Ottawa Jazz Festival

Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014
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Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Confederation Park
45.422567, -75.692435 (View Map)
12 Days (Tue, 20 Jun 2017 - Sat, 01 Jul 2017)
Ticket Price
$85.00 - $299.00 (approx.)
Festival Planned

The 2014 TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival is this year planned for 20th June to the 1st July, with an audience of around 300,000 and some 800 performing artists, this is one jazz festival you’ll definitely not want to miss!


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Dave Brubeck - Ottawa Jazz Festival

Dave Brubeck – Ottawa Jazz Festival

The Ottawa Jazz Festival was founded in 1980 by two local musicians Tony Pope and Bob Misener and was originally a weekend long event of outdoor jazz in Major’s Hill Park.

Jazz was popular in Ottawa at this time but no-one had ever hosted a dedicated jazz festival. Shortly after the original jazz event was hosted a man called Bill Shuttleworth joined the team and went about starting a ‘summertime jazz festival’ to help further promote local jazz in the area.

During the first years the festival grew at a rapid pace and attracted such names as Sonny Rollins, Bob Brookmeyer, Stan Getz, Herb Ellis and Wynton Marsalis. The festival grew at such a pace that the original outdoor venue was no longer big enough to host the event. By the mid 80’s the jazz festival was hosted in numerous indoor venues which were more suited to catering for the growing amount of attendees.

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It wasn’t until 1989 that the Ottawa International Jazz Festival moved to Confederation Park. This has been the venue ever since.

In October 2009 marked an important milestone for the festival, it’s 20th anniversary. To mark this special day the Buena Vista Social Club were booked alongside the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra who performed the following year. Tickets for each events were sold out and since that day the festival has been in full swing.

2010 marked the festivals 30th Anniversary and was also the last year that Jacques Émond ran as Programming Manager, this responsibility was later passed down to a man called Petr Cancura.

In 2011 the attendace for the Ottawa Jazz Fest stood at 295,000 people.

Over the years the Ottawa Jazz Festival has hosted some of the biggest names in Jazz including (but not limited to!): Dave Brubeck, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Jordan, Maynard Ferguson, Salif Keita, Toots Thielemans, Roy Haynes, Kenny Werner, Béla Fleck and Terence Blanchard.


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Lineup & Schedule

Lineup / Schedule Poster 2014 - OJF

Lineup / Schedule Poster 2014 – OJF

The 2014 Ottawa Jazz Festival lineup is shown below.

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The 2013 lineup was as follows:

  • Nicolas Repac
  • Christian Wallumrød Ensemble
  • The Souljazz Orchestra
  • David Murray Big Band Featuring Macy Gray
  • Curtis Macdonald Trio
  • The Heavy
  • Mike Reed’s People, Places And Things
  • Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
  • Mike Murley Septet
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  • Peter Liu Quintet
  • Florquestra
  • Erik Lind & The Orchard
  • Steve Boudreau & Gary Elliott Plus Two
  • Nicholas Payton Xxx
  • Marianne Trudel- Trifolia
  • Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra W/ Wynton Marsalis
  • Joe Morris/william Parker/charles Downs
  • Doobie Brothers
  • Caroline Keating
  • The Hornettes
  • Sweet Honey In The Rock®
  • Lina Nyberg Band
  • Steve Kuhn Trio With Steve Swallow & Joey Baron
  • Tin Men & The Telephone
  • Gilad Hekselman Trio
  • Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
  • Chocolate Hot Pockets
  • Vic Vogel & Le Jazz Big Band
  • Brad Turner Quartet
  • Dainius Pulauskas Group (lithuania)
  • Youth Series
  • Danilo Perez Trio
  • Steve Bilodeau Group
  • Td Jazz Youth Summit And Galaxie Rising Stars
  • Thomas Enhco Trio
  • Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
  • The Flaps
  • Natalia And Montuno
  • Lean Left
  • Los Gringos
  • Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up
  • Julian Argüelles Quartet
  • Tyson Naylor Trio
  • Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet
  • Larry Goldings/peter Bernstein/bill Stewart
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Rémi Panossian Trio
  • Quincy Jones Presents: Nikki Yanofsky
  • The Craig Pedersen Quartet
  • Cloning Americana
  • Spanish Harlem Orchestra
  • Leeroy Stagger
  • Folk Goes Jazz
  • Rafael Zaldivar Group
  • The Rob Frayne Dream Band
  • Fats Waller Dance Party Featuring Jason Moran And Meshell Ndegeocello
  • David Byrne & St. Vincent
  • Tortured Soul
  • Peggy Lee Band
  • Patricia Barber Quartet
  • Glen Hansard
  • Ben Taylor
  • Eagles / Mcgowan / Wittet
  • Chic Gamine
  • 10 Years Of The Triplets Of Belleville
  • Lal
  • Courtney Pine Presents House Of Legends
  • Angèle And The Swingin’ Devils
  • Hobson’s Choice
  • Alan Jones Canadian All Star Sextet
  • Django Libre
  • Claude Munson & The Storm Outside
  • Gypsophilia
  • Kellylee Evans
  • Wayne Shorter Quartet
  • Roberto López Afro-colombian Jazz Orchestra
  • Jenna Glatt & The Boston Connection
  • Silke Eberhard Trio
  • Michael Kaeshammer
  • John Carroll & The Epic Proportions
  • Go Long (!)
  • Maylee Todd
  • Erin Costelo Quartet
  • Ori Dagan Trio
  • The James Hunter Six
  • Young Galaxy
  • Book Of Clay
  • Traeben
  • Chucho Valdés & The Afro-cuban Messengers
  • Three Little Birds
  • French American Peace Ensemble
  • Trondheim Jazz Orchestra
  • Kim Kaskiw Sextet
  • Bob James, David Sanborn: Featuring Steve Gadd
  • Stretch Orchestra
  • Boi Akih
  • Nicole Ratté Jazz Quintet
  • Hutchinson Andrew Trio
  • Tom Harrell Quintet Plus Strings
  • Apex Jazz Band
  • Soweto Kinch Trio
  • Ken Vandermark & Joe Mcphee Duo
  • Peter Van Huffel’s Gorilla Mask
  • Carmen Souza
  • Td Jazz Youth Summit
  • Mavis Staples
  • Sax Appeal
  • Aoife O’donovan
  • Tia Brazda
  • Rick Rangno/yves Laroche Project
  • Boz Scaggs
  • The Bad Plus
  • The Herbaliser
  • Groove Plus
  • Willie Nelson & Family
  • The Relative Quartet
  • Gregory Porter
  • The Central Band Of The Canadian Forces


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Tickets for the 2014 Ottawa Jazz Festival can be purchased per event or you can buy a festival ‘pass’.

2014 Ticket Information has not yet been announced, the 2013 prices and ticket information was as followed:

Bronze Pass – $185.00
The Bronze Pass allows you access to the outdoor stages at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. Admission to indoor venues is based on availability — priority is given to single ticket holders and Gold Pass holders.

Youth Pass – $85.00 – only a limited number available
The Youth Pass is for ages 12-25. The pass allows you entrance to all outdoor stages. Admission to indoor venues is also based on availability — priority to single ticket holders, Gold Pass holders, and Bronze Pass holders. Children under 12 are admitted to Confederation Park for free, but tickets are needed for them if you want to go to the NAC performances, Platinum section, Dominion Chalmers and Gold Circle.

Gold Pass – $299.00
The Gold Pass allows complete access to the festival, including the exclusive Gold Circle seating area in Confederation Park. Some benefits include: some reserved seating at indoor venues for those who arrive 15 minutes before performance time. Gold Pass holders are admitted after single ticket holders. – Source:

Tickets are available to order by phone: 613-241-2633, online at the official festival ticket page, or at the Ottawa Jazz Festival Office:

Ottawa Jazz Festival Office
294 Albert Street, Suite 602, Ottawa (corner Kent)
$2.50 fee /for phone orders
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

Tickets can also be found on


Canal Stage in Confederation Park at the Ottawa Jazz Festival

Canal Stage, Confederation Park

The main venue for the 2014 Ottawa International Jazz Festival is the Confederation Park, Ottawa.

Confederation Park is located in Downtown Ottawa bordered by Laurier Avenue and Ottawa City Hall (at the South edges), Rideau Canal (to the East), Mackenzie King Bridge, the Rideau Centre and the National Arts Centre (to the North) and Elgin Street and the Lord Elgin Hotel (on the West).

It is one of the main parks of Ottawa and hosts numerous events throughout the year including Winterlude and the Canada Day celebrations.

This year the Confederation Park will set up 8 stages and will host in excess of 800 of the best local and international jazz artists currently on the circuit.

Other venues for the 2014 Ottawa International Jazz Fest include National Arts Centre Fourth Stage, Dominion- Chalmers United Church, the NAC Studio, Rideau Centre, Mercury Lounge (in Byward Market), Marion Dewar Plaza (across from Confederation Park at City Hall) and the Options Jazz Lounge at the Brookstreet hotel.

Each year the Ottawa International Jazz Festival attracts and average annual attendance of around 300,000 so it can become quite crowded in the park during popular performances. Reviews of Confederation Park on (outside of festival period)


Poutine - The traditional Canadian dish...

Poutine – The traditional Canadian dish…

Whilst there are no official food stalls within the Confederation Park (festival venue) during the jazz fest, there are a number of ‘Partner’ restaurants that help cater for the crowds of the event.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for good food at reasonable prices then make your way over to either Urban Spoon (Downtown Ottawa) or (Downtown Ottawa) and check out what other people in the area have to say about the best places to eat.

Flights & Transportation

YOW Terminal Layout

YOW Terminal Layout

The closest international airport to Confederation Park, Ottawa is the Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport (YOW). Distance from Ottawa International Airport is approximately 16 Kilometers (10 miles). The airport is located due south of Ottawa City.

Currently 13 airlines operate from Ottawa International Airport.

To get the best flight deals I would use SkyScanner‘s official search widget below.

Transport options from to and from Ottawa Airport.

Hotels & Accommodation

Fairmont Chateau Laurier - Inside

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

The cheapest hotel and accommodation options I could find in and around Ottawa during the Ottawa Jazz Fest (June/July) are shown below (Click HERE for a complete list).

Check out the nicest hotel in Ottawa >>

*** Hotel prices rise exponentially as you get closer to the festival dates. Book early to avoid disappointment. ***

Hotels Combined

If you are on a super shoe-string budget then search HostelWorld and get a bed in Ottawa for as little as $25.60 – (Private rooms $29.31+)

I would recommend checking Ottawa hotel reviews on TripAdvisor prior to placing any booking. Alternatively, why don’t you try something different and rent someones apartment during the festival period at AirBnB?! Click here for a free £15 credit towards your first booking!

Ottawa Municipal Campground

Ottawa Municipal Campground

Note that there is NO TENT CAMPING at the Ottawa Jazz Festival. However, if you really did want to camp, either in a tent or your RV/Motorhome, then you can check out the nearby facilities at Ottawa Municipal Campground it seems to be a popular campsite according to the numerous reviews on RV Park Reviews – Ottawa Campground Page.


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Outside of the Festival

If you’ve never been to Ottawa before then you’re in for a shock! This magnificent city has much to offer and if you are coming especially for the jazz festival then I’d recommend taking a couple of days out in order to explore some of the highlights. I’ve put together a short list of things you should do whilst your in Ottawa.

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Visit the Canadian War Museum

The Canadian War Museum is probably one of the best and most well known attractions in Ottawa and should be visited even if you’re not especially interested in war or history. The museum is unlike many others and offers a vast collection of various artifacts, photography, personal stories and other media that accurately depict the conflicts that have shaped Canada over the years. It’s suitable for children of all ages and adults. The quality of the exhibits are world class and price of enterance is very reasonable (discounts offered for students, OAP’s and vets). There is an onsite cafe for the peckish. It can get busy during the afternoon and weekends so get early for the most enjoyment.

Watch the MosAika Lightshow at Parliament Hill

“Canada through the eyes of it’s people”. Discover the history of Canada and it’s people through dance, music and visual perfomances all for free. The MosAika is held every night from July – September. Make an evening of it and take a blanket and picnic and sit back and enjoy. If you are Canadian, after watching the performances you’ll feel so proud!

Notre Dame Basilica

Notre Dame Basilica

Notre Dame Basilica

The Notre Dame Basilica is a fantastic Gothic-style church which is both a Minor Basilica and Cathedral in the heart of Ottawa. It’s free to enter but donations are welcome. The architecture is amazing with some 12,000 gold leafs covering the ceiling and many golden statues offering a warming feel when walking around. It’s well over 100 years old but still in amazing condition. Keep a lookout for the intricate stained glass windows and stone carvings in the walls.

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Post last updated by Paul Thomson on April 30, 2014
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