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Rings Made From Collapsed Bluesfest Stage

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Here’s a story from the Ottawa Citizen. ProjectX, the company that supplied the lighting for the Ottawa Bluesfest this past summer where the main stage collapsed had commissioned 30 rings made from the aluminium stage roof.

Stagehand Kevin Wright was on the main stage at Bluesfest the night it collapsed, and he has the ring to prove it.

The ring is mounted with a piece of aluminum from the shattered stage roof, which came crashing down after a freak storm blew in at unusually high speed on the evening of July 17.

Six months later, Wright remembers scrambling to get off the stage, but his hard hat fell off while he was running and he stumbled while trying to get it.

“I looked up and there was a main support beam coming for me,” Wright said. “I watched it fall, and all I could think was, ‘Please hit my legs instead of my head.’ “

According to Wright, the beam stopped about three feet above his body, allowing him to get out with minimal physical injuries.

Wright’s ring is one of 30 commissioned by Sacha Morazain, co-owner of ProjectX, the company that provided the lighting for Bluesfest.”


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