Evensong Ensemble

Who We Are


Leah Cogan is a singer and actor on both film and stage, graduate of Brown University and the Sheridan College Music Theatre program. She was the winner of the 2009 CBC Triple Sensation competition.


Peter Woods is a saxophonist with recording credits with Brian Browne and others in jazz, blues, and rock'n'roll. He has spent years bridging the gap between concert halls, pubs, and churches. He is also the minister at MacKay United Church in Ottawa.


James McGowan is an award-winning faculty member at Carleton University, and director of music at Trinity United Church (Ottawa). An active pianist of jazz, fusion, classical, and improvised musics, he is also a composer, music theorist and conductor.


JP Lapensee is an active bass player and bass teacher in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. He performs with The Chocolate Hot Pockets, Modasaurus, the HML Trio, which performs a weekly jazz jam session every Thursday at Brookstreet Hotel, and several other ensembles.


Jamie Holmes is an active drummer who performs with The Chocolate Hot Pockets, Thrust, Beats and Keys, Modasaurus, the HML Trio, and other groups.  Since completing his undergrad with a Bachelors in Performance from Carleton University, Jamie has become a JUNO nominated drummer, and has toured and performed all over North America as well Europe and Australia.

Upcoming shows (2017-2018):


Sunday, October 15, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Merrickville's Jazz Festival, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Merrickville Ontario



2018 Performances—details to come:

Trinity United Church, Ottawa

Orleans United Church, Orleans Ontario

Plus other performances in Ottawa and  Toronto



Previous shows:

MacKay United Church, Ottawa

Carleton Memorial United Church, Ottawa

Live on Elgin, Ottawa

Ascension Jazz Concert Series, Ottawa

MacKay United June Concert Series

Multifaith Housing Initiative Gala

  Fundraiser Event, Barrhaven Ontario

Stewart Park Festival, Perth Ontario (3


Glebe-St. James United Church, Ottawa