Jacques Emond, the consummate "ears" of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, is retiring. In his honour, the festival will be holding a retirement party tonight (Monday, March 22) at the NAC Fourth Stage.

The party will run from 7 to 11 p.m., with tributes to Jacques likely starting about 8 p.m. Snacks and a cash bar will be available. The festival said local musicians will be jamming during the evening, and a slide show will display highlights of Jacques' years at the festival.

The event is open to the public. Come down and thank Jacques for his many years of programming fine music for the festival.