Congratulations to Gary Disch, who won a pair of tickets to attend  Something Old, Something New with Karen Oxorn and Floyd Hutchinson at the NAC Fourth Stage on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The artists generously donated these tickets.

Congratulations to Betty Ann Bryanton, who won a pair of tickets to hear Chauvet: David Braid & The Penderecki String Quartet, with Mike Rud's "Notes on Montréal"  at the NAC Fourth Stage on Saturday, March 14, 2015. NAC Presents generously donated these tickets.

Congratulations to Jim MacDonell, who won a pair of tickets to hear Jill Barber at the NAC Theatre on Saturday, March 7, 2015. NAC Presents generously donated these tickets.

Congrats to Davina Pearl! She won a pair of tickets to attend a screening of Keep On Keepin' On at the 2015 Wakefield International Film Festival. The tickets were generously donated by the WIFF, the Wakefield International Film Festival.

Congratulations to Helen Glover! She won a pair of tickets to hear Ottawa's popular jazz singer Steve Berndt together with the incomparable jazz pianist Brian Browne, in an intimate evening of jazz ballads warm-up for Valentine’s day on Friday February 13, 2015 at La Grange.

Their concert features material from their two albums: Déjà Vu, and All Over Again, its sequel. Patterned after the famous Bill Evans/Tony Bennett recordings from the 1970's, Déjà Vu has had national airtime on CBC. La Grange has generously donated the tickets.

Watch our video of the two of them performing material from the album, and read our interview: Steve Berndt and Brian Browne turn tasty leftovers into gold with "All Over Again".

©2013 Brett Delmage
©2013 Brett Delmage
©2013 Brett Delmage
©2013 Brett Delmage

You could win a pair of tickets to hear Jazz Under The Mistletoe on Saturday, December 13, 2014. This special premiere performance will feature vocalist Nicole Ratté, and guitarist Roddy Ellias and his trio members bassist Adrian Vedady and drummer Thom Gossage. Dinner and concert starts at 6:30 p.m. (18h30), and the concert itself at 8 p.m. (20h). Two pairs of tickets have been generously donated for this contest by La Grange de la Gatineau (Cantley).

This will be a first collaboration for Nicole and Roddy and they are planning for a nice evening of jazz for all tastes. They will offer you a mix of interesting songs that will install a warm ambience with a touch of this magic we like to find when we think of the Holidays, family and friends.

Joining them will be special guest violonist William Lamoureux who participated in Nicole’s award-winning "Le jazz d’une génération à l’autre" (Jazz Across Generations) that was performed at La Maison de la culture de Gatineau in November 2013.

To preorder tickets (and dinner, which can only be ordered in advance) for this concert visit the La Grange de la Gatineau concerts page.

You can hear Nicole Ratté sing seasonal songs in our video story about GigSpace's 2013 Christmas fundraising concert. Watch our video story to hear the Roddy Ellias performing with his trio and talking about their musicianship and collaboration.

The deadline to enter the contest to win these two tickets is Friday, December 12, 2014 at 1 p.m. To enter, simply email

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Michael Pytura  ©2013 Brett Delmage
Michael Pytura ©2013 Brett Delmage
Congratulations to  a pair of tickets to hear A Rat Pack Kinda night (Une Soirée Rat Pack) with Michael Pytura at Les Brasseurs du Temps on Tuesday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m. (19h30). Two pairs of tickets have been generously donated by Michael Pytura.

Last fall he entertained hundreds of people at Make-a-Wish Canada's annual gala with his singing tribute to the Rat Pack group of singers including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. Their appeal to him was “both from a musical point of view but even just from the type of humour they bring to the table”.

Read our full interview and see photos from last year's performance

He returns this year with a more intimate performance at BDT to perform some classic favourites. He'll be joined by some of Ottawa's solidly swinging jazz musicians: pianist Ian Clyne, saxophnist Mike Tremblay, bassist Martin Newman and drummer Jeff Asselin.

The deadline to enter the contest to win these two tickets is Monday, November, 24, 2014 at 1 p.m.. To enter, simply email

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Congratulations to Michael Braden, who won a pair of tickets to attend the screening of his choice for Whiplash at the Bytowne Cinema and also receive a CD of the soundtrack. The tickets and CD were generously donated by the Bytowne Cinema.

"J.K. Simmons plays Terrence Fletcher, a jazz band leader at a top New York conservatoire. Miles Teller is Andrew, a gifted drummer dragged into Fletcher’s inner circle. But this is not cool jazz that Fletcher is teaching."

Whiplash received a very respectable rating of 8.7 on IMDb

The answer to our skill-testing question, "What notable jazz musician does Fletcher tell his students about ?" was Charlie Parker.

Congratulations to Sander Mommers, who won a pair of tickets to hear renowned Belgian-Romany singer, violinist and guitarist Tcha Limberger perform a variety of manouche music accompanied by Canadian gypsy jazz guitarist Denis Chang, at NECTAR, the New Edinburgh Community and Arts Centre on Thursday, November 13,2014 at 7 p.m. The concert organizer Justin Duhaime generously donated these tickets.

Read our full interview with Denis Chang and Tcha Limberger

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Congratulations to Adam Baylin-Stern! He won a pair of tickets to hear Petr Cancura and Down Home on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Canada's National Arts Centre Fourth Stage. NAC Presents generously donated these tickets. It's the second of many exciting jazz concerts in their 2014-15 season.

The concert is the first of the 2014-15 series NAC Presents jazz concerts. Read about all the other upcoming concerts.