The National Arts Centre’s Ideas of North Festival concludes with a bang Saturday night when the NAC Orchestra and its music director and conductor Alexander Shelley join forces with Finnish violinist John Storgårds, who is also NACO’s principal guest conductor. Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’s sublime fifth and seventh symphonies are on the program, along with Kaija Saariaho’s Graal théâtre. Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert start at $20 at and the NAC box office.


The seventh annual edition of Merrickville’s Jazz Fest takes place Thursday through Sunday, presenting a 15-concert slate of Ottawa-area and visiting acts in the village about an hour south of Ottawa. Highlights include Friday night’s focus on electric jazz with concerts by Ottawa-based Modasaurus and Hamilton’s Brad Cheeseman Group, Saturday afternoon piano trio concerts by Bartosz Hadala and Steve Holt, Saturday night’s show by the young and swinging Montreal guitarist Sam Kirmayer, and Sunday’s horn-heavy concerts by Montrealer Jacques Kuba Seguin’s Odd Lot Sextet and the Ottawa-based Prime Rib Big Band. Tickets and info:

World Music

Kamancello is an improvisational duo consisting of Ottawa cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne and Shahriyar Jamshidi, who plays the kamanche, a bowed string instrument from the Middle East. Together, they’re known for blurring the borders between classical and world folk music. They release their self-titled album at Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave., on Thursday, Oct. 12. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. with a set by vocalist Heather Sita Black. Admission is $10.


The Weber Brothers wowed the crowd at the Calabogie Blues & Ribfest this past summer with a high-energy set that combined stellar musicianship and a fiery stage presence. The Maryland-born, Ontario-based roots rockers are back in the area on Saturday, Oct. 14, for a gig at Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank St., with the Fathers of Modern Rocketry. Showtime is 10 p.m. The cover charge is $15.


The irreverent singer-songwriter Carolyn Mark, aka the Boozy Chanteuse, returns to the Ottawa-Gatineau area for a Saturday-night gig at one of her favourite watering holes, the Black Sheep Inn, in Wakefield. Her “Middle Eastern” tour of central Canada continues to celebrate her latest album, the Queen of Vancouver Island, and finds her performing with Allison Brown and the New Best Friends. Tickets are $15, available in advance at The music starts 8:30 p.m.