Friday, June 21: Los Anormales:
Los Anormales are based in Montreal where they play a unique brand of electric guitar based salsa. Powerful, explosive, funky, and deeply rhythmic, they play music that animates the body as much as it engages the ear. Their music is dosed heavily with Afro-Cuban rhythms, timba and jazz, creating a vibrant and energizing atmosphere enticing to dancers and music lovers of all stripes.
Saturday, June 22: Angelique Francis:
Angelique Francis is a versatile and exceptionally gifted musician with talent that is way beyond her years. This multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, multi-genre singer song writer and composer has wowed audiences across the globe with her electrifying performances, instrumental abilities and powerful textured vocals. She is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including Blues, Soul, Folk, Jazz, Gospel and Rock. Angelique has shared the stage/opened for a large roster of well-known musicians such as Gary Clark Jr, Beth Hart, Tom Cochran, Burton Cummings, Sugar Ray and the list goes on. Her diversity, passion and love of music can be heard in all of her original compositions.
Tuesday, June 25: Rebecca Noelle:
Blessed with a searing three octave range, Rebecca’s voice has been featured on radio stations across the world. More recently, she’s been invited to perform alongside Birdy, Florida Georgia Line, Canadian hero Roch Voisine, and continues to tour with French-Canadian Music Icon: Marc Dupré. Rebecca has had the privilege to try her hand at just about every musical style she’s wanted to over the years. But it’s her natural affinity for jazz, that has set this stunning singer apart. With a velvety voice that is simply unforgettable, she expresses a musical honesty that nurtures the connection between audience and artist.
Wednesday, June 26: Ferguson/Tremblay/Young/ Clarke:
A new quartet featuring the compositions of Mark Ferguson and Mike Tremblay in collaboration with Canadian jazz legends Dave Young and Terry Clarke.
Individually the members of this quartet have performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Gil Evans, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, Oscar Peterson, Clark Terry, Lenny Breau, Jim Hall, The Boss Brass and many others too numerous to mention.
Thursday, June 27: Alison Young Quintet:
Alison Young is a Juno nominated saxophonist, vocalist and composer. Since moving from Ottawa to Toronto in the early 2000s to study music at the University of Toronto, she has been an active presence on the jazz scene both as a leader and side-person, appearing regularly in the city’s jazz venues with a wide variety of projects. Young has toured across North America, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and Asia with acts such as Alysha Brilla, Joe Sealy, Big Rude Jake, Johnny Reid, and the Shuffle Demons, and has appeared on over 30 recordings, including Canadian pop icon Corey Hart’s new EP, “Dreaming Time Again”. Her compositions have been featured regularly on JazzFM and CBC radio. In 2017 Alison was chosen as one of the ‘Best 35 Canadian Jazz Artists under 35’ by the CBC. Later that year, she was featured in Pat LaCroix and Ted O’Reilly’s book, “Toronto Jazz Treasures” alongside many of her musical heroes.
Saturday, June 29: Mack & Ben:
MACK & BEN is a groovy, smooth, harmonious, and heartfelt pop/soul group fronted by brother-sister duo Mackenzie and Ben Di Millo. Pulling together bits and pieces of influence from R&B, pop, soul, folk, and everything in between, this mixed bag of a band is fresh, fiery and full of funk.
Sunday, June 30: TD Jazz Youth Summit:
The TD Jazz Youth Summit is a program run by the Ottawa Jazz Festival that brings together top young musicians from across the nation.
Taking place during the Festival, the Summit provides young Canadian musicians a rare platform to develop their big band experience by working with internationally acclaimed musicians and clinicians, culminating in two performances, one on June 30th at the TD Main Stage at Marion-Dewar Plaza, and for July 1st, Canada Day on the OLG Stage at Confederation Park.
The eight day all-expenses paid residency, from June 21st to July 1st, will stay with the participants well after the Festival is over by building close friendships with peers, often resulting in lifelong professional partnerships.
Renowned Canadian jazz trumpet player and University of Toronto professor, Jim Lewis is the Summit’s Music Director. Besides recruiting the participants from across the nation and conducting rehearsals, he invites visiting musicians to the Festival to conduct workshops for Summit participants during their residence.