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Jill Barber’s second set with the Ottawa Jazz Festival

Jazz Festivals don’t just fund themselves! This week the Ottawa Jazz Festival is holding their annual fundraiser to help them pull together the resources they need to put on a great show next summer. This year’s event features Jill Barber, an Ottawa Jazz Festival veteran and lover of the capital. I spoke with Ms. Barber for a story before […]

Jazz Fest opens this weekend: interview + highlights

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″][/youtube] The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival starts this weekend! We’re big fans of the festival and we’ve made it something of an annual tradition to check in with Petr Cancura, programming manager for the festival, to see what he’s pulled together for Ottawa Jazz fans. (If you’re interested, see 2011, 2012, 2013). We’ll […]

Kathleen Edwards to Step Back from Music (After Tonight)

After fifteen years of music, Kathleen Edwards has decided she’s done, at least for now. Tonight’s Jazz Festival performance is the artist’s final planned show. Whether or not this means she’s quitting music permanently is not clear, but Edwards is clear that she is stepping back from music for a sizeable portion of time. Since […]

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra take to the streets

This Saturday night the Byward Market will be alive with music and you’re all invited to join the street party. The strolling music and dance-fuelled celebration, presented as part of the Ottawa Chamberfest will be lead by the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a 16-strong, Toronto-based “Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-superband.” Marc Marczyk (violinist and vocalist wih LBO) admits that this […]

Ottawa, meet Scott Helman

Scott Helman is on the cusp, armed with a left-of-centre poppy sonic identity and just enough songs to leave his hometown, brimming with an expansive energy of what’s yet to come. The Toronto native caught the attention of labels exces at Warner Music Canada while still a teenager and since releasing his debut EP, Augusta […]

Take 5 for the 2015 Ottawa Jazz Festival

Despite the abundance of genres, the various styles and wide-ranging traditions, jazz essentially is about improvisation, collaboration, and the ongoing quest for exploration. It’s about creating musical moments bound in the precarious nature of time. Or, to say it another way, it’s about sonically interpreting the precariousness of time by collaborating in the construction of […]

Jazzfest: Victor Nesrallah review

It didn’t take long for a mass of people to gather around the Rideau Centre stage to see Ottawa’s long-time performer, Victor Nesrallah and his band on Saturday afternoon. He was joined by an accomplished trio of Craig Wallace (double bass), Mike Bellavy (drums), and Keith Snider (violin), where they played an hour long set […]

Jazzfest: Chris Botti review

Chris Botti and his line-up of world-class musicians and special guests completely seduced the crowd on Sunday night’s Main Stage performance in the gorgeous setting of Confederation Park. Botti displayed his mastery of utilizing the trumpet as a tool to add unique shapes to multiple genres of music. His amazing skills of playing and adaptation […]

Marvest: Apt613 presents the MATT dorgan PROJECT

Marvest is an offshoot of the CityFolk festival that runs between September 16th and 20th, at the Aberdeen Pavilion, and along Bank Street. These mostly free shows feature local bands, and we’ll be profiling some of those bands.  CityFolk asked several local cultural producers, including Apt613, to curate shows at Marvest.   Matt Dorgan’s love for the saxophone […]

Lynn Miles and Petr Cancura find magic at the crossroads

Folkies joined jazz aficionados at the NAC‘s 4th stage last Thursday to experience a rare cross-genre collaboration featuring beloved Ottawa singer-songwriter Lynn Miles performing with a band of top jazz players lead by Petr Cancura. The concert was the second show in Petr Cancura’s Crossroads series presented as part of theWinter Jazz Fest and NAC Presents. The […]