Press release for immediate distribution

The Lost Fingers as opening act

of the Rio Tinto Alcan Closing Party with Mory Kanté

Montreal, Friday, July 4, 2008 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal doubles the pleasure of the festivalgoers by presenting The Lost Fingers as the opening act of the Rio Tinto Alcan Closing Party hosted by Mory Kanté, on the General Motors Stage on Sunday, July 6 at 9 p.m.!

The Lost Fingers enjoyed smash success every night of the Festival during their 5 à 7 shows in the splendid Pavillon Heineken. This crazed trio left such an impression with their unhinged repertoire of gypsy jazz and ’80s kitsch hits that close to a thousand people lined up last Saturday night to catch one of their free concerts! Now picture a hundred thousand more fans partying as they perform at the Festival’s closing party!

Security arrangements for the Rio Tinto Alcan Closing Party

In response to the tremendous interest Montrealers have shown in the opening mega-concert, we advise Festival fans to access the site from the East, using Ste. Catherine St. E. (Saint-Laurent Metro station). Also, for security reasons, folding chairs and lawn chairs will not be permitted on the site; strollers will be permitted, but are strongly discouraged. As always, bicycles and rollerblades will not be permitted on the site, and cans and glass bottles are also forbidden. However, we advise Festival fans to bring a supply of water (in plastic bottles). Please note that it is forbidden to bring alcoholic beverages onto 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. Once on site, fans can always access the specially- security corridors, exclusively to exit the site during the performance. These “One Way” corridors can therefore 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 Jeanne‑Mance St., northbound. Given these are, by definition, traffic corridors, pedestrians are not permitted to remain standing in them. People in wheelchairs must contact Nathalie Lavergne at 514-288-1424, local 4404, on the eve of the concert in order to reserve a space on the esplanade.

The 29th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal runs until July 6, 2008.

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