Catherine O’Grady (Canada)

Executive Producer TD Ottawa Jazz Festival

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Catherine O’Grady has been at the helm of the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival for 18 years. In that time audiences have increased by over 300 per cent, the Festival has achieved financial stability, and critical success, all while maintaining an ironclad commitment to the artistry of Jazz.

In particular, Catherine has championed improvised music in Canada’s Capital. She has invited innumerable improvisers from all over the world to the Festival where they have been greeted by captive and enthusiastic audiences for performances at the Festival’s renowned Improv Invitational Series.

Catherine is also fervently dedicated to the next generation of artists. She has overseen the creation of a National-scale education program called the TD Jazz Youth Summit as well as locally-based outreach programs such as Jazz-Ed. In addition, Catherine also serves are Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Children’s Festival, a professional performing arts festival.

Catherine is also a part-time Professor of Arts Marketing and Administration at the University of Ottawa, and is formerly Head of the Theatre Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.