Interview: Mark Monahan

Photo: Mark MonahanMark Monahan is the executive and artistic director of the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, which takes place this year from July 5-15, 2007. In the years since Clarence Clemons took the stage and helped kick off the first edition of the festival, the Bluesfest has become one of the largest outdoor festivals in the region. In addition to his work with the Bluesfest, Mark has championed a Blues in the Schools program and a music competition for youth, bringing blues music to a new generation.

We talk with Mark about the rapid growth of the festival over the years, initiatives to make the event environmentally friendly and why festivals are so important for artists and communities.

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