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Ottawa Jazz Clubs and Venues

Updated May 16, 2017: added postal codes and OpenStreetMap links; deleted inactive venues

Want to know where to go to hear jazz at a formal concert in an intimate theatre-style space, or with a fine meal or a beer? OttawaJazzScene.ca regularly updates our list of jazz clubs and venues where you can hear live jazz of all kinds in Ottawa, Gatineau, and the National Capital Region.

"Jazz" covers a wide range of music, from quiet piano stylings to free avant-garde jazz to rock / funk / jazz mash-ups to creative, improvised music.It's constantly evolving.

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Concert venues which have a more formal listening experience include (in approximate order of frequency of jazz concerts presented)

Ottawa-area churches with notable music programs which include jazz:

  • Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue at Bank Street: Wednesday noon and Saturday evening concerts, classical and jazz
  • Church of the Ascension, 253 Echo Drive: monthly jazz concert series
  • All Saints Anglican Westboro/First United Church, 347 Richmond Road: monthly jazz vespers
  • Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar Street at Elgin: monthly jazz vespers
  • MacKay United Church, 39 Dufferin Road: occasional concerts
  • Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Streer: occasional concerts

The Ottawa and Gatineau area restaurants, bars, and venues listed alphabetically below present jazz. They are grouped them by area.

Downtown Ottawa

Avant-Garde Bar
135½ Besserer Street
K1N 6A7
map
613-321-8908
www.avantgardebar.com/
Occasional

Centretown Royal Oak
318 Bank Street at MacLaren
K2P 1Y1
map

613-232-1057
second Friday of the month, early evening (5:30 p.m.)

Chez Lucien
137 Murray Street (in the ByWard Market)
K1N 5M7
map

613-241-3533
Sunday afternoons: Hugh O'Connor, dean of Ottawa Jazz musicians, with J.P. Allain

Das Lokal
190 Dalhousie Street (in the northern part of the ByWard Market)
K1N 7C6
map

613-695-1688
www.daslokalottawa.com
Occasional

Festival Japan
149 Kent Street at Albert
K1P 5P3
map

613-234-1224
www.festivaljapan.ca
Saturday evenings

Live! on Elgin
220 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor (at Lisgar)
K2P 1L7
map

www.liveonelgin.com
Occasional

Madisons
189 Lyon Street North (at Laurier Avenue)
K1R 5C1
map
613-695-6262
madisonsnyc.com
Saturday evenings, with trios comprised of musicians from the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra

Mercury Lounge
56 ByWard Market Square (in the ByWard Market)
K1N 7A2
map
just north of George Street
www.mercurylounge.ca
Occasional

The Rainbow Bistro
76 Murray Street, in the Market
K1N 5M6
map

www.therainbow.ca
Occasional

Vineyards Wine Bar & Bistro
54 York Street (in the ByWard Market)
K1N 5T1
map

613-241-4270
www.vineyards.ca
Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday evenings

Central

The Arrow and the Loon Pub
Fifth Avenue Court
Bank Street at Fifth Avenue, NE corner (in the Glebe)
K1S 2M2
map
613-237-0448
First Sunday of each month, with the Glebop Trio

Bar Robo
692 Somerset Street West (just west of Bronson Avenue)
K1R 6P4
map

613-233-7626
First and last Wednesdays of the month, plus occasional other shows

Georgetown Pub
1159 Bank Street in Ottawa South
K1S 3X7
map

First Friday of the month: Monthly jams organized by Jacquie Dixon
Third Thursday evening of each month (except summer): Ottawa JazzWorks Jams

House of Common
11B Fairmont Avenue (at Wellington Street West), around the back
occasional IMOO shows

Irene's Pub
885 Bank Street (in the Glebe)
K1S 3X7
map

613-230-4474
irenespub.ca

Most Sunday evenings. Other occasional shows
Every Tuesday for Beeched Wailers jazz jams

La Roma Restaurant
430 Preston Street
K1S 4N4
map

613-234-8244
www.laromaottawa.com
Thursday evenings

Pressed
750 Gladstone Avenue (at Arthur Street, just west of Bronson Avenue)
K1R 6X5
map
613-680-9294
www.pressed-ottawa.com
Occasional

The Record Centre
1099 Wellington Street West (at Sherbrooke, in Hintonburg)
K1Y 2Y4
map
613-695-4577
www.therecordcentre.com
Occasional

The Savoy Brasserie
334 Richmond Road at Churchill (Westboro)
K1Z 6X6
map

613-695-7330
www.savoybrasserie.com/
Occasional

Wellington West Royal Oak
1217 Wellington Street West (at Hinton, near Holland Avenue)
K1Y 2Z9
map

613-728-6661
Second Tuesday of the month, early evening

East End

Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa
1481A Innes Road (near Cyrville Road)
613-842-8388
ottawasteinway.ca
Occasional

Gatineau and other locations in the Outaouais (Québec)

secteur Hull
(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
Gatineau, Québec
J8X 2M2
map
819-205-4999 ext 1
www.brasseursdutemps.com/
Occasional

Le Petit Chicago
50 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, Québec
J8X 2J7
map
819-483–9843
www.petitchicago.ca
Jazz Monday jazz jams with rotating monthly host bands, and occasional other evenings

Sterling Restaurant
835 rue Jacques Cartier
Gatineau, Québec
J8T 2W3
map

819-568-8788
www.sterlingrestaurant.com/english/nousjoindre/index.php

Jazz piano on Friday and Saturday evenings

other parts of the Outaouais (further out)

The Black Sheep Inn
753 Riverside Drive
Wakefield, Québec
819-459-3228
www.theblacksheepinn.com/
Occasional

Café des Artistes de la Lièvre
408 avenue de Buckingham
Gatineau, Québec (secteur Buckingham)
819-281-1987
cdadelalievre.com
Buckingham Buzz Jazz festival in November

Kaffé 1870
715 Riverside Drive
Wakefield, Québec
819-459-3943
kaffe1870.com
Occasional

West End / Rural

Kanata Royal Oak
329 March Road
K2K 2E1
map

Ottawa (Kanata)
613-591-3895
Traditional jazz on Sunday afternoons

Ironstone Grill Restaurant, The Marshes Golf Club
320 Terry Fox Drive
Ottawa (Kanata)
K2K 3L1
map

www.themarshesgolfclub.com
Friday evenings

Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel
525 Legget Drive
Ottawa (Kanata)
K2K 2W2
map
613-271-1800
www.brookstreet.com/options_music.php
Every evening plus Sunday brunch
Thursday jams with the HML Trio

Zolas Restaurant
2194 Robertson Road (Bell's Corners)
K2K 3L1
map

613-721-0227
zolas.ca

Most Saturday evenings and occasional other evenings

The Queen's Hotel
142 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
K7C 2V5
map
613-257-1366
First Thursday of each month with the Peter Brown Quartet. On hold until later this spring.

Slackoni's Bistro
Best Western Plus Perth
82 Peter Street
Perth, Ontario
K7H 1S2
map
613-326-0380
slackonis.com
Third Thursday of each month with the Peter Brown Quartet

South End / Rural

Ottawa Pianos
1412 Bank Street (just south of Kilborn)
K1H 7Y9
map
613 731-5678
www.ottawapianos.com
Occasional concerts

South Branch Bistro
15 Clothier Street East
downtown Kemptville, ON
Reservations and directions: 613-258-3737
www.thebranchrestaurant.ca/
Very occasional