Ottawa Jazz Festival fills some more summer slots with St. Germain, Don Ross and Knower

St. Germain will headline June 27. Photo: Kevin Davies

The programming director for the Ottawa Jazz Festival, Petr Cancura, has filled three more important slots in the 2018 event.

Headling on June 27 is France’s Ludovic Navarre, who goes by the stage name St. Germain.

His sound is a blend of house music and what’s known as nu jazz which blends jazz and electronic music.

St. Germain has been a major figure in electronic music for the two decades, and has pioneered a form of music known as  French Touch.

The Los Angeles based funk band KNOWER is filling a spot on the After Dark series on June 25 on the Tartan Homes Stage at Lisgar Field, near Ottawa City Hall.


KNOWER’s Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi. Photo: Richard Thompson

The five piece band includes Genevieve Artadi (vocals), Louis Cole (drums), Rai Thistlethwayte (keyboards), Jacob Mann (keyboards) and Sam Wilkes (bass).

Finally the Canadian guitar virtuoso Don Ross will appearing in the First Baptist Church on June 24. This show is with a new project for Ross and includes a quartet. The new project is dubbed Don Ross Louder Than Usual.  In Ottawa he’s playing with  Ottawa-born bassist Jordan O’Connor,  keyboardist and vocalist Andrew Craig, and stellar Portuguese percussionist Marito Marques. There are more slots to fill, including two headliner nights, so the festival says watch for more announcements in coming days.


Don Ross. Photo: Nyat Araia

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.