Canada’s Premier Saxophone Ensemble

La saxophonie à son meilleur

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When You Need Live Music in Ottawa, You Need Sax Appeal!

Known as Canada’s Premier Saxophone Ensemble, Sax Appeal is a unique professional saxophone ensemble (comprised of a Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone saxophone) located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

As the most extraordinary ensemble in the region, Sax Appeal is transforming the musical landscape in Canada with their distinctive sound, look and feel !

Excellent musicians and a great variety of musical styles suitable for any occasion are hallmarks of Sax Appeal. Equally comfortable playing any musical genre ranging from jazz to classical to literally everything in-between, the versatility of this saxophone ensemble is unmatched.

From wedding ceremonies, cocktail receptions and diplomatic functions, to birthdays, retirement homes, Christmas parties and festivals (such as the Ottawa Jazz Festival and the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival), a Sax Appeal performance will leave your guests in awe.

We also offer saxophone duets and trios to make even the most intimate event saxy! Inquire about our special rates for charitable organizations and not-for-profit events.

To make your event truly unforgettable, you need to have an ensemble that is as equally distinctive!

Always the Right Feel With Sax Appeal!
Pour un événement qui a du style, donnez-lui une touche de Sax Appeal!

 

Sax Appeal is a proud member of :

Ottawa Tourism

– Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

– West Ottawa Board of Trade

– Orleans Chamber of Commerce

Le Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale nationale (RGA)

– AOE Arts Council

– Council For The Arts In Ottawa

 – American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada

 

WHY US

Bring elegance, class and lasting memories to your event with Sax Appeal! As the most extraordinary ensemble in the region, Sax Appeal is transforming the musical landscape in Canada with their distinctive sound, look and feel. When you hire Sax Appeal, you can expect the highest level of musical talent, customer service and organizational skills. Whatever style and feel you wish to achieve for your event, we customize our services to match.

Have your guests talking about how much sophistication a unique all-saxophone ensemble brings to your function! We do everything possible to make sure that your guests are provided with the perfect musical ambiance. End your evening on a good note and get some Sax Appeal today!

Sax Appeal prides itself by adhering to some basic professional fundamentals:

Sound Quality

We will exceed your expectations from a musical perspective. All musicians in Sax Appeal are professionals and members of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. Everything we play is pleasant to the ear and is sure to impress.

Equipment

Sax Appeal provides all of its own equipment for an acoustic performance. This includes music stands, lights, saxophone stands and charts. Amplification can be arranged depending on the location and needs of your event.

Attention To Detail

We will exceed your expectations from an organizational and logistical perspective.

Our presentation is second to none! Depending on what kind of feel you wish to portray, Sax Appeal is comfortable playing in either tuxedos for formal events, or we would be pleased to tailor our outfits to adhere to any other dress code to suit your needs. For example – Having a backyard wedding anniversary party in the middle of the summer and wish us to wear shorts and a t-shirt ? No problem. It would be our pleasure.

Versatility

Versatility is one of the most important services we specialize in!

We understand the need for flexibility and will always work with you to help make sure your event is a complete success.

Whether you have been organizing your event for a few hours or a few hundred hours, sometimes even the most organized plans need to be tweaked at the last minute. Should any of your circumstances ever change either before or during your special event, we will adapt and work together to provide seamless services so that your needs are not only fulfilled, but surpassed.

Depending on your needs, we can either stand or sit while performing, or even physically move in the middle of a set from one room to another (or even outside) to better accommodate your event.

Superior Customer Service

The founder and leader of Sax Appeal (Jarrod Goldsmith) has many years of unparalleled customer service experience who constantly delivers on his word and provides both prompt and courteous service. Always. Even if this is the first time you are organizing an event or are a seasoned pro, Jarrod will take as much time as necessary to make you feel at ease and confident.

Music

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Equally comfortable playing any musical genre ranging from jazz to classical to Christmas and literally everything in-between, the versatility of Sax Appeal is unmatched. Here is a short video sampler.

We also offer saxophone duets and trios to make even the most intimate event saxy! If you’re getting married in Ottawa and looking for unique wedding music, you need Sax Appeal!

Contact us now for a quote to really make your function distinctive!

 

Sax Appeal can easily accommodate ANY function that requires the finest of touches such as:

 

 

Or any other event that needs to be remembered!

Events

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UPCOMING EVENTS

PAST EVENTS

 

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2013

2012

  • December 24 – Christmas Music. Rideau Centre
  • December 20 – Dinner. Camelot Golf and Country Club
  • December 15 – Wedding. Mayfair Theatre
  • December 9 – Christmas Music. Rideau Centre
  • December 6 – Tradeshow. YMCA/YWCA
  • December 6 – Christmas Social. Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE). Delta City Centre
  • November 30 – Arts Night. First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa
  • November 23 – Christmas Music. Orleans Chamber of Commerce. Orleans Legion
  • November 17 – Christmas Music. Nutri-Lawn. The Prescott
  • November 10 – Tradeshow. Travelodge
  • November 8 – Dinner. Sawa Sushi Restaurant
  • November 3 – Woman’s Day Street Party. City of Manotick   *PUBLIC* 
  • October 24 – Ottawa Book Awards. Shenkman Arts Centre
  • October 20 – Wedding. National Arts Centre
  • October 17 – Ernest C. Manning Awards. Ottawa Convention Centre
  • October 6 – Wedding. Museum of Civilization
  • September 23 – 50th Birthday. Paesano Restaurant, Manotick
  • September 20 – Product Launch. Clocktower Pub, Westboro
  • September 14 – Wedding. Courtyard Restaurant
  • September 3 – Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival / Festival de montgolfières de Gatineau
  • September 2 – Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival / Festival de montgolfières de Gatineau
  • September 1 – Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival / Festival de montgolfières de Gatineau
  • August 28 – Live performance on Daytime Ottawa. Rogers Television. Channel 22
  • August 18 – Wedding. Chateau Montebello
  • August 17 – Private. Ottawa
  • July 4 – Lunch. Ottawa Westin
  • June 27 – Lunch. Ottawa Marriott
  • June 16 – Wedding. Plant Recreation Centre
  • June 13 – Private. Ottawa Convention Centre
  • June 9 – Wedding. Chateau Cartier
  • June 2 – Wedding. Hampton Inn and Conference Centre
  • April 11 – Concert. Peter D. Clark Long Term Care Facility
  • April 1 – Wakefield International Film Festival
  • January 15 – University of Ottawa Saxophone Day
  • January 7 – 8 – Wedding Palace Bridal Show. Ottawa Convention Centre
  • December 8, 2011 – Tradeshow. Dominion Chalmers Church

Press


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Press Kit – English       Press Kit – French

Promo      Wedding Promo      Documentary

Interview (CBC Radio)             Interview (Daytime Ottawa)

Sax Appeal Testimonials

Photos of Sax Appeal

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Photos

 

 

Deborah Joyce PhotographySax Appeal was also a finalist in the category 'Best Live Music' !

Photo by Sophie Renaud Multimedia

Sophie Renaud Multimedia  Sophie Renaud Multimedia Ortega Photography E2M Photo E2M Photo Avenida Garcia Lesley Ferguson Photography Wakefield International Film Festival Deborah Joyce Photography Sax Appeal at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival 2013 Narsete PhotographySophie Renaud MultimediaLesley Ferguson PhotographySax Appeal Performing at the Residence de la Gappe, Feb 6, 2015Sax Appeal performing at the Laurier House, Ottawa

Sax Appeal performing at the Shenkman Arts Centre, February 15, 2015

Musicians

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Sax Appeal is comprised of four local Ottawa-Valley professional musicians who all adhere to the standards of the American Federation of Musicians.

Sax Appeal Wedding. Museum of Nature. June 2015. Photo by Andrew van Beck

Dave Renaud – Soprano Saxophone

Dave Renaud has been an active musician in the Ottawa region for 34 years. Dave is a “doubler” playing all the saxes, clarinets and flutes. He studied music at both Ottawa University and Humber College. Dave has performed with the NAC orchestra, Ottawa symphony, Gatineau symphony, Orpheus pit orchestra, and countless other diverse show productions. Dave brings diverse experience to the ensemble having played many styles such as Klezmer, jazz, rock, lounge, studio, orchestra, marching band and dance band music.

He teaches and conducts clinics on woodwinds. His band Dr Jazz works for corporate functions and private events. Dave is also a Registered Piano Technician serving a large client base in The Capital Region.


Alto Saxophone – Coming Soon!


 

Sandy Gordon – Tenor Saxophone

Sandy Gordon is a professional musician. He likes music. He loves playing the saxophone. Playing the sax has given him the opportunity to travel and play all over the world. He has played in pretty much every kind of band out there, including jazz bands, big bands, concert bands, orchestra, blues bands, swing bands, latin, Motown, R&B, Rockabilly, Country, show and parade bands. He is now back in Ottawa and playing with a pretty cool sax quartet called Sax Appeal.


 

Jarrod Goldsmith – Baritone Saxophone (Leader)

Jarrod Goldsmith – Leader of Sax Appeal

Jarrod has been playing and studying the saxophone since 1986.

Originally from Montreal, Jarrod began playing professionally in High School. While pursuing a B.A. Honors degree in archaeology/anthropology at McGill University, Jarrod studied with the late esteemed Professor Gerald Danovitch and played in numerous McGill ensembles.

Jarrod continued his studies and music while earning a Masters degree in archaeology. During this time, he joined the University of Alberta ‘Jazz Band 1’, and also a hi-octane Latin band called Orchestra Energia that saw him gigging throughout Western Canada.

Upon moving to Ottawa in 2003, he quickly became a regular in the Ottawa/ Gatineau music scene.

Jarrod’s passion for music, organizational abilities and public relation skills make for a perfect combination in creating not only Sax Appeal, but also eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience); an entrepreneur networking community and tradeshow for Ottawa small business to create connections, gain knowledge from featured speakers and promote collaboration among regional Chambers of Commerce and community/business leaders. Events are held every 3 months (January, April, July and October); originally to coincide with the Ontario Self-Employment Benefits Program.

Photo by Capital Experience

Photo by Capital Experience

Jarrod has traveled extensively pursuing both music and archaeology across North America, as well as overseas in Japan, South Korea, Israel, and throughout Europe.

Jarrod is an extremely enthusiastic and dedicated communications professional who knows what it takes to make your occasion absolutely shine.

It would be his pleasure to answer any questions you may have (info@saxappeal.ca).

Jarrod GoldsmithJarrod Goldsmith is the founder and leader of Sax Appeal

Photo by Ron Sarault

Photo by Ron Sarault


 

Sax Appeal is made possible by some extremely talented musicians!

The following is a list of saxophone players (in alphabetical order) who have made sure the show goes on.

Brian AsselinPetr Cancura, Bernard Cloutier, Brian Coughlan, Elias Dubelsten, Sylvie Duchesneau, Jarrod Goldsmith, Sandy Gordon, Richard Hardy, Victor Herbiet, Christine Labbé, Yves Lacoursière, Jasmin Lalonde, Mike Mullin, Terry Owen, JF Picard, Gord Price, Dave RenaudVince Rimbach, Jason Scott, Gord Smith, Ian Schwartz, Val Suriano, Stefane Trudel, Pierre Vaillancourt.

Thank you, and happy playing everyone!

Friends of Sax Appeal

Sax Appeal is a member of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce..Sax Appeal is a member of the Orleans Chamber of CommerceOttawa Website Design RocketCreatives Storyline_ProductionsOttawa entrepreneur small business networking eSAX is an entrepreneur networking community and tradeshow for small business in Ottawa  Sax Appeal is a member of the Canadian Federation MusiciansHarold's Desk provides technical support and web development. Sax Appeal is a member of the West Ottawa Board of TradeSax Appeal is a member of Ottawa Tourism

 

 

 

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To make any event truly exceptional and one to remember, you need to have an ensemble that is as equally distinctive.

Canada's Premier Saxophone Ensemble
La saxophonie à son meilleur
Always the right feel with Sax Appeal!


info@saxappeal.ca

  613-834-6641

2016 Wildflower Drive, Ottawa Ontario, Canada. K1E 3T1