| July 26, 2011 | Comments (1,363)

Guerilla Busk in the Park: John Butler performs in a humbling gesture to fans evacuated from Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest after stage collapsed cancelling his performance on the last day of the festival.

Monday July18th, via Facebook & Twitter, international musician John Butler announced he’d “do a short Guerilla Busk at Confederation Park at 7 pm tonight”.

His performance was cancelled on closing night of Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest after a freak storm system ripped through the festival grounds collapsing the main stage ultimately forcing an evacuation and the termination of all scheduled evening acts.

John Butler showing compassion took it upon himself to make it up to his fans and the city of Ottawa saying, “I feel for the event planners and people that missed our show.”

A small group of approximately 20, slowly collected around the fountain at Confederation Park downtown Ottawa waiting for his arrival. Butler, along with Byron Luiters, his bassist casually strolled into the park, found a piece of side walk and thanked everyone for coming out, he joked he really didn’t expect more than 3 people to show up. The audience grew as the set went on to around 100 spectators. Playing over top of street traffic & city noise pollution his unplugged renditions of some of his better-known tunes along with new songs was truly a treasured moment for all present. Under the evening light smiles, laughs, sing alongs and small talk were shared in this intimate set. “A gesture of reaching out. Music is community project. We bring music to the people”. He bought much more.

His wife Danielle Caruana who performs in Momma Kin sang a few duets with John, notably the track Losing You. This song that will soon be released as a special acoustic version featuring Mama Kin with all profits going to The Kimberly Foundation. A cause close to John’s heart, which both he and his wife actively contribute. Being a Western Australia native he announced “this is my home land but our planet” encouraging people to educate themselves and help out this cause as he and many musicians donate to Canada’s humanitarianism projects.

A peaceful Grand National message was shared in this humbling gesture given to Ottawa by John Butler. Thank you!

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- text & photos by Jen File -

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