June 21 – July 1, 2019
Each year, the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival presents big names as well as up and coming artists from the world of jazz and related genres. Performances are held on outdoor and indoor stages in downtown Ottawa.
In 2019, headliners are playing on the outdoor TD Main Stage at Marion Dewar Plaza in front of Ottawa City Hall, while other performances will take place across the street on the OLG Stage in Confederation Park. In addition, smaller, intimate shows including a late-night series and some free events will be held at indoor locations like the National Arts Centre, the Mercury Lounge in the ByWard Market and Queen Street Fare.
This year’s festival will particularly highlight the contributions of women in music. Some of the full lineup includes: Norah Jones, Chicago, The Roots, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Judith Hill, Jane Siberry, Omara Portuondo, Ranee Lee, Cyrille Aimée and more.
- 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.