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Café Nostalgica is bringing back jazz nights

Wednesday Jazz Nights in the former Café Nostalgica building were often packed with musicians and listeners  © Brett Delmage, 2010

Café Nostalgica, the University of Ottawa restaurant whose Wednesday jazz nights had been an important part of the scene for many years, will again serve jazz with its beer.

Ajà Besler, the Advocacy and Communications Coordinator for the Graduate Student's Association (GSAED), which owns the café, told over email that “Jazz Nights will be making a come-back. We'll post news on our website and Facebook page when it's official.”

The café regained its liquor licence on Tuesday. The loss of that licence last fall had led to all evening programming being canceled, including the jazz nights.

For many years, the Wednesday jazz nights at Café Nostalgica at the University of Ottawa have been an important nurturing place for local jazz artists, giving them a place to experiment with new material and lineups in front of an appreciative audience, if not great pay. The Graduate Students' Association decided to tear down and completely rebuild the old building containing the café to make it larger and more accessible; it closed at the end of March, 2012.

It didn't reopen until mid-August, 2013, almost nine months behind schedule. The Chocolate Hot Pockets hosted the jazz nights in September, and a Dutch electro-jazz-hiphop group in October. Then provincial inspectors realized the café didn't have a currently-valid liquor license, and the café management shut down all evening programming until it got one. A new café manager was hired in December.

Jazz musicians interested in performing at the café should contact Besler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (preferred) or 613-897-2522.

   – Alayne McGregor

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