Press release for immediate distribution

Tuesday, June 28


32nd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

A Festival for the entire family!

Every day, the Festival site opens by welcoming families to La Petite école du jazz (The Little School of Jazz) presented by Rio Tinto Alcan at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Grande-Place du Complexe Desjardins. Featuring Ste-Cat, the famed feline Festival mascot, Victor-Jacques Ménard and his vocal quintet as well as James Gelfand and his quartet, La Petite école du jazz invites children of all ages to a dynamic and interactive musical initiation.

Afterwards, everyone can unleash their surplus of energy in the Parc musical Rio Tinto Alcan, where the little ones can enjoy such activities as building their own musical instrument out of aluminum, enjoying free face-painting, and playing on the giant piano. Nearby, parents can make use of the baby-changing tent, stroller parking, and unwind and refresh themselves in our bistros-terrasses and kiosks before stopping by the Festival Souvenir Boutiques, featuring clothes and accessories for children.

Next, fans are invited to the Rencontres festives, starting at 5 p.m., a new and original concept in which two groups perform individual sets at either end of the Place des Festivals (North and South), and then meet up in the middle for a musical face-off-right in the midst of the crowd! Until June 29, the Swing Tonique Jazz Band meets Streetnix and from June 30 to July 4, the torch passes to Roma Carnivale and Fanfare Severni, two gypsy-influenced brass bands. A face-off that promises to be absolutely wild!

Of course, the Festival site is bursting with young homegrown talent displayed by the best bands from our local high schools, Cegeps and universities in the JazzFest des jeunes series at noon and 3 p.m. And for those who enjoy a cocktail in good company, the Pub Heineken (at noon, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.) features its own Dixieland ambience. Les Envolées du Festival at 4 p.m. take over the CBC / Radio-Canada stage to close out your afternoon in style. Furthermore, those who prefer exploring the site can linger for the plentiful shows parading along De Maisonneuve Blvd. (at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.) or the Place des Festivals (at 2 p.m.).

Parents with a Friends of the Festival Card will want to stop by the Tente des Amis du Festival TD, where they will receive a bottle of water, a filling at the Naya Fountain, sunscreen and have access to a stroller loaning service.

Tonight, 9:30 p.m.: Special Electro-Jazz Event
with 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! TD stage, Place des Festivals.

An added show for humanitarian adventure GRUBB
Saturday, July 2 at 2 p.m. at the Centre Pierre-Péladeau at UQAM

Six performances were not enough: fans can’t resist this new genre of hip hop married to traditional Rom music, directed by Serge Denoncourt! The 24 Serb teens of Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats (Création series) will therefore add another performance, on Saturday, July 2 at 2 p.m., still in the Salle Pierre-Mercure of the Centre Pierre-Péladeau at UQAM. We remind you that dancer and choreographer Nico Archambault, Italian actor, director and master of metamorphosis Arturo Brachetti, video whiz kids Olivier Goulet and Gabriel Coutu-Dumont, multidisciplinary costume designer François Barbeau and musical director Francis Collard volunteered their time for this humanitarian adventure. We repeat: it’s a never-before-seen musical event! Tickets on sale now at the Salle Pierre-Mercure, Centre Pierre-Péladeau at UQAM box office (300 De Maisonneuve Blvd. E, 514 987‑6919), at the Métropolis (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.), or via Admission (admission.com, 1 855 790-1245).

Circulation and security on the site

During the Festival international de Jazz de Montréal, until July 4, De Maisonneuve Blvd. is 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.

Sold-out concerts

All tickets for the following concerts have already been sold:

♫ Alain Caron (June 29, 6 p.m. - L’Astral)

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

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

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

♫ Grace Kelly with special guest Phil Woods (July 2, 6 p.m. - Gesù - Centre de créativité)

♫ Gretchen Parlato (June 28, 9 p.m. - L’Astral)

♫ Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats (GRUBB) (from June 28 to 30, 8 p.m. - Salle Pierre-Mercure, Centre Pierre-Péladeau at UQAM)

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

♫ Madeleine Peyroux. Opening act: Sophie Hunger (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)

♫ Pink Martini (June 28, 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:

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!

Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes

June 28, 7 p.m., Club Soda

They’re old compadres of Bruce Springsteen’s and Little Steven van Zandt. And given it’s been ages since fans heard their R&B and blues-rock live in Montreal, it’ll be a miracle if the walls of Club Soda are still standing the morning after! Especially once they dig into Pills and Ammo, a 12-song album with driving rock’n'roll guitar powering a set of acidic, hard-hitting lyrics. Get ready for the kind of ferociously energetic concert they just don’t make anymore.

Dave Holland Duo with Kenny Barron

June 28, 8 p.m., Théâtre Jean-Duceppe

Festival regular Dave Holland (2005 Miles Davis Award honoree) opens the first of his two evenings in the Invitation series with Kenny Barron, the pianist, composer and arranger who played alongside James Moody and Dizzy Gillespie. Performing onstage as a duo for the first time, welcome one of the most influential double bassists in modern jazz history and a master of the piano. On the program: virtuosity, and nothing less.

Trombone Shorty and Bootsy Collins

June 28, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis

This young “supafunkrock” phenom-THE revelation of the New Orleans scene-was a sensation during last year’s Soirée Mardi Gras in Montreal. He’s back to pack the dancefloor with Backatown, a contagious blend of funk, rock, R&B and hip hop, re-booted live with the participation of His Imperial Funk Majesty Bootsy Collins, veteran bass master behind P-Funk and James Brown, who’s just released Tha Funk Capitol of the World. Well, tonight, with a concert like this, the world’s Funk Capital is… Montreal!

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

June 29, 6 p.m., Gesù - Centre de créativité

Vancouver native Darcy James Argue studied music in Montreal and Boston before landing in New York, where he’s established himself as one of the hottest properties on that scene; critics fall over themselves to praise him! With a debut album, Infernal Machines, and 18 musicians, the collective-the kind of Big Band they just don’t make anymore-sweeps into the Festival with a cinematographic sound reminiscent of Tortoise. A masterstroke!

Lee Fields and The Expressions

June 29, 7 p.m., Club Soda

Few may know it, but Lee Fields is more than a funk drummer-he’s a man with soul to burn! Start with his first single in 1969, his work with Kool and the Gang, the single She’s a Lovemaker and Let’s Talk it Over, a classic album for purists. It all reaches its zenith in My World with The Expressions, a timeless album you simply must discover!

Champion & his G-Strings, Resistance. Opening Act: Bloodshot Bill

June 30, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis

“I’m not sick anymore! ;)” proclaims Champion on his official site, and that’s music to our ears! After taking a break to fight a fierce battle against cancer, the DJ is back to renew acquaintances with his public. In his only Montreal show this summer, Champion and his team head to the Festival with Resistance, released in 2009, and above all, to shout from the rooftops: Alive Again!

Theophilus London

June 29, 11 p.m., Club Soda

The next revelation of American new-school hip hop soundshaper Theophilus London heads to the Festival to offer us a first taste of his debut EP, Lover’s Holiday. Digging primarily into ’80s sounds, Brooklyn’s Theophilus has created an uncompromising electropop, a musical strata of interwoven layers-just dig the grooves of Why Even Try and Wine & Chocolates. Or, as Mr. London says: “It’s just soul!”

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

Tonight, June 28

♫ Buddy McNeil & the Magic Mirrors - June 28 and 29, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Pub Heineken - With their sailor hats and cowboy shirts, looking like they’ve just returned from a memorable gig on Gilligan’s Island, Buddy McNeil & the Magic Mirrors are a joyous anachronism… Rock’n'roll, ’50s pop-soul, country blues, rockabilly, R&B, they all combine to float a boat captained by an illustrious unknown, an obscure Texan named Buddy McNeil. Introducing Once Again, the quartet’s first real album, was launched in March, taking Sala Rossa to the brink of delirium.

♫ Martin Goyette & the Skinny Bones - June 28, 7 p.m., Loto-Québec stage - First and foremost, Martin Goyette is known for that singular voice: a powerhouse, raucous shout that blows out the walls of any room, accompanied by his bravura harmonica playing. For his new project, he’s set aside his Robert Johnson blues style to try his hand at a more soul-styled, swingin’ sound, accompanied by a veteran crew of Montreal musicians. Rich, captivating textures, an unbridled groove, a rockin’ soul: our neighbours to the south will be positively green with envy!

♫ Bomata - June 28, 8 p.m., CBC/Radio-Canada stage - Clarinetist Guillaume Bourque (BO), composer and double bassist Jean Félix Mailloux (MA) and percussionist Ziya Tabassian (TA) are at once peerless musicians and intrepid explorers: their jazz melodies make the aural visual, successively conjuring images of the backstreets of Buenos Aires with their Latino-American rhythms, the Balkans with their klezmer sounds, the Arab desert with their Middle Eastern accents… It’s an incredible world tour of musical complicity. Nominated for the TD Grand Jazz Award and the Galaxie Rising Star Award.

♫ Freshlyground - June 28, 8 p.m., Bell stage and June 29, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan stage - After winning over a global audience with their song Waka Waka-This Time for Africa, performed with Shakira at the World Cup last year, Freshlyground brews up a very special show for the Festival this summer. The septet’s new album, Radio Africa, has taken the indigenous/contemporary blend of South Africa’s freshest sound to international success!

Tomorrow, June 29

♫ Lucky Peterson - June 29, 9 p.m., Loto-Québec stage - A little genius on the Hammond organ at the age of 5, a guitar virtuoso at 7, Lucky Peterson has never rested on his laurels. Closing in on 50, he enjoys a solid reputation as an experienced blues musician, with more than 10 albums to his credit. He rolls in with his latest, Every Second A Fool Is Born, a compendium of energetic, resounding, passionate songs… Lucky is the bomb!

♫ Ima - June 29, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., TD stage - She won over Festival fans with her Smile concert in Théâtre du Nouveau Monde in 2008-and the people want more! A runaway success, with over 225,000 albums sold and certified platinum (Smile) and gold (a la vida !, Christmas) albums, Ima just released her very first all-English album, Precious. And if the popularity of her version of Da Ya Think I’m Sexy is any indication, this outdoor concert will cause a commotion!

♫ Fitz and The Tantrums - June 29, 10 p.m., Bell stage - 2009. Fitz gets a call from his ex: a neighbour is getting rid of his organ. A few hours later-ta-da, the instrument is in his living room, and the magic begins. In two years, Fitz pulls together the Tantrums, refines an energetic and magnetic pop-soul with echoes of Motown, records 2 spellbinding albums, shares the stage with Maroon 5 and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and finds his songs fascinating fans of Criminal Minds and Desperate Housewives. A fairytale? Who cares-we’re believers!

Fiery-and free!-evenings in the Open House series in L’Astral

New this year in L’Astral, at 11:30 p.m., the Open House series invites Festival fans to groove into the wee hours to Afrobeat, funk, soul, samba and everything else groovy with Montreal DJ collective The Power Dam Initiative (June 28); dance to the irresistible rhythms of Caribbean, African and Latin-American musical cultures mixed for the masses in Canicule Tropicale with Philippe Noel, Don Pedro and DJ Kobal (June 29 to July 2); and to attend a marriage of the finest rap flows and jazz rhythms dreamt up by grandmaster S. Mos (July 3 and 4), armed with keyboards, turntables and other machines. And it’s free! The Friends of the Festival Card grants priority access to Open House. Space limited.

Changes to the program

Lucy Woodward has been chosen to replace original Pink Martini singer China Forbes, who must undergo an operation on her vocal cords and will be absent for at least the group’s summer tour (Tuesday, June 28, 7 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts).

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

Following the announcement of an added performance of GRUBB, the group will no longer participate in the parade scheduled for July 2 at 1 p.m. Their June 30 performances at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., recast as the GRUBB Brass Band, in a smaller, unamplified format, will still be held on De Maisonneuve Blvd.

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.

Whether you eat like a bird or you’re hungry as a wolf:
the Festival has flavour!

Got a craving for a snack or a gastronomical experience with musical ambience “on the house”? Whatever your tastes and budget, the Festival site has something satisfying to offer. Hungry jazz fans and gourmets alike can tantalize their tastebuds at the Friterie, the Barbecue, the tacos truck and Ice cream stand, and of course our many conveniently located hot dog carts. Meanwhile, the Pub Heineken is perfectly designed for kicking back, where cocktails are enhanced by sets at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. by bands and artists including Buddy McNeil & the Magic Mirrors (June 28 and 29) and Kim Churchill (July 2 to 4). Also worthy of special mention, the Jazz Bars Heineken, the Porto Cabral kiosk, the Café Jura and the Terrasse Amarula offer a pleasing environment for all. Fans of fine wines and cheeses will head for the Bistro SAQ while those with a thirst for a refreshing summer cocktail will love the Bistro Express SAQ. And, new this year, in an effort to reduce the use of plastic water bottles purchased and waste of bottled water, the Festival has partnered with Naya to present the Fontaine Naya, a “refueling service” for bottled spring water offered for a small fee. Finally, don’t miss Le Balmoral, the Festival bistro in the heart of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, with its terrasse set right out on the Place des Festivals. With a décor and ambience designed to charm the Fest vets and newbies alike and a delicious menu at once refined and accessible, it’s already become a hit with fans, and the rest of Montreal!

Please remember that all sales on the site are managed by the Festival, a non-profit corporation, and that all proceeds serve exclusively to finance shows and free concerts. Thirty-six percent of the Festival revenue derives from public spending on items such as the tickets, the Friends of the Festival Card and on products from the Galerie du Festival or the bistros.

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.

Shows recorded for radio broadcast

♫ The Dave Brubeck Quartet concert (June 28, 9:30 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA) will be recorded by XM Canada.

♫ The Emilie-Claire Barlow concert (July 3, 6 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve) will be recorded by Espace musique, the musical side of Radio-Canada 100,7 FM and broadcast on Friday, September 2 at 5:30 p.m. as part of the Stanley Péan program.


The Envolées du Festival series (4 p.m.) in the Festival’s program timetable should list the Combo de l’Université de Montréal conducted by Ron Di Lauro (June 27) and the Combo de l’Université de Montréal conducted by Luc Beaugrand (June 28).

All questions answered: Info-Jazz Bell


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