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Ottawa Jazz Festival 2021 to feature two live concert series and some free in-person shows

By Matthew Guida on August 10, 2021




Fans of the Ottawa Jazz Festival have a lot to look forward to with this year’s virtual lineup. However, with the number of fully vaccinated people on the rise, Step 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan has made it possible for fans to enjoy live in-person shows once again as well. Jazz Festival attendees will be able to attend a variety of events in venues across and around Ottawa featured in one of two in-person, live concert series: OLG Free the Jazz or the Getaway Jazz Experience.


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OLG Free the Jazz

Silla and Rise. Photo taken by Katherine Takpannie.

The OLG Free the Jazz series includes 35 events in venues such as the National Arts Centre and Confederation Park, featuring performances by CU3B4 (Aug. 19); the creative talents of the forward-thinking Plasma Quartet (Aug. 19); Penaduco + 1 (Aug. 20); SWEET REVIVAL (Aug. 20), a group comprised of some of the most talented veterans in the local jazz scene; Safe Low Limit (Aug. 21), a local group known for performing with instruments in the bass clef; Silla and Rise, a local musical group that blends traditional Inuit throat singing with futuristic music (Aug. 21); the Lucas Haneman Express (Aug. 22); and the F8-BIT (Aug. 22) who use the power of video game console themes to bring you a one-of-a-kind jazz experience.

Additional venues for this series include LIVE! on Elgin, featuring shows by the Richard Page Group (Aug. 20) and the funk experts of Funk Yo Self (Aug. 21). Irene’s Pub has also scheduled evening performances, with tables still available for Michel Delage (Aug.20) and his “Music to do the Dishes to,” as well as John Carroll and the Exposure Dollars (Aug. 22).

The Shed on Sparks Street is a busking event that’s open to all, so be sure to drop by and enjoy music from the Wayne Eagles Trio (Aug.19), the Renaud-Elliott Trio (Aug. 20), the Motswana Canadian singer-songwriter Kmbrly Snstrm (Aug.21), and Courage4 (Aug.22).

Getaway Jazz Experience

Photo: “Les Marins” by Moonfruits (YouTube)

The shows in the Getaway Jazz Experience series are scheduled to take place at Moore Farm in Gatineau at 6pm every night during the Jazz Festival.

Artists performing in this series include:

  • Moonfruits (Aug. 19): An Ottawa-based duo (with frequent contributions from other Ottawa musicians) who are well-known for being “the makers of art-folk bilingue.”
  • Birdie Whyte (Aug. 20): Songwriting is a deep passion for this Ottawa Valley performer whose songs stay true to the storytelling elements rooted in folk traditions and draws people in with the power of her melodic voice and country lyrics.
  • Megan Jerome Together Ensemble (Aug. 21): Together Ensemble features some of the best musicians around, and with Megan Jerome’s musical talents on vocals and electric piano, their performance is definitely something to be experienced firsthand.
  • Jack Pine & The Fire (Aug. 22): Named after a tree and a top-10 best seller at Ottawa’s Compact Music, Jack Pine & The Fire is proud to brings its amazing alternative folk/country sound to the Jazz Festival.

Seating for most of these events is limited, so be sure to get tickets while you still can.

For more information on the Ottawa Jazz Festival’s in-person events and full listings, visit their website. For events at LIVE! on Elgin and Irene’s Pub, please contact Jon Evenchick ( and Aislinn Calvert ( respectively to reserve a table. When attending in-person shows, be sure to maintain physical distancing and follow all COVID-19 public health guidelines.