So, I’m an ass for not getting this out sooner and I apologize for that.
Barnstorm 19 was a huge success – the weather was fantastic, although for the first time it rained fairly hard for about 45 minutes during Slo’ Tom and The Handsome Devils set. 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). This was the year for the highest attendance of about 275 people.
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. I may have simplified your contributions for brevity purposes, but please know they were huge. I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone; if I have, I apologize in advance.
Kendrick Abell & Chrissy Feldman for their pre- and post-Barnstorm help with lighting, tear-down and clean up.
Dana Somayaji for her pre-Barnstorm help and assistance the day of. She helped me move a ton of dirt on the hottest day this summer.
Kendrick, and Dana, and Doug McMillan for doing lights for all the bands.
Geoff McNeely for recording the show. Future thanks to Dave Sarazin who will be doing the editing and mixing.
Marc Grondin for taking a lot of pictures (739), and Sandy Sharkey for taking a bunch as well (106).
Dan Foss, the sound guy for the bands.
Big Lou for the donation of all proceeds from the free popcorn, and his 24/7 smile. The total this year was spectacular at $105.25.
Elorious Cain who was our DJ for the night. From all accounts, he was spectacular as expected. Thanks Elorious!
Beatrice and Anne Marie Brugger from CHUO 89.1 FM for helping out so much on the raffle along with others. The raffle brought in $755.00, the most ever.
Cindy & Cheryl Wells and Cathy for their pre- and post-Barnstorm help, their salads, chilis, etc. and for slaving over hot barbeques making all the food for the bands and crew.
Thank you to Roy Tubman for manning the gate, and your support on event day. Thanks as well for the pickled beans.
Special thanks to Dick Altavista and Tonya Price for doing another great job as MC’s for the evening. Dick also prepared the delicious Jamaican patties for the bands, and transported the drum kit. You were fantastic as always!
Waterloo Brewing for their ongoing generous sponsorship of suds for the bands, and the raffle donations of the LandShark products, umbrella, beer buckets, and all the other goodies. Thank you so much Nick Glynn (www.nickglynnart.com).
Dave’s Drum Shop for the loaner drum kit – thank you!
Spaceman Music Ottawa for the support even though I didn’t require a bass amp, I know where’s there’s one – thank you!
Trish Bolechowsky of RedLeaf Music for her assistance on game day, and her financial support.
Country Lane Fine Wood Products for their donation, and re-digging the trench in time for Barnstorm.
Ottawa Special Events for the use of The Midas X32 Digital Board.
Marrow and Spice for being on-site and serving dinner and breakfast the next morning. Everything, especially your jerk chicken, was a huge hit!
CountrysideHenna for being onsite and creating some amazing tattoos on many hands.
A shout-out to Alisha of 104.5 Fresh Radio and 101.9 Boom for the great coverage of Barnstorm!
Thanks to DylanHunter and CKCU-FM for the loan of all the extra gear.
Thanks to Martha Walsh for the amazing food for the bands and crew and to #Tom for manning the merch table.
Andy Brown (ChalkBoy) for his live chalk art of the Barnstorm stage.
Lastly, I would like to thank Margaret for serving food, her help the day-of, her social media and website skills, 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 needed to be attended to. Thank you Sweetie!
If you would like to be part of Barnstorm 20, even in its early stages, please let me know. You can stay in touch by joining the Barnstorm Facebook page.
Thank you all for a remarkable weekend.
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