Latin band Los Gringos filled Kailash Mital Theatre in 2010. They return on Wed. Aug 8  with new material ©Brett Delmage, 2009
Latin band Los Gringos filled Kailash Mital Theatre in 2010. They return on Wed. Aug 8 with new material ©Brett Delmage, 2009
Carleton University Jazz Camp has generously donated a pair of tickets to each of their 2012 evening jazz concerts, to be won by a JazzScene subscriber:

  • Friday August 10: The John MacLeod Big Band, using MacLeod's charts from his long-standing Rex Hotel Jazz Orchestra
  • Thursday August 9: a new quintet led by two tenor saxophonists, Kelly Jefferson and Mike Tremblay - congratulations to Davina Pearl, winner of these tickets
  • Wednesday August 8: the nine-piece Ottawa Latin band Los Gringos - congratulations to Sylvie Duchesneau who won these tickets

Saturday's Camp Participants' Concert is open to all by donation.

Read more about the concerts and musicians

Every day (Wednesday to Friday) at 12 noon we will draw a winner for that evening's tickets.

All concerts will be in Kailash Mital Theatre in the Loeb Building at Carleton University. The university is served by NCC multi-use paths from the east and west (along the canal), and there is ample bicycle parking near the door. You can also take  OC Transpo's O-Train or bus routes 4 or 7 to the campus. There is also nearby car parking.

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To enter, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the list of which specific concert or concerts (Wednesday - Friday) you are entering the draw for. Include your name, email address, and phone number we can reach you at, and the correct  answer to our skill testing question:

Congratulations to Nathalie Ayotte who won a pair of tickets to hear four pairs of musicians play at "Duo Night" at Carleton University Jazz Camp, on Tuesday August 7 at 7 p.m. in Kailash Mital Theatre [details]. Carleton University Jazz Camp generously donated the pair of tickets.

Carleton University Jazz Camp will also  present four other early evening concerts in the remainder of the week, all at the very affordable ticket price of only $10 or by donation for the Participants Concert:

The correct answer to our skill testing question "What is the major Ottawa (NCC) road that is near Kailash Mital Theatre? Or: What OC Transpo routes go to Kailash Mital Theatre?" was "Colonel By", or "Autobus 4, 7, 117 et O Train"

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Congratulations to Michael Bein, who won a pair of tickets (a $30 value!) to hear the Miguel de Armas Trio at La Grange de la Gatineau on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 8 p.m. for an unforgettable evening of authentic, no-holds-barred Afro-Cuban jazz. The tickets were generously donated by La Grange de la Gatineau.Tickets to the show are still available.

Master pianist/composer Miguel Angel de Armas was born in Havana, Cuba. Now based in Ottawa, Ontario, Miguel's trio performs the original compositions of Miguel and Marc Decho and re-harmonizations of a popular & lesser known jazz standards. The music is modernized Latin-Jazz with a deep sense of tradition. A trio not to be missed!

The Grange is a magnificent 180-year-old log building that was once a pioneer barn and has now been adapted for professional and social events. Its riverside, woodland setting and authentic heritage furnishings offer a unique Canadian atmosphere in a tranquil environment. La Grange de la Gatineau is a not-for-profit organization to promote heritage, the arts, discussion and debate to support the community.

The answer to our skill-testing question, "What is included in the cost of a ticket for this show?" is "one beverage". The answer could be found at www.grange.ca/events/concerts-3/, where one can also find out more information about the show and purchase tickets.

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La Grange photo by Brigid Janssen
La Grange photo by Brigid Janssen
Congratulations to Suzanne Hiscock, who won the pair of tickets to this fun show! If you didn't win, you may still purchase tickets at www.grange.ca/events/concerts-3/
Win two tickets (a $40 value!) to hear My Pal Frishberg at La Grange de la Gatineau on Friday, July 27, 2012 at  8 p.m., generously donated by La Grange de la Gatineau. Ottawa jazz artists Renée Yoxon and J.P. Allain will perform their arrangements of songs by Dave Frishberg, “the Stephen Sondheim of jazz song-writing”.  They will be joined by Denis Ouellet on drums and Normand Glaude on bass.

Young vocalist Renée Yoxon is a central figure in Ottawa’s jazz scene thanks to her grace, captivating presence and beautiful voice. In only a few short years, Renée has firmly established herself as a musician dedicated to the art of jazz singing.

Since the late 1970s, Jean-Pierre Allain has established himself as one of Ottawa’s favourite pianist-accompanist-arrangers in many of the region’s best ensembles, including the Vernon Isaac Big Band, the Champ Champagne Orchestra, the Ottawa Saxophone Quartet, and smaller groups led by such notables as Hugh O’Connor, Rene Lavoie, and Brian Tansley.

See OttawaJazzScene.ca's interview with Yoxon about Frishberg and our review of the premiere of this show:  Making the most of great songs (review).

Congratulations to Carole Anne Piccinin, who won a pair of tickets (a $50 value!) to hear Renée Yoxon's & Mark Ferguson's "Here We Go Again" CD Release Concert at the NAC Fourth Stage on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. The tickets were generously donated by the artists.

See OttawaJazzScene.ca's video about the CD fundraising concert in August for more information about the Here we go again CD.

Also see our interview with Yoxon about her previous Dave Frishberg project and our review of the première of her previous 4th Stage concert:  Making the most of great songs (review).

Yoxon's first CD (with René Gely), 'Let's Call It a Day', sold out. Listen to our interview about that album.

The answer to our skill-testing question, "Name one thing which Mark Ferguson or Karen Oxorn say in the video about Renée Yoxon's singing" could be be found by watching the OttawaJazzScene.ca's video about the CD fundraising concert in August.

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Congratulations to jazz fan Phil Gosewich, whose name was randomly drawn to win the pair of tickets to hear the final Geggie Series concert of the 2011-12 season on May 26, with Joe Sullivan, Lorne Lofsky, Jim Doxas, and of course, John Geggie. The tickets were generously donated by the NAC Presents showcase of Canadian artistic talent, which includes the Geggie Series.

Phil responded to our contest skill-testing question with the suggestion of vocalist Dawn Roberts as a guest artist for next year's Geggie Series. Other draw entrants suggested an imaginative variety of guest artists in our Facebook OttawaJazzScene.ca page group and by email. These included:

  • vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow
  • saxophonist Mike Murley
  • guitarist Michael Occhipinti
  • guitarist Mike Gauthier (Montreal)
  • saxophonist Jean-Pierre Zanella
  • tenor players Tim Price, Larry Schneider and Bennie Wallace
  • bassist Jodi Proznick and pianist Tilden Webb
  • saxophonist Joel Miller
  • NY pianist Dave Kikoski, and
  • saxophonist Loren Stillman

Thanks to everyone who participated in this draw. And a big thanks to NAC Presents for their generous donation of tickets to many fine jazz shows featuring Canadian musicians this season.

Watch for our review of the May 26 Geggie Series show later this week.

    – Brett Delmage

La Grange photo by Brigid Janssen
La Grange photo by Brigid Janssen
Congratulations to Christiane Poirier, who won a pair of tickets to hear The Brian Browne Trio on Friday, June 1, 2012 - 8 p.m. presented by the municipality of Cantley, Quebec and  La Grange de la Gatineau, which  generously donated the tickets.

If you did not win, concert tickets and reservations may still be ordered directly from the La Grange website. Listeners can optionally enjoy a fine meal in this environment before the concert.

With a musical career that spans over fifty years, pianist Brian Browne has gained a reputation as a true Canadian jazz legend.  He has a unique natural gift for music that is manifested through a highly individual sense of musical artistry. Browne has recorded 11 albums on Capitol Records, RCA Victor, CBC JazzImage, and Sea Jam Recordings. For this show he will be accompanied by two well-known Ottawa jazz musicians: John Geggie on bass and Jeff Asselin on drums.

The Grange is a magnificent 180-year-old log building that was once a pioneer barn and has now been adapted for professional and social events. Its riverside, woodland setting and authentic heritage furnishings offer a unique Canadian atmosphere in a tranquil environment, especially fine during the spring.


Congratulations to Phil Gosewich, who won the  pair of tickets to hear the final Geggie Series concert of 2011-12, featuring John Geggie with Joe Sullivan, Lorne Lofsky, & Jim Doxas.  on  Saturday, May 26, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at the NAC Fourth Stage.


John Geggie

+ Your choice    
for guest artist ?    

The National Arts Centre  generously donated the pair of tickets (a $60 value) for this draw.

Our skill-testing question for this draw was: "Now that this season is wrapping up,  who could  John could  play with next season?"

Entrants had to submit one (or more) guest artists they would like to hear John Geggie play with in next season's concerts. and a reason why on our OttawaJazzScene.ca Facebook page if they had Facebook access.. The artist could not be one who has played in the 2010 or 2011 seasons. Look here and here to refresh your memory of the past concerts.

You can read more about the 2011-12 Geggie Series in our OttawaJazzScene.ca article.

Congratulations to Robert Godin who won the pair pair of tickets to hear Peace and Rhythm at GigSpace on Friday May 18, 2012.

A big thanks to GigSpace for their generous donation of tickets for this draw, to random.org for supplying the winning number for the draw, and to everyone tho entered the draw.

The answer to our skill testing question "What is the address of GigSpace ?" is 953 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa.

Remember - You must be a JazzScene free weekly email newsletter subscriber to learn about and enter future ticket draws. To subscribe, simply send a blank email from the email address you want subscribed, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fill out the form at OttawaJazzScene.ca/newsletter before entering the contest. You may unsubscribe at any time. We respect your privacy and do not share your email address.

Congratulations to Anthony Luttmann, who won the pair of tickets to hear Brandi Disterheft at the NAC Fourth Stage on Saturday April 28 at 7:30 p.m.! The concert is part of the NAC Presents staging of great Canadian talent. The National Arts Centre generously donated the tickets (a $50 value) for this draw. Tickets are still available at the NAC Box Office, and online.

While still in her twenties, Brandi Disterheft’s premiere album Debut won her the 2008 JUNO and she’s already jammed her CV with concerts in Japan and Haiti, at jazz festivals in Vienna and Chicago, and has performed at Carnegie Hall.

Read our interview with Brandi Disterheft.