Updated 16 September 2014
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 (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)
- La Nouvelle Scène
- 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
317 Bank Street
Occasional, with high-energy dance groups like Souljazz Orchestra.
221 Rideau Street, Second Floor
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. (Hugh is currently recovering from a broken hip, and JP Allain has organized replacement musicians for now)
190 Dalhousie Street
Wednesday evenings and Sunday brunch.
149 Kent St. at Albert
Two Saturdays a month.
340 Elgin Street
Live jazz/swing/Latin on occasional Thursdays. A big band on Monday nights about once a month. (Johnny Vegas ended his Wednesday night lounge nights)
56 ByWard Market Square (in the Byward Market)
just north of George Street
The Rainbow Bistro
76 Murray Street, in the Market
27 York St.
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.
223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale) (in Hintonburg)
JazzWorks Jams: first Sunday afternoon and third Thursday evening of each month, except in the summer. Occasional other evenings as well.
885 Bank Street (in the Glebe)
634 Somerset Street West
Jazz duos every Sunday evening; high-profile jazz groups on Wednesday evenings starting September 24.
651 Somerset Street West, near Bronson Avenue
Raw Sugar Café
692 Somerset St West
Occasional. Also, IMOO presents Sunday evening concerts approximately biweekly.
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
Several times a month, usually Sundays or Mondays.
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 DriveWakefield, Québec
Café des Artistes de la Lièvre
408 avenue de Buckingham
Gatineau, Québec (secteur Buckingham)
238, chemin Old Chelsea
La Grange de la Gatineau
80 chemin Summer, Cantley, QC
Occasional special weekend concerts.
Wakefield Mill Inn (Le Mouin)
60 Mill Road
819-459-1838 or toll-free 888-567-1838
Occasional Fridays or Saturdays.
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, some Sunday brunches, jazz broadcasts on some Fridays, and occasional 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 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
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
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.