The sweet sounds of the eighth annual Merrickville’s Jazz Fest kick off Oct 11

Merrickville Jazz Festival
Posted on: September 12, 2018


Tickets are now on sale for the eighth annual edition of Merrickville’s Jazz Fest (MJF) taking place in venues around Merrickville from Thursday, October 11 to Sunday, October 14, 2018. We are excited to showcase a terrific lineup of 16 excellent performances again this year. With a great selection of subgenres, featuring up and coming young artists, and outstanding seasoned performers from Toronto, Montreal and the Ottawa-Gatineau region, we’re sure you will find there is something for everyone.

Please join us on Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 pm for our Grand Opening Celebration featuring Vocals & Violin with Karen Oxorn. Admission to this evening is free for sponsors and advance ticket or pass holders.

Friday opens with The Marc Decho / Rafael Zaldivar / Frank Marinez Trio; three outstanding jazz musicians, bringing a wealth of heritage, inspiration and experience to their always energetic and exciting performances. Juno nominee Fern Lindzon, the multi-talented, Toronto-based pianist and vocalist and Pimienta Blanca, with the spicy flavour of the band’s Latin jazz repertoire will feature in the restaurants. On Friday night we present Laura Anglade. Influenced by jazz at an early age by idols such as Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughn, Chet Baker and Blossom Dearie; she is pursuing her passion and making waves on the Montreal jazz scene.

Montreal-based guitarist and composer, Samuel Gaudreault and Jonathan Turgeon, pianist for the next generation of the Montreal jazz scene, opens the Saturday performances followed by Alternate Takes with the official release of their new CD “Urban Flower”. Global Music Award winner Ori Dagan and the “hard hitting upright and electric bassist, expressive guitarist and evocative composer”, Ken McDonald and his quartet will feature in the restaurant performances.

Our Saturday Swing Night is sure to delight with Peter Liu and the Pollcats; one of the most popular vintage swing bands in Ottawa, known for inspiring excitement and joy in both listeners and dancers. The band will feature tunes from their recently released swing themed album, “Count On Lindy”.

The popular Sunday morning Jazz Worship returns this year with Ripple Effect. This is a non ticketed ecumenical event. The Elliott/Boudreault Quartet takes us into Sunday afternoon followed by the Toronto-based tenor saxophonist and composer Landen Vieira, who has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the Canadian jazz scene. New Standards – The Rimbach / Bedner Quartet and Nick MacLean, “one of the most gifted young Toronto pianists”, currently touring with his new cd “Rites of Ascension” will feature in the restaurants.

On Sunday night we are proud to present the amazing Juno Award winner Kellylee Evans. Still shaking it up with, Come On, her latest Decca album; this stylistic connoisseur has tackled everything from jazz to R&B and pop. This is a show you won’t want to miss!

In response to the increasing popularity of our restaurant shows, Merrickville’s Jazz Fest will be offering concurrent shows at the Baldachin Inn and The Goose & Gridiron restaurants. Two fantastic, albeit different style artists are booked for the three evenings; now with a 90 minute performance, providing for more time to relax and enjoy the show and a meal. When you purchase your tickets and passes this year you will be offered a choice of a restaurant event. Reservations for these restaurant venues are by ticket only. With limited seating available at both venues we encourage you to make your selection early.

MJF is made possible by generous sponsors, whom we gratefully acknowledge. The full list can be found on our website. Our platinum sponsors are: The Baldachin Inn and The Blue Pearl Foundation. Our gold sponsors are: A Touch of Whimsy, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Merrickville United Arts Centre, Mrs. McGarrigle’s, The Goose & Gridiron, RBC Royal Bank, Truly Nolen and Wick Witch Candle & Bath. We also acknowledge funding from the Village of Merrickville-Wolford.

Merrickville is an ideal village for a weekend getaway full of jazz. Visit historical venues, shop at unique artist boutiques, sample gourmet cuisine, and enjoy comfortable accommodations, all within a few minutes’ walk from every concert location. For more information on program, the artists, venues and online ticket sales, please visit our website at or find us on Facebook. Tickets are also available at the Knock Knock Shoppe in Merrickville.


7:00 pm Grand Opening: Vocals & Violin – Baldachin Inn Ballroom

4:00 pm Marc Decho / Rafales Zaldivar / Frank Martinez Trio – St. Ann Catholic Church
6:00 pm Fern Lindzon – Baldachin Inn Restaurant
6:00 pm Pimienta Blanca – The Goose & Gridiron Restaurant
9:00 pm Laura Anglade – Baldachin Inn Ballroom

1:30 pm Gaudreault / Turgeon Ensemble – Holy Trinity Anglican Church
3:30 pm Alternate Takes – Merrickville United Arts Centre
6:00 pm Ori Dagan – Baldachin Inn Restaurant
6:00 pm The Ken McDonald Quartet – The Goose & Gridiron Restaurant
9:00 pm Peter Liu and the Pollcats – Merrickville Community Centre

10:30 am Jazz Worship: Ripple Effect – Holy Trinity Anglican Church
1:00 pm Elliott / Boudreau Quartet – Merrickville United Arts Centre
3:00 pm Landen Vieira – Holy Trinity Anglican Church
5:00 pm New Standards – The Rimbach / Bedner Quartet – Baldachin Inn Restaurant
5:00 pm Nick Maclean Quartet – The Goose & Gridiron Restaurant
7:00 pm Closing Event: Kellylee Evans – Merrickville United Arts Centre