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.
In 2018, headliners are playing on the outdoor Top Shelf Main Stage at Marion Dewar Plaza in front of Ottawa City Hall. Other shows will be held nearby on the Tartan Homes Stage at Lisgar Field and on the OLG Ontario stage in the west end of Confederation Park. In addition, smaller, intimate shows including a late-night series take place at indoor locations downtown like the National Arts Centre, the First Baptist Church, the Mercury Lounge in the ByWard Market and Grill 41 at the Lord Elgin Hotel.
Headliners of the 2018 Ottawa Jazzfest include Chaka Khan, Alison Krauss, Herbie Hancock, St Germain, Boz Scaggs, Chris Botti, Dee Dee Bridgewater with the Memphis Soulphony “Memphis: Yes, I’m Ready”, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and Lake Street Dive. Other musical acts include KNOWER, Django Bates’ Beloved, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles, and many more. Several Ottawa-based performers, including Kellylee Evans, The Commmotions and The Bank Street Bonbons are also in the lineup!
The Play North Series – new this year – features Canadian and International Northern musicians including Tanya Tagaq, Mari Boine, A Novel of Anomaly and Marius Neset.
- The 11-day festival always runs over Canada Day on July 1st, which is Canada’s largest birthday party each year. All festival concerts are FREE on Canada Day!
- Concerts take place in outdoor public spaces the heart of downtown Ottawa near the Rideau Canal, at the National Arts Centre and at 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.