Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 1 to 4 p.m.

  • Tom Puwalski - clarinet

Tom Puwalski (Principal Soloist, US Army Field Band, retired) will focus on the improvement of individual and section clarinet sound and intonation. Tom is an excellent clinician, and we would encourage all of your students, local band and ensembles and even yourself to attend. The masterclass will be free, and will also be interactive (so bring your instrument!).

Sponsored by St. John's Music and Backun Musical Services.

St. John's Music
1541 Merivale Road (at Capilano)
Ottawa, ON

Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 10 to 5 p.m.

Hosted by the University of Ottawa, and includes:

  • masterclasses in the morning
  • clinics in the afternoon
  • a concert by the University of Ottawa saxophone studio at 3 p.m.
  • equipment displays by local music stores.

Perez Hall
610 Cumberland Street
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Friday, November 18, 2011
Part IIA: 10 a.m. to noon
Part IIB: 2 to 4 p.m.
Free admission

Speaker: Dr. John Chong, an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of occupational injuries suffered by musicians and performers.

Dr. Chong will be speaking on this topic at the university again on February 17, 2012.

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Freiman Hall (Room 121)
Pérez Building (610 Cumberland Street)
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Friday, February 17, 2012
Part IIIA: 10 a.m. to noon
Part IIIB: 2 to 4 p.m.
Free admission

Speaker: Dr. John Chong, an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of occupational injuries suffered by musicians and performers.

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Freiman Hall (Room 121)
Pérez Building (610 Cumberland Street)
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 7 p.m.
Free admission

John Burge of Queen’s University speaks on “10 Approaches to Creativity—A Canadian Composer Works with a Snowdrift”

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Freiman Hall (Room 121)
Pérez Building (610 Cumberland Street)
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Free admission

  • Tim Brady - guitar
In collaboration with the Ottawa New Music Creators.

Known for his radiant orchestrations, his dramatic structures and his innovative guitar work, Tim Brady is a composer and guitarist from Montreal who has created music in a wide range of genres ranging from chamber and orchestral music to electroacoustic works, chamber opera, contemporary dance scores, jazz and free improvisation.  Brady regularly tours North America, Europe, Asia and Australia as an electric guitar soloist, performing his own music as well as new works which he commissions from other composers in his effort to create a new voice for the electric guitar.

Room 109
Pérez Building (610 Cumberland)
University of Ottawa

Friday, October 14 to Sunday, October 16
Entire weekend: $300
Saturday evening keynote session on “The Rhythms of Leadership” with Margaret Wheatley and Jerry Granelli only: $50

IGNITE! - a weekend forum exploring the release of creativity and its connections to personal potency and development, through experiential workshops, discussions, personal reflection and a keynote presentation by renowned writer and speaker Margaret Wheatley and drummer Jerry Granelli.

The weekend sessions will involve singing, drumming, movement, discussion and reflection. They will highlight the artistic principles of improvisation, call and response, and community-making to release and empower the individual’s capacity for creativity and illuminate its uses in work and personal settings.

IGNITE! will attract participants from the fields of education, business, arts, and community non-profits. We are planning for 40 participants to attend the forum in its entirety, and open ticket purchase for the keynote address for up to 100 additional attendees Saturday evening. (Note: Weekend participants will have the keynote included in their registration)

Saturday and Sunday:
St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts
314 St. Patrick Street (at Cumberland)

Friday night’s opening session location to be confirmed.

Sunday, July 17 - 2 to 5 p.m.
Fee: $12

Born and raised in New Orleans, Stanton Moore is a dedicated drummer and performer especially connected to the city, its culture and collaborative spirit. Driven and inspired by the thriving music scene of his hometown which includes such greats as Professor Longhair, Doctor John and The Meters, Moore’s name is now mentioned amongst these Big Easy mainstays.

Moore launched his solo career in 1998 aided by eight-string guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter and saxophonist Skerik (Les Claypool, John Scofield, Roger Waters). The group recorded All Kooked Out! featuring a handful of local New Orleans musicians as well.

Moore extended his solo discography with the release of Flyin’ the Koop (Verve/Blue Thumb) in 2001, and III (Telarc) in 2006. Following the latter Modern Drummer called Moore’s trademark sound “infectious, jazz-meets-Bonham, nouveau second-line.” Recorded at the legendary Preservation Hall in New Orleans, III featured organist Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars, The Head Hunters) and guitarist Will Bernard (T.J. Kirk, Doctor Lonnie Smith) as the Stanton Moore Trio, with special guests Skerik and trombonist Mark Mullins (Galactic, Bonerama, Harry Connick, Jr., Better Than Ezra).

In 2008, Moore looked to continue his scaled back session crew with Walter and Bernard to record Emphasis! (on parenthesis). Says Moore, “When it came time to do another record, I had already known for a while that I wanted to build on the momentum of this band – three musicians who were becoming a unit unto themselves – and I wanted to get a little more adventurous with the music itself.”

In April 2010, Moore releases Groove Alchemy. The 12-track set is the culmination of Moore’s multimedia project that also includes an instructional book and DVD of the same name. All three facets of the project are designed to explore the roots of funk drumming by examining the work of pioneers like Jabo Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, and Zigaboo Modeliste – each of whom made their mark at different times throughout the 1960s as the engines driving James Brown’s and the Meters’ legendary rhythm sections – and in turn tracing their influences back to the rhythms coming out of New Orleans in the earlier part of the 20th century. Recorded at Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, NY, this project is the follow up to the widely acclaimed Take it to the Street DVD and book that focused specifically on New Orleans drumming styles.

Dom Polski
379 Waverly Street

Thursday, July 14

5 to 6:30 p.m.: sound and technique of the saxophone. $20 at the door.

7 to 9 p.m.: jazz improvisation. $20 at the door.

LaBarbera will also be performing in concert Friday night with some of Ottawa's best jazz musicians.

Pat LaBarbera is considered one of the finest saxophone soloists working within the framework of John Coltrane's principles. The connection was most obvious when he worked with Elvin Jones' groups, which began in 1975. He studied with his father Joseph LaBarbera, John LaPorta and Joe Henderson.

LaBarbera became best known for his solo work with the bands of Buddy Rich (1967-1974), Louis Bellson, Woody Herman and his own groups. He moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1974 and is a member of the faculty at Humber College. A true intellectual of improvisation, he has been among the key members of the Toronto jazz scene for more than 30 years.

LaBarbera has played a major role in the development of a generation of Canadian saxophonists. Rejoining Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine in January 2001 for two years, Pat performed and toured North America, Britain, Europe, and Japan. Presently, he continues to write and perform with his own trio and quartet. His ballads CD Deep In A Dream received both Juno and Jazz Report awards for instrumental jazz in 2000.

"Pat has tremendous musical ability beyond technical facility. He has great power of concentration to detail and is totally committed with body and soul." – Elvin Jones.

Part of Mike Tremblay's Saxophone Camp, but open to the public.

Woodroffe United Church
207 Woodroffe Avenue North (between Carling Avenue and Richmond Road, near the Carlingwood Library)

Sunday, June 26 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Traditional Brazilian Rhythms and Styles
A Percussion Experience

with Rogerio Boccato, a Brazilian musician now living in New York City

Course fee: $60

This one-day long workshop introduces the essential historical roots of Brazilian music, demonstrating how various important styles are authentically played, the original instrumentation of these styles, and finally, the experience extended to the participants to actually play these styles as a percussion ensemble. Through exhaustive research material (such as rare recordings, videotapes of some of the most important street feasts of Brazil, CDs, transcriptions) and live demonstrations, participants learn the various patterns that compose key rhythms of various Brazilian grooves, playing together as a percussion section.

Featured on two Grammy-nominated albums, Brazilian percussionist and educator Rogerio Boccato plays in projects led by some of today’s leading jazz players, among them Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Edward Simon, and David Binney. As a longtime member of the “Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo”, Rogério has played with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento, Egberto Gismonti, João Bosco, Joe Zawinul, among many others. Boccato has been teaching Brazilian music at universities and Summer camps for over 10 years, and he is a faculty member of The Manhattan School of Music in NYC, The Hartt School, and The Purchase College.

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Richelieu- Vanier Community Centre
300 Des Peres-Blancs Ave.
Ottawa,ON K1L 7L5