Ascension Jazz & Chamber Series 2018-19

Ascension’s Jazz & Chamber Series is returns for a third year of live music in Old Ottawa East!
Until October 18, save 25% on passes and tickets with discount code LAUNCH.

Schedule of Concerts

October 20 at 7pm: Pianofourte—sparkling duets with Adam Reid and Aidan Shenkman.
November 17 at 7pm: Christian Vachon & Roland Graham(Bach Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard, Vol. 1)
December 14 at 7pm: Christmas Jazz with the John Dapaah Trio
January 26 at 7pm: Django Libre Jazz Manouche
February 23 at 7pm: Garry Elliott & Rachel Beausoleil (Brazilian music for voice, guitar, and percussion)
March 23 at 7pmThomas Annand & Laura Nerenberg (Early masterworks for harpsichord and baroque violin)
Season passes and a Pick-3 Concerts Pass are also available.

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Series Sponsorship

Run by volunteers, Ascension’s Jazz & Chamber Series supports local musicians with fair compensation, and encourages cultural enrichment and community at a price that is affordable for almost everyone. (The series offers free concert passes to music lovers who could not otherwise afford to attend.)
Learn about the range of sponsorship options at or download the fact sheet, Ascension Concert Series Sponsorship Package 2018-2019.
For more information, contact Pat Howes.
All our sponsors are greatly appreciated and we are thankful for your partnership.

Support for Ascension’s concert series comes from our sponsors:
Word Task
Merriam Print
The Mainstreeter
Bluesky Strategy Group Inc.
ViaCibo Italian Street Food
Capital City Keyboards

Audio Sermon from October 14, 2018

Audio from a sermon given by The Rev’d Rhonda Waters on October 14, 2018.

For more audio, please visit the sermon archive.

Ascension is Hiring a Music Director

Church of the Ascension is seeking a part-time Director of Music to join our diverse and energetic community.

Worship music at Church of the Ascension is varied, ranging from contemporary songs and music with African roots to traditional hymns. The congregation includes a number of talented, skilled musicians and singers. Instruments used regularly include violin, guitar, drums, and saxophone in addition to piano and organ. The focus of the music is on participation and worship rather than performance. There is no permanent choir; ad hoc groups come together seasonally as needed.

Ten hours per week; competitive salary to commensurate with experience.


  • Lead music for one Sunday service weekly, plus approximately five–seven special services annually
  • Coordinate the involvement of volunteers
  • Participate in the planning of service music
  • Perform administrative tasks related to music (e.g., copyright reporting)

Candidate Profile

Mandatory skills and attitudes:

  • Keyboard skills   
  • Good coordination and organizational skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility, openness to multiple styles
  • Willingness to learn about the Anglican tradition, as expressed at Church of the Ascension

Desirable skills and capacities

  • Capacities with other musical instruments, including organ
  • Ability to lead vocalists
  • Familiarity with music for a church setting
  • Basic knowledge of sound systems

Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview, which will include an audition. 

Please send resume and cover letter to

All My Relations

Learning from home: The history and legacy of residential schools

Education has gotten us into this mess, and education will get us out

Hon. Senator Murray Sinclair, Former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The purpose of this program is to deepen our understanding about the impact of residential schools on the lives of Indigenous peoples; the Anglican Church’s role in the schools and; the ongoing commitment of the Anglican Church to reconciliation and justice.

The program is also a continuation of Church of the Ascension’s ongoing efforts to bring to life the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Call to Action #59 as we agreed at our 2017 Vestry:

#59. We call upon church parties to the Settlement Agreement to develop ongoing education strategies to ensure that their respective congregations learn about their church’s role in colonization, the history and legacy of residential schools, and why apologies to former residential school students, their families, and communities were necessary.

The program consists of two online learning sessions to be experienced at home; a 3.5 hour workshop was presented at Church of the Ascension on March 17, 2018. The online sessions contain a variety of materials. You may find it most convenient to select articles/media of interest, and come back to others later.

Access the Introduction here.

Access the First Learning Module here.

Access the Second Learning Module here.

What’s New for Kids and Youth

Church of the Ascension has a robust and vibrant program for children and youth!  To learn how you can participate, contact Gabrielle Wilson.

Ascension Playgroup
Monday, September 24, 9:30–11:30am: Playgroup for 1-5 year olds and their caregivers. Younger siblings welcome. Suggested donation $4/family
Fall Activities for Children and Youth

September 17, 24, 9:30–11:30am: Playgroup for 1-5 year olds and their caregivers. Younger siblings welcome. Suggested donation $4/family

October 12, 6–9pm: Sunday School Social; Potluck Supper and Board Games

October 20, 3:30-6:30pm: Celebration Saturday: Harvest! Worship, crafts, and dinner for children and their grown-ups. Suggested donation $5/family

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