TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival
The TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival is one of the National Capital Region's premiere music events. It features the finest jazz musicians from Canada and around the world performing in open air venues and intimate studio spaces where thousands can enjoy world class music.
This year the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, will grace the festival stage on Jun 26th. Other fantastic festival performances between June 20 and July 1, 2013 will include Willie Nelson, Dr. John, David Byrne and St. Vincent, and Macy Gray and David Murray Big Band, as well as jazz heavyweights Chucho Valdés, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter Quartet and many more.
- The 10-day festival is staged each year from late June through early July, spanning Canada Day, celebrated annually each July 1st.
- Concerts take place outdoors at Confederation Park in the heart of downtown Ottawa next to the Rideau Canal, the National Arts Centre and various other locations; club venues are also part of the mix.
- Founded in 1981, the Festival has attracted jazz greats from across Canada and around the world, including Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Roy Haynes, Toots Thielemans, Branford Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Diana Krall, D.D. Jackson, Maynard Ferguson, and John Mayall - to name a few.
- The Festival features hundreds of performers - including approximately 300 Canadian performers in the lineup each year - and has attracted up to 180,000 fans.