Justin Duhaime is a composer, guitarist, improviser, arranger, teacher and writer. He has performed at The Ottawa Jazz Festival, The Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, The Ottawa Folk Festival, and on CBC Radio. Justin’s musical endeavours began in 2001, when he bought his first guitar at the age of 12 with money saved from his allowance. From then on he taught himself how to play and compose, eventually going to Carleton University and graduating with a bachelor of music degree with a high honours distinction in June of 2012.
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An update from OttawaJazzScene.ca
On July 3, 2014, OttawaJazzScene.ca reached our 5th Anniversary! I founded the publication five years ago to celebrate and give greater public exposure to the vibrant 365-days-a-year jazz and improvised music scene in Ottawa-Gatineau and across Canada. Now, more than 10,000 articles and event listings later (a milestone which we reached in June, just before our anniversary) I feel we have made good progress towards accomplishing our initial objectives. There is strong interest in live local jazz performance, and other media have followed our lead in covering it.
We're the leading online publication dedicated to live jazz and creative, improvised music performance in Ottawa-Gatineau and the National Capital Region. We've been publishing event listings, news and reviews, photos, podcasts and videos on our website and in our free weekly email newsletter for almost five years. Thanks for checking us out.
OttawaJazzScene.ca helps you discover more jazz and enjoy jazz more
With us, you can
- Win tickets to local shows in Win Tickets
- Discover artists and explore your jazz community in our video and written news stories and interviews with jazz musicians in News and Interviews
- Revisit Ottawa-Gatineau (and further afield) concerts you attended or missed, or check out an artist before hearing them in Reviews
- See photographs of the jazz scene in Ottawa-Gatineau in Ottawa Jazz Seen
- Tune your radio dial to hear jazz in Ottawa Jazz Radio
- Learn about upcoming concerts, jams, and club or restaurant performances in Upcoming Shows and Extra-jazz Affairs. We listed 2298 events in 2013. There's lots of jazz and improvised music going on, of whatever type you like!
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Want a quick introduction to the scene? Read our yearly recaps of the Ottawa-Gatineau jazz scene from our archives:
- What we heard and what we talked about (Ottawa-Gatineau jazz in 2012) (plus 7 related articles)
- watch a slideshow of scene photos on our donation form
- Our 2011 recap: jazz and improvisation probe the boundaries in Ottawa
- 2010: a busy year for Jazz and improvisation in Ottawa (and one article)
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Publisher, photojournalist, writer, dishwasher
I have been writing about things that matter, and issues I am passionate about since I was in university. In the 1980s I wrote the first national magazine column about the wireless digital computer communications systems that Canadian radio amateurs (“hams”) were pioneering - decades before smartphones existed. In the 1990s I moved to writing articles for, and editing, newsletters about improving cycling in Ottawa. In 1997, I published my first website. I was writing reports and recommendations for a citizen's advisory committee of Ottawa City Council in 2001. (A city councillor once complained that my report to City Council was “too professional.” What could I have done... write less clearly?)
Editor and writer
I've been a journalist ever since university, on many different topics, and am a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists. I started writing about jazz in 2008.
I discovered jazz in the 1980s, in search for music that was both more complex and more fun than what I'd been listening before.
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