Press release for immediate distribution

Tuesday, June 29, 9:30 p.m.

The Bell Special Event with Beast

broadcast live by Sympatico.ca

Montreal, Friday, June 25, 2010 - Last year’s 30th edition was full of celebrations, but there’s no doubt that this year, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is approaching its 31st anniversary with just as much passion! In that spirit, we present the Bell Special Event with Beast-which will be webcast live on enMusique.ca via the Sympatico.ca portal-June 29 on the TD stage on the Place des Festivals at 9:30 p.m. It’s a chance for an even larger audience to experience this show, which promises to be more than impressive, a feast for the eyes as well as the ears!

After the immense success of the live webcast of last year’s Bell Special Event with Patrick Watson, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and Sympatico.ca are happy to offer another concert experience to internet users live via webcast. This time, the cameras are on Beast, the Montreal duo that creates a genuine “buzz” everywhere they go! This Beast has two heads: Betty Bonifassi (the solid vocalist) and Jean-Phi Goncalves (multi-instrumentalist, DJ extraordinaire). Their “trip rock” rhythms flow with equal parts soul and guts from the singer, and polished beats and nasty grooves from the beatmaster, all of it delivered with a precise and judicious attention to detail. Returning to the Festival after their immensely successful appearance in 2008, this dynamic duo decorates their lair with visual and multimedia projections that take your breath away. A beauty of a Beast, that bites, stings… and dazzles.

Beast live on enMusique.ca via the Sympatico.ca portal

In order to share the fun with as many people as possible, and to keep it going longer, Bell will offer internet viewers that chance to watch the entire concert live at enmusique.ca/beast or watch an encore presentation. enMusique.ca/beast will also offer plenty of extras, along with the webcast June 29  (and the encore presentation the following afternoon), such as Beast videos, photos of the show, and samples from the album. It’s a ton of content entirely devoted to Beast and promising to be of the most memorable concerts of the year!

What’s more, to add to the ambience of the concert, fans can download the mobile application created by Bell, or send the text message “abeille” to 23 333, to buzz with Beast and join in creating the most musical crowd at the Festival. Also, fans are invited to take photos during the show, and share them via the Festival’s mobile application. Photos taken during the event will be projected on the exterior wall of UQAM, live, during the show.

This year, the support of Industry Canada allows the Festival to present more free outdoor events, including this unique Beast concert, thereby increasing the city’s appeal as a tourist attraction and enhancing its international profile.

Reminder: travel and safety at major events

This year, the main events will be held at the new Place des Festivals, located at Jeanne-Mance Street south of De Maisonneuve Boulevard. We advise festival-goers to access this new site from the east, by way of Ontario Street East (Saint-Laurent metro station), or from the west, using De Maisonneuve Boulevard West (McGill metro station). The Place des Festivals is also accessible by Jeanne-Mance Street via Saint-Catherine Street.

For security reasons, folding chairs and lawn chairs are not allowed on the site; strollers for children are tolerated, but their use is strongly discouraged. As always, bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades are prohibited on the site, as well as cans and glass bottles. However, we advise festival-goers to bring a supply of water (in reusable bottles). Please note that it is forbidden to bring alcoholic beverages on the site.

The Festival advises the public to travel to the concert from east to west and from north to south; the use of mass transit is strongly advised. Public transit is the best option. Once on site, festival-goers always have access to the specially-designed security corridors to exit the site during the performance. These one way corridors can only be used to leave the site, but not to return. They lead directly to the Place-des-Arts metro station, to Complexe Desjardins and to De Maisonneuve Boulevard East and West. Because these are, by definition, traffic corridors, pedestrians are not permitted to remain standing in them.

People in wheelchairs must contact Julie Chamberland at 514 288‑1424, ext. 4540, the day before the concert in order to reserve a space.

The 31st edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will runs as of today to July 6, 2010.

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