Barnstorm 16

Barnstorm 16 was a huge success – the weather was fantastic (again), and audience members and musicians had a wonderful time. Several people have commented that this was the best Barnstorm yet (they always say that), and that this is THE music festival to play (which is true). I still find it surprising that attendance did not go up despite lot’s of media coverage in the Citizen, the Sun, and on radio including the CBC. Oh, well, I guess it will remain the best kept secret, underrated, high end of low budget music festivals.

Thank you to everyone who made this event great, including of course the bands that made the magic happen. You all played scorching sets!
I want to thank all of the volunteers – I couldn’t do it without you, but first I want to thank the new members, that joined the crew, and some that stepped in to fill the void Mark Valcour left behind. I of course have simplified your contributions, but know they were huge. Also, I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone, but if I do I apologize in advance.

Marc Grondin who came up twice to work out the details of some audio gear I purchased. He is also constantly working on the Roboscans, the big light that does effects, but there’s another one. Thanks Marc!

Dave Sarazin for coming up on the Friday to setup the audio gear and he is the one who recorded the show. Thanks Dave!

Dan Foss also stepped up to the plate in the audio department and did a crazy job including going back to Ottawa for more gear. Also, his daughter Stephanie who helped out in the lights and sound area’s. Thanks Dan!

Big Lou was just some guy who delivered our lawn tractors from repair, but was so impressed, he came with the free popcorn and other goodies. He was also responsible for the big moose. Thanks Louis!

Elorious Cain was our DJ for the night and from all accounts it was spectacular as expected. Thanks Elorious!

Lynne Hanson for setting the fires and pressing button #4 for the fireworks. Thanks Lynne!

Cindy and Chery Wells for bringing even more food and yummies. Thanks!
Special thanks to Dick Alta Vista and Tonya Price for doing a great job as MC’s for the evening. Dick also prepared the delicious Jamaican patties for the bands. He also transported the bass amp and drum kit. You were both fantastic!

Thanks again to Laker Beer’s generous sponsorship of suds for the bands.

Thank you Kevin Colbourne and Laker Beer!

Dave’s Drum Shop for the loaner drum kit – thank you.

Spaceman Music for the bass amp – thank you.

Thanks to Dylan Hunter and CKCU for the loan of all the extra gear.

Bill Kole for the poster design – thank you.

Condolences go out to Derek Bradshaw who lost his Dad the day before Barnstorm. Up until that point Derek and Jenn arranged the raffle prizes including the donation of the bike. Of course they were not here, but you were missed, and we all thought of you. Thank you Derek and Jenn, my thoughts have been with you.

Special thanks to Kent ‘the man’ MacMillan for all the effort throughout the year with my crazy idea’s and working right through the event and the days after. This year was a pool fence, the improvement of the “Mess Hall”, and the satellite dish gazebo. I’m working on the new idea’s right now Kent. Thank you.

Thanks to Martha Walsh desserts for our performers’ hospitality area, stage direction, it’s always wonderful to have you with us.

Trish Murray and Mireille McLaughlin and others helped maintain order at the main entrance, helped at the gate, and ran the raffle. Thank You!
Lastly, I would like to thank my girlfriend/partner/wife Margaret for serving food, and for putting up with me for the last few weeks, as there were many long nights and early mornings that were spent working on the endless details that need to be attended to. Thank You Sweetie!

Barnstorm 16 might be over, but v.17 is just in its beginnings (incredible that it takes a year to put on a weekend). If you would like to be part of Barnstorm 17, even in its early stages, please let me know. You can stay in touch by joining the facebook page here; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barnstorm/168753139849376?ref=ts&fref=ts

Feel free to share your photos, and let me know what you thought of Barnstorm 16.

The date for Barnstorm 17 is August 20th, 2016. SAVE THE DATE!

Thank you all for a remarkable weekend.

tic

NEW TICKET SCHEME THIS YEAR!

NEW TICKET SCHEME THIS YEAR. Due to several situations, the price has gone up this year.

Barnstorm will be absorbing any credit card fees.

$25.00 EARLY BIRD advance up to August 12th, 2015, (only 50 tickets available)

$30.00 advance after August 12th, 2015

$40.00 Gate

RATIONALE:

Barnstorm has run for the past 15 years at a total loss of about $15,000.00. More has been spent on infrastructure, lights and equipment to make the Odditorium a safe and happy place. I don’t buy season’s tickets to the Senators, so Barnstorm is my vice. However the time has come that I break even financially, and hopefully pay the bands what they really deserve.
The loss of Mark Valcour has left a gaping hole in Barnstorm. Without Mark, Barnstorm may have never happened. With his staff, equipment, and dedication, the sound and recording of Barnstorm was steller. For that to happen without Mark, I had to invest in equipment. I am in no position to rent, transport, and setup 3 seperate sound systems ever year.

Also the roof of the barn is in need of repairs. I’m thinking of a “Go Fund Me’ page at some time in the future.
There is a provision for a donation to keep Barnstorm running for many years to come.

Thank you

tic

RIP Mark Valcour 1954-2015

I personally met Mark in 1983, and can honestly say that my time with CKCU would not have happened without the enthusiasm and energy he instilled upon me. He taught me all of my production skills and I often think of him to this day asking myself if he would approve. He was CKCU’s Production Manager at the time, and we spent many hours working together on so many Live Remotes, Live concerts in Porter Hall, Roosters and Oliver’s, the renewed Ottawa Folk Festival, Mad Ad’s, Award’s Night, CKCU major anniversaries, and his personal show at the time “No Wasted Words”. Larger projects were “Henry’s Garage”, “Shed Sessions” and of course “Barnstorm”. We always spent time after the shows decompressing, and were often the last ones awake when the sun was rising. We had legendary camping trips, but I never did fish with him. He was famous for some of his play on words such as Gladstone being called “Happy Rock”, and Bell Street being “Ding Dong Street”. And, never, ever put the wrong em-phasis on the wrong syl-lable. You would always know what time to meet Mark somewhere if you applied the VST factor (Valcour Standard Time) by just adding an hour to the agreed upon time. And, count yourself lucky if you never heard his stories about the Prescott Hotel. I can confidently say that Mark has probably recorded every band that has ever existed in every venue that the city of Ottawa has had to offer and beyond for more than thirty years. He will be sorely missed by a huge community at CKCU-FM, Algonquin College, the Carleton School of Journalism, and pretty much every club and band that has ever worked with him.

I will have that last one “for the ditch”, but not in “Studio J”.

RIP, Mark Valcour, 1954-2015

Further links:
Carleton School of Journalism;
http://www.carleton.ca/journalism/2015/mark-valcour-1954-2015/
Muckrack
http://muckrack.com/link/oNYAz/mark-valcour-1954-2015

Another successful Barnstorm!

Barnstorm 15 was a huge success – the weather was fantastic, and audience members and musicians had a wonderful time. Several people have commented that this was the best Barnstorm yet, and that this is THE music festival to play.

Thank you to everyone who made this event great, including of course the bands that made the magic happen. You all played scorching sets!

I want to thank all of the volunteers – I couldn’t do it without you:

Special thanks to Dick Alta Vista and Tonya Price for doing a great job as MC’s for the evening. Dick also prepared the delicious Jamaican patties for the bands. He also transported the bass amp and drum kit. You were both fantastic!

Thanks again to Laker Beer’s generous sponsorship of suds for the bands. Thank you Kevin Colbourne and Laker Beer!

Sound Output Audio Productions (SOAP) for the sound reinforcement and recording and front of house PA – thank you Mark Valcour, and Justin.

Dave’s Drum Shop for the loaner drum kit – thank you.

Spaceman Music for the bass amp – thank you.

Thanks to Dylan Hunter from CKCU for the questionable audio ad that was so bad, it was good.

Dwight Macpherson for the poster design – thank you.

Thanks to Derek and Jennifer Bradshaw, who organized the raffle, and worked the gate.

Special thanks to Kent ‘the man’ MacMillan for all the effort you put into the demolition of the “Chill Zone” and the subsequent rechilling, Rogers TV riser, and the various heavy lifting. He also donated the Marshall Amp fridge which he won last year. – Thank you.

Thanks to Martha Walsh desserts for our performers’ hospitality area, stage direction, it’s always wonderful to have you with us.

Trish Murray helped maintain order at the main entrance, helped at the gate, and gave everyone glow bracelets. Thank You!

Lastly, I would like to thank my girlfriend Margaret for serving food, and for putting up with me for the last few weeks, as there were many long nights and early mornings that were spent working on the endless details that need to be attended to. Thank You Sweetie!

2014 might be over, but 2015 is just in its beginnings (incredible that it takes a year to put on a weekend). If you would like to be part of 2015, even in its early stages, please let me know. You can stay in touch by joining the facebook page here; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barnstorm/168753139849376?ref=ts&fref=ts

Feel free to share your photos, and let me know what you thought of Barnstorm 15.

So get your rest, and keep your ear to the grindstone – Barnstorm 16 is already in the works! The date for Barnstorm 16 is August 22nd, 2015. SAVE THE DATE!

Thank you all for a remarkable weekend.
tic

Bands confirmed for this year!

It’s been a tough time booking this year, but I’m pleased to announce the bands for Barnstorm 15, Saturday August 23rd, 2014.

There are a few changes this year. Tickets at the gate will be $25.00. Advance tickets for $20.00 will be available at Compact Music and Birdman Sound in Ottawa, and in Finch at Aunt Mary’s Convenience Store. Be sure to check “This Years Lineup” for full details. Save the date!

Big Jeezus Truck
Ray Harris & the BSOB’s
Saint Clare
R.W. Haller
Lynne Hanson
The Sick Sick Sicks

Waiting for the Big 15

Waiting for the Big 15

The last 5 centimeters of snow is enough to put you over the edge, but fear not summer will soon be over! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!  It comes too quickly doesn’t it, after we hit April it seem like the seasons whip by. It is with great pleasure that we announce the BIG 15th Anniversary of Barnstorm! comming this September.

The man behind the festival is now available on Facebook, click this link. For more information contact dj tic directly or sign up to be notified either throught this website or facebook.

Barnstorm 14 was the funnest time I’ve had in a barn since….er ever actually!! thanks tic!

More to come, stay tuned CKCU 93.1 FM Wednesday mornings

tic does his version of CKCU’s flagship morning program called Special Blend on CKCU-FM, Wednesday from 7-10 AM www.ckcufm.com.

Barnstorm 14! Thanks to everyone!

Barnstorm 14! Thanks to everyone!

Barnstorm 14 was a huge success – the weather was fantastic, and audience members and musicians had a wonderful time. Several people have commented that this was the best Barnstorm yet, and that this is THE music festival to play.

Thank you to everyone who made this event great, including of course the bands that made the magic happen. You all played scorching sets!
I want to thank all of the volunteers – I couldn’t do it without you:
Special thanks to Dick Alta Vista for doing a great job as MC for the evening, and for the delicious Jamaican patties for the bands. He also transported the bass amp and drum kit. You were fantastic!

Thanks again to Laker Beer’s generous sponsorship of suds for the bands. Thank you Kevin Colbourne and Laker Beer!

Sound Output Audio Productions (SOAP) for the sound reinforcement and recording and front of house PA – thank you Mark Valcour, Justin, and Jay Kay.

Dave’s Drum Shop for the loaner drum kit – thank you.

Spaceman Music for the bass amp – thank you.

Thanks to Dylan Hunter from CKCU for your great audio ad. Bravo!
Dwight Macpherson for the poster design – thank you.

Thanks to Derek and Jennifer Bradshaw, who organized the raffle, arranged for the Marshall fridge, and worked the gate.

Special thanks to Kent ‘the man’ MacMillan for all the effort you put into the drum riser, and the new improved Green room walls and the heavy lifting – thank you.

Thanks to Martha Walsh desserts for our performers’ hospitality area, stage direction, and her work at the Merchandise booth and Tom Walsh for the airbag detonations – it’s always wonderful to have you with us.

Thanks to Dave Sarazin and Matthew Crosier from CKCU for spinning the tunes in the Chill Zone.

Thanks to Michael Valerio for obtaining, and providing the bacon butty.

Lastly, I would like to thank my girlfriend Margaret for serving food, and for putting up with me for the last few weeks, as there were many long nights and early mornings that were spent working on the endless details that need to be attended to. Thank You Sweetie!

2013 might be over, but 2014 is just in its beginnings (incredible that it takes a year to put on a weekend). If you would like to be part of 2014, even in its early stages, please let me know. You can stay in touch by joining the facebook page here; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barnstorm/168753139849376?ref=ts&fref=ts

Feel free to share your photos, and let me know what you thought of Barnstorm 14.

So get your rest, and keep your ear to the grindstone – Barnstorm 14 is already in the works! The date for Barnstorm 15 is August 23rd, 2014. SAVE THE DATE!

Thank you all for a remarkable weekend.

tic

Barnstorm Watch: going up to the country with tic and his friends

Barnstorm Watch: going up the country with tic and his friends

“This is not,” Barnstorm’s organizer tic stresses, a “punk rock festival.” Neither is it, despite the description on sponsor CKCU’s website, a “country music” festival.

But there will be punk rock. Country music too. It’s all part of a rich mix of genres courtesy of bands playing late into the rural eastern Ontario night. You’re advised to bring something to eat, something to drink, something warm to wear and some camping gear. Inhibitions are to be left in the city. Barnstorm may not be a country-music festival. But the day-long event set to take over tic’s barn – aka The Odditorium – Saturday, Sept. 14, is very much a country music festival.

That’s country as in Concession 3-4, county Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, near Finch. This ain’t no Hog’s Back. This is live music in the country. And you’re invited to sit a spell and enjoy a sextet of local bands, including known local quantities Shannon Rose and the Thorns, The Bushpilots, The Bible All-Stars as well as up-and-comers The Bruitals, Alaskan and Jack Pine and the Fire. Meanwhile, in the ‘chill zone,’ DJs will be keeping the tunes coming throughout. The grounds will be open all afternoon for your picnicking enjoyment or a walk in the country; the live music starts in the evening – and runs ‘til late.

“It’s about getting country people to accept new music and getting city people out to the country,” is how tic explains the mission behind his ambitious event, which he launched in 1993 and has kept alive through determination and a passion for live music. This will be the 14th edition of the not-quite-annual rain-or-shine barnburner. And it promises to be a doozy.

For tic, it’s all about the music. And making the most of that barn. (“I eat in there; I sleep in there; I just love that barn.”) A true labour of love, Barnstorm is for the longtime CKCU volunteer an opportunity to see bands treated well, to welcome locals and visitors young and old to his rural oasis, and to offer to those few hundred attendees a memorable day out – complete with a raffle for a cool Marshall beer fridge.

“This is my hobby,” he says of the event that he estimates costs him around $2,000 to stage. “I don’t do sports. I don’t drink excessively. I don’t do hookers. This is what I like to spend money on. I like to do it; I like to do it right; and, I want to make the bands that play it feel special.”

Part of that is providing bands with food and drink, plus a modest sum. As well, artists are treated to a professional recording of their set, on CD and DVD. Each performance will subsequently be broadcast on CKCU’s Live Revolutions program. (Broadcast the last Thursday or each month, from 4 to 5 p.m.)

Not that Bushpilots keyboardist Tom Pechloff needed to be sold on Barnstorm. He estimates he has played “seven or eight” of the previous 13 editions, with a variety of bands. For the remaining five or six, Pechloff has joined the party as an audience member.

“The vibe is great,” he enthuses. “Maybe it’s because I grew up on a farm, but any time I can get away to a setting like this I will. And everyone is there for one reason: they love music. That’s why tic puts it on, that’s why people come to listen and that’s why people come to play. So it’s a really positive attitude, really supportive.

“What struck me the first time I went was how organized it is. It is one of the best organized events I have ever played and the musicians are treated extraordinarily well. And of course the location: in a barn. And the barn – or as tick calls it, the Odditorium – isn’t your average everyday barn.”

But then, Barnstorm is not your average everyday festival. Most festivals, for one thing, do not encourage you to sleep over. (The air can get chilly, so come prepared.) Most organizers, meanwhile, do not invest in their own lasers and smoke machine.

“I want it to evolve,” tic says, as he dares to dream of adding a second day to next year’s Barnstorm, as well as expanding beyond music to showcase crafts. “I’ve wanted it to be a music festival but I also want a few surprises.”

He pauses to consider Barnstorm’s unlimited potential.

“I need a personal assistant,” he says.

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Saturday, Sept. 14th

Click here for the official article. Thanks to the article by Allan Wigney and ottawatonite.com/

It’s about getting country people to accept new music and getting city people out to the country

See you at the next event!