Fredericton is generally crawling with hundreds of individuals weaving their approach via tents packed to capability this weekend.
There are usually throngs of meals vans with musical acts on each nook.
The largest competition east of Montreal is the same old motto that accompanies the Harvest Jazz and Blues Competition.
Then COVID-19 crashed the get together. It worn out any likelihood of the thirtieth version of the annual occasion from being the largest and greatest in its historical past.
Organizers have scrambled to place one thing, something, collectively, to maintain the competition going this yr.
And one thing is best than nothing.
“It is not what it may have been,” stated Brent Staeben, the competition’s programming director. “Nevertheless it’s good to get a bit of bit additional economic system downtown. ”
Brent Staeben is the programming director for the Harvest Jazz and Blues Competition. (Shane Fowler/CBC Information)
As an alternative of dozens of musical occasions sprawled throughout the downtown, the competition is restricted to 10 smaller venues which might be unfold out.
Picnic tables spaced out in a parking zone create one venue. Restricted seating in a lodge bar is one other instance.
“Persons are getting revolutionary with how they current reside music now and that is what we have to do on this loopy time,” stated Staeben.
Normally the parking tons behind Fredericton’s metropolis corridor are filled with tents stuffed with concert-goers. Nevertheless it stays only a parking zone this yr. (Shane Fowler/CBC Information)
He stated whereas there isn’t any doubt that companies will really feel the cash misplaced from the smaller crowds, they’ve labored to rearrange a special sort of present as an alternative.
The competition has edited collectively a live performance made up of filmed performances that might be proven at bars and eating places tonight all through the downtown.
“It is three hours, from 7 to 10, a combination of archival footage and new footage,” stated Staeben.
It is probably not the norm, stated Staeben, however it helps guarantee a competition subsequent yr.
“I feel all of us want a bit of reside music proper now,” stated Staeben.