Sad News


It is with deep regret that we must announce that our very dear friend and stage crew leader Henry Jaques passed away suddenly January 20, 2020.

Henry was part of the very foundation of the Ottawa Jazz Festival dedicating thousands of hours over the last 30+ years; planning the festival, scheduling our volunteers, building stages, working with artists and volunteers, making sure the shows happened. He also served on the board of directors, including as Festival president and advised the staff on many areas of the operations. There was never a project that couldn’t be investigated, thought through and solved – many shows only happened because of his dedication to get the job done.

We offer our very sincerest condolences to his wife Margaret, his children, grandchildren and so many friends and family he leaves behind.  As plans are made, we will follow up with further details of the arrangements.

If you have stories you would like to share with Henry’s family, you can send them here and we will collate them:

ojfstage @

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