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Updated 2018 June 28 presents your easy-to-read, independent guide to the 2018 Ottawa Jazz Festival, with everything in one place.
Read our article about the 2018 Ottawa Jazz Festival: More jazz in new spaces at the 2018 Ottawa Jazz Festival

Thursday, June 21 to Sunday, July 1, 2018
Pass prices: Gold: $347, Bronze: $219, Youth: $99. A $2 SOCAN surcharge is applied to listed price of passes. Day passes and Platinum (reserved seating close to the Main Stage) tickets are also available. All passes are transferrable.

Historically, the order of admittance to Ottawa Jazz Festival to inside shows has been individual ticket holders, then Gold pass holders, then Bronze pass holders, then youth pass holders, then volunteers.

Tickets for individual indoor shows, or outdoor shows in one day are also available. $3 extra charge for tickets purchased the day of the show.

Great Canadian Jazz, Main Stage (Marion Dewar Plaza) - 6:30 p.m.

  • June 21: Jim Doxas Quartet
  • June 22: Joe Sullivan Big Band
  • June 23: Rafael Zaldivar’s Afro Cuban Revival
  • June 24: Duchess [review of Duchess' previous jazzfest show]
  • June 25: Félix Stüssi's Les Malcommodes with Sonia Johnson
  • June 26: Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop
  • June 27: The Heavyweights Brass Band
  • June 28: François Bourassa Quartet
  • June 29: The Commotions
  • June 30: TD Jazz Youth Summit

Concerts Under the Stars, Main Stage (Marion Dewar Plaza) - 8:30 p.m.

  • June 21: Chris Botti
  • June 22: Boz Scaggs
  • June 23: Lake Street Dive
  • June 24: Dee Dee Bridgewater with the Memphis Soulphony “Memphis: Yes, I’m Ready”
  • June 25: Chaka Khan
  • June 26: Alison Krauss
  • June 27: St. Germain has been replaced by Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
  • June 28: Béla Fleck and The Flecktones [photos of Béla Fleck's 2004 festival show]
  • June 29: Spanish Harlem Orchestra
  • June 30: Herbie Hancock

Jazz Warriors Series (First Baptist Church) - 7 p.m.

  • June 21: -
  • June 22: Kimmo Pohjonen (with Mary Margaret O'Hara)
  • June 23: Russell Malone
  • June 24: Don Ross
  • June 25: Django Bates' Beloved Trio
  • June 26: Terence Blanchard with E-Collective
  • June 27: Jerry Granelli's Dance Hall group with guitarists Robben Ford and Bob Lanzetti
  • June 28: Mari Boine
  • June 29: Gonzalo Rubalcaba
  • June 30: -

Tartan Homes Series (by Lisgar Collegiate) - 7:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

  • June 21: Bria Skonberg
  • June 22: Nive and the Deer Children
  • June 23: Kimmo Pohjonen
  • June 24: Ron Artis II & The Truth
  • June 25: FET.NAT
  • June 26: Ghost-Note
  • June 27: Tanya Tagaq featuring Mari Boine
  • June 28: Ray Montford
  • June 29: German National Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • June 30: Kellylee Evans [interview with Kellylee Evans about her new album]

Discovery Series (NAC Fourth Stage) - 6 and 8 p.m.

  • June 21, 6 p.m.: Baltic Jazz Trio
  • June 21, 8 p.m.: Rotem Sivan
  • June 22, 6 p.m.:
  • June 22, 8 p.m.: Sun of Goldfinger
  • June 23, 6 p.m.: Esmerine + Nive and the Deer Children [The Jazz Festival says that Esmerine has cancelled and Nive will play alone]
  • June 23, 8 p.m.: Marius Neset
  • June 24, 6 p.m.: Hush Point
  • June 24, 8 p.m.: Peter Van Huffel's Gorilla Mask
  • June 25, 6 p.m.: Shake Stew
  • June 25, 9 p.m.: The Samuel Blaser Trio [review of Samuel Blaser's previous Ottawa show]
  • June 26, 6 p.m.: A Novel of Anomaly
  • June 26, 8 p.m.: Guillaume Perret
  • June 26: 10 p.m.: A Novel Collaboration: A Novel of Anomaly + Lina Allemano and Andrew Downing
  • June 27, 6 p.m.: Itamar Borochov Quartet
  • June 27, 8 p.m.: -
  • June 28, 6 p.m.: Maciej Obara
  • June 28, 8 p.m.: Angles 8
  • June 29, 6 p.m.: -
  • June 29, 8 p.m.: Dan Weiss' Starebaby
  • June 30, 6 p.m.: Gwyneth Herbert
  • June 30, 8 p.m.: ALA.NI

OLG Ontario Stage (Confederation Park) (Free)

OLG Late-night Stage - 10:30 p.m.
As of June 27, this series has been moved from the Tartan Homes tent to the Ontario Tent in Confederation Park

  • June 21: Kellylee Evans and Petr Cancura: “Swing Swing Swing!” [photos of NAC show] [Interview about this show]
  • June 22: Moon Hooch
  • June 23: Marsh Dondurma
  • June 24: Greilsammer
  • June 25: KNOWER
  • June 26: Jerry Douglas
  • June 27: Banda Magda
  • June 28: Tanya Tagaq
  • June 29: GoGo Penguin
  • June 30: Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

Mercury Lounge (10:30 p.m.)

  • June 21: Jerusa Leào – Saravah’s Show – A celebration of Samba de Roda from Bahia, Brazil
  • June 22: The Soul Motivators

Canada Day (July 1)

  • 1 p.m.: Saxsyndrum (Ontario Stage)
  • 2 p.m.: TD Jazz Youth Summit and Stingray Rising Stars (Main Stage)
  • 3 p.m.: Bank Street Bonbons (Ontario Stage) [profile of the Bonbons]
  • 4 p.m.: Anomalie (Main Stage)
  • 5 p.m.: Random Recipe (Ontario Stage)
  • 6 p.m: The Souljazz Orchestra (Main Stage) [review]

All the bands in the Youth series have not yet been announced. The Ottawa Junior Jazz Band will perform at noon on June 23, and the Nepean All-City Jazz Band at 3 p.m. on June 24.

Late-night jams will again take place from June 21 to 30 at the Grill 41 lounge in the Lord Elgin Hotel, starting at 10:30 p.m. each evening (we'd recommend showing up earlier for a good seat). Ottawa favourite musicians guitarist Roddy Ellias, double bassist John Geggie, drummer Nick Fraser, pianist Steve Boudreau, drummer Michel Delage, and bassist Alex Bilodeau will take part in the host band for the jams (but not, we think, all at once).

Original sources for this report: Ottawa Jazz Festival website and press releases, and musicians.

March 14: Added Don Ross (June 24), KNOWER (June 25), St. Germain (June 27).
March 22: Added some Canada Day programming. Added Tanya Tagaq featuring Mari Boine on June 27.
March 28: Added Chaka Khan on the Main Stage, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba in the Jazz Warriors series.
April 15: Added Sasxsyndrum on Canada Day, Spanish Harlem Orchestra (Main Stage, June 29), Ray Montford (Tartan Homes Stage, Lisgar Field) and local shows on the OLG Ontario Stage.
April 26: Added numerous acts to the local shows on the OLG Ontario Stage. Added two shows on June 21 and 22 at the Mercury Lounge. Added Nive and the Deer Children to the 7:30 p.m. Tartan Homes series. Added the host band for the late night jams.
May 2: Added the Rômmel Ribeiro Band on June 27.
May 9: Added Esmerine + Nive and the Deer Children (June 23)
May 24: Moved F8-Bit from June 22 to June 21. Added Kimmo Pohjonen, Anomalie, and the Souljazz Orchestra.
June 3: Updated pass prices to current values. The Early-bird prices had been: Gold: $325, Bronze: $199, Youth: $99. Also added several Youth Bands to the schedule.
June 10: Added the Jim Doxas Quartet (June 21) and Kimmo Pohjonen and Mary Margaret O'Hara (June 22)
June 13: Added the Itamar Borochov Quartet, The Jivewires, Mack & Ben.
June 15: Added Udi Raz on June 24 (from Ottawa Jazz Festival press release)
June 20: From changes in the festival brochure: Added Marsh Dondurma and the Bank Street Bonbons on June 22. Moved the time of the Shake Stew and Samuel Blaser shows on June 25. Added A Novel of Anomaly + Lina Allemano and Andrew Downing on June 26. Updated the jam host band.
June 23: Removed Esmerine from the NAC Fourth Stage show on June 23.
June 25: St. Germain has been replaced by Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox on June 27
June 28: All late-night shows that were being held at the Tartan Homes Stage have been moved to the Ontario Stage in Confederation Park as of June 27. As a result, two free 5 p,m. shows in the Ontario Tent in Confederation Park have been canceled: Angelique Francis and Megan Jerome.

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