After it’s pop and rain-filled 2017 edition, Ottawa Jazz Festival is returning for its 38th edition with a tighter focus on jazz and weatherproofing.

by Owen Maxwell

From June 21 to July 1 the festival will once again be situated at Confederation Park and City Hall, with a little rearranging to keep things running smoothly. The main stage is moving in front of City Hall this time with the Tartan Stage hitting Lisgar Field. The OLG Ontario Stage in the park will highlight local artists as well as a new dance series.

“Having the main stage across the street will actually be a big help this year,” said programming manager Petr Cancura. “There is good drainage so I do not think we will have the same issues.”



This year’s lineup is also much more jazz-centred than last year, featuring the likes of Herbie Hancock, Boz Scaggs, Chris Botti, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and the Jerry Douglas Band to start. The tighter focus is mostly due to logistical reasons according to Cancura: “It really does have a lot to do with tour and release schedules, and the stars have aligned.”

With this in mind Cancura suggested additions like Tanya Tagaq, Lake Street Dive, Alison Krauss and Chaka Khan are a natural extension of the festival’s principles.

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