Jim Doxas returns to the Geggie Series in the next concert  ©Brett Delmage, 2012
Jim Doxas returns to the Geggie Series in the next concert ©Brett Delmage, 2012
Congratulations to Shaina Lipsey, who win a pair of tickets to hear the final Geggie Series concert with William Carn, Tara Davidson, Tim Bedner, and Jim Doxas at the NAC Fourth Stage on Saturday, May 25! The tickets were generously donated by the National Arts Centre.

Read OttawaJazzScene.ca's interview with John Geggie about the 2013 Geggie Series including this concert.

The correct answer to our skill testing question, "Where do three of the musicians in this concert teach?" included information like this:

  • William Carn is an instructor for both Humber College and the University of Toronto Jazz Studies program.
  • Tara Davidson is a member of the faculty at York University in Toronto, ON.
  • Tim Bedner is a performance instructor for jazz guitar at Carleton University.

and could be found at nac-cna.ca/en/community/event/4553 where there is also more details about the concert.

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Elizabeth Shepherd  photo by Zuzana Hudackova
Elizabeth Shepherd photo by Zuzana Hudackova

Congratulations to Karen Oxorn, who won a pair of tickets to hear Elizabeth Shepherd at the NAC Fourth Stage on Friday, February 8. The National Arts Centre  generously donated these tickets for our first draw of 2013.

Elizabeth Shepherd pushes the boundaries of what is considered conventional jazz, all the while creating a sound completely her own. Trained extensively in conservatories from across Canada to France, Elizabeth completed a degree in jazz piano from McGill University, Montreal. Initially entering the music program to pursue a career in music therapy she quickly discovered her extensive talent in songwriting and performing.

Read our interview, "Elizabeth Shepherd marries a pop sensibility to a jazz aesthetic."

The answer to our skill testing question, "What was the music that Elizabeth Shepherd was first exposed to ?" was "brass band", mentioned at nac-cna.ca/en/presents/event/3443

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Congratulations to Arnie Francis who won a pair of tickets to hear Grand "B" Jazz Boréal on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 8 p.m. The tickets were generously donated by Les Brasseurs du Temps (BDT).

Grand "B" Jazz Boréal is a jazz band which plays original material: Latin, jazz, fusion. At this show it will present its new album, Terre Nouvelle.

Grand B Jazz Boréal visite l'Outaouais pour présenter premier album, Terre Nouvelle. Le groupe existe depuis maintenant 5 ans. C'est à un véritable voyage que le groupe vous convie. Entre autres, vous y entendrez une musique au tempérament Latin mais nous partirons à l'intérieur de soi et des terres et au delà de la mer, l'originalité, la chaleur et la performance serons au rendez-vous. Le "Jazz Boréal" c'est une terre nouvelle où le rêve est permis.

An award-winning brewery, Les Brasseurs du Temps (BDT) is just minutes away from downtown Ottawa by bicycle or car, or a short walk from the OC Transpo #8 bus stop at Les Terrasses de la Chaudière. The #8 bus trip is only a 5 minute hop from the Lebreton Transitway Station.

The answer to our skill testing question, "What is the name of one of the band members and what instrument(s) do they play ?" was one of Guy "Grand B" Baribeau (guitare, vocal) Alain Rioux (percussions, vocal) Michel Bauchemein (guitare, vocal) Luc Labrèque (basse) Stéphane Caron.

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Congratulations to Cheryl Boon, who won a pair of tickets  (a $50 value!) to hear Quebec vocalist Sonia Johnson on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 8 p.m. Johnson is the 2012 JUNO Award winner for Best Vocal jazz album of the year.

Les Brasseurs du Temps (BDT) generously donated the tickets. This is BDT's fourth donation of draw tickets to hear excellent jazz this fall at BDT.

Johnson's latest, Juno-Award-winning album, Le Carré de nos amours, is a perfect blend of the improvisational spontaneity of jazz and the lyricism of French chanson à texte. The fiery singer’s passion for both musical traditions is on full display in this latest effort. Watch video.

An award-winning brewery, Les Brasseurs du Temps (BDT) is just minutes away from downtown Ottawa by bicycle or car, or a short walk from the OC Transpo #8 bus stop at Les Terrasses de la Chaudière. The #8 bus trip is only a 5 minute hop from the Lebreton Transitway Station.

The answer to the skill-testing question, "What is the name of Sonia Johnson's 2005 album and what are some of the musical elements on it ?" is "Don't explain" It features a multilingual collection of jazz standards which she interprets with a scat style.

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Thanks to all the draw participants, and random.org for choosing the winner, and especially ticket donor Les Brasseurs du Temps (BDT).

Congratulations to Phil Gosewich, who won the pair of tickets to The Vince Rimbach Trio with Mark Ferguson and John Geggie on Monday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m., courtesy of Les Brasseurs du Temps. Brent Ingalls won a download of the Just One More Thing To Say CD, donated by Vince Rimbach.

The correct answer to our skill testing question "What is one of Vince Rimbach's televison, stage, recording and performing credits?" was one of: The Temptations, Tomson Highway, Paticia Cano, Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, The Artie Shaw Band, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, CJOH-TV, The National Arts Centre of Ottawa, Deux Saisons, CBC Radio, CHEO Telethon, Los Gringos, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, John Geggie, Mike Rudd, The Bill Jupp Big Band, Don Gibbons Quartet, Nothing Personal, Carol Channing, Sid Ceasar, Jerry Van Dyke, Michel Taillefer and Eastern Standard Time, The Superband, The Vince Rimbach Quartet and The Cosmos Sax Quartet.

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Congratulations to Julie Dunbar, who won a pair of tickets

Accomplished clarinetist David Renaud will play Benny Goodman on Nov. 1 ©Brett Delmage, 2012
Accomplished clarinetist David Renaud will play Benny Goodman on Nov. 1 ©Brett Delmage, 2012
(a $60 value!) to hear The Kings of Swing: Artie Shaw & Benny Goodman on November 1, 2012 at  7:30 p.m. at Soloway JCC [details]. The tickets were generously donated by the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra.    Tickets to the show are still available.

This tribute to Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman will feature two of Ottawa’s finest clarinetists, Scott Poll and David Renaud, performing with the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra. This unique programme will include performances of Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet, Nightmare, Carioca, Frenesi, Non-Stop Flight and Traffic Jam and the Goodman hits Clarinade, Clarinet a la King, King Porter Stomp, Sing, Sing, Sing, Don’t Be That Way, and Bach Goes to Town. OJO Artistic Director, Adrian Cho, will provide background and insights into Shaw and Goodman’s careers and landmark musical contributions.

The answer to our skill-testing question, "What is one of the similar circumstances which Artie Shaw & Benny Goodman began their lives and musical careers in?" was "They were born just a year apart to Jewish immigrant families, raised in the ghettos of major American cities, and each playing clarinet professionally by their teens, Goodman and Shaw became kings of the dance halls, the concert stages, and even the big screen."

The answer is at www.ottawajazzorchestra.com/2012/11/01/the-kings-of-swing-artie-shaw-benny-goodman/ where you can also find out more information about the show and where to purchase tickets.


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Congratulations to Linda Lalonde, who won a pair of tickets to hear the award-winning The Misses Satchmo at Les Brasseurs du Temps on Wednesday, October 24 at 8 p.m.!  Les Brasseurs du Temps (BDT)  generously donated the tickets.

The Misses Satchmo borrows the great Louis « Satchmo » Armstrong’s nickname and breathes new life into his song book. The band gives a renewed youth to Satchmo’s repertoire. They take us on a trip in the world of Louis, the Duke and Ella, all of whom played at the great Standish Hall in Hull in the 50’s and 60’s, a few hundred metres from Les Brasseurs du Temps. Read more

An award-winning brewery, Les Brasseurs du Temps (BDT) is just minutes away from downtown Ottawa by bicycle or car, or a pleasant 7 minute walk from the OC Transpo #8 bus stop at Les Terrasses de la Chaudière. The #8 bus trip is only a 5 minute hop from the Lebreton Transitway Station.

Tickets are still available. You can make reservations for dinner and the show or just the show at 819-205-4999 x1 .

The answer to the skill-testing question, "What is the name of one of the musicians who leads the show, and what instrument do they play?" was "Lysandre Champagne on vocals and trumpet".

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Thanks to all participants and good luck in future draws.

photo courtesy of the artist
photo courtesy of the artist

Congratulations to Nancy Preston who won the pair of tickets (a $163.50 value!) to hear Chick Corea and Gary Burton with The Harlem String Quartet at Centrepointe Theatre on October 11, 2012 at 8 p.m. The tickets were generously donated by the artists.

The answer to our skill-testing question: "What is the year and circumstance where Chick Corea and Gary Burton met?" was "a jam session during a festival in 1972, where the pianist and vibraphonist happened to be the only participants."

That answer can be found here where you can also find out more about this show and also purchase tickets.

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Please support the artists and venues who generously donate tickets for our draws and make them possible.

Congratulations to Michael, who won the two IMOOfest passes. The correct answer to the skill-testing question was any two of "Lori Freedman, Scott Thomson, Susanna Hood, Jesse Stewart".





The Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais (IMOO) has generously donated two festival passes (a $50 value!) for the inaugural IMOOfest on the evenings of Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6 (starting at 7 p.m. each night) at Arts Court's Club SAW  [details]. We're excited about this first-ever improvised music festival in Ottawa and being able to help send a lucky winner to it!

Each evening will feature four different acts, from Ottawa and from elsewhere, playing new and improvised music. There will be solo performances all the way up to the IMOO Orchestra.

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A random draw will be made on Thursday, October 4 at 6 p.m. To enter, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, email address, phone number, and the correct answer to our skill testing question:

You can win a pair of tickets to hear Herbie's Hill Project at GigSpace on Friday, September 7, 2012 - 8 p.m. at GigSpace! The music of highly regarded jazz pianists Herbie Nichols and Andrew Hill will be presented. This is our first ticket draw of the 2012-13 season and we thank the Herbie's Hill Project for their generous donation.

Tickets may be reserved and you can find out more details at the GigSpace event listing.

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The draw is open until noon on Wednesday, September 5. To enter, simply email email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, email address, phone number, and the correct answer to our skill testing question: