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In the first week of The Jazz Favourites Poll we've received a lot of positive feedback and excitement from local jazz fans. "Thanks, it was fun to fill out!" was one response. "My pleasure!" was another. Many nominees have thanked us for including them. "You couldn't imagine how honoured we are to be nominees," said one group.

There are only nine favourites to vote on in the poll -- and if you can't make up your mind in any category, you can choose to give two a half-vote each, or skip the question.

We hope that you'll find the poll to be a journey of discovery, introducing you to jazz you weren't aware of happening in your neighbourhood.   Click here for your ballot


Ottawa's Souljazz Orchestra nominated for 2013 Juno Award

Updated March 25, 2013
The Souljazz Orchestra's 2012 album, Solidarity, has been nominated for a 2013 Juno Award in the World Music Album of the Year Category.

This is their second Juno nomination: they were also nominated in 2011 for Instrumental Album of the Year for Rising Sun.

In late March, Souljazz also was named "World Group of the Year" at the 2013 Canadian Independent Music Awards.

The Souljazz Orchestra at the 2012 Montreal Jazz Festival. ©Brett Delmage, 2012

The Juno nominations were announced February 19. The awards will be handed out in Regina in April. You can see the other nominations at No other jazz and related nominees came from Ottawa-Gatineau, but there's a good selection from Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal.

Juno-nominated artists who have played recently or will play in Ottawa-Gatineau include Elizabeth Shepherd, Diana Krall, Carol Welsman, François Houle, Joel Miller, Rafael Zalvidar, Cory Weeds, Pugs & Crows, and Alex Cuba.

Read our review of Souljazz's performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival last summer here.

    – Alayne McGregor

See our coverage of other Juno winners and nominees from Ottawa and elsewhere: