Fun concerts for both grownups and kids

Looking to get into the spirit of the season?  Get tickets to a special holiday event. There are two concerts on tap this week that will have you snapping your fingers, tapping your toes and humming along.

Ottawa Jazz Festival Benefit Concert And Auction

The Ottawa Jazz Festival is presenting its 16th annual benefit concert and live auction, featuring Jane Monheit, this Thursday, December 5. Monheit has been a leading light in the jazz and cabaret worlds since being named a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s 1998 vocal competition. In addition to her own recordings, she has worked alongside the likes of Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell and Ivan Lins. The musical evening at Library and Archives Canada will also feature some pretty compelling items on the auction block, courtesy of Porter Airlines, South African Airways, Arc The Hotel and others.

Library and Archives Canada is at 395 Wellington Street and tickets for this benefit are $50. Call 613 241-2633 and see www.ottawajazzfestival.com for details.

Don’t Miss A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

Ottawa International Children’s Festival is presenting a Charlie Brown Christmas concert Saturday, December 7, at Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Avenue. This special holiday concert features soundtrack band member Jerry Granelli, whose tunes have been part of the Christmas tradition for families for the past 45 years.

Granelli, one third of the legendary Vince Guaraldi Trio, recorded the soundtrack to the animated classic A Charlie Brown Christmas back in 1965.

Today he’s the only remaining member of the trio and this Christmas season he’s sharing the story of the band that recorded the famous soundtrack. Part oral history, part concert and part screening of the Christmas classic with music by the Jerry Granelli Trio, the performances at Ottawa Little Theatre promise to be unforgettable Christmas treats for all ages.

Granelli and his band will be joined on stage by local choirs, the Cross Town Youth Chorus and the Goulbourn Jubilee Juniors. Performances are at 12:30 and 3 p.m. and each features one choir. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children. For details, call 613 241-0999 and see www.ottawachildrensfestival.ca.

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