April concert: Safe Low Limit

Ascension Jazz & Chamber Series FInale:
Safe Low Limit, April 28

Ottawa based Safe Low Limit is a jazz oriented group made of instruments pitched in the bass clef. This eclectic lineup of tuba, trombone, cello and drums creates a unique sound and performs a variety of original compositions, obscure standards and funk hits in a wide variety of jazz and pop styles, leaving the audience wondering what the heck will they do next!

Safe Low Limit’s virtuoso tuba player, Dr. Keith Hartshorn-Walton, is equally impressive pumping out walking bass lines or playing be-bop heads and improvising. Trombonist Steve Berndt uses electronic effects to enhance his sound and also provides vocals. Cellist Ken Kanwisher trades bass lines and solos with the band. Drummer Michel Delage has an innovative style and has become a top call on the Ottawa jazz scene.

Since their first concert in May performed at the bottom of a drained swimming pool in Vanier and a viral CBC article about the pool concert, the band has been writing, rehearsing and getting ready for a first recording.

Peter Hum review in The Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa Jazz Scene review and video

Eventbrite - Safe Low Limit

Purchase tickets online at Eventbrite.


  • General adult: $20
  • Groups of 10+, please call 613-236-3958 for discounted rates.

All concerts start at 7:00 p.m. Your ticket includes sweets and savouries, coffee and tea, or purchase a glass of wine or craft beer.  Tickets and passes are available online at Eventbrite and at the door.

Proceeds from concerts will go towards fair compensation for the artists, and will support church programs.


We are incredibly excited to bring to our community another year of wonderful music and performance in a casual and intimate setting. Our sponsors help the concert series to achieve success, and we are incredibly grateful to them! If you would like to sponsor us this year, please contact sponsorship@churchoftheascension.ca. We have many options for sponsorship to suit your needs, and we are very thankful for your partnership this year.

Our sponsorship package can be viewed here: Ascension Sponsors

Support for Ascension’s concert series comes from our sponsors:

Word Task

Merriam Print

Cléroux Rénovation Ltée

The Mainstreeter, Old Ottawa East’s community voice

Bluesky Strategy Group Inc.

ViaCibo Italian Street Food

Campbell Douglas Keyboards

And a grant from Service Canada’s Summer Jobs program.

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