Press release for immediate distribution

The 32nd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presents

The triumphant return of Champion

Tickets on sale Friday at noon

Montreal, Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - “I’m not sick anymore! ;)” proclaims Champion on his official site, and that’s music to our ears! The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is extremely happy to announce that the famed Montreal DJ will rock the walls of the Métropolis during our 32nd edition presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, on Thursday, June 30 at 8:30 p.m. as part of the Rythmes Bell series. Tickets for this show go on sale Friday, April 15, at noon.

After taking a break for several months to fight a fierce battle against cancer-which this Champion won by K.O.!-he’s back to renew acquaintances with his public-a reunion that he and his team wanted to launch at the Festival. Get ready as Champion and his G-Strings roll out the feverish tracks of Resistance (2009) in this, his return to Montreal spotlight, and the only show he’ll present in the city this summer. Fans can expect the usual danceable, contagious and high-voltage set with, as an added bonus, the epic and inspiring slogan, proclaimed loudly and proudly to the rafters: Alive Again!

Tickets on sale Friday at noon

Tickets for this show go on sale Friday, April 15, at noon. They will be available from L’Astral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 305, Ste. Catherine Street W.), from Métropolis (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.), or from Admission and Tickemaster (admission.com and ticketmaster.com, 1 855 790‑1245).

The 32nd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will take place from June 25 to July 4, 2011. The complete indoor concert programming will be announced on April 26, while programming for the free outdoor concerts will be made public in early June. For the full scoop on the program, sign up for the Spectra Newsletter (infolettrespectra.ca). For additional information, call the Bell Info-Jazz Line at 514 871‑1881, toll-free at 1 85JAZZFEST, or visit montrealjazzfest.com.

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