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Courses and workshops is pleased to offer listings for jazz-related courses, workshops, clinics and mentoring opportunities as a free service to Ottawa-Gatineau jazz fans, teachers, and students.

Listings must be relevant to the Ottawa-Gatineau jazz scene in the sole judgement of the OJS editors. Please submit your listing in plain text only to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . MS Word documents and other proprietary file format attachments will be discarded unread.

Bells Corners Academy of Music Summer Jazz Camp

July 2 to 5, and July 8 to 12, 2013
Cost: $300 for one week, $550 for two weeks

The summer jazz camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from July 2nd to July 5th and July 8th to July 12th. For students 12 years and older.

Clinicians will include Yves Laroche, James O'Farrell, Nick Gummeson and other prominent jazz performers from the Ottawa region.

Courses will include ear training, jazz theory, small combo, big band, and lectures covering topics such as how to practice, and chord scale relationships for improvising in the jazz idiom. All students will be afforded the chance to solo and improvise throughout the two weeks of the camp, and at the closing concert.

An audition will be required for new students

For more information please contact Yves Laroche at 613-728-0038 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Singer's Bootcamp 2013 at Alcorn Music Studios

Sunday, July 7 to Friday, July 12, 2013
Tuition: $500 (includes sight singing book, t-shirt, and bootcamp workbook)
Registration deadline: Friday, June 21, 2013


  • Elise Letourneau
  • Renée Yoxon
  • Nicole Ratté

Alcorn Music Studios and Elise Letourneau are proud to present the inaugural Singers' Bootcamp from July 7-12, 2013. We are encouraging singers (high school through adult) to join us for an intense course designed to improve your abilities as a musician and vocalist.

Firmly rooted in the fundamentals of clean vocal technique, and with an emphasis on musicianship, this course is designed to offer participants knowledge, focus and discipline. Our goal is to provide an environment where singers are well-supported and feel free to get involved, ask questions, and grow. Singers will spend time working on repertoire, harmony singing, and exploring genres; as well as theory, ear training, and sight reading. Students will also have the opportunity to sing with a band.

Some singing experience is helpful. You will be placed in a smaller singing group the first day of camp, according to your music and training background.

This camp has limited enrolment. Admission is on a first come, first served basis. Confirmation of enrolment will be issued when full payment is received. Registration fee is non-refundable. Please make cheques payable to Alcorn Music Studios. Call 613-729-0696 to register.

More info:

Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Avenue (at Loretta, just west of Preston Avenue)
Ottawa, ON
Accessible by OC Transpo routes 14 and 85


Ottawa Guitar Show 2013 at GigSpace

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Second annual Ottawa Guitar Show, with 14 area builders presenting their handcrafted guitars and ukuleles. Come out and experience the craft of these fine artisans.

  • Enjoy guitar performances throughout the afternoon!
  • Check out the GigSpace ART gallery featuring Guitar Art by John Serkerka.
  • Experience beautifully handcrafted guitars & unique designs by fine local luthiers


Read more: Ottawa Guitar Show 2013 at GigSpace


Guitar Now! conference at Carleton University

Friday to Sunday, May 3 to 5, 2013
Three-Day comprehensive tuition and concert pass: $160
Individual one-day tuition and single concert pass: $65
Single concert ticket: $35
Three-day concert pass (only): $80

Guitar Now! brings together some of Canada's (and the world's!) finest guitarists for a three-day series of workshops and concerts. Guitar students aged 14 and older will learn their craft from the masters in a series of explorations, workshops and concerts.

Jazz musicians performing and teaching include: Vic Juris, Ben Monder, Mike Rud, Matt Warnock, Guilherme Vincens, Brandon Bernstein, Steve Raegele, Amy Brandon, Tim Bedner, Wayne Eagles, Roddy Ellias, Garry Elliott, and Lucas Haneman. Classical, country, and fingerstyle guitarists (including Don Ross) will also be participating.

More info:

Carleton University
Ottawa, ON

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Afro-Brazilian Percussion Workshop at the Overbrook Community Centre

Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets: $80 (available at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, or by phone: Jesse 613-294-3842 or Mehdi 613-262-6773)

The Ottawa International Drumming Festival proudly presents

An Afro-Brazilian Percussion workshop with Emilio Martins

Emilio is a percussionist, composer, and producer from Sao Paolo, Brazil, who has performed and recorded with many well-known Brazilian artists. He brings to this workshop an evolution of Afro Brazilian drumming, focusing on Religions rhythms like Candomblé, Cabula, Congo/, Ijexá, and street sounds like Ilê Aiê, Bahia's Merengue, Samba Reggae, Samba Duro, and other advanced rhythms .

This workshop is sponsored by Instrumentos Musicais.

This workshop is open to all levels of percussionists. The instrumentation will include Djembe, Conga, Bongo, Pandeiro, and Rebolo. The class size is limited to 30 students.

Learning materials (manual, CD) will be provided to all students attending workshop. Please bring your own instrument. Some will be provided during the workshop. Contemporânea instruments available for sale at the workshop.

15% of the proceeds will be donated to the Galai school project for Liberia, West Africa,

More info:

Studio Room
Overbrook Community Centre
33 Quill Street
Take OC Transpo bus route #18


Ultimate Jazz Combo Workout at the Shenkman Arts Centre

Last updated March 7, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $95 (JazzWorks members); $125 (non-members)

Looking for a hands-on musical challenge? Attend the JazzWorks Ultimate Jazz Combo Workout!

Building on twenty years of successful summer camp workshops, JazzWorks is pleased to announce the March launch of its first Ultimate Jazz Combo Workout, organized by our Artistic Director John Geggie.

This intensive one-day event focuses on playing pre-selected well-known tunes in different styles, keys, feels, group combinations and tempos– the ultimate combo workout for all musicians. There will be a limit of 40 participants, to be divided into two sections, each with the capacity for up to two complete rhythm sections, at least half a dozen instrumentalists and as many as four vocalists. Different combinations within each section will be coached by two faculty members who will offer advice, direction and immediate feedback on such topics as improvisation, ensemble playing, stylistic considerations and group interaction.

Faculty: Joining longtime JazzWorks faculty member Nancy Walker (piano) is Ottawa's most respected and busiest jazz musician, Roddy Ellias (guitar) and JazzWorks newcomer, vocalist and composer Sienna Dahlen from Toronto.

Update March 7: Montreal saxophonist, composer, and arranger Christine Jensen will also be a faculty member, replacing Frank Lozano. Jensen won the Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year in 2011 for her album, Treelines.

All instrumentalists will be required to bring their own instruments and gear; a PA will be provided for the vocalists in each combo. The lists of required repertoire and accompanying instructions will be made available upon registration, to ensure all participants are prepared in advance.

Refreshments will be provided mid morning and mid afternoon. Bring your own lunch

To register or for more information: Anna Frlan at 613-523-0316 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Shenkman Arts Centre
245 Centrum Boulevard
just east of Place d'Orleans
easy and frequent transit access (routes 95 and 101, plus local buses)


Jazz vocal/songwriting masterclass with Beth Amin and Dr. Álvaro Faleiros at Carleton University

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 3 p.m.
Admission: TBA

with Beth Amin & Dr. Álvaro Faleiros (Brazil)

Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
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Let's Talk About Sax with Richard Page

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 6 to 8 p.m.

Learn how to choose the right horn, mouthpiece and reed for you! Also learn about basic care of your instrument.

Richard will talk about how different mouthpiece, saxophone, and reed combinations can optimize your sound. He will discuss the different aspects of creating sound through the saxophone - from embouchure control to technique and from air support and musicality.

He encourages attendees to bring their instruments as they may get into some group participation.

Richard Page is a local saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer.

Long & McQuade - Ottawa
2631 Alta Vista Drive


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