A Homecoming for Ottawa Jazz Festival’s New Executive Director

After an extensive executive search, the Ottawa Jazz Festival’s (OJF) Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment of Jody Larose as its new Executive Director.

“I am thrilled to welcome our new Executive Director to usher in a new era for the OJF and work collaboratively with our corporate, government, and community stakeholders,” said Adam Douglas, Board President of OJF. “Jody emerged as the clear choice to lead the organization into a future of advancement and growth. Her track record of successful leadership, combined with her deep cultural sector knowledge and commitment to excellence, makes her the ideal candidate to drive OJF forward. We are confident that, under her stewardship, the organization will thrive and continue to bring to Ottawa the best jazz the world has to offer.”

Jody brings a wealth of non-profit management, industry, and leadership experience to her new role. She has held organizational leadership roles as an Executive Director for Niagara Canada Tourism, Toronto-based Empire Club of Canada, and earlier in her career with Ottawa’s own Hope Volleyball Summerfest. She has also held leadership roles with CBC Television, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Over her career, as an operational leader and consultant, Jody has provided valuable insights to CEO’s, boards, and government leaders. Her leadership has been recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Ottawa Chapter, Globe and Mail Business and the Arts Partnership Awards, and the Canadian Fuels Association Awards of Excellence. This extensive background uniquely positions her to lead OJF into the future.

“I am delighted by the opportunity to lead the Ottawa Jazz Festival – a well-known established arts organization committed to advancing knowledge, appreciation, and inspiration in music,” said Jody. “Returning to Ottawa, my hometown and where I started my career is really a full-circle moment. Ottawa and its ‘culture of community’ is very special. I look forward to re-connecting with the region’s business, government, and community leaders,” said Jody. “We must all work together to ensure the Ottawa Jazz Festival continues to educate and inspire, fostering the advancement of jazz-centred music experiences that positively impact the local economy. I can’t wait to get started.”

Jody will replace Catherine O’Grady, who is retiring from her position as of December 31, 2023. Catherine is a 28-year veteran of the Ottawa Jazz Festival and is responsible for rebuilding and professionalizing the organization.

“Catherine’s contribution leaves an impressive legacy to be proud of. Her vision and leadership contribution has been nothing short of remarkable. She has welcomed hundreds of thousands of music lovers to listen to thousands of jazz luminaries and creative new music initiatives along the way. We wish Catherine the very best in her well-deserved retirement. We plan to honour her in the days ahead with a celebratory event,” said Adam Douglas, Board President.

About the Ottawa Jazz Festival

Celebrating its 43rd year, the Ottawa Jazz Festival has been a trailblazer in the presentation of jazz from all corners of the globe. Each June it brings over 850 artists for 100 concerts, offering both ticketed and free performances.