On March 31, the Ottawa 2017 Juno Host Committee hosted “Ottawa as a Music City” at the City of Ottawa Innovation Centre.

Its panel discussion was moderated by Giacomo Panico and included panelists

  • Amy Terrill, Executive Vice President of Music Canada
  • Scott May, Bar Robo owner
  • Kelly Symes, General Manager, Festival of Small Halls Ontario, artist/entrepreneur
  • Kathleen Edwards,  Quitters Coffee owner, and musician
  • Shelley Fraser, Lixar

The panel discussed topics that included building a sustainable music scene, how to develop audiences, the suburban scene, involving young women musicians, how to include Gatineau in the Ottawa scene, and getting the word out about musicians and shows.

Prior to the panel discussion, Mayor Jim Watson announced the creation of a City of Ottawa Music strategy, and members of the panel reacted to that announcement.

Start points of specific segments in the Panel recording below

 0:00 Overall introduction of the event
 4:41 Giacomo Panico and politicians intros
13:52 Councillor Jeff Leiper intro
16:01 Councillor Jeff Leiper introduces Mayor Watson
16:41 Major Jim Watson speaks and announces creation of City of Ottawa Music Strategy
27:52 Introductions of panelists
31:33 Panico introduces the six topics
32:11 Amy Terrill reaction to Watson's annoucnement on City coordination
35:51 Scott May's experience with City Hall as a music venue owner
38:05 Kathleen Edwards on venues
51:30 Amy Terrill on audience development
56:42 Kathleen Edwards on a venue outside the core
1:00:13 pop-up opportunities

After the panel discussion OttawaJazzScene.ca's Alayne McGregor interviewed Councillor Jeff Leiper, whose office had co-sponsored the event. Leiper responded to speakers' comments. He also answered our questions about musicians not being paid for their work by the Ottawa Jazz Festival which receives annual funds from the City, and a request for free musicians for an event from another city councillor. (In the week before the event, OttawaJazzScene.ca had received a request from a city councillor's office looking for free musicians for a city event; text below.)

   – Brett Delmage and Alayne McGregor

See our related story Mayor Watson: City of Ottawa will develop its first music strategy


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Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:55:29
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Subject: Event Inquiry 

Good Afternoon,

City Councillor Riley Brockington will be hosting an event on December 29 to wrap up the Ottawa 2017 celebrations, and I wanted to inquire about the possibility of booking a local jazz group to put on a 10 minute performance. The performance would be scheduled between 6:45pm-9:00pm, with an official time set once we finalize our programming.

As this event is free for the public to attend, we would be looking for a group that would be willing to donate their time, or perform for a low cost since the event is funded 100% from sponsorships. In exchange for the free or reduced rate, we would be happy to include the band’s name in the advertisements.

 Please let me know if this is possible.

 Kind Regards,


Community Outreach & Event Coordinator
Office of Councillor Riley Brockington
Ward 16 - River Ward, City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1