The John Dapaah Trio, December 14

“Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas” with the John Dapaah Trio

From chestnuts to Charlie Brown, The John Dapaah Trio brings a spirit of joyous jazz and gospel to a repertoire of Christmastime tunes.
Friday, December 14 at 7pm; tickets available on Eventbrite.

The performers are Roxanne Goodman and Michael Curtis Hanna on vocals, J.P. Lapenseé on bass, Jamie Holmes on drums, and John Dapaah on piano. The setlist is (tentatively):

· Christmas time is here (Lee Mendelson / Vince Guaraldi)
· Have yourself a Merry Christmas (Hugh Martin / Ralph Blane)
· The Christmas song (Chestnuts) (Bob Wells / Mel Tormé)
· O Holy Night (Adolphe Adam / Placide Cappeau)
· Silent Night (Franz Gruber / Joseph Mohr)
· The First Nöel (William Sandys)
· Joy to the World (Isaac Watts)
· Do you hear what I hear (Gloria Shayne Baker)
· This Christmas (Donny Hathaway)

As ever, tickets are available at the door and on Eventbrite, and include sweets and savouries, coffee or tea. Or buy a glass of craft beer or decent wine.

Dinner and a Show Special:  Show your tickets at  Sula Wok, Asian Taste Adventure, on concert night to claim a 15% discount!

Read Alayne McGregor’s review of the show, or watch John Dapaah, J.P. Lapensée, and Jamie Holmes perform “Amazing Grace.”

John Kofi Dapaah is a pianist crossing the boundaries of the classical and jazz world. He has performed in recitals and concerts in Japan, Austria, and throughout Canada: the Ottawa International Chamberfest, Arts Series, Jugend am Klavier and L’Oasis Musicale, to name a few.
Music has taken John on a voyage through many parts of the world. It has brought him to reflect on a range of styles including classical, jazz and gospel piano.
John runs an active studio in Ottawa and concertizes throughout Canada. His debut solo album “Reflections”, was released in February 2018 with works by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and Bach/Petri.

Schedule of Concerts

January 26 at 7pm: Django Libre, Jazz Manouche
February 23 at 7pm: Garry Elliott & Rachel Beausoleil (Brazilian music for voice, guitar, and percussion)
April 6 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:

Canada 2020
Word Task
Merriam Print
The Mainstreeter
Bluesky Strategy Group Inc.
ViaCibo Italian Street Food
Capital City Keyboards


December 6
Advent Potluck

December 13
Advent Potluck

December 14
Have yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas with the John Dapaah Trio

December 15
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

December 21
Advent Potluck and Christmas Decorating

Advent 1: “Lord Jesus, Come Soon!”
Story at Home
Sermon Audio


Blue Christmas

Christmas can be a difficult time of year. This quiet service offers a moment of peace and stillness in the midst of the season.
Monday, December 17 at 7pm.

Christmas at Ascension

December 17
Blue Christmas

Christmas Eve

  • 4pm, Christmas Story and Eucharist for adults & children
  • 7pm, Carols
  • 7:30pm, Candlelight Eucharist

Christmas Day
10am, Eucharist & Carols

Blessing of the Animals

In memory of the love St. Francis had for all creatures, Ascension celebrates a Blessing of the Animals this Sunday. This one time in the year, your fur bundle is invited to church to receive a special blessing! No bundle, no problem: Stuffed pets, pet photos, and memories of pets are also most welcome. House trained appreciated.

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.

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