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Ottawa Jazz Clubs and Venues

Updated October 16, 2016

Want to know where to go to hear jazz at a formal concert in an intimate theatre-style space, or with a fine meal? 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.

Want to find out what's going to be playing at each venue? Sign up for our weekly jazz events newsletter to get a comprehensive listing of what's on in jazz and creative, improvised music in Ottawa-Gatineau, within 100 km of Parliament Hill. For highlights this month, read: October is a dynamic month for jazz, from swing to Latin to vocals to the avant-garde

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

Ottawa-area churcjhes 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
135 1/2 Besserer Street

Café Nostalgica
603 Cumberland Street
University of Ottawa
613-562-5800 ext. 3000
Wednesday jazz evenings

Centretown Royal Oak
318 Bank Street at MacLaren
second Friday of the month, early evening (5:30 p.m.)

Chez Lucien
137 Murray Street (in the ByWard Market)
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)

Festival Japan
149 Kent St. at Albert
Saturday evenings

Live! on Elgin
220 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor (at Lisgar)

Mercury Lounge
56 ByWard Market Square (in the ByWard Market)
just north of George Street

The Rainbow Bistro
76 Murray Street, in the Market

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, with the Glebop Trio

Bar Robo
692 Somerset St West (just west of Bronson Avenue)
First and last Wednesdays of the month, plus occasional other shows

Black Squirrel Books and Tea
1073 Bank Street (across from the Mayfair Theatre)
IMOO presents Sunday evening concerts there approximately biweekly, except in the summer. Other occasional Saturday or Sunday concerts

Georgetown Pub
1159 Bank Street in Ottawa South
First Friday of the month: Monthly jams organized by Jacquie Dixon
Third Friday evening of each month (except summer): Ottawa JazzWorks Jams

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

Irene's Pub
885 Bank Street (in the Glebe)

Most Sunday evenings. Other occasional shows

La Roma Restaurant
430 Preston Street
Thursday evenings

750 Gladstone Avenue (at Arthur Street, just west of Bronson Avenue)

The Savoy Brasserie
334 Richmond Road at Churchill (Westboro)
Some Friday evenings

Wellington Eatery
1008 Wellington Street West
Tuesday evenings for the Beeched Wailers' jams

Wellington West Royal Oak
1217 Wellington Street West (at Hinton, near Holland Avenue)
Second Tuesday of the month, early evening

East End

Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa
1481A Innes Road (near Cyrville Road)

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
819-205-4999 ext 1
Very occasional

Le Petit Chicago
50 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, Québec
Jazz Monday jazz jams with rotating monthly host bands, and occasional other evenings

Sterling Restaurant
835 Jacques Cartier Road
Gatineau, Québec

Jazz piano on Friday and Saturday evenings

secteur Aylmer

other parts of the Outaouais (further out)

The Black Sheep Inn
753 Riverside Drive
Wakefield, Québec

Café des Artistes de la Lièvre
408 avenue de Buckingham
Gatineau, Québec (secteur Buckingham)
Occasional. Buckingham Buzz Jazz festival in November.

Kaffé 1870
715 Riverside Drive
Wakefield, Québec

Wakefield Mill Inn (Le Mouin)
60 Mill Road
Wakefield, Québec
819-459-1838 or toll-free 888-567-1838
Occasional Fridays or Saturdays

West End / Rural

Gaia Java
1300 Stittsville Main Street
Stittsville, Ontario
Occasional Friday evenings

Kanata Royal Oak
329 March Road
Ottawa (Kanata)
Sunday afternoons

Ironstone Grill Restaurant, The Marshes Golf Club
320 Terry Fox Drive
Ottawa (Kanata)
Friday evenings

Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel
525 Legget Drive
Ottawa (Kanata)
Every evening plus Sunday brunch
Thursday jams with the HML Trio

Zolas Restaurant
2194 Robertson Road (Bell's Corners)

Most Saturday evenings and occasional other evenings

The Queen's Hotel
142 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
First Thursday of each month

South End / Rural

South Branch Bistro
15 Clothier Street East
downtown Kemptville, ON
Reservations and directions: 613-258-3737