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Tuesday, June 22


32nd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

The countdown starts: 3 days until the official opening!

Only three days remain until the opening of the 32nd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which runs from Saturday, June 25 to Monday, July 4, 2011!

GRUBB: the North American première of a humanitarian musical show
Twenty-four Serbians between the ages of 13 and 17 in America for the first time !

An invitation to celebrate, GRUBB takes on the challenge of giving voice to people who are never heard, the Roma. Led by Serge Denoncourt, this unprecedented humanitarian artistic event recounts the reality and life of young Roma today through music, movement and theatrical performance… A completely new kind of hip hop, blending with traditional Roma music; a musical first! Those volunteering their efforts in this humanitarian adventure include dancer and choreographer Nico Archambault, actor, director and master of metamorphosis Arturo Brachetti, video whizzes Olivier Goulet and Gabriel Coutu-Dumont, costume designer François Barbeau and the music of Francis Collard…. From June 27 to July 2, 8 p.m., Salle Pierre‑Mercure of Centre Pierre‑Péladeau.

The Festival accessible around the clock!

We have expanded our presence on the web, on social networks and on mobile devices. Thanks to Bell, Festival fans can download the Festival program and find their way around using a mobile application for iPhone or BlackBerry. They can also create a personalized schedule via their Facebook account, check out hundreds of audio and video excerpts on MontrealJazzfest.TV and share their passion for the Festival on social networks. And of course, all this content is also available on MontrealJazzFest.com.

Diane Dufresne and Yves Archambault in the Galerie du Festival

The Festival and its Galerie have the immense privilege of presenting a piece created specially for the occasion by Diane Dufresne, Quebec Diva of song and stage, and an accomplished painter. The piece, entitled Les triplettes de Montréal, is reproduced as a limited-run silkscreen signed and numbered by the artist, and available at the Galerie du Festival.

And, once again this year, visitors to the Galerie du Festival can find numbered and signed silkscreens of our Festival poster, L’île utopique, by Yves Archambault, our artist in residence for about the past 25 years. We cordially invite you to visit the Galerie du Festival, located this year in the exhibition hall of Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts until July 4.

Circulation and security on the site

During the Festival international de Jazz de Montréal, from June 25 to July 4, De Maisonneuve Blvd. will be closed to automobile traffic from 11:30 a.m. between Jeanne-Mance and St. Urbain Streets. East- and westbound traffic should use René-Lévesque Blvd. and Sherbrooke St. as alternate routes.

Yes, this year, the southern side of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal site is somewhat obstructed by trucks, fences and other inconveniences due to repairs underway on Ste. Catherine St. Therefore, Festivalgoers are invited to access the site from the north-east at the corner of St. Laurent and De Maisonneuve Blvds.

To plan your visit to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and for all information on accessing the site by car, on bike or on foot: http://www.montrealjazzfest.com, “Access to the site” tab.

Ben l’Oncle Soul

Free Outdoor Rio Tinto Alcan Opening Event

June 25, 9:30 p.m., TD stage

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!

Sold-out concerts

All tickets for the following concerts have already been sold:

♫ An Evening With Peter Frampton, Frampton Comes Alive 35 Tour (June 30, 7 p.m. - Salle Wilfrid‑Pelletier, PdA)

♫ Brad Mehldau Solo (June 25, 10:30 p.m. - Gesù - Centre de créativité)

♫ Champion & ses G-Strings, Resistance. Opening act: Bloodshot Bill (June 30, 8:30 p.m. - Métropolis)

♫ Diana Krall-Solo in Concert (from June 26 to 28, 6 p.m. - Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA)

♫ Holly Cole Trio (June 30, 6 p.m. - Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA)

♫ Madeleine Peyroux (June 29, 6 p.m. - Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA)

♫ Michel Donato, François Bourassa, Frank Lozano et Pierre Tanguay jouent Bill Evans (July 2, 6 p.m. - L’Astral)

♫ Paco de Lucía (June 25, 7 p.m. - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)

♫ Pink Martini (June 28, 7 p.m. - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)

♫ Prince (June 24 and 25, 11:30 p.m. - Métropolis)

♫ Robert Plant & the Band of Joy (June 24, 7 p.m. - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)

Indoor concerts: pick up your tickets now

Although many concerts are sold out, tickets remain available for the following:

Mark Bérubé and The Patriotic Few

June 25 and 26, 7 p.m., Savoy du Métropolis

One thing is certain: the Savoy will be hotter than Siberia, June or not. June in Siberia is the latest album from Mark Bérubé and The Patriotic Few, whose music both amazes and warmly embraces the listener. Pleasing but tough, both comforting and profound, multi-instrumentalist Mark and his group bring us an original, poetic folk music, without guitar, which took them on tour as opening act for the Cranberries in Switzerland in 2008. June in Siberia, summertime in Montreal.

Eliza Doolittle

June 26, 7 p.m., Club Soda

Jazz-tinged pop with vintage lustre, decked out with stickers and sweet as bubblegum, a sound descended from Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen… voila, guv’nor-it’s Eliza Doolittle! The 22-year-old revelation, who sounds like a ray of sunshine (Globe and Mail), presents her debut self-titled album to Canadians. According to Voir, Moneybox, Rollerblade and Pack up “are first-rate songs” that “immediately embed themselves in your cerebellum.” Could this be another British Invasion on the horizon?

Geri Allen and Timeline

June 27, 6 p.m., Gesù - Centre de créativité

Time for a delightful trip back to the era when jazz and dance combined to drive crowds wild! The skilful, internationally renowned pianist calls together a quartet featuring drummer Kassa Overall, double bassist Kenny Davis and percussionist-and tap dancer!-Maurice Chestnut. On the program: pieces from her live album (a first for an artist who has previously accompanied the likes of Betty Carter, Wayne Shorter and Ornette Coleman in a 25-year career), presented in the intimate confines of the Gesù.

Steve Amirault

June 27, 6 p.m., L’Astral

Prowess, power and purity: they’ve made Montreal pianist, singer and composer Steve Amirault one of the most accomplished musicians in Canada, and the music scene has taken notice. He’s visited us almost every one of the past 20 year; after last summer’s three-night run of double concerts in the Piano solo series in the Balmoral, he’s back to present his new album, the first to feature his voice!

Effendi Jazzlab with Don Thompson

June 28, 6 p.m., L’Astral

A workshop where anything and everything creative is permitted-that’s the Effendi Jazzlab, back to shake and stir up the Festival! With the release of a new album this year, Octo Portraits, the 3rd since the project’s inception in 2002, this eight-headed Jazzlab further opens up its sound to the impulses of its musicians, promising us tons of mind-bending solos!

Erik Mongrain

July 1, 6 p.m., Cinquième Salle, PdA

Who better to kick off the 2011 season of Guitarissimo than Erik Mongrain, a leading practitioner of the “lap tapping” technique and a genuine Montreal success story! After Fates with Serge Fiori in 2006 and Equilibrium in 2008, Mongrain-who plays here far too seldom-arrives with a selection of highly-anticipated new pieces offered exclusively in concert (Aftermath, The Daisy Fields, Verso…) and a new DVD. Fans, prepare to be amazed!

Changes to the program

Due to the Prince concerts scheduled for June 24 and 25 at 11:30 p.m. in Métropolis, some changes have been made to the program:

  • The June 25concert by The Unsettlers has changed time and venue: it will now be held at 7 p.m. in Club Soda. It remains a free concert. No other scheduled concerts by the group have been changed.
  • The concert starring Florence K with IanKelly, MollyJohnson and Samian planned on June 25in Métropolis has been moved up an hour. It will now be held at 7:30 p.m.

Lee Konitz will be replaced by Gary Peacock for the June 26 and 27 concerts in Upstairs, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., with the Dan Tepfer Duo.

The Youssou N’Dour concert scheduled for Métropolis on June 27 at 8:30 p.m. is cancelled.

Maânouche Swing Trio will perform in Le Balmoral on June 27 at 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight and on June 28 at 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight. These concerts are free.

The troup from the GRUBB event will participate in performances in the parade on De Maisonneuve Blvd., part of the Animation musicale series on June 30 and July 2, as the GRUBB Brass Band, in a smaller, unamplified format.

Joe Martin will be replaced by Massimo Biolcati for the July 1 concerts at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. in Upstairs, with the Dan Tepfer Trio and Ted Poor.

The Kurt Rosenwinkel workshop, scheduled for July 3 at 4 p.m. as part of the Montreal Guitar Show, has been changed to July 2 at 2 p.m., remaining in the Salon Jeanne-Mance of the Hyatt Regency Montréal.

The Mexican Institute of Sound concert scheduled for Bell stage on July 3 at 11 p.m. is cancelled. They will be replaced by Systema Solar.


A few errors can be found in the Festival program or the full brochure:

p. 121 of the Festival program - The double bassist of the Thomas Enhco Trio, in concert on Saturday, July 2 at 9 p.m. in L’Astral, is Chris Jennings, not Joachim Govin.

In the full brochure, Adam Karch should be listed on June 29 at 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight in the Balmoral as part of the Musique au Balmoral series. The Jayme Stone (Ontario) concert should be listed as part of the Rendez-vous series, June 29 at 10 p.m.

The Friends of the Festival Card gets a makeover for its 15th anniversary

The Friends of the Festival Card is getting even better this year, offering more than three times as many songs as its previous versions! Furthermore, the CD has now been replaced by a compilation downloadable from the Festival website. That means Friends of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal can now groove to 41 pieces of music-over 3 hours of music available for download. And it all comes at the same price, $12 (plus taxes), funds that are completely reinvested in financing hundreds of free Festival activities and concerts.

When festival visitors pick up a Friends of the Festival Card they receive:

  • Over 3hours of music by 20artists playing the 2011 edition available for download;
  • A ticket to the Grand tirage. Main prizes: 2 grand prizes, a total value of $25,000 offered by TD, along with many other prizes.

For the fifth year, a number of exclusive services will be offered by TD:

o         At the Tente des Amis du Festival TD: between noon and midnight, a bottle of water, a filling at the Naya Fountain, sunscreen and access to the stroller loan service.

Services offered by the Festival:

o         Priority access to the Open House nights taking place at L’Astral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan);

o         A 10% discount at Bistro Le Balmoral at the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan (offer valid between July 5, 2011 and June 6, 2012);

o         A 10% discount on the Montreal Guitar Show admission (from July 1 to 3, 2011, at Hyatt Regency Montréal).

The Friends of the Festival Card can be found in any of the 130 participating outlets of the SAQ in the Greater Montreal Region, at the Archambault stores in Montreal and surrounding areas as well as at the complexe Desjardins boutiques. You can also purchase a card at the outdoor site of the Festival boutiques between June 25 and July 4.

Catch the Festival, day by day

Fans can experience the Festival live on social networks Facebook (www.facebook.com/montrealjazzfest) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/MtlJazzFestival), where they can access daily program reminders and updates, and all the latest news.

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