The good news: the Ottawa Jazz Festival started selling 2012 passes this week, as well as tickets for some of its already-announced concerts. The bad news: the inflation fairy has struck again.
Pass prices have increased more than 5% over 2011, with the largest increase being for the Bronze pass, up from $160 to $175 (an almost-10% increase). Gold Passes are now $299. Youth passes are up marginally in price, but are no longer restricted to students.
Individual day ticket prices have actually decreased, however: last year they were $58; this year they are $49 for all days except June 26 (which is $55). The Youth day ticket remains at $35.
OLG late-night concert prices have decreased from $24 last year to $20 this year.
Studio series tickets remain at $30. Improv Invitational tickets have increased from $18 (with further quantity discounts) last year to $25 this year.
Late-night jam session admission remains at $10.
Prices include HST.
- Gold pass: $299 (5.8% increase)
- Bronze pass $175 (9.4% increase)
- Youth Pass: $79 (5.3% increase)
- Platinum seating: $79 per night (7.6% increase)
- Gold pass: $282.50
- Bronze pass $160
- Student pass: $75
- Platinum seating: $73.45 per night
- Gold pass $250
- Bronze pass $140
- Student pass: $65
- Platinum seating: $65 per night
The priority for getting a seat for an indoor concert remains: Single Ticket, Gold, and then Bronze Pass holders.
In 2011, the festival recorded a surplus of $162,419.
Watch OttawaJazzScene.ca for further news about the 2012 Ottawa Jazz Festival, leading up to and during this year's festival.
– Alayne McGregor