The Mayfair Theatre is now in its second year of showing silent movies with live soundtracks provided by local musical groups, including local jazz musicians such as Linsey Wellman and Mike Essoudry.

This October, they will be showing horror, family, and international films:

October 2: Faust
October 4: Nell Shipman double bill of Back to God’s Country and The Bear, The Boy and The Dog
October 16: Phantom of the Opera
October 18: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
October 29: Night of the Living Dead Live

For children:
October 9: The General and The Railrodder (plus a magic show and BBQ)

International fare:
October 18: Legong: Dance of the Virgins

For more info:

Mayfair Theatre
1074 Bank Street (at Sunnyside)

The Cabana Supper Club, an important venue for local jazz jams and jazz artists, closed in mid-August.

The Bank St. location is for rent, but the landlord told that he didn't see renting it again as a music venue because of vandalism problems with non-jazz events there.

For the last two years, the JazzWorks monthly jam sessions were held at the Cabana (formerly the New Bayou). Starting in February, Peter Liu and the Jazz Mutants also held their monthly Jazz Evolution jams there. Other jazz events, ranging from CD release parties to the Obama inaugural ball (Ottawa edition), also occurred at the club.

For the last 20-odd years, Doug McNab was the heart and soul of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

He was the short guy with the big radio and even bigger smile, who was always moving, talking, fixing problems, schmoozing, and making sure everything worked properly. His title was Volunteer Coordinator, but he was more than that: he was the fixer, the guy who cheered you up in the rain, the guy who brought new volunteers into the festival community.

At this year's festival, Doug was publicly recognized for his incredible hard work.  This well-deserved tribute came as he finished his last year as coordinator, and trained his replacement. At the volunteer party after the festival, he was feted again, with pictures and slide shows, and lot of cheers.

I was hoping Dougie could just put his feet up and enjoy the music at the next few festivals. But, unfortunately, he died suddenly on July 31 at the age of 74. It's a great loss for the festival and for jazz in Ottawa -- and for his local library and the many other volunteer groups which he helped.

In lieu of flowers, the family has said that memorial donations to CHEO or to the Carp Library would be appreciated.

-- Alayne McGregor

until January 10, 2010 - 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

As part of the Festival Karsh exhibit, Library and Archives Canada is showing

Sound and Vision: Portraits of Musicians and Composers by Yousuf Karsh

See photographic portraits by Yousuf Karsh on view along with drawings, album artwork, letters and audio recordings featuring Dizzy Gillespie (cheeks engorged) and Dave Brubeck (pensive), as well as many other famous musicians such as Paul Robeson, Glenn Gould, Benjamin Brittain, and Joan Baez.

Other Karsh exhibits closed earlier. A major exhibit at the Museum of Science and Technology closed September 13; one at the National Gallery closed September 20.

Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street (at Bay St.)

If you enjoyed CBC's shows from the Ottawa Jazz Festival last week, there's more!

Tuesday, Aug. 11 - 7 p.m.
Canada Live in CBC Radio 2 (103.3 FM) will broadcast Alicia Borisonik's Confederation Park show from June 25.
Ottawa's Alicia Borisonik on accordian, with Veronique Turcotte on violin/vocals, Israel Martinez on guitar/vox, Joe Hincke on bass, Alvaro de Minya on Latin percussion, Ross Murray on drums/electric loops, and Angel Araos on more Latin percussion.

Saturday, July 25 - 8 to 10 p.m.
Radio Canada Espace Musique (102.5FM) will rebroadcast the Steve Koven concert from June 27:
Steve Koven (piano), Anthony Michelli (drums), Rob Clutton (bass)

You can also hear the entire Steve Koven concert on-line at

And the Esperanza Spalding concert (June 30) has just been put up on-line as well:

CBC is also broadcasting shows from other jazz festivals across Canada on Canada Live and The Signal. See .

CBC has finally announced a broadcast date for the Michael Snow / Jesse Stewart concert that was recorded at the National Gallery in March.

You can hear it on The Signal at 10 p.m. on Friday, June 11.

As CBC says: "Michael Snow has also had a long career as a pianist working first in jazz and later with free improvisation. In this concert, Snow showcases his musical skills in partnership with percussionist and Carleton University professor, Jesse Stewart. Jesse, who is also a visual artist, plays everything from drum kit to waterphone as he interacts with and inspires music from his partner."

The concert is already up for streaming on the CBC website at , if you don't want to wait for the radio.

Your  OJS editors heard the concert live and found it exhilarating. The audience was utterly quiet, engrossed in the music. Recommended.

Marching band drums up interest at the Jazz Festival. Photo © Brett Delmage.
Marching band drums up interest at the Jazz Festival. Photo © Brett Delmage.

The Festival marching band made its second tour of Confederation Park under rain-free skies on the second-last day of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. Led by Petr Cancura, the band included some of Ottawa's most active and accomplished jazz musicians: Mike Essoudry, Mark Ferguson, Linsey Wellman, and Nicholas Dyson, and others. A range of instruments, from bass drum to sousaphone to soprano sax, gave a full sound.

The marchers delighted the limited audience late afternoon Saturday, who had not yet arrived in large numbers for the evening shows. Perhaps a march from The Market to Confederation Park, as was done many years ago, might give greater exposure to this fun musical presentation and The Festival.   — Brett Delmage.  Photo © Brett Delmage.

Monday night's jazz concert will be a first for Mike Tremblay.

While the Ottawa sax player has had an extensive email correspondence with Toronto sax player Mike Murley, and even passed students along to him, they've never played together.

"He's one of my favourite players for my whole life. We've known about each other for years and years, but never had a chance to meet or play. I figured it was time: just do it."

For the first time this year, the Ottawa Jazz Festival has sponsored a series of afternoon jazz workshops. The first two were held June 26 and July 2, and the last one will occur today (July 3), from a little after 1 p.m. to about 4:30 p.m.

As organizer Petr Cancura explained at the first workshop, these are based on a models used at folk festivals. Musicians -- who may have never played together before -- are plopped onto a stage, given a theme, and invited to produce music fitting that theme. At this festival, the results were always interesting, and mostly excellent.

Each day has three workshops. On the first two days, one workshop was experimental, with musicians trying new mixtures of instruments, time signatures, and tones. The other two were more mainstream, but still offering lots of room for trying new combinations: for example a sousaphone playing against trumpet and sax.

Do the rainclouds hate the Ottawa Jazz Festival?

Another rainy day at the Ottawa Jazz Festival
Another rainy day at the Ottawa Jazz Festival

Just before Michael Kaeshammer stepped on stage for his Canada Day concert, the skies opened for a nasty, pounding - if short - thunderstorm which soaked the park and his audience.

But only 4km to the west, there was no rain at all. It was perfectly dry.

The same phenomenon was reported on Sunday: fierce rain in the park, nothing just a few kilometres westward.

It's not unknown in Ottawa to have very localized bad weather — but it does seem unlucky that Confederation Park should keep getting targeted. Fortunately, jazz festival goers are generally able to endure a bit of rain for some good music. The new OLG Stage and tent, the National Library, the NAC Studio and Fourth Stage have presented excellent music under cover.

Be sure to vote in our poll about how you deal with the rain.