Press release for immediate distribution

Surprise concert!

Caravan Palace in the Place des Festivals!

The new electro-gypsy sensation, in a free outdoor concert

Montreal, Thursday, July 1, 2010 - Following on the immense popularity of our newest sensation, organizers of the 31st edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, have bowed to popular demand to present Caravan Palace tomorrow, Friday, July 2, in a major free outdoor concert! And it’s two for the “price” of one-the band will perform at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.!-, on the TD stage in the Place des Festivals!

After blowing away the Métropolis a few scant hours ago, accompanied by Wax Tailor, in the Rythmes Bell series, Caravan Palace is ready to send the Place des Festivals into a dance frenzy! The eccentric sextet delivers a jubilant and frenetic music, an unlikely futuristic Charleston as danceable as it is melodic; they’ve sold over 120,000 albums in France in less than a year, and caused a commotion this past winter in Montreal in the Jazz All Year Round series. The group fuses ancient and modern music into its own new creation, mainlining swing jazz, electronica (!) and gypsy jazz… which should give you an idea of the crazy party awaiting Festival fans on this first Friday evening in July!

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 site by way of Jeanne-Mance and Saint-Catherine Streets.

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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