Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest

The Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest is an annual outdoor music festival that takes place each July in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. While ostensibly focused on blues, the festival has increasingly showcased mainstream pop and rock acts in recent years.
Since its inception, the festival has been managed by executive and artistic director Mark Monahan and a small group of full-time employees, including director of sponsorship, Nathalie Laperrière and director of communications, AJ Sauvé, adding current director of operations Mike Rouleau in 2004 and director of volunteer services Tammy Parent in 2006. In 2008, Sarah PC and William Yap joined the team as programming assistant and accounting coordinator, respectively.
In 2002, the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest won the Best Event Award from the Ottawa Tourism and Convention Authority and in 2003 the organization received the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) award for arts education from the Memphis Blues Foundation. Mark Monahan is a past recipient of the Toronto Blues Society’s Blues with a Feeling award.
Bluesfest began in 1994 and quickly grew to become one of the biggest events of its kind anywhere. Some of the biggest names in music have performed at Bluesfest over the years, including Sting, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, The White Stripes, The Black Eyed Peas, James Brown and countless others. The festival features hundreds of acts on five different stages. Close to 300,000 people attend over the festival's 11-day schedule. Food, drink, souvenir and music kiosks surround the festival site. The festival has twice won the Gold Award for Waste Minimization from the Recycling Council of Ontario for its green initiatives. The festival is a non-for-profit organization that relies on 3500 volunteers to make it happen - and gives back to the community in many ways.
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