Jazz at MacKay

EvenSong Ensemble was formed in Ottawa, Canada in 2016 as a quartet and then as a quintet to bridge the spontaneous and uplifting power found in the contemporary concert experience with jazz-gospel-pop-folk-blues styles and the progressive theology and inclusive communities found in many congregations, especially in the United Church of Canada.  Embracing a focus on "Open Heart, Open Mind" and "Faith Like Jazz," we place the emphasis on the power of music, love, and community to empower us to overcome our global and personal challenges.


Garnering national attention, EvenSong continues to live its vision, expanding its mandate into educational pursuits including the Faith Like Jazz conference and working with choirs. Also, they are producing their debut album in CD and digital formats for release this summer 2018, as well as videos of live performances for later distribution.


Designed to be engaging, inclusive, and spiritually focused, this project—this ministry—consists of a mix of popular music styles, secular and sacred, all with a jazz spirit and spontaneity. Our live performances often feature collaborations with like-minded creators of music, spoken word, and other arts anywhere from nights clubs to churches to outdoor festivals to engage with an audience wherever we are on our spiritual journeys.


Once again MacKay opens its Sanctuary doors to the Community to enjoy some wonderful lunchtime jazz concerts free of charge! Peter has lined up some amazing musicians this year to entertain us all so come join us - and bring a friend!

June 6 : Tom Reynolds (piano) & Peter Woods (saxaphone) present "Ellington's Songs of Life and Faith"

June 13: Alex Moxon (guitar) & Ed Lister (trumpet) - two of the strongest young leaders in the Ottawa jazz community

June 20: Angelique Francis (bass & voice) with her Trio - Soul/Jazz/Blues/Gospel

Spellbinding vocalist

June 27: Peter Newsom (guitar & voice) & the SpeakEasy Band with Peter Woods - Jazz rooted in Americana


Fresh from an Ottawa International jazz Festival performance with his trio on tues, June 25 on the National Arts Centre's Fourth Stage, Jakob Bro will be conducting a Master Class at 10:30 am on Wed, June 26 at MacKay United Church. 

"The Kindness of Jazz" is a musical conversation with Jakob Bro, hosted by MacKay's own Peter Woods, concentrating on themes of composition, improvisation and compassion.

There is no charge for attendance at this event - goodwill donations for MacKay's musical work will be gratefully accepted.