June 23 – July 3, 2016
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 10-day festival. This year’s headliners include Sarah McLachlan, Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Chick Corea Trio, Stacey Kent, Kamasi Washington, Sharon Jones & the DAP-Kings and Brian Wilson, to name a few.
- 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.