sher if you wish to join in the fun, gain knowledge, experience and feel good about contributing to the development of Ontario’s creative community.

Ontario Visited, Festival Nomad (Gary McWilliams); Judi (Scoop) McWilliams; Sher St. Kitts (Festival Producer/Organizer, NEWMARKET jazz+ FESTIVAL)

Sher St. Kitts (Festival Producer/Organizer, NEWMARKET jazz+ FESTIVAL) with ONTARIO VISITED, Festival Nomad (Gary McWilliams)
Inaugural Jazz+ Guy Black Tie Kick Off:  July 19th, 2014
Arts Music Festivals York Region organizers of the Newmarket jazz+ Festival announce the first Annual Jazz+ Guy Black Tie Kick Off at the Newmarket Theatre – Saturday, July 19th.
Only 100 Tickets available for VIP Black Tie at $100ea – supporting the creation of annual bridge between the Newmarket jazz+ Festival and the Newmarket Theatre. Starting at 6pm – one hundred Jazz+ Guy Black Tie Kick Off VIPs will enjoy Red Carpet Reception including a Cruise & Schmooze banquet of fabulous finger foods by Vince’s Market, excellent wine & cheeses, a swag bag, live entertainment, photo opportunities and 7:30pm show featuring George St. Kitts.
“Show only” 300 fabulous seats at $25 each for 7:30pm George St. Kitts Show.  Formal dress – while Tuxedos and gowns are enjoyed, they are not required.  Ladies & Gentlemen –  a great opportunity to strut your stuff & bring out your bling!
Get your tickets at on line at http://newmarketjazzfestival.com/buy-tickets/ or email request to sherstkitts@gmail.com
Michael Chan Wrote ~
“The Ontario government is committed to building a strong economy and creating jobs in communities across the province. Local festivals and events bring communities together and give Ontario families and visitors another reason to explore our wonderful province.”
Thanks to our 2014 Sponsors & Partners: Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Central Counties Tourism, TD Bank, YRMG, snapd Inc., Vince’s Market, Buckley Insurance, NewRoads Automotive, Green & Rose Developments, Investors Group, 88.5 The Jewel, 91.1 Jazz FM, The Arts Music Store, St. Kitts Music, Cosmo Music, Newmarket Downtown Development Subcommittee, Town of Newmarket, Your On Line Business, Powell Contracting, Nmkt. Main Street BIA, Elite Email, York Region Arts Council, Newmarket Library, Sundance Signs, Main Street shops, festival friends, partners, Interns, Coordinators and volunteers.
Celebrate great local talent with us at the 2014 Newmarket jazz+ Festival, August 1 - 4 Riverwalk Commons, the Lions Hall and Main Street, Newmarket.

Please text word jazz to 33322 to win tickets & prizes 
Newmarket - Arts Music Festivals York Region organizers of the Newmarket jazz+ Festival (“NJF”) are happy to announce our second annual Festival Launch at the Newmarket Farmers Market this Saturday June 14th.  Join us for announcements 10am on stage.The jazz+ Guy flags will be flying high!  We invite all art/music fans, community leaders, media, press, artists and musicians to join us at Riverwalk to launch the 2014 festival and celebrate festival season in York Region!  We have posters and post cards for distribution. We need your assistance to get festival information spread all over York Region and into cottage country! 
We are proud to announce we have more than a dozen dedicated Intern Coordinators who have volunteered to lead festival teams run a dynamic, successful community festival.  The NJF attracted these highly skilled Interns from several Universities and Colleges.  They will assist in coordination of:  Volunteers, Vendors, Creative Kids Zone, Lions Halls Activities, Stages & Sound, Artistic Direction, Visual Artists, Accounts, Gate Teams, Sponsorship Management, Signage & Banners, Marketing & Social Media, Community Partners Liaison, Festival Surveys, Administration, Operations and General Management.  Each Festival Team needs a group of volunteers!  Please volunteer and help us build the Newmarket jazz+ Festival into a provincially recognized Top 100 festival here in Newmarket.
Newmarket is a leader in supporting its creative artist’s community.  It has positively nurtured and developed the Newmarket jazz+ Festival.  Successful festivals are good for everyone:  the creative artists, local business, vibrant community and our Towns.
Celebrate great local talent with us at the 2nd annual Newmarket jazz+ Festival, August 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th at Riverwalk Commons, the Lions Hall and Main Street, Newmarket..
by Festival Nomad, Gary McWilliams EXCERPT FROM VISIT ...
It was great to see Sher and George St. Kitts again, this time in Newmarket. There were already great crowds at this year's Jazz Festival. The City of Newmarket and its residents had certainly embraced the Newmarket jazz+ Festival. This year we were visiting the Festival with "Ace" Festival Nomad Correspondent, Carol Law. Carol lives in Newmarket and is a member of the Newmarket Citizens Band, so theNewmarket jazz+ Festival was one that she really wanted to attend! The Festival was being held in Newmarket's Riverwalk Commons. This was a great facility that includes both a stage area, lots of outside space for both exhibits and festival visitors. There is also a building which held a number of activities and displays. Once we were inside the Festival gates, we started to investigate all that was being offered. There were plenty of interesting vendors, offering unique products and services. On one of the two stages, a group of musicians were performing in front of a large enthusiastic audience.  While we were touring the Festival grounds, we looked for Festival organizer, Sher St. Kitts. Eventually our paths crossed and we were able to catch a few moments of her time. We were even able to snap a few photos with her. As in other years, Sher was a "beehive" of activity and she had to rush off all too soon. After she left us, we continued on our way to explore the rest of the grounds. We had visited most of the outside booths, had stopped to listen to the music and now entered the building. Inside there were activities for kids, including a great craft area where children could allow their creative juices to flow! In an another area fine art was on display. It was here that we met up with George St. Kitts. George and Sher produce the Newmarket jazz+ Festival and George and his group are some of the Festival's "Star" performers! Judi, being the "Photo Op Queen" managed to have another "Handsome Man Photo". Others include the "Mantracker, Terry Grant" and "International Space Station Commander, Chris Hadfield". Back outside, we returned to the stage area to listen to more great music. Time seemed to pass very quickly. Reluctantly we left to Festival, a long trip home awaited us. After the fact, we learned that Carol had returned that evening to the Festival with one of her friends. According to Carol the evening performances were even more spectacular!
What a great way for a "fresh start" in a "new community" for a "well establish Festival" Congratulations to Sher and George and all the Festival's volunteers for a fabulous Newmarket jazz+ Festival.

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