Photo Illustration by Emily Cooper
The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival (June 22 – July 2), in collaboration with the National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene, is proud to present a series of five curated Canadian jazz concerts representing artists from coast to coast from June 22-26 at the Back Stage at 6pm.
The Festival’s title sponsor and Canada Scene’s presenting sponsor share a significant partner in TD. “It truly is fitting for the Festival and the National Arts Centre to combine forces and celebrate Canada’s 150th together,” explains the Festival’s Executive Producer Catherine O’Grady. “These five shows exemplify all that can be achieved when arts organizations collaborate together with business. TD is at the forefront of this cooperation in supporting the arts.”
The five shows include:
1) David Occhipinti Camera Ensemble from Toronto on June 22 – Some of Canada’s most virtuosic multi-instrument artists meld improvisation with contemporary chamber music creating a unique sonic experience.
2) Erin Costelo from Halifax on June 23 – With a huge and unique voice Costelo is an artist who successfully drifts between genres. After procuring the title of R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the 2014 East Coast Music Awards, Erin went on to share bills with Mavis Staples, Dr. John and other greats.
3) Gord Grdina’s Haram from Vancouver on June 24 – Known as Dan Mangan’s anchor musician of his celebrated band, Gord’s solo career is just as illustrious as his Ottawa fans are numerous. Haram is a high-energy middle-eastern influenced show combining his usual hard rock and free improvisation with an 11-piece ensemble.
4) Al Muirhead Trio featuring Guido Basso from Calgary on June 25 – Canadian jazz legends team up to perform classic jazz! This is a rare opportunity to catch trumpet player Muirhead team up with fellow jazz giants trumpet player Guido Basso and pianist Brian Browne, in a tour de force of jazz statesmen.
5) Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms from Quebec on June 26 – Described as creative, brilliant, eclectic, balancing imagination, humour, combining complex soundscapes, improvisation and highly structured compositions into completely unclassifiable music. Derome is acknowledged around the world for his eclectic, highly personal,and wildly experimental jazz.
GOLD PASS = $327
BRONZE PASS = $199 YOUTH PASS (25 and under) = $99
Single Canada Scene tickets at the National Arts Centre Back Stage = $27