TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
The 37th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival runs from June 22 to July 2 at Confederation Park and several nearby venues.
The last 12 months have been very good to jazz singer-songwriter Tia Brazda, and in 2017, she finds herself in a good place.
As Canada Day approaches in the nation’s capital, I can’t help feeling a growing sense of pride for the funny quirks this country has to offer. The performance of Groenland, a band from Montreal, at Jazzfest Saturday night, had a uniquely Canadian flavour to it. Groenland, a self-described indie pop orchestra, performs all their songs […]
This firecracker livened up the British jazz scene upon his arrival in 2003 at the tender age of 24. I will never forget the first time I saw Jamie Cullum perform. It was over a decade ago when I was living in Toronto and a friend of mine who has an ear for cool, up-and-coming musicians, […]
Ottawa’s young singer/songwriter sensation Danielle Allard has spent her life immersed in music since the age of 3. She began performing publicly at 9, started receiving formal training at 11, and was writing her own songs by age 14. Her studies at Canterbury High School’s Arts Program would further develop her skills in voice and guitar. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Five years ago in Montreal, Sabrina Halde and Jean-Vivier Lévesque started a project that would soon become Groenland. Halde describes the six-person group including her, Lévesque, Gabrielle Girard-Charest, Ariane Gruet-Pelchat, Simon Gosselin and Jonathan Charette, as an indie pop orchestra. “It was my first original project and I kind of wanted it to be big,” […]
Ottawa diva and songwriter Rebecca Noelle considers herself lucky to have found out at a young age what direction her life would take. She established an early relationship with all things jazz, a genre she embraced growing up in a family immersed in its music. “I grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald. My grandfather was […]
Longtime Ottawa musician Victor Nesrallah has spent his life forging a well-rounded career through his never-ending thirst for knowledge in nearly all aspects of music. He shared with me how his 35-year musical journey has been shaped by learning, experience, and answered calls of opportunity. “Earlier in the 70’s, I used to back up my brother, […]
[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EPwRdVg5Ug[/youtube] So it’s an almost-kind-of long weekend, with the sun shining and the city full of activities. The Fringe Festival continues, with theatre options to suit just about everyone. Not sure what play to catch? We reviewed all the plays to help you out – check out our Fully Fringed section to see […]
[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQfbw6e2Yz4[/youtube] Good thing this weekend has the longest days of the year – with so much happening, you’ll need those extra hours of sunshine to pack it all in! If you’re down at the Fringe Festival, be sure to stop by the courtyard to say hi – we’ll be reviewing all of the […]
It was an exceedingly humid night in Ottawa as hundreds gathered in Confederation Park to see David Byrne & St. Vincent at the Ottawa Jazz Festival on Sunday. Initially conceived for a one-night performance at a SoHo bookstore, the multi-generational collaboration between David Byrne (most notably of the Talking Heads) and Annie Clark (performing under […]