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Jazz on Canada Day?

Let's hope you've been jazzed out by Canada Day, because there won't be a great deal of jazz music being showcased in Ottawa-Gatineau on July 1.

In Confederation Park, you can hear free concerts by

  • vocalist Tia Brazda
  • The TD Jazz Youth Summit and Galaxie Rising Stars (an all-star band of talented young jazz musicians from across Canada)
  • The Central Band of the Canadian Forces.

The Ottawa Jazz Festival is also featuring concerts by non-jazz musicians.

At the Albion Rooms in the Novotel Hotel (33 Nicholas Street), you can hear the Zakari Frantz Trio playing from 5 to 8 p.m.

In Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau, the free evening concert will start at 7 p.m. with a performance by Ottawa's Mash Potato Mashers, a unique parade band led by jazz drummer Mike Essoudry which plays infectious and danceable music.

And there's always Jazz Mondays at Le Petit Chicago on Promenade de la Portage in downtown Gatineau. Starting at 10 p.m. (after the fireworks on the Hill), you can hear some of the best firecracker jazz musicians in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, until the early hours. Cover is only $5, and the beer is reasonably priced.

   – Alayne McGregor