June 21 – July 1, 2018
This annual foray into jazz and surrounding genres is one of the biggest draws during Ottawa’s lively festival season. The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival mixes big names from the world of jazz with a number of other inimitable artists. The combination of large outdoor concerts at Confederation Park and smaller, intimate shows at indoor spaces like the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage, allows for variety in look and feel during the 11-day festival.
The full 2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival programming will be announced shortly. Highlights from last year’s festival include Feist and Serena Ryder, both Canadian singer-songwriters, British R&B vocalist Joss Stone as well as Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires (American soul/funk), Maceo Parker & The Ray Charles Orchestra featuring the Raelettes (big band) and France-based Caravan Palace (electro swing). These are only a few of the many artists that were featured!
- The 11-day festival is staged each year from late June through early July, spanning Canada Day, celebrated annually each July 1st. Best of all, festival concerts are free on Canada Day!
- 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 295,000 fans.