We are  45north - Andre, bass guitar - Ed, electric guitar - Jean, trumpet - Paul, keys - Ralph, sax - Bill Brown, drums 

and, in case you're wondering how we got the band name, scroll to the bottom...

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Upcoming gigs:   

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Great news!  45north will play the opening concert at Merrickville's Jazz Fest, Thursday Oct 12, 7.00 start to the evening and you can get info and tickets by clicking on the link above.  We will perform an allCanadian jazz set.  A great lineup for the whole festival so be sure to buy your pass early.  The full festival schedule is posted at the link.

Updated:  cancelled due to weather conditions - World Exchange Plaza  

Recent gigs:


May 20, we played atGreenfields Gastro Pub, Barrhaven

April 1, great time at Fatboys once again.  A couple of photos below...


December 20, we played at the Rainbow Bistro, Murray St

December 17, we played at Fatboys Smokehouse, Murray St 

Dec 11, we played at the Record Centre, Wellington St - see review below...

 Sept - Les Brasseurs du Temps - we had a great time playing to a full house

  Check back for updates ....

NEW -  recordings of 45north added below

45north    band

45north band is a 6-piece band - trumpet, sax, piano, guitar, bass and drums.  We perform a great repertoire of dance and party tunes that include lots of great jazz tunes along with many well known pop/rock/folk tunes by Canadian artists from the 1960's to today that we do in our own crowd pleasing style.

Contact Ralph Hopper for booking information or general inquiries:    email  phone: 613-833-3509 

45north is:  Ralph Hopper, sax/guitar/voc; Jean Trudel, trumpet/flugel; Ed Stevens, guitar; Paul O'Connor, keyboards/vocals; Andre Van Schyndel, bass/voc; Bill Brown, drums

As Canada and Ottawa get ready to celebrate Canada's 150 anniversary, 45north is a band that has a specialized tune list for all parties and events. 

There will be more information posted here as we have more for you but let's party all 2017, andhere's a partial listing of our tunes:

A sample listing of tunes by Canadian artists that forms a core of our repertoire:

    • Flip Flop Fly     by Downchild Blues Band
    • Dissfunktion     by Manteca
    • Honeydew Harbour     by David Restivo [Toronto]
    • Big Yellow Taxi - Both Sides Now - Free Man In ParisRaised On Robbery   by Joni Mitchell
    • Four Strong Winds     by Ian Tyson [Ian and Sylvia]
    • First We Take Manhattan     by Leonard Cohen
    • Undun and These Eyes     by Guess Who
    • Pretty Lady  -  One Fine Morning  -  Sunny Days     by Lighthouse [Toronto]
    • Swinging Shepherd Blues     by Moe Koffman
    • Fissure       by Snaggle [Toronto]
    • Cowboy Bebop and The Work Song     by David Braid [Toronto]
    • Stanstill      by Mike Murley [Toronto]
    • Blue Jeans  -  LeBreton Flats   by Rob Lussier [Ottawa]
    • Doin’ it Right  and  Swami Swing  and  Boppin' With The Blues     by Powder Blues  
    • See The Light    by Jeff Healey        
    • Something to talk about       by Shirley Eikhard [perf by Bonnie Raitt] 
    • The Maker           by Daniel Lanois   
    • St. Elmo's Fire     by David Foster
    • Hockey Night in Canada theme arranged by Jean Trudel [Ottawa]
    • Intrada      by Alan Matheson [Vancouver]
    • People Gotta Move    by Geno Vanelli
    • The Smudge     by Oscar Peterson
    • I've Seen A Little       by Alan Doyle [Great Big Sea]

And, if you want to dance all night, we have a great list of other jazz, pop, Latin, funk and rock tunes that will keep everyone on the dance floor.  Click here to contact me for information, available dates and rates.

Short videos of 45north playing at Fatboys in April 2017 and a wonderful crowd out that night - top left, 'Dissfunktion', a Manteca tune - great drum solo by Bill Brown.  Top right is 'See The Light' by Jeff Healey and great guitar solo by Ed and vocal by Paul.  Bottom left is a couple of solos in the tune 'LeBreton Flats' a shuffle jazz blues written by Rob Lussier [from Ottawa] solos by Jean [tpt] and Ed [gtr].  All videos by Albert Kaprielian

We were in the studio recording some demo tracks earlier this year in March and will post them here once edited and mixed.  LeBreton Flats now posted along with a short version [no solos] of Dissfunktion - Honeydew Harbour by David Restivo, a tune on his excellentrecent CD 'The Waves' - also Work Song, a tune written by David Braid - check back for more soon.

Here's the first recordings we have.  LeBreton Flats is a full length version from our recording session in March.  A tune written by Rob Lussier.  The others here are short versions of 45north performing 'Blue Jeans', an original tune written by Rob Lussier who is from Ottawa; 'Honeydew Harbour' a wonderful grooving tune by David Restivo;   'Dissfunktion', by Manteca from their CD 'Onward'; Work Song is by David Braid - the great party tune 'Flip Flop Fly' by Downchild Blues Band;  and the great Joni Mitchell tune 'Raised On Robbery'.

LeBreton Flats performed by 45north band.mp3

Honeydew Harbour full mix.mp3

Dissfunktion performed by 45north.mp3

Work Song performed by 45north.mp3

Blue Jeans performed by 45north .mp3

Stanstill performed by 45north in head.MP3

St Elmos Fire performed by 45north.MP3

Flip Flop Fly performed by 45north.mp3

Raised on Robbery performed by 45north.mp3

Our gig at BDT, Sept 2016

            45north at Fatboys Smokehouse, April, 2017

Here are a few short clips to give you an idea about other tunes we play - these are not us but we will have our own recordings posted as soon as we can.

Fissure by Snaggle.mp3

Cowboy Bebop short edit sample.mp3

Intrada by Alan Matheson short edit.mp3

Pretty Lady Short edit sample.mp3

Big Yellow Taxi short edit sample.mp3

Doin' It Right short edit sample.mp3

Swami Swing short edit sample.mp3

     45north at the Record Centre - photo by Brett Delmage     ottawajazzscene.ca

 Here's a few photos from our recording session March 23. Photos by Albert Kaprielian - official 45north photographer

 Ralph Hopper, Ottawa, Ontario, K4C1B8  



Ottawa [city hall] lies at Latitude  45.42N and Longitude  75.69W   -  so, being based in Ottawa we shortened that up a bit and decided 45north worked as our band name  

Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1

    Review posted by Ottawajazzscene.ca from our gig at the Record Centre, Dec 11, 2016  

   45north plays all-Canadian jazz with enthusiasm and flair

The Ottawa jazz sextet specializes in music by fellow Canucks – both straight jazz and jazz fusion interpretations of pop and rock songs. So Joni Mitchell's “Both Sides Now” was followed by Mike Murley's “Stanstill”, and David Braid's “Cowboy Bebop” by the Powder Blues Band's “Doin' It Right”.

The combination – lively and upbeat, with horns – was a good antidote to the looming dark and frigid weather outside. The band played to customers who came and went and a varied group of listeners who stayed and clapped enthusiastically – adding to the beat during some songs as well as afterwards. Near the end of the show, a youngster in a blue snowsuit (and a 'Canada' toque) peered through the outer door from the sidewalk in fascination for almost 10 minutes, but couldn't be coaxed inside to hear the band directly.

45north – Ralph Hopper on tenor sax, Jean Trudel on trumpet, Paul O'Connor on keyboards, Ed Stevens on guitar, Andre Van Schyndel on bass, and Steve Barrette on drums – ended their hour-long show with a rousing version of Joni Mitchell's classic “Raised on Robbery”, with Van Schyndel giving the vocals suitable va-voom. At the end, one of the band members had sudden second thoughts, and audibly wondered whether they really should have played a song about robbery in a record store – to the amusement of the audience.

    – Alayne McGregor

see the full review and all the photos at Ottawajazzscene.ca