Canadian jazz trumpeter and vocalist, Bria Skonberg, plays at TD Jazz Festival
june 21-july 1 ottawajazzfestival.com The 38th annual jazz festival officially launches the summer in Confederation Park, at the stately National Arts Centre, and in venues around the city. This year’s lineup includes greats like electro jazz-funk prophet Herbie Hancock (June 30), smooth jazz trumpetist Chris Botti (June 21), and the blue-eyed soul man Boz Scaggs (June 22) alongside new and well-known artists like award-winning throat singer Tanya Tagaq (June 27 & 28), electronica jazz outfit GoGo Penguin (June 29), nu jazz/house producer St Germain (June 27), and many, many more. Every evening sizzles with boisterous outdoor concerts as well as more intimate showcases. The Lord Elgin hotel across from the Park hosts late-night open jam sessions, which means that any number of famous artists could pop in, just like at any old jazz club in Manhattan. Tickets start at $25.