Jazz Winnipeg announces today that Paul Nolin, the organization’s Executive Producer, will leave his position effective October 26, after over 12 years and 13 Jazz Festivals with the organization. Paul and his family will be relocating to Alberta’s Bow Valley, as he has accepted a job as Senior Manager, Events and Animation with Banff and Lake Louise Tourism.

Paul has seen Jazz Winnipeg through several iterations of its flagship event, the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, and a dozen seasons of concert programming that has inspired and challenged audiences. He has been instrumental in presenting artists like Al Green, Sonny Rollins, Kamasi Washington, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea. Perhaps most importantly, PaulĀ has been a champion for Winnipeg’s jazz scene and jazz musicians for over a decade.

Jeremy Akerstream, Chair of the Jazz Winnipeg Board, commented, “On behalf of the board, I would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Paul Nolin for his many outstanding contributions to Jazz Winnipeg, and the music scene in Winnipeg in general. Paul’s extraordinary vision has allowed Jazz Winnipeg to establish itself as a daring, creative organization and made the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival one of the city’s cornerstone entertainment events. Under his purview, the organization has been able to reach into many communities in the city to provide access to the experience of jazz, making it accessible and relevant. We are excited to build upon the work he has done here and continue to foster the growth of jazz in Winnipeg.”

Paul says, “My time at Jazz Winnipeg is likely to be one of the defining aspects of my career and I’m tremendously grateful for all the opportunities it’s afforded me. More than anything, though, I’ll dearly miss the great people I’ve worked with over the years: Jazz Winnipeg’s staff, board, volunteers, musicians, sponsors,our partners in the community and our audiences. At the same time, I also know that I’m leaving the organization in good hands, with an exciting future ahead of it.”

TheĀ board will begin a search process to fill Paul’s role shortly.


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