View our 2020 Online TENACITY Series – Thank you for your support!

Improvising musicians are among the most creative people in the world. They thrive in the unknown. Rise past a challenge. Express themselves best in the moment. Lock them down? Their art will flourish. From June 19 – 28, Tenacity with 85 artists in 12 free shows, was all about flourishing, creating in the moment, and […]

Help Restore Funding to OJF!

As you may have heard, on May 31, the Ottawa Jazz Festival received notice from the Ford Government that a Celebrate Ontario grant in the amount of $290,000 would not be available to us. This grant has been awarded to the Jazz Festival annually for the last 12 years. The timing of this announcement has […]

Notice – 2018 Ottawa Jazz Festival AGM Copy

DATE: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 TIME: 6PM PLACE: Colonel By Room, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West Open to all Members of the Ottawa Jazz Festival. Members are those who have paid an annual membership fee or have actively participated as a volunteer during the previous fiscal year. Only members who are 18 years […]

5 Questions with Darius Jones

Are you familiar with the NYC composer/saxophonist Darius Jones? With his upcoming Ottawa appearance taking place on Tuesday, September 18th at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage, we took the opportunity to get know him on a deeper level.  Jones will perform the most recent album from his Man’ish Boy Epic, an ambitious multi-recording of nine albums reflecting […]

RIP Ken Pickering, creative genius and leader of the Vancouver Jazz Festival

Our great mentor, Ken Pickering, is dead of cancer, too soon, too soon. Ken was for all of us a leader, mentor, music zealot, knowing and loving those fine musical moments of genius and insight; Ken was also loving and kind and the definition of friend. I cannot imagine the sadness for Chris, the love […]

Jazz Pianist Extraordinaire, Brian Browne, Dies At 81

Long regarded as one of Canada’s lead jazz pianists, Brian Browne, has died. Brian passed away late afternoon, Tuesday, June 5 after defiantly ‘duking it out’ with lung cancer. Brian was 81 years of age.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” Fun Facts

What’s Christmas without watching the treasured classic A Charlie Brown Christmas each holiday season? But did you know the initial project faced so many challenges in the early planning stages that it’s truly a miracle this iconic production was ever made?

Programming Manager Petr Cancura’s reflections on Harris Eisenstadt

It wasn’t until I moved to New York City that I truly came to appreciate the full depth and breadth of Canada’s jazz talent. On several occasions, I’d end up at a session or a gig with a bunch of great musicians and it wasn’t until we began speaking that I learned I wasn’t the only Canadian performing. This also happened with the great inspirational drummer and fellow Canadian Harris Eisenstadt, who as it happened, lived only a few blocks away from me in Brooklyn.

Winter Jazz Fest Brochure

All you need to know about the TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest is in this pocket brochure – ready for you to pick-up at our office and other local businesses around town!

2014 Auction Catalogue

Here’s the 2014 Ottawa Jazz Festival Auction catalogue. Ottawa Senators and REDBLACKS tickets, tandem skydives, shopping extravaganza, trips, getaways, art and much more!

Call For Submissions – Apply Today!

Do you have a special project you’d like to perform at our 2015 TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest? New work? Special guests? An interesting collaboration? We’re interested! Deadline for applications is November 3rd.

Petr Cancura - Down Home

JUNO Award Nominated ‘Down Home’ Tours Canada

Led by our Programming Manager Petr Cancura, Brooklyn-based group Down Home takes old time Mississippi blues and marinates it with New Orleans spices and a New York jazz vibe. Down Home will be in town on October 30th at the NAC.

Susie blog post

More Susie Arioli…

Susie Arioli has evolved into one of Canada’s greatest interpreters of the canon made famous by Billie Holliday, Nina Simone, and Ella Fitzgerald. Her albums are stunning and her live show is pure magic!

Gary Clay

Gary Clay In Memoriam

On Saturday, Sept 6th, 2014 the Jazz Festival lost one of its longest serving volunteers, Gary Clay. He was a long serving Director on the Board of Directors, he worked tirelessly designing and organizing box office control systems, and shared his vast knowledge and passionate love for jazz with everybody he knew.

2014 Festival Audience

Artist Applications Open for 2015

Applications to perform at the 2015 TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival (Feb 4-6) and the 35th edition of the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival (June 19 – July 1) are now open! Dealines are October 21st 2014 for the Winter Festival and January 31st 2015 for the Summer Festival.