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About - Into the next five years

An update from

On July 3, 2014, 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.

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Vibrant photographs of a vibrant jazz scene: what's involved

Have you seen the front page of the website this past week? Our original photography continues to be an essential part of our vivid and insightful reporting about the scene – as it has been since we started in 2009.

As I look at the front page of now, I smile, remembering the performances that we recently reported about in both words and pictures: freshly interpreted standards sung by a Juno winner on a prominent NAC stage; improvised music made in a nuclear war bunker; a student's final performance recital responded to with a standing ovation; and a deconstructed accordion, reassembled then played in a bookstore – to mention only a few. Scroll down and see them all for yourself.

We hope that' photojournalism helps bring to you the performances you enjoyed or missed, or will be seeing. Note that essential word “photojournalism.” It's important! It means our photos conform to accepted standards of truthful reporting. Our images aren't “photoshopped”. Performers (or music stands!) we don't like are never erased from the image, and musicians are not rearranged into a more pleasing visual arrangement. (That's called photo-illustration, and you can see a clearly labeled example of it here.)

The photos are not downloaded from our cameras as you see them; instead, the camera generates them as “raw” images. Like a film negative, they require “developing” to be included in a webpage or printed. It takes several hours after we have “finished” photographing an event (doing the actual shooting), to carefully adjust photos (often for brightness – most venues that performances are in have inadequate light for proper exposure) and to edit them to a smaller set and one key photo that tells the story honestly and fairly. Edited photos may be published with an associated written story, and always with attribution.

A photographer's name on an image is an indication of his or her responsibility for their photojournalism work, as well credit for it. Attribution of a Canadian creator's work is also required under the Canadian Copyright Act unless the author / photographer / other artist of the work has specifically waived their 'moral rights', as they are known.

Mike Essoudry ©Brett Delmage, 2010

Michel Delage ©Brett Delmage, 2015

Photojournalistic photos may not misrepresent a real-life situation, however there is still much opportunity for creativity. Last week I selected photos of two drummers for an upcoming two-drummer performance. I retrieved two photos (from my archive of tens of thousands of jazz photos) that allowed the two drummers to face each other in the website article, Mirror Duo: Mike Essoudry and Michel Delage converse by drum on Thursday and then I cropped the images to present them as equal musical partners. Their backgrounds really excited me. These were simple: a blackboard and architectural door frame in one, and curtains in the other. To my eyes, these background perfectly symbolized the individual musical pulses and rhythms they they would bring to the performance.

What do you think?

As always, we very much welcome your comments on our published work. Loved something? Hated it? Don't get it? Please share your thoughts with me via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or with Alayne McGregor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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About Brett Delmage

Brett Delmage
Publisher,  photojournalist, writer, video journalist, 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?)

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About Alayne McGregor

Alayne McGregor

Alayne McGregor
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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About our contributors

Justin Duhaime (photo by Danielle Dionne)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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