Updated 4 June 2015
"Jazz" covers a wide range of music, from quiet piano stylings to free avant-garde jazz to rock / funk / jazz mash-ups.
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Concert venues which have a more formal listening experience include (in approximate order of frequency of jazz concerts presented):
- National Arts Centre, including the Fourth Stage community programming
- Shenkman Arts Centre (Orleans)
- Centrepointe Theatre (Nepean)
- Cabaret La Basoche (Gatineau - Aylmer sector)
- Salle Jean-Despréz (downtown Gatineau)
- Maison de la Culture de Gatineau (suburban Gatineau)
- National Gallery of Canada (NGC)
- Ottawa-area churches
The Ottawa and Gatineau area restaurants, bars, and venues listed alphabetically below present jazz.
- Gatineau and other locations in the Outaouais (Québec)
- West End / Rural
- South End / Rural
- East End / Rural
303 Bank Street
135 1/2 Besserer Street
603 Cumberland Street
University of Ottawa
613-562-5800 ext. 3000
Jazz on Wednesday evenings, except in the summer and at Christmas
137 Murray Street (in the ByWard Market)
Hugh O'Connor, dean of Ottawa Jazz musicians, on Sunday afternoon.
190 Dalhousie Street (in the northern part of the ByWard Market)
149 Kent St. at Albert
Two Saturday evenings a month.
370 Elgin Street
Several Sundays or Mondays a month.
340 Elgin Street
Jazz/swing/Latin on occasional Thursdays. A big band on Monday nights about once a month.
56 ByWard Market Square (in the ByWard Market)
just north of George Street
75 Nicholas Street (between Rideau Street and the Mackenzie-King Bridge)
Several shows each month, on Thursdays and Saturdays
The Rainbow Bistro
76 Murray Street, in the Market
45 Rideau Street, Freiman Mall, in the Market
Every Wednesday evening.
Vineyards Wine Bar & Bistro
54 York Street (in the ByWard Market)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday evenings .
The Arrow and the Loon Pub
Fifth Avenue Court
Bank Street at Fifth Avenue, NE corner (in the Glebe)
First Sunday of each month, except in the summer.
Black Squirrel Books and Tea
1073 Bank Street (across from the Mayfair Theatre)
Occasional Saturday or Sundays concerts
223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale) (in Hintonburg)
JazzWorks Jams: third Thursday evening of each month, except in the summer. Occasional other evenings as well.
885 Bank Street (in the Glebe)
Occasional, especially Sunday evenings.
Juniper Kitchen and Wine Bar
Stopped presenting Brian Browne every Thursday evening as of 6 November 2014
La Roma Restaurant
430 Preston Street
Thursday night jazz jams (minimum food/drink order per person required)
closed permanently on 2 November 2014
651 Somerset Street West, near Bronson Avenue
Raw Sugar Café
692 Somerset Street West
Occasional. Also, IMOO presents Sunday evening concerts there approximately biweekly.
502 Rochester Street (a few blocks north of Carling Avenue)
Weekly Tuesday night jazz jam with the Beeched Wailers
345A Preston Street (Little Italy)
Some Saturday evenings
The Savoy Brasserie
334 Richmond Road (Westboro)
(just across the bridges from Ottawa, only a few-minutes by bus or bike or car from downtown Ottawa)
Les Brasseurs du Temps (BDT)
170 rue Montcalm
819-205-4999 ext 1
Le Petit Chicago
50 Promenade du Portage
Monday jazz nights, and occasional other evenings.
835 Jacques Cartier Road
Jazz piano on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Le Bistro Ambrosia
100 rue Principale
Sunday evenings year-round, and some Thursdays in the summer.
other parts of the Outaouais (further out)
The Black Sheep Inn
753 Riverside Drive
Café des Artistes de la Lièvre
408 avenue de Buckingham
Gatineau, Québec (secteur Buckingham)
Occasional. Buckingham Buzz Jazz festival in November.
715 Riverside Drive
La Grange de la Gatineau
80 chemin Summer, Cantley, QC
Occasional special weekend concerts.
721 Riverside Drive
Wakefield Mill Inn (Le Mouin)
60 Mill Road
819-459-1838 or toll-free 888-567-1838
Occasional Fridays or Saturdays.
1300 Stittsville Main Street
Some Friday evenings.
Kanata Royal Oak
329 March Road
Every Sunday afternoon.
Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel
525 Legget Drive
Seven days a week, plus Sunday brunch.
Brookstreet was voted Ottawa-Gatineau's Favourite Jazz Bar, Café or Restaurant in OttawaJazzScene.ca's Jazz Favourites Poll.
2194 Robertson Road (Bell's Corners)
Saturday evenings. Jazz broadcasts and other shows have occasionally been scheduled for other evenings.
Zola's was voted runner-up for Ottawa-Gatineau's Favourite Jazz Bar, Café or Restaurant in OttawaJazzScene.ca's Jazz Favourites Poll.
Ballygiblin's Restaurant and Pub
151 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, ON
First Thursday of the month.
The Waterfront Gastropub
12 Bell Street
Carleton Place, ON
Third Friday of the month.
The Swan at Carp
108 Falldown Lane, Carp
Cheshire Cat Pub
2193 Richardson Side Road
Every second Monday in the summer.
Reopened December 2013.
Mooney's Bay Bistro
Closed as of November, 2014.
15 Clothier Street East
downtown Kemptville, ON
Reservations and directions: 613-258-3737
4312 Innes road (corner of Lanthier, between Jeanne d'Arc and Tenth Line)
Orleans (Ottawa), ON
One Saturday evening a month, but not in the summer.