Message from the Chairman, Novemeber, 2014

Everything is shaping up nicely for our 2015 festival next year in Quebec City!

There is a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes every year for our festivals. Often, months of planning and preparation pass before elements of the festival are even in place enough for information to be released publicly. Véronique Provencher and the Turbo418 team have been hard at work, and now things are far enough along where we are able to start regularly releasing exciting news about next year’s festival on a regular basis! For instance, we now have several guests officially confirmed.

Quebec City’s own performance supergroup Machine de Cirque will be one of the special guests. Though this group is relatively new, the individuals involved are highly accomplished circus artists (the entertaining and risqué “towel dancing” performance from members Les Beaux-Freres has been making waves online) and promise to deliver a diverse array of circus skills to the festival.

Diabolo enthusiasts will be pleased to hear of the addition of French diaboloist Tony Frebourg to the lineup. The Cirque du Soleil performer and The Planet Diabolo DVD Project veteran will bring his elite skills to the IJA stage.

We have a couple more guests confirmed and a few thrilling possibilities lined up. Expect to hear a lot of updates in the coming months. To hear about special guest additions and festival announcements as they are made public, “Like” our Facebook page, and “Join” our 2015 Festival page.

We also have our 2015 Awards Committee fully in place. If you would like to nominate someone, or would like more information, please contact the awards committee directly.

An important change that I would like to mention that starts with next year’s festival is our new stage competition music policy. The way our music policy has worked in the past is that our licenses allowed for nearly any song to be used live during competitors’ performances, but these usage rights did not extend to recorded performances of most songs. This is why our DVDs often have the routines either silenced, or dubbed over with royalty-free tracks. We are very limited in what we can do with these routines, as this is a matter of copyright law, not IJA policy. After dealing with this for many years, it was decided that there needed to be a change to preserve these performances properly. Our new policy requires the competitors to have the licensing rights to music that they perform to. This will allow all the routines starting with 2015 to be left fully intact, free to be seen and heard the way they actually happened, the way they were meant to be preserved. For more information about this new policy, please visit our music policy page.

Juggle on,

Nathan Wakefield
IJA Chairman

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Nathan is a juggler from Southeast Michigan. He first learned to juggle in college, and has written for the website He previously served as Chairman of the IJA and also held various officer positions. When he is not frantically trying to learn new manipulation skills, he enjoys producing music, acting, and watching horror films.

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