Thank you so much to the 70 people who packed Bluesfest School of Music and Art’s new venue in Westboro last Thursday night for the first ever BSOMA presents. It was a fully-sold out house and it wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing organizing support and creative team from Bluesfest. It was a total pleasure being able to collaborate and make this whole thing happen and a little birdie has now said that the next one will be February 2015!
From l-r: Chris Wilson and Dan Hay from Amos the Transparent, Caroline Matt of City of Ottawa, Megan Jones of Factor and me!
Big thank you to Megan Jones from Factor for making the trip from Toronto to talk to the audience. By the way, what a diverse audience- wow! All ages, ethnicities, and GENRES. Metalheads to folk rockers to pop singers. I feel absolutely honoured that people held on to the panelists’ words like they did.
Seriously, it’s almost a week from the fact and I’m still gushing. It was amazing to talk to all the artists afterwards eager to set up their special BSOMA-sponsored appointments with me as YouRockRed. People had such positive comments including “That was the best $10 I’ve ever spent,” to just telling me how inspired they feel and how they can’t wait to meet with their band that week to talk about how to get THEIR group to the next level with all this new information. This was a first of sorts for Ottawa. The reason I pitched the info session series concept was because I go to sessions like these all the time at music conferences like NXNE and CMW and wanted people NOT in the music industry or music-specific training programs to be able to take advantage of education/networking opportunities. I think the mission was accomplished.
Mark Monahan thanking everyone for coming out and telling the audience how these sorts of sessions are exactly what BSOMA intended to do when founded. (I’m trying to hide how much I’m smiling at those kind words but the smirk is breaking through!)
Again, big thank you to Mark Monahan, Caroline Matt of City of Ottawa and my pals in Amos the Transparent. Beaus- your beer was much appreciated by everyone afterwards in the swanky BSOMA lounge.
I’m meeting with BSOMA this week and can’t wait to read all of your feedback. There’s a lot of subjects that can be future conferences- I’ve got about 25 already brainstormed with min. 3 people for each. Stay tuned here and thank you again!
All these photos are from Ming Wu and Jackpine. Thanks for the great shots!
Look at that crowd!