Press release for immediate distribution

Monday, July 5


31st edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal


Closing Night of the Festival
The Grande soirée Mardi gras à Montréal

On Tuesday, July 6, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan closes out its 31st edition with a double bill of Mardi gras festivities in a Festival-premiere parade!-and a closing concert worthy of the legendary Louisiana city. The parade, hosted by none other than Zachary Richard, departs at 7 p.m. from the corner of du Fort and Ste. Catherine Streets, featuring more than 600 participants (singers, dancers, acrobats, stilt-walkers and giant marionettes) with flamboyant costumes and genuine parade floats from New Orleans, rolling over a 2 km route! At 8:09 p.m., the parade will stop on the Place des Festivals where the host will offer a show before inviting Soul Rebels Brass Band to lead fans to the main TD stage. Next, the Closing Show presented by Rio Tinto Alcan spotlights Louisiana’s Trombone Shorty and Allen Toussaint. It’s a unique evening, a tribute to the cradle of jazz, from the city that turned the music into the world’s largest jazz festival!

And this evening won’t reach its peak without the active participation of everyone! The Festival invites all Montrealers-who are usually reliable when it comes to celebrations!-to dress in colourful clothing, or even to “dress up” in crazy hats etc… and, as an absolute must, to bring a festively decorated an umbrella. As they say in New Orleans, “If you bring your umbrella, it won’t rain!”

Reminder: travel and safety at major events

Due to the parade’s arrival from Ste. Catherine St., we advise Festival fans to access the site via the corner of Jeanne Mance and Ste. Catherine Streets (Place-des-Arts Metro). Festival fans can follow the parade on Ste. Catherine, from Du Fort Street all the way to the Place des Festivals.

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.

Closing Concert : Dave Brubeck Quartet

Opening Act: Parc-X Trio
Tonight, 9 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA

It’s an evening of award-winning talent! Dave Brubeck, the first pianist and composer to have sold one million copies of a jazz album (Time Out, 1959), a living legend who brought the genre to new heights, will be presented with a special Miles-Davis Award, in celebration of his entire career, and his 90th birthday. It’s therefore only natural to have him as the star of our closing concert with his Quartet, preceded by other musicians who deserve our undivided attention, the winner of the TD Grand Jazz Award, Parc-X Trio.

The Festival ends tomorrow, but Jazz goes on All Year Round!

The Festival spirit continues through the coming seasons thanks to the many concerts scheduled for the Jazz All Year Round series presented by TD. Beginning in August, jazz and its related musical forms (blues, folk, electronica, world music…) will thrill Montrealers throughout the darker days of autumn and winter, all the way through to spring. A handful of shows have already been announced, starting with the Piano solo series in the Bistro le Balmoral every week in August, from Thursday to Saturday, offering des free 60-minute concerts at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Then, in September, L’Astral, Métropolis and Place des Arts welcome Katie Melua (September 11), the Gotan Project (September 29), Pat Metheny, Orchestrion (October 12), Toumani Diabaté, Eliades Ochoa, Bassekou Kouyaté, Baba Sissoko with Afro-Cubism (November 5) and Johnny Clegg (April 9, 2011). And that doesn’t include the other concerts we’ll be announcing soon.

And there’s more: for a 2nd straight year, the Festival is going on tour! Jordan Officer, the much-heralded guitarist celebrated for his work with the Susie Arioli Band and the release of his own debut solo album, and Stacey Kent, the American who charmed France and the entire planet, will perform throughout Quebec in March 2011. For details on the programming and to get tickets to concerts in the Jazz All Year Round series and The Festival de Jazz on tour, please visit montrealjazzfest.com or call the Bell Info-Jazz line.

Artists to discover on our free outdoor stages:
Festival programmers suggest…

Monday, July 5

Terry Clarke Trio with Don Thompson and Phil Dwyer, 8 p.m., CBC / Radio-Canada stage - Percussionist Terry Clarke earned the Juno for Jazz Album of the Year for It’s About Time. He’ll be accompanied by the winner of this year’s Oscar-Peterson Award, Don Thompson (piano, vibraphone, percussion…) as well as Phil Dwyer (alto saxophone).

Ana Popovic, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., Loto-Québec stage - Electric funk, slide guitar, jazz instrumentation, and a blues groove topped by fierce vocals: Belgrade’s Ana Popovic takes the stages of the world by force. And with the recent Blind for Love, a powerful musical incursion that takes her from rock to gospel, Ana Popovic’s name will be on the tip of every tongue this year!

Sold-out concerts

♫ Jordan Officer (July 6, 6 p.m. - L’Astral, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan)

♫ Steve Miller Band and The Doobie Brothers (tonight, 7 p.m. - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)

Tons of questions? Just as many answers!

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