Thursday, July 5, 2007

Presenting - Lido Chilelli - Founder of the Toronto International Beaches Jazz Festival

Every twelvemonth 1 amusement event in Toronto's Beach vicinity pulls immense worldwide attention: the Toronto International Beaches Wind Festival. Lido Chilelli, a local entrepreneur, is the individual who came up with the thought and who maintains organizing the event twelvemonth after year, and he definitely had to be included in the Beach article series.

I met Lido at his private place / business office located on Queen Street East. The business office was buzzing, mail was just being delivered, and of import news from patrons was just coming in. I realized I had to be rapid to catch this busy adult male in a few free moments.

Born and raised in Toronto, Lido have been life in the Beach for 25 years. His two children attended vicinity schools and are active in local athletics and culture. Of Italian heritage, he originally grew up in Downsview and studied urban geographics at House Of York University. His early work experience included a stretch with a particular events circuit company that would take visitants to NFL games, supply keepsakes for the Zane Grey Cup as well as the papal visit. Event direction have long been in Lido's blood. He ventured forth to go an enterpriser and opened a barroom / eating house called "Lido's in the Beach" that was in operation for 17 years. Lido adds that he chose the Beach vicinity because it is a stopping point knit, alone community with a broad Torontonian appeal.

He liked the vicinity so much that he wanted to open up it up to the remainder of Toronto. So he got to work, hired unrecorded bands, set on some wind music and dance at his restaurant. People from all over Toronto started flocking here. Lido's drew one thousands of people into the Beach neighbourhood.

Based on this experience Lido took his thoughts to the adjacent level: he concluded that there should be a wind festival. He said "We have got got got the park, we have the musicians, and we have the music lovers." All the ingredients were there. Lido acknowledges he knew nil about festival organization; he simply used his common sense. In 1989 the first Beaches Wind Festival was kicked off. It was held in the parkland – Kew Gardens – and lasted for two years with an attending of a couple of thousand people. The great thing was that the festival was free, and its popularity exploded virtually overnight. A trip to the parkland to see some unrecorded wind was the perfect household outing. Lido depicts the scene in the parkland as "a formula for a musical love-in."

The occupants wanted more, so he decided to develop an activity during the hebdomad and that is how Streetfest was born. Streetfest came into being as an original event showcasing sets between Virginia Creeper and Beech Avenues. During the first few old age it was held from 7 to 11 pm, and the roadstead were still unfastened to traffic. The event's popularity spreading like wildfire, people were dance on the pavements and spilling out onto the streets. Queen Street was finally closed off to route traffic in 1995, and as Lido states "The remainder is history".

The local impact of the Beaches Wind Festival is enormous: Lido recently commissioned an economical impact survey which concluded that the Beaches Wind Festival directly or indirectly pulls about $38 million every twelvemonth to the City of Toronto. For many local concerns it is the best clip of the year. This twelvemonth the Beaches Wind Festival will bring forth over 120 million mass media impressions, and during 2006 the website had 25 million hits from all over the world. The Beaches Wind Festival have got go a tourer halt for people from all over the human race and supplies a enormous encouragement to local hotels and restaurants.

But not only concern people love this event, local and international music aficionadoes alike have fallen in love with this festival: in a recent ECOS/ Toronto Star Poll the Beaches Wind Festival was voted Toronto's front-runner music festival. Now in its 19th year, instrumentalists come up from all over the world. They love the crowd and the country because it offers so much family and a really particular atmosphere.

The costs of putting on a free festival are funded almost exclusively through corporate sponsorships. Less than 10% of the budget is covered by finances from public sources. Lido adds it have go increasingly ambitious to happen sponsorships; particularly this twelvemonth he have noticed a alteration in the corporate marketplace, and some corps are moving away from sponsoring community events. Lido commented that it is a challenge every twelvemonth to set the festival on because things like policing, coverage and refuse remotion cost more. Every twelvemonth it acquires harder.

He names the festival a labor of love; it is "like a babe that you care for". He reasons when you are in the humanistic discipline that's the manner it is. Next twelvemonth the festival is going to observe its 20th day of remembrance and Lido suspires that "even after all these old age essentially you are still a starving artist".

Getting a street festival off the land is not easy, and Lido adds that you have got to be sensitive to the demands of the local residents. Working with the concerns and occupants affects an educational process, and all the stake-holders demand to happen a good manner of co-existing. What worked in Lido's favor was that he himself is a occupant of the neighbourhood, he is portion of the community and plant with the vicinity all the time. He would happen out right away if something needed adjusting.

Lido works with a staff of 12 employees and about 200 volunteers. The Beaches International Wind Festival Society is a non-profit organization that acquires its support solely through corporate sponsorships. But Lido's organizational and promotional endowments are not limited to the Beaches Wind Festival: for 2007 his event direction company, Beach Towel Productions, will manage a whole series of other events:

- The 3rd Annual James Barrie Waterfront Festival featuring buskers, music, street theatre, pyrotechnics and other activities. - The 3rd Annual Distillery Blues Festival, highlighting Rhythm & Blues at Toronto's Distillery District
- The 5th Annual 95.3 New Country Canada Day Festival, including food, humanistic discipline & trades and free concerts at Sunnyside Beach.
- The 10th Annual Toronto Fiesta, with more than than 50 sets performing on St. Clair Avenue Occident near Landsdowne. - Parti Gras! at the Distillery – Toronto's very ain "Mardi Gras" party, complete with unrecorded music, New Orleans style cuisine, street performers, craftsmen and a manner show. - The 19th Annual Beaches International Wind Festival, featuring over 70 bands. - The 2nd Annual Y108 Field Day in the Park where Y108 nowadays Canada's Prime Minister up and coming sets at Gauge Park in Brampton. - The 2nd Annual Wasaga Beachfest, featuring Canadian performers, humanistic discipline & trades and a children's drama country in Wasaga Beach. - The 16th Annual Beachfest – mix 99.9 – showcasing top degree Canadian bands, humanistic discipline & trades and a children's drama country at Sunnyside Park.

All the particular events that Lido organizes take topographic point in the busy summertime calendar months from May to September. He states you have got to be really organized and work together with a good squad of people to do it all happen. This twelvemonth the Toronto International Beaches Wind Festival will be held from July 20 to 29 and will be kicked off with Parti Gras! – a New Orleans style jubilation in the Distillery District. The Ovation of Wind will be held on July 25, 2007 at the Balmy Beach Baseball Club as the functionary launch of the Beaches International Wind Festival. It is a tasteful event offering ample chance to rub elbow joints with the Who's Who and Future Stars of the Wind industry!

The TD Canada Trust 2007 Wind Workshop and Lecture series supplies a figure of workshops such as as "Afro Cuban Rhumba", "The Art of Wind Singing", wind composition workshops and others more. Streetfest functions up a whole smorgasbord of unrecorded music, from the high-grade Large Band, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues and Soul in Canada to an international aggregation of Acid, Bebop, Columbian, Dixieland, Flamenco, Folk, Funk, Latin, Reggae and Obeche performers. The greatest stars are featured on the Main Phase on the Saturday and Lord'S Day of the event.

Queen Street have been hopping east of Woodbine, and every twelvemonth the festival acquires bigger. At the minute treatments are underway about expanding the scheduling to the country immediately west of Woodbine. The merchandisers in that country have got indicated an involvement in becoming portion of the festival, and even last twelvemonth there were a couple of sets playing there on the street in presence of local businesses.

Lido Chilelli have go a fixture on Toronto's amusement scene, and for his work in the community Lido have won numerous awardings from community organizations, the metropolis and the province, including the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. He was also honoured as the Lion's Club's 'Lion of the Year'. He have been featured in a assortment of national mags and is a initiation member of the Community Police Affair Committee for the Beach.

One undertaking that is dear to Lido's bosom is fundraising for the Toronto East General Hospital. The Beaches Wind Festival raised $200,000 for the Hospital and built the brand-new maternity ward at Toronto East General. Lido and his organisation work with the infirmary on a regular basis.

His work twenty-four hours is packed, a criterion work twenty-four hours travels at least from 9 am to 6 pm. Much of his occupation affects organizational duties in-house and meetings out of the office. The norm work twenty-four hours have about one or two meetings, sometimes there are three or four. He states he have good staff members that he can trust on to assist him acquire all these events off the ground.

From left to right: Anti-Racketeering Law Ferrara: Artistic and Phase Manager; Lido Chilelli; Diane Wilson: chicken coop pupil from Saint George Brown College, and Pat Carpignano: Operations Manager.

With almost 20 old age of experience and diverse events throughout Toronto and Southern Ontario, Lido Chilelli is definitely the go-to man to convey together free music, particular events and merriment for the whole family.

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