Holly Cole


  • Holly Cole - vocals
  • Aaron Davis - piano
  • George Koller - bass
  • Kevin Breit - guitars
  • Tim Shia - drums

Saturday June 25th 6:30 pm @ TD Main Stage

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Holly Cole has a long and storied international career, having sold hundreds of thousands of recordings internationally while at home in Canada her successes include multi-platinum album sales awards, three JUNO awards and countless successful national tours!

In 2013 Ms. Cole became the 15th winner of the highly prestigious Ella Fitzgerald Award. This award, created by the world renowned Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, is annually conferred upon "A jazz singer of significant talent who has had a major impact and influence in the international scene." Other winners include Sade (2011), Aretha Franklin (2008), Harry Connick, Jr. (2007), Etta James (2006) and Tony Bennett (2004).

2019 proved be an interesting year live for Holly, including successful concert dates internationally and 4 sellout nights at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal which were recorded live and released worldwide April 2/2021 as a love letter to her favourite city and Festival. The wonderful new live recording is called "MONTREAL", and the first video "WHATEVER LOLA WANTS" can be found HERE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIP8QeP45r4).

Check out the fan favourite "I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW" HERE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyjzyHp3Wbk)

"Most of all, her playfulness and the sheer pleasure of singing to a crowd reminds me of Ella more than any past recipient" – André Ménard, artistic director and co-founder of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

"Any Holly Cole concert is an Event-but that's because of her and her band's ability to produce a well-prepared, well-planned, and well-delivered show. Her NAC performance was focused and didn't miss a beat." –Aylayne McGregor, Ottawa Jazz Scene.

"She exudes as much fun as feeling in concert treating the people to a rare performance that was musically rewarding and refreshingly intimate." – Calgary Herald

COVID Policy

The Ottawa Jazz Festival will align its Covid policy with any government safety regulations whether from civic, provincial, or federal authorities as they arise. At the moment (May 29th), there are no advisories mandating precautions for wearing masks or showing vaccination certificates for any festivals or indoor/outdoor performing arts events.

However, it is our practise to ask patrons, staff, and volunteers to wear masks while attending performances at indoor venues and wearing masks while outdoors in the Park is optional.

In addition, we will be going cashless at all our points of sale this year.

Our concern is everyone’s health and safety, naturally. Please do what’s best for you and makes you feel comfortable, except for masks indoors, you are free to do as you choose.

Catherine O’Grady

Executive Producer

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