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We're the leading on-line 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 weekly email newsletter since 2009. Thanks for checking us out. 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 list almost 2000 events per year. There's lots of jazz and improvised music going on, of whatever type you like!

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Brett Delmage
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Ottawa Jazz Festival blacklists for 6th year will not be reporting from the 2016 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.

For the sixth consecutive year,'s team was rejected by the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival when we applied for accreditation to cover the summer 2016 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Read more: Ottawa Jazz Festival blacklists for 6th year publisher denied press access to 2015 Ottawa Jazz Festival

The Ottawa Jazz Festival has denied media accreditation (access to their festival) for the fifth consecutive year to's publisher and journalist/photojournalist Brett Delmage. No reason was received in response to our inquiry.

The festival's denial is in stark contrast to other festivals (Ottawa Chamberfest, Montreal Jazz Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival, Merrickville's Jazzfest, and major institutions including the National Arts Centre), who have given us the full access required to do our work and provide full reporting, including photography. This has resulted in the loss of one-half of our resources to report about the festival and the artists performing in it.

We strongly disagree with this action. The Ottawa Jazz Festival has received significant funding from Federal, Ontario, and City of Ottawa taxpayers. It should be fully open to reporting by bona-fide journalists.


Money for nothing (opinion)

Imagine a business that made more than 12 billion dollars (that's US $12,470,000,000), including almost 3 billion dollars profit in 2014. That's double their profits in 2013 which are the amount it cost to operate the whole City of Ottawa (arts funding, OC Transpo, garbage collection, water, libraries, etc.) in 2013. Those windfall profits were made without creating original, published work of its own – except for updated legal terms that grab as many rights as possible to artists' original works, without paying them one cent.

Is this an exploitative record company returning from decades past? Or a mega-conglomerate of charities and small venues who want musicians to play for free? No. It's Facebook, where you can be both their free content provider, and their product: what they sell is your personal information.

Read more: Money for nothing (opinion)


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.

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


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?)

Read more: About Brett Delmage


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.

Read more: About Alayne McGregor - 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.

Read more: - Into the next five years


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