upcoming concerts: montreal // ottawa // toronto


Hooray! I’m happy to announce three amazing concert dates in three amazing cities. I’ll be playing with Chad Linsley in Montreal on September 26th, Ottawa on October 4th, and Toronto on October 11th. Full details can be found on my concerts page.

For the last few months Chad and I have been working on music that reflects on childhood. We collected tunes from film adaptations of children’s stories and songs about magic, dreaming, and the urge to run away. The music is imaginative, intimate, vulnerable, carefree, questioning, and melancholy. I’m so excited to share this project with you.

Here is a recording of Chad and I playing Little Prince, the title theme from the musical adaptation of the book Let Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

All three venues have limited seating so please reserve your seat early. If you have any questions about any of these dates please leave them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you right away.

renée yoxon at the artistic showcase hosted by brandon wint


Brandon Wint hosts a monthly artistic showcase at Pressed in Ottawa. I’m honoured to have been asked to participate and will be performing a solo set alongside a collection of diverse, warm-hearted, powerful and expressive human beings. Brandon has this to say:

In March, The Artistic Showcase reached magical, transcendent heights. In April, we will stretch ourselves to embrace love, warmth, community and artistry yet again. We will embrace the magic and beauty of the human condition and celebrate it through art and unity. :). It will be the first time we’ll invite jazz, revolutionary folk music, spoken word poetry, contemporary dance and film into the warm space of Pressed (750 Gladstone ave) on the same night.

On April 22nd, The Artistic Showcase will welcome featured performances by:

RENEE YOXON (http://www.reneeyoxon.com/)


TITO MEDINA (http://www.reverbnation.com/titomedina)

and special guest performances by:

SONIA AWAD (Son Jamma)

CRAIG ALLEN CONOLEY (http://partusfilms.com/)


As always, The Artistic Showcase will be hosted by Brandon Wint (www.brandonwint.ca)

Click here to RSVP on facebook.

The Artistic Showcase hosted by Brandon Wint
Pressed, 750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
7pm, $10

Click through for accessibility info.

upcoming performance: winter jazz festival, feb 14


Hello fabulous readers. I know my events calendar has been a little sparse as of late but I will be explaining this in a future post so expect that very soon. On the bright side, I’m happy to announce that I have a performance coming up in Ottawa on Friday, February 14th at 5pm, at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage as part of the Winter Jazz Festival. I’m really excited about this performance because I will be joined by Montreal’s own Jeff Johnston on piano and Fraser Hollins on bass, and I have prepared an entirely new set of material. It will be strongly influenced by Norma Winstone, Irene Kral, and Abbey Lincoln. It will be dramatic and sorrowful and introspective. In other words – a perfect valentine’s day date!

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Ottawa Jazz Festival website. More information here.

weekend inspiration: emma frank quartet – life flows in

Every so often I am mesmerized by a video of a singer. There’s something about witnessing great command of the instrument that makes me unable to turn away. The last time it happened was with this clip of Diane Schuur singing Love Dance. Emma Frank has taken the torch from Diane Schuur.

If you’re in Montreal this Wednesday, December 11, Emma Frank will be at Upstairs starting at 8:30pm. More details here.

highlights: casual friday, spoonie jewellery, and party planning!


Hey look it’s a picture of my face! Thanks to Monica Ferguson for snapping that one. On Friday Mark Ferguson and I participated in the National Arts Centre’s very first Casual Friday. It was a beautiful evening and everyone I talked to was having a great time. I’ll have to attend the next event in the series as an audience member and food eater instead of a performer.

You can’t tell in the photo but I was wearing my brand new silver spoon necklace that I got from The Paper Poppy Store on Etsy. You may remember from this post that the spoon is the symbol of chronic illness, based on The Spoon Theory of chronic illness by Christine Miserandino. Lately I’ve started to appreciate and accept my life with chronic illness so I thought I’d start wearing my spoonie pride around my neck.

I also got NW by Zadie Smith but I haven’t gotten very far yet.


Lastly, I spent time this week getting everything ready for The End of Live Jazz Monday which is happening tonight! Everything is place for a great big goodbye party. We can’t wait to see you there! Click here for details and click here to RSVP on facebook.


videos from live jazz monday // the end of live jazz monday is coming, nov 4

Thanks to our resident videographer, Austin Cooke, I have two more Live Jazz Monday videos to share with you. Thanks, Austin!

I also want to remind my Ottawa readers that our four-year residency at Mercury Lounge is coming to an end on November 4th and François Gravel and I would really love to have you there to say goodbye and celebrate the end of an era.

The event will take place on Monday, November 4th. There will be delicious treats, surprise guests, and of course – beautiful music. Entrance is free and the party will begin around 8:30pm with the performance starting at 9pm. See you there! Click here for more details and click here to RSVP on facebook.


this weekend: merrickville’s jazz festival


This Sunday, Mark Ferguson and I are at the Baldachin Inn for Merrickville’s Jazz Festival. Details below!

What: Renée Yoxon & Mark Ferguson at Merrickville’s Jazz Festival
Where: Baldachin Inn, 111 St Lawrence St Merrickville, ON
When: October 20, 12pm – 2pm
Tickets: $15, reservations must also be made with the Baldachin Inn ((613) 269-4223)



the end of live jazz monday, nov 4


After four amazing years, I have made the difficult decision to end my weekly residency at Mercury Lounge. If you are in Ottawa on November 4th, François, Angèle, and I would like to invite you to our big goodbye celebration. There will be delicious treats, surprise guests, and of course – beautiful music. Entrance is free and the party will begin around 8:30pm with the performance starting at 9pm. See you there!

What: the end of live jazz monday
Where: Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square, middle level
When: 9pm
Cover: free

Click here for more information. // Click here to RSVP on facebook.

upcoming ottawa events! tonight: dave cooper’s eddy table, tomorrow: jazz on the lake


Tonight: dave cooper’s Eddy Table and Other Misbehavers

An exhibition of drawings from gobs of looming blockbusters!

With a number of animated projects in the works, the timing is ripe for an Animation Festival-affiliated exhibition of drawings and prints that celebrate the imagination of Dave Cooper! This year Dave’s Nickelodeon short, PIGGOATBANANAMANTIS is in competition at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, his other kid’s tv project, The Bagel and Becky Show is being developed full throttle. And of course Dave’s strangest longtime protagonist Eddy Table is returning after a long hiatus to appear in an epic, CGI, Norwegian-funded short film and accompanying graphic novella. Music for the evening will be provided by Renée Yoxon, François Gravel, and Matt Ouimet.

Thursday, September 19th, 7 – 10pm
La Petite Mort Gallery, 306 Cumberland Street, Ottawa

Click here for more details.


Tomorrow: Jazz on the Lake with Renée Yoxon

Exquisite music for an important local cause!

The Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton invites you to join us for our 2nd annual “Jazz on the Lake” cocktail featuring Renée Yoxon, on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Lago Bar and Grill.

The Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting increased awareness and respect for persons with learning disabilities (LDs). As an association, we engage the community and professional groups to assist in their understanding of LDs. Our vital programs provide support and resources for families and individuals dealing with LDs so that they can be successful in their day-to-day lives.

Click here for more details.