Festival Coverage

CNN designates Ottawa as one of the top 23 cities and highlights the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

CKCU FM 93.1 Host Joe Reilly interviews legendary guitarist Bill Frisell prior to his Winter Jazz Fest appearance. (count 34:00)

CBC’s All in a Day host Alan Neal interviews the Festival’s Program Director Petr Cancura.

CBC’s Ottawa Morning host Robyn Bresnahan interviews Deniz Lim-Sersan of Primary Colours.

CBC Host Hallie Cotnam interviews Primary Colours after meeting their musical idol Herbie Hancock.

Petr Cancura teaches CTV Ottawa Morning Host Annette Goerner how to play the guitar.

North Country Public Radio from Canton, NY, interviews the Festival’s Program Director Petr Cancura. Listen to the interview!

Canada’s Exclaim’s reporter Luke Pearson wrote several articles articles about the Festival.

The Ottawa Citizen’s Peter Hum and Lynn Saxberg wrote several articles about the Festival, including this significant article about ‘Female Canadian musicians prominent at jazz festival‘.

The Ottawa Business Journal’s Caroline Phillips covers the Festival’s Opening Night and its impact on the City of Ottawa.

CBC Host Alan Neal interviews the charming Cimafunk.

Jazz connoisseur and reporter for the international publication Downbeat Magazine, James Hale summarizes the affects of weather on artists who performed at the 2023 Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Executive Producer Catherine O’Grady is interviewed by CBC’s Robyn Bresnahan about her retirement from the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Petr Cancura, the event’s artistic director for more than a decade, is taking the reins as the Ottawa Jazz Festival’s new executive director.

This summer’s Ottawa Jazz Festival will see Confederation Park brim with the sounds of earthy New Orleans music, a jazz-rock guitar hero and, above all, female vocalists and singer-songwriters.

Find out who Exclaim’s top 5 must see artists are for this years edition of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

From fantastic locales to intimate encounters, from rising jazz outposts to legendary jazz settings, now is the time to start making those plans and prepare to go where the fun is.

Forty-five years after a handful of jazz enthusiasts in the Canadian cities of Montreal and Ottawa transformed their love affairs with jazz into annual summer festivals, the two events are navigating through changing times.

Preview: 2024 Ottawa Jazz Festival :

The Ottawa Jazz Festival consistently attracts great musicians—and an audience that genuinely appreciates them. Nevertheless, it often struggles to attract a younger crowd. Not this year, though. Gen Z is flocking to the festival to see Laufey, a young Icelandic singer-songwriter whose explosive popularity has garnered millions of followers. As of early May, her June 28 Jazz Fest performance was already sold out. Read More

How the Ottawa Jazz Festival delivers intimate concert experiences year after year.
Director Petr Cancura tells us what’s on tap this summer for chilling downtown.

Ottawa Jazz Festival’s executive director Petr Cancura sits down with Joe Riley of CKCU to give an overview of the upcoming festival.

Port Moody group throws 125th birthday bash for Duke Elllington.

The Jazz Journalists Association has announced its 2024 class of Jazz Heroes, which includes Catherine O’Grady, retiring director of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.