Congratulations to Kate, Hannah, and Darwin who will be going on our IMOOfest 'weekend getaway'. will be reporting back about their impressions of the music after the concerts. Watch this space! wants to take you on a free musical adventure this weekend.

The first IMOOfest, a mini-festival of creative, improvised music, will be held on the evenings of Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Club SAW in Arts Court. And we're giving away IMOOfest passes (a $25 value each) to listeners who want to try something musically new and interesting this weekend.

Do you listen to jazz standards? Jazz vocals or big band? New or classical music? Rock? Folk? Hiphop? Are you're unsure about or unfamiliar with creative, improvised music? IMOOfest is an opportunity to try a variety of interesting music, that can best be appreciated hearing it played live. With four different concerts each evening by top Canadian improvisers, you'll be able to explore the music and discover what you like about it in a few hours. From solo saxophone to the IMOO Orchestra, there will be a smörgåsbord of improvised music to sample.

There's a catch (but an easy one!)

  1. You cannot have attended a regular IMOO Series concert as a listener or performer before. We're seeking listeners who are unfamiliar with this music but are sincerely interested in exploring new musical territory for a few hours.

  2. You have to tell us what you thought about the different concerts at the end of the evening so we can share your musical discoveries and reactions with our site visitors. All we want is your honest thoughts about the music you heard, and how it relates to your own musical experience and current likes. We certainly don't want to tell you what to think of the music, nor are we looking for a detailed concert review. As improvising percussionist Jesse Stewart (who will play at IMOOfest) said at a past concert, how you interpret the music is up to you. This is your opportunity!

Here's how to apply for the IMOOfest passes and your long weekend musical adventure:

  1. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact info, including name, email address, and phone number(s) where we can quickly reach you, and the information below. If you prefer, you can phone us at 613.454.5358 x4666 (IMOO) and reply to bullets 1-7 by voice.

  2. Let us know what nights you will attend: Friday, October 5; Saturday, October 6; or both.

  3. If you're coming with a friend, have them apply as well, and let us know you'll be attending and commenting together.
  4. We'll be there to greet you when you arrive at Club SAW.

  5. Confirm that you are willing to share your opinions about the music you heard with us after the shows each night that you will attend. We'll want to talk with you for about 5 minutes - or more if you have a lot you want to say.

  6. Tell us a little bit about your current musical likes and dislikes. Which live musical concerts you heard in the last year (of any kind of music) did you really enjoy? A few sentences is fine, but make it interesting. If you want to share longer thoughts, please do so.

  7. Tell us briefly why you would like to attend IMOOfest to hear something new. One sentence is fine, but feel free to say more. We're looking for listeners who are excited about a weekend getaway!

The deadline to apply is this Friday, October 5 at 10 a.m. We will make a selection from all the entries received by 11 a.m. on Friday, October 5, and let everyone who contacted us know by email who has been selected and will receive passes. A minimum of two passes will be awarded, and possibly more depending, on the entries received.

We eagerly await your entries, and look forward to seeing you at IMOOfest this Friday - and jointly discovering some new music, never to be played the same way again.

OttawaJazzScene's past coverage (interviews, reviews, photos, videos) of Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais (IMOO) concerts includes: