Updated 30 September 2013
For what's happening in all of the venues on this page, see our Upcoming Shows listings. "Jazz" covers a wide range of music, from quiet piano stylings to free avant-garde jazz to rock / funk / jazz mash-ups. Search our listings for a venue to see what type of music is played there before assuming it's your style of music.
Concert venues which have a more formal listening experience include:
- 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)
- La Nouvelle Scène
- National Gallery of Canada (NGC)
- Ottawa-area churches
The Ottawa and Gatineau area restaurants, bars, and venues listed below consistently present jazz.
- Gatineau and other locations in the Outaouais (Québec)
- West End / Rural
- South End / Rural
- East End / Rural
Looking further east, SortiesJAZZnights.com provides a wealth of information about the Montreal and Quebec jazz scene including live jazz performances and more, similarly to OttawaJazzScene.ca. They also have a free weekly JazzBulletin.
603 Cumberland Street
University of Ottawa
613-562-5800 ext. 3000
Jazz on Wednesday evenings.
137 Murray Street (in the Byward Market)
Hugh O'Connor, dean of Ottawa Jazz musicians, on Sunday afternoon.
303 Bank Street
317 Bank Street
Occasional, with high-energy dance groups like Souljazz Orchestra.
27 York St.
The Rainbow Bistro
76 Murray Street, in the Market
Occasional. Jams on the third Monday of the month hosted by Justin Duhaime.
Wasabi Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar
41 Clarence Street
221 Rideau Street, Second Floor
610 Somerset Street West at Percy Street (Chinatown)
Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais (IMOO) Series: many (but not all) Sunday evenings.
223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale) (in Hintonburg)
JazzWorks Jams: second Sunday afternoon and third Thursday evening of each month, except in the summer. Occasional other evenings as well.
885 Bank Street (in the Glebe)
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.
Groovy's Roti Hut
292 McArthur Avenue (a few blocks east of the Vanier Parkway)
Thursday and Sunday evenings.
1015 Wellington Street West (at Fairmont)
Every Friday evening, and the third Saturday of the month.
750 Gladstone Avenue (at Arthur Street, just west of Bronson Avenue)
Occasional. Saturday afternoon jams are currently on hiatus.
1103 Bank Street (near Sunnyside)
Several Sunday evenings a month.
634 Somerset Street West
Jazz duos every Sunday evening.
601 Somerset Street West (at Percy)
Every Wednesday evening.
651 Somerset Street West, near Bronson Avenue
Raw Sugar Café
692 Somerset St West
610 Somerset Street West
Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern
1084 Wellington Street West (in Hintonburg)
Has not yet resumed booking jazz acts.
(just across the bridges from Ottawa, only a few-minute bus or bike or car trip from downtown Ottawa)
Le Petit Chicago
50 Promenade du Portage
Monday jazz nights, and occasional other evenings.
Les Brasseurs du Temps
170 rue Montcalm
819-205-4999 ext 1
Occasional, usually Mondays.
835 Jacques Cartier Road
Friday and Saturday evenings.
Le Bistro Ambrosia
100 rue Principale
other parts of the Outaouais (further out)
238, chemin Old Chelsea
Wakefield Mill Inn (Le Mouin)
60 Mill Road
819-459-1838 or toll-free 888-567-1838
Occasional Fridays or Saturdays.
The Black Sheep Inn
753 Riverside Drive
Café des Artistes de la Lièvre
408 avenue de Buckingham
Gatineau, Québec (secteur Buckingham)
La Grange de la Gatineau
80 chemin Summer, Cantley, QC
Occasional special weekend concerts.
Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel
525 Legget Drive
Seven days a week, plus Sunday brunch..
Kanata Royal Oak
329 March Road
Every Sunday afternoon.
2194 Robertson Road (Bell's Corners)
Saturday evenings, Sunday brunches, and occasional other evenings.
Ballygiblin's Restaurant and Pub
151 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, ON
First Thursday of the month.
73 Mill Street
Second, third, and fourth Thursday of the month.
The Swan at Carp
108 Falldown Lane, Carp
Cheshire Cat Pub
2193 Richardson Side Road
Every second Monday in the summer.
Burned down in late January 2013, but is planning to rebuild.
Mooney's Bay Bistro
731 Ridgewood Avenue off Riverside Drive (just east of Mooney's Bay Beach parking lot lights)
Several weekend evenings each month.
15 Clothier Street East
downtown Kemptville, ON
Reservations and directions: 613-258-3737
Knox Fine Dining
16976 Maclean Road
Moose Creek, ON
Burgers on Main
343 Somerset Street West, between Bank and O'Connor
Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights, often jazz jams.
July, 2013: Closed.
199 Bank Street
Café Paradiso's last show was on June 30, 2012. The restaurant closed permanently as of July 11.
180 Rideau Street
Live jazz on Tuesday and Friday nights.
June, 2013: Closed.