Ottawa Jazz Festival

Ottawa Jazz Festival

From June 20th – July 1st, 2013, the Ottawa Jazz Festival will be filling the Nation’s Capital with melodious jazz harmonies throughout venues scattered around Ottawa’s downtown core.

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The original festival began as a weekend of outdoor jazz in Major’s Hill Park in 1980. Who knew that the Ottawa Jazz Festival would eventually evolve into one of the most highly anticipated musical summer events? I suspect the original founders, local musicians Bob Misener and Tony Pope and later Bill Shuttleworth had no idea that the Festival would grow to attract over 200,000 jazz fans to the National Capital Region.

The festival has consistently grown in size and scope. Members of the programming committee have each brought their own personal listening styles into the festival lineup, resulting in a wide range of variety. Past festival performers include names such as Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Herb Ellis, Bob Brookmeyer, Wynton Marsalis, Milt Jackson, Jack DeJohnette, Ornette Coleman, Diana Krall, D.D. Jackson, Dave Douglas, Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Herbie Hancock, Salit Keita, Dave Brubeck, Roy Haynes, Toots Thielemans, Bela Fleck, Kenny Werner, Stanley Jordan, Maynard Ferguson, and John Mayall.

The festival eventually expanded to include indoor and outdoor venues in the National Capital Region, including indoor satellite events and late-night jam sessions.


Bronze Pass – $185.00

  • The Bronze Pass allows you access to the outdoor stages at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. Admission to indoor venues is based on availability — priority is given to single ticket holders and Gold Pass holders.

Youth Pass – $85.00

— only a limited number available

  • The Youth Pass is for ages 12-25. The pass allows you entrance to all outdoor stages. Admission to indoor venues is also based on availability — priority to single ticket holders, Gold Pass holders, and Bronze Pass holders.
  • Children under 12 are admitted to Confederation Park for free, but tickets are needed for them if you want to go to the NAC performances, Platinum section, Dominion Chalmers and Gold Circle.

Gold Pass – $299.00

  • The Gold Pass allows complete access to the festival, including the exclusive Gold Circle seating area in Confederation Park. Some benefits include: some reserved seating at indoor venues for those who arrive 15 minutes before performance time. Gold Pass holders are admitted after single ticket holders.

Tickets to indoor venues, and park entertainment are available at the Festival Box Office and at selected locations around Ottawa. See their website at for complete details and prices.

**Please note that there are certain concerts that are being offered FREE of charge. See festival lineup below for more details.


The Ottawa Jazz Festival general happens at several dfiferent venues throughout downtown Ottawa. The main concert stage is at Confederation Park, but concerts take place everywhere, including the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage, the NAC Studio, Dominion- Chalmers United Church, Rideau Centre, Marion Dewar Plaza (across from Confederation Park at City Hall), Mercury Lounge (in Byward Market) and the Options Jazz Lounge at the Brookstreet hotel.


294 Albert Street, Suite 602 (corner Kent)
Ottawa, Ontario

Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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10 years of The Triplets of Belleville
Alan Jones Canadian All Star Sextet
Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
Angèle and the Swingin’ Devils
Aoife O’Donovan
Apex Jazz Band
Ben Taylor
Bob James, David Sanborn: Featuring Steve Gadd
Boi Akih
Book of Clay
Boz Scaggs
Brad Turner Quartet
Carmen Souza
Caroline Keating
Chic Gamine
Chocolate Hot Pockets
Christian Wallumrød Ensemble
Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers
Claude Munson & The Storm Outside
Cloning Americana
Curtis Macdonald Trio
Dainius Pulauskas Group (Lithuania)
Danilo Perez Trio
David Byrne & St. Vincent
David Murray Big Band featuring Macy Gray
Django Libre
Doobie Brothers
Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
eagles / mcgowan / wittet
Erik Lind & the Orchard
Erin Costelo Quartet
Fats Waller Dance Party featuring Jason Moran and Meshell Ndegeocello
Folk Goes Jazz
French American Peace Ensemble
Gilad Hekselman Trio
Glen Hansard
Go Long (!)
Gregory Porter
Groove Plus
Hobson’s Choice
Hutchinson Andrew Trio
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis
Jenna Glatt & The Boston Connection
Joe Morris/William Parker/Charles Downs
John Carroll & the Epic Proportions
Julian Argüelles Quartet
Kellylee Evans
Ken Vandermark & Joe McPhee Duo
Kim Kaskiw Sextet
Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart
Lean Left
Leeroy Stagger
Lina Nyberg Band
Los Gringos
Marianne Trudel- Trifolia
Mavis Staples
Maylee Todd
Michael Kaeshammer
Mike Murley Septet
Mike Reed’s People, Places and Things
Natalia and Montuno
Nicholas Payton XXX
Nicolas Repac
Nicole Ratté Jazz Quintet
Ori Dagan Trio
Patricia Barber Quartet
Peggy Lee Band
Peter Liu Quintet
Peter Van Huffel’s GORILLA MASK
Quincy Jones Presents: Nikki Yanofsky
Rafael Zaldivar Group
Rémi Panossian Trio
Rick Rangno/Yves Laroche Project
Roberto López Afro-Colombian Jazz Orchestra
Sax Appeal
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
Silke Eberhard Trio
Soweto Kinch Trio
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Steve Bilodeau Group
Steve Boudreau & Gary Elliott plus two
Steve Kuhn Trio with Steve Swallow & Joey Baron
Stretch Orchestra
TD Jazz Youth Summit
TD Jazz Youth Summit and Galaxie Rising Stars
The Bad Plus
The Central Band of the Canadian Forces
The Craig Pedersen Quartet
The Flaps
The Heavy
The Herbaliser
The Hornettes
The James Hunter Six
The Relative Quartet
The Rob Frayne Dream Band
The Souljazz Orchestra
Thomas Enhco Trio
Three Little Birds
Tia Brazda
Tin Men & the Telephone
Tom Harrell Quintet plus Strings
Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up
Tortured Soul
Trondheim Jazz Orchestra
Tyson Naylor Trio
Vic Vogel & Le Jazz Big Band
Wayne Shorter Quartet
Willie Nelson & Family
Young Galaxy
Youth Series

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