Digital Creative Music Summit at the 2020 TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest

Brightest minds in creative music industry examined all facets of jazz and technology at the 2020 TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest

How does the art of jazz balance with new technologies while still connecting with the human experience? At the end of January 2020, 45 musicians, 14 panelists and 16 delegates from Europe, across Canada and the United States examined the issue in a Digital Creative Music Summit (DCMS) Initiative at the 9th TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest. Shows and panels alternated between ODD Box, Arts Court Theatre, Club SAW and the Alma Duncan Salon all located at Arts Court Ottawa (2 Daly Ave).

Thanks to a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Festival brought together some of the brightest minds in the music industry in a series of 4 free panel discussions, running concurrently during Winter Jazz Fest. This boutique event featured an extraordinary range of producers, musicians, journalists, publicists, and music presenters as they examined the challenges facing the industry in a focused discussion.

“Engaging discussion, sharing experiences and ideas, examining the evolutionary benefits, changes and limitations of technology,” explained Festival Programming Manager Petr Cancura, “makes this event timely and relevant for music industry professionals and the community at large.”

With the impending pandemic, Petr could not have envisioned how relevant this statement would become as the world spiraled into COVID-19 and our consequential streamed TENACITY project.


1. Changing Environment – Challenges in the industry of presenting creative music (media, artist representation)
2. Creating A Scene – Networking and Audience Development in the Digital Age
4. Impact of Streaming – Changing revenue streams for artists