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Jazzin' the Holidays creates holiday cheer for GigSpace (video)

Elise Letourneau, Nicole Ratté, and Karen Oxorn (l-r, with Mark Alcorn on bass) raised $1100 for GigSpace at their sold-out holiday concert there Dec. 22. ©Brett Delmage, 2013A few days before Christmas, three Ottawa jazz vocalists teamed up with three local jazz instrumentalists to benefit a venue they enjoy performing at: GigSpace Performance Studio.

Despite two huge snowstorms that walloped Ottawa in the previous few days, Elise Letourneau, Karen Oxorn, and Nicole Ratté, presented Jazzin' the Holidays to a capacity audience. Performing songs ranging from traditional carols to Christmas favourites to songs which have become jazz standards, from serious to humorous, and in both English and French, they gave each their own twist.

GigSpace board member and concert bassist Mark Alcorn said the fundraising event raised more than $1100. Fellow board member and guitarist Tim Bedner said that GigSpace is becoming more popular with local and touring musicians, with events booked as far away as June, 2014. was there and recorded the concert to give you a taste of the experience. Watch our video after the turn.

Find out more about GigSpace and how to make a donation (it's a registered charity) at

    – Alayne McGregor