Ottawa Bluesfest is an annual outdoor music festival that takes place each July in downtown Ottawa, Canada. While the festival's lineup focused on blues music at its inception, it has showcased mainstream pop, hip hop and rock acts in recent years. Bluesfest has become the second largest in North America. Since its inception, the festival has been managed by executive and artistic director Mark Monahan; the organization manages CityFolk Festival and the Ontario Festival of Small Halls. In 2002, 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 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. In December 2011, Bluesfest reached a five-year sponsorship deal with RBC Royal Bank to ensure its financial stability. Henceforth, the event will be known as RBC Bluesfest; the festival was first held in 1994 at Majors Hill Park with the performance of Clarence Clemons, attracting 5,000 spectators.
The following year the festival attracted larger crowds with entertainers like John Hiatt and Buddy Guy. In 1996, 25,000 fans attended Bluesfest to see Los Lobos and others, it was that the Mitel corporation became the first major sponsor of the event. In 1997, the festival was moved to Confederation Park to provide more space for the increasing number of fans to see musicians such as Dr. John and Little Feat. In 1998, over 80,000 people showed up for the festival. Bell Mobility and CIBC Wood Gundy joined the list of sponsors. In 1999, the festival was moved to LeBreton Flats. Bluesfest became a registered charitable organization while attracting over 95,000 fans; the Royal Canadian Mint became a sponsor. Cisco Systems became the Bluesfest Title Sponsor in 2001, while the Ottawa Citizen and the National Post became Presenting Sponsors. In 2002, Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest moved to Festival Plaza in 200,000 fans. In 2003, the festival expanded to eight stages to celebrate its tenth anniversary with 220,000 people in attendance.
2005 saw the festival further diversify its offerings, reaching out to a younger audience as well as those interested in more than just blues. The 2006 edition saw continued growth with increased crowds and the move of the MBNA stage to Lisgar Collegiate Institute to provide more capacity. In 2007, Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest relocated to LeBreton Flats Park, a move from the site at Festival Plaza the previous year; the new site offered five stages around the Canadian War Museum. The stage set-up featured twin main stages akin to the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which allowed audiences to transfer between headlining acts; the festival continues to be held in July annually for 9–12 days. Headliners such as B. B King and the Dixie Chicks, Blake Shelton and Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters attracting 300,000 attendees each year. Along with showcasing international musical talent, Bluesfest is a non-profit charitable organization with year-round music education initiatives such as Blues in the Schools, Be in the Band, the Bluesfest School of Music and Art, augmenting a focus on developing local artists in the Ottawa region.
On July 17, 2011, just 20 minutes into Cheap Trick’s set, a thunderstorm blew through the festival area. The band and crew narrowly escaped the collapse of the stage's 50-ton roof, it fell away from the audience and landed on the band's truck, parked alongside the back of the stage, breaking the fall and allowing everyone about 30 seconds to escape. Robin Zander was released from hospital the same day. During preparations for the 2018 festival, a pair of killdeer was found nesting on some cobblestones, which help camouflage the eggs, it was right. Killdeer and their nesting grounds are protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act. With permission from Environment and Climate Change Canada, help from the Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary, the nest was moved 25 meters, one meter at a time, to a protected area behind the stage site, stage construction was allowed to continue after a 12-hour delay, it marked a first for successful killdeer nest relocation. List of festivals in Ottawa List of festivals in Canada Music of Canada List of blues festivals List of folk festivals RBC Bluesfest official website Ottawa Festivals website
Abbey and West Dereham railway station was a railway station on the line between Downham Market and Stoke Ferry. It served the village of West Dereham and the nearby abbey, in England, it was located south of the village on what is still called Station Road: Opened as Abbey by the Downham and Stoke Ferry Railway on 1 August 1882, the line was run from the beginning by the Great Eastern Railway. The station was renamed twice: on 1 January 1886 it became Abbey for West Dereham; the station closed to passenger traffic on 22 September 1930. The line became part of the Eastern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. Allen, Cecil J.. The Great Eastern Railway. Hampton Court, Surrey: Ian Allan. Butt, R. V. J.. The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. Conolly, W. Philip. British Railways Gazetteer. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0320-3. EX/0176. Jowett, A.. Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas. Atlantic Publishing. ISBN 0-906899-99-0. Abbey and West Dereham station on navigable 1946 O. S. map
Washington Square is a park in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. It is located behind City Hall at the corner of Meeting Street and Broad Street in the Charleston Historic District; the planting beds and red brick walks were installed in April 1881. It was known as City Hall Park until October 19, 1881, when it was renamed in honor of George Washington; the new name was painted over the gates in December 1881. The location of Washington Square once was the site of Corbett's Thatched Tavern; the city square was opened in 1818. Along the east wall of the park is a monument to Gen. Pierre Beauregard, the Confederate general in charge of the city's defenses in 1862-1864. In 2004, the monument had repair work performed to correct a lean. In May 1901, a bust of Henry Timrod was unveiled in the park. In the center of the park is a memorial to the Washington Light Infantry; the memorial is made of Carolina gray granite and is a miniature version of the Washington Monument in Washington, D. C; the memorial is about forty-two feet high and is inscribed with the names of important military battles.
It was unveiled on February 23, 1891. A statue of William Pitt the Elder was once located in Washington Park; the statue was moved to Washington Park from the Charleston Orphan House on Calhoun Street in 1881 and placed on a new pedestal of Fairfield County granite. The statue suffered repeated damage, including a decapitation from a falling tree branch in November 1938, before being moved to the County Courthouse. A statue of George Washington was installed on the base of the Pitt statue following some local controversy. Plans for the new work began in 1992; the Washington statue was going to be a twice-life-size sculpture by Felix de Weldon. Jon Michel was chosen instead; the work, which cost $165,000, was unveiled on December 14, 1999