Review by Jacqueline Curtis
What’s happened to the Oakville Jazz Festival? This year it was thinner than ever. Other than Daryl Struermer and a couple of others, there was such a bizarre mix of lesser known (being kind, here) artists maybe doing jazz, maybe not. There was a focus on non-professional activities, and on the Saturday night, two, count ’em, two ballroom dance demonstrations (actually sales pitches) by two location franchises. This was the Saturday during prime evening time. The event was poorly promoted and hugely disappointing.
Either the BIA or the Town is letting the downtown slide; it’s being mismanaged, possibly ignored, definitely taken for granted and overtaxed. The Oakville Jazz Festival supposedly attracts many thousands; what do so many ‘For Lease’ signs on doors tell them? What did this event itself say about this town. They best realize the gem that this town is before there is no downtown left!