ABOUT OTTER CREEK
A brief history of the Otter Creek Jam Fest..
In the summer of 2018, Wallaceburg-area farmer Dennis Debot had a quick conversation with Bill Wolsing, the chair of the Wallaceburg Antique Motor and Boat Outing (WAMBO.) Dennis expressed his interest to Bill about bringing something new, exciting and unique to the community of Wallaceburg. Dennis wanted to give back to the community, to enhance the spirits of his hometown and help put “Wallaceburg on the map.” Dennis and Bill agreed the idea of an annual music festival in Wallaceburg would accomplish this goal. From there, Bill approached his team of volunteer directors with WAMBO about the possibility of organizing this type of festival for the community. After the group realized Bill wasn’t joking, they unanimously decided to go “all-in” and start turning the ideas into reality. Several meetings were held over the course of the next few months. Potential bands, logistics, marketing ideas and names were tossed around.
The initiative was referred to as ‘Project D’ while they worked on brainstorming for the actual name of the festival.
Fast-forward to Thursday, November 15, 2018, Dennis and his son Chad Debot, met with Bill and the rest of the team: Paul Dineno, Brian Armitage, Chris Zelina and Aaron Hall, at the future site of the festival - a 60-acre piece of farm land at the corner of Highway 78 and Margaret Avenue on the outskirts of Wallaceburg. Inspired by their surrounding on this snowy day, the group took note of the Otter Creek, which borders the northern portion of the property. After some excited conversations among the group, they collectively decided on the Otter Creek Jam Fest as the new festival name. A high five was shared and the group continued on with their work. While the name search was on-going, a lot of work was taking place on a parallel track. The first, and most exciting, item to note was securing the bands. After going through a list of potential options, the group decided to lock in iconic Canadian rockers Tom Cochrane with Red Rider and Trooper. Trooper, famous for hit singles “We're Here for a Good Time” and “Raise A Little Hell”, will be rocking the Wallaceburg stage as the headlining act on Friday, August 2, 2019. Cochrane, famous for hits like “Life Is A Highway” and “Big League” will headline the second day of the festival on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Tickets went on sale for the event on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at ottercreekjamfest.com. The history is brief for this exciting event for the community of Wallaceburg. The WAMBO crew believes the Jam Fest will be a great kick-off party for their 31st annual WAMBO event, which is still slated for the second weekend in August, from the 9-11, 2019. However, the Otter Creek Jam Fest team is dedicating their time to making it an A-List event on the Ontario Music Festival circuit and an annual event for the community of Wallaceburg and Chatham-Kent. Stay tuned to the website and social media for continuous updates leading up to the Civic Holiday weekend when Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Trooper and other bands (to be announced) come to town and #RockWallaceburg.