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

The B-52s, Ben l’Oncle Soul and Misteur Valaire star in three major free outdoor events

Montreal, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - With the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal just around the corner, organizers are thrilled to announce the players in our three major free outdoor events: Ben l’Oncle Soul opens the festivities with the Rio Tinto Alcan Opening Event on Saturday, June 25, with Misteur Valaire taking over on Tuesday, June 28 to keep Festival fans dancing ’til they drop, before passing the baton to the B-52s on Monday, July 4 for the TD Grand Closing Event in collaboration with XM Canada. It’s official: during this 32nd edition of the Festival, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, the TD stage in the Place des Festivals is the place to be at 9:30 p.m. for irresistible free concert-events!

Ben l’Oncle Soul

Rio Tinto Alcan Opening Event

He was an instant favourite at the 2010 FrancoFolies and the 2011 MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival. He was named best new live performer and nominated as best newcomer by France’s Victoires de la musique. And we’re betting he’s about to become a musical heartthrob at the Festival as well! French sensation Ben l’Oncle Soul ploughs funky grooves through every field of music, whether revisiting and recasting the great ’60s Motown classics and contemporary pop rock hits-witness his staggering R&B remake of Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes-or polishing up his very own soul gems. Calling all party animals and fans of irresistibly groovy live music: here’s the must-dance event of the summer! Saturday, June 25.

Misteur Valaire

The Festival regularly programs a concert event spotlighting local groups. And now, after Patrick Watson, Beast and Champion & his G-Strings, it’s time for Misteur Valaire! It’s as though these five flipped-out Sherbrookers had invented a kaleidoscopic new genre, at the crossroads of electronica, hip hop, jazz and pop-rock… With brass, percussion, turntables and sequencers, big, bouncing beats and samples, their sound is wildly danceable and leaves spectators feeling strangely euphoric! No wonder these born performers scooped up the award for Show of the Year at the GAMIQ 2010 (Quebec’s alternative music awards gala) for concerts powered by their latest album, Golden Bombay-downloadable from their website, as were its two predecessors. A musical drug that is dangerously addictive! Tuesday, June 28.

The B-52s

TD Grand Closing Event in collaboration with XM Canada

Over close to 30 years of funky existence, they’ve sold more than 20 million albums to wigged-out fans and laced the culture with plenty of hits including global smashes Rock Lobster, Planet Claire and Love Shack. They’ve stamped their musical signature, idiosyncratic style and beehive hairdos in every corner of alternative pop-rock, from post-punk to dance, from garage rock to new wave. They’ve got a reputation as the world’s greatest party band. Wait a minute-they ARE the world’s greatest party band! Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for the legendary B-52s! Monday, July 4.

Complete programming for free outdoor concerts and activities at the 32nd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be announced this coming June 7.

The 32nd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will run from June 25 to July 4.

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