Calgary Jazz Festival Cancelled

Calgary Jazz Festival Cancelled
The Calgary Jazz Festival scheduled to begin today has been cancelled after C-Jazz executives realized at a board meeting Saturday (June 19) that "there was no possibility of financial success in 2010."

C-Jazz president Richard Sherry broke the news via a written release after a six-hour meeting during which the festival's financial aspects were given close examination. The decision to call off the event, he admitted, was "painful."

"For several months, the board had been asking the C-Jazz executive director for a detailed rundown of expenses and cash flow required for the 2010 festival," Sherry said.

"It wasn't until ... two days before the festival that we finally got a look. We were surprised that our wishes to scale down the festival following the difficult 2009 festival were, for the most part, disregarded."

Foreseeing an almost inescapable cancellation of the event midway through the week, Sherry instead opted to cancel the event before it started. To do so, he thought, would mean "less pain would be inflicted on the artists, volunteers and jazz music fans."

The festival, which would have run June 21 to 27, was to feature performances by Chick Corea and Ben E. King, among others.

Arrangements are currently being made to refund those who bought passes or event tickets.