A History of Jazz


Jazz Festivals - Ottawa

The Ottawa International Jazz Festival is set in Canada’s capitol city and is the country’ second longest running jazz festival.

The festival was established in 1980 by a group of local Dixieland musicians, including Bob Misener, Tony Pope, Derek Robertson and the late Bill Shuttleworth, who all wanted to throw a summertime party to celebrate and develop the popular jazz scene in Ottawa. Since then, Ottawa’s jazz festival has grown to become one of the most widely anticipated musical events of the summer in Canada.

Fellow Canadians and international tourists come together in Ottawa on an annual basis to share in their common love of jazz music.

When? The Ottawa International Jazz Festival takes place every summer, either in June or July. The festival also runs a jazz series over the fall and winter months.

Where? The festival has a six-day run in various venues across the city, including Confederation Park, the National Arts Centre, and the Library and Archives Canada.

Who? International and Canadian jazz artists have gathered to perform at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. The impressive list of past performers include:

  • Tony Bennett
  • Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
  • Branford Marsalis
  • Stanley Jordan
  • Courtney Pine
  • Sonny Rollins
  • Terence Blanchard
  • Diana Krall
  • D.D. Jackson
  • Maynard Ferguson
  • John Mayall
  • Salsa Celtica

Visit the Ottawa International Jazz Festival for current schedules, news, and pricing information.