Kathleen Edwards kicks off jazz series at NAC this November

Kathleen Edwards / Photo via National Arts Centre

Kathleen Edwards / Photo via National Arts Centre

Quitters owner and Stittsville resident Kathleen Edwards will be one of four featured performers in the National Arts Centre’s CROSSROADS Jazz Series this fall. Here’s a press release from the NAC.

“This music collaboration is a dream scenario for me,” says Kathleen, “because I’ll be able to sing on a totally clean slate, reinvent my songs, fit into a group of world-class musicians, and start something completely fresh artistically. It’s also a fitting pairing given that Petr played on my first album when we were both just zygotes on the Ottawa music scene … now it feels that we’ve come back full circle with a project where we bring so much more to the table.”

Kathleen Edwards, the Ottawa-based multi-JUNO Award nominee recently took a break from performing to run a Stittsville coffee shop named Quitters. She will return to the stage for this special concert with longtime musician friend Petr Cancura.

Kathleen’s highly decorated work frequently celebrates the many pleasures of survival and reinvention, all with a seductively quiet strength. A musical raconteur, lyrical poet, and gifted performer, the music of Kathleen Edwards is beautifully honed artistry. Her songs have topped the Billboard charts, been featured in the pages of Rolling Stone, graced the cameras on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as earning her several Juno nominations, and short-list for Polaris Music Prize.

A consummate collaborator, she has also appeared on projects with Iron & Wine, Calexico, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), John Doe and Bryan Adams, and shared stages with the likes of Bon Iver, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones.  In 2012, Kathleen released her fourth studio album, Voyageur, co-produced with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, which garnered critical acclaim and won her the 2012 SOCAN Echo Songwriting Prize.

The NAC Presents all-Canadian music series, in partnership with BMO Financial Group, is pleased to announce the return of the successful CROSSROADS Jazz Series curated by NAC Presents producer Simone Deneau and directed by Ottawa Jazz Festival programming manager Petr Cancura. The four-concert series will feature Kathleen EdwardsLynne Hanson, Justin Rutledge, and a fourth Ottawa singer–songwriter to be announced in October.

Each performance is unique, as Petr Cancura creates new arrangements that showcase the singer-songwriters’ songs with a jazz twist added by a special live “house band.” The series is presented in collaboration with the Ottawa Jazz Festival.


The “house band” performing with the featured artists for the four concerts is composed of Roddy Ellias on bass, John Geggie on double bass, Greg Ritchie on drums, and Petr Cancura on saxophone. All the band members are involved in creating the music, which will leave room for onstage improvisation!

KATHLEEN EDWARDS – November 24, 2016
NAC Theatre, 7:30 PM
Tickets from $35

Tickets for the concerts in the CROSSROADS series go on sale Tuesday, June 21 at 10 AM. A three-concert “Crossroads Series” package is available from $99.

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