Concert series planned in light of Jazz at the Lake hiatus

For the first time in over 12 years, Jazz at the Lake won’t be a part of summer festivities in Sylvan Lake.

Concert series – Sylvan Lake’s popular Jazz at the Lake Festival is on hiatus for 2015

For the first time in over 12 years, Jazz at the Lake won’t be a part of summer festivities in Sylvan Lake. But jazz lovers needn’t fret, as several noteworthy events will take place in its absence.

Among them, and the biggest of a three-date concert series planned for Sylvan Lake and Red Deer over the next several months, is an outdoor concert on Aug. 15 featuring the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, the Dan Brubeck Quarter and Sylvan Lake singer Cheryl Fisher and saxophonist Eric Allison.

The event will provide a fitting replacement for the long-running Jazz at the Lake, according to Allison, who’s also chair of the festival’s board. And it will help ease the burden for the festival’s hardworking organizers and volunteers.

“We decided after careful deliberation and discussions with our board that we’re going to go on hiatus this year,” he said. “After 12 successful years, it’s almost become a full-time job to produce the festival … so we just felt we needed a breather.”

The concert series, which also sees an April 4 date in Red Deer and a May 26 date at a yet-unknown location, may require a lighter workload. But that doesn’t mean it will be in any way less momentous.

In fact, Allison assures the contrary.

“Dan (Brubeck) was one of our headliners way back in 2007, and just tore up the place,” he said. “He got a standing ovation after about the second or third tune with his band on the first set, and I’d never even seen that before. He’s a great guy and a very dynamic drummer.

“Then when the Red Deer Symphony contacted us because they didn’t want to conflict with our festival date, we started talking and figured we could do a collaboration. It will be like jazz with full orchestra. It will be way cool.”

A site has yet to be confirmed for the concert. The Pier and Centennial Park have been mentioned as possibilities, though both would require approval from their respective jurisdictions.

The concert will take place on the Saturday of the same weekend Jazz at the Lake would have been held. Whether the festival returns to its original format in future years isn’t yet known. But Allison couldn’t be more excited about its replacement in the interim.

“Our initial intention was to just completely take the year off and just to regroup and find out where we’ve been and where we’re going,” he said. “We’ve worked for 12 years on the festival, and to just go dark for a year just didn’t seem right.

“(The concert series) will be like nothing Sylvan Lake has ever seen before. It’s really exciting.”

Further information as it becomes available will be posted to the Jazz at the Lake Festival website at www.jazzatthelake.com.

 

Just Posted

Sylvan Lake Pirates force Whitecourt Wild to walk the plank

The Pirates have played their way to back-to-back wins to sit seventh in regular season standings.

Sylvan Lake students prepare for opening night of ‘Almost, Maine”

Students and staff from H.J. Cody have been hard at work since September to bring Almost to life

WATCH: Sylvan Lake’s Daddy/Daughter Dance

The event was put on by SPARC Parent’s Association on Nov. 17

West Central Midget Tigers pounce on Airdrie

The Tigers’ regular season record is 10-1-2 after two wins this weekend

Big Bear Energy makes a big donation to Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau

Big Bear Energy recently gave a donation to help families in need this holiday season

VIDEO: Shoppers like self-checkout lanes at the grocery store, survey suggests

Grocery Experience National Survey Report suggests most grocery shoppers spend 32 minutes per visit

Former NHL player and coach Dan Maloney dies at 68

Maloney coached the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets

Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar

Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police during an investigation

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

25% of Canadians still won’t say they use pot, survey says

Statistics Canada poll says Canadians on average were 18.9 years old when they first tried pot.

The latest advent calendar trend: Holiday cannabis

A Canadian company is giving people from coast to coast a new way to celebrate the Christmas countdown.

Ponoka’s Caleb Shimwell arrested after pursuit

Police allege that Shimwell rammed a police cruiser

731,000 Canadians going into debt to buy prescription drugs: UBC

Millennials and those without private coverage were more likely to borrow money

Most Read