Thai Cooking with Gordon!

Learn how to cook a Thai feast—and eat it—for just $15/person. Saturday, April 21 at 3pm. Spaces are limited; to register, email

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 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.

Living the Resurrection

During the four Sundays in April, we will hear about the disciples encountering Jesus after the resurrection and have the opportunity to explore our own encounters with the Risen Christ through a variety of creative responses. The worship pod has designed options for working with paper and words, or to engage with the story through reflective reading.

Ascension’s PAR Program

If you have automatic withdrawals from your bank account to pay your bills, taxes or mortgage, then you already understand the PAR principle: Pre-Authorized Remittances.

Besides being convenient, using PAR for your offering ensures regular monthly givings to help our church’s ministry even when you are away. You will be providing our parish with a dependable flow of contributions, which increases our overall financial stability. Why not participate in PAR?

Your regular giving supports the local ministry of our parish.

Through the Diocese of Ottawa and the national Anglican Church of Canada, your gift helps people overcome poverty, helps train new ministers, equips leaders, sends chaplains into communities. You give support to Aboriginal ministries and remote parishes. In Canada and around the world, your gifts support vibrant and vital ministries for the healing of the world.

If you are already a PAR contributor, you can update your givings or banking information using the PAR changes form.  Complete it, place it on the offering plate, give it to our designated PAR contact person Adrian Camfield, or leave it at the church office.

Becoming a PAR contributor is an important part of our worshipping together!

  1. Prayerfully decide what you will give each year, and divide that amount by 12.
  2. Fill out the authorization form, and attach a cheque marked “VOID.”
  3. Enclose both in an envelope and place it on the offering plate, give it to Adrian, or leave it at the church office.
  4. The amount will be transferred from your account to our parish’s account on the 20th of each month. You can modify or cancel your donation, change how it is designated, or change your information at any time.

Adrian is gladly available for guidance and answering questions.

When complete, please return all forms to treasurer Adrian Camfield. Adrian is also available for guidance and answering questions.




All My Relations Lenten Project

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 the 2018 Lenten 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, followed by a 3.5 hour workshop with supper at Ascension, on Saturday March 17th, 3:00-6:30pm. 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.

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 from various sources as well as music with African roots to traditional hymns. The congregation includes a number of skilled musicians and singers, who add their talents to those of the parish’s music director. 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.

10 hours / week: $20-24 per hour.


  • Lead music for Sunday services (10:00 am) and for occasional liturgical holy days (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday etc.).
  • Recruit, coordinate and facilitate the involvement of amateur musicians in the church (instruments and vocalists); recruit and direct pick up choirs for holiday services; work with musicians with varying skill levels and ages.
  • Plan service music with the priest, and liaise with the church worship committee
  • Report on Ascension’s use of copyrighted sheet music, and other music-related administrative tasks.

Candidate Profile:
Mandatory skills and attitudes:

  • skilled on keyboard especially on the piano
  • Coordination skills
  • Highly organized
  • Ability to lead vocalists
  • Flexible, openness to multiple styles
  • Willing to learn about the Anglican tradition, as expressed at Church of the Ascension

Desirable skills and capacities

  • Capacities with other musical instruments, including organ
  • Familiar 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. Finalists will be invited to lead a Sunday service.

Please send resume and cover letter to

Download a pdf of this job listing here.

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