Thursday, June 30
32nd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
A green Festival!
Since its inception, the Festival has demonstrated perseverance, ingenuity and creativity in ecological matters and activity. The Festival was already recovering waste on its activity site 20 years ago, which was far from the norm at the time. Today, the Festival recuperates approximately 30 tons of waste (35% cardboard fibres, 15% plastic-including close to 150,000 cups-, 20% glass, 5% aluminum and 25% wood) in collaboration with Consortium Écho-Logique. This year, Écho-Scouade is strolling through the Festival site to sensitize the population to the importance of recuperation.
For a fourth consecutive year, the Festival is carbon neutral, making it one of the first events in North America to have received that certification, thanks to its partnerships with Rio Tinto Alcan, Planetair and Fonds d’action québécois pour le développement durable, who jointly developed an offset credit program for the Festival linked to neutralizing CO2 emissions, which now serves as the model for the entire Quebec events sector. Also, as it has for almost 30 years, the Festival encourages its 2.5 million visitors to use public transport to get to and from the Festival site.
The Festival reduces at the source, meaning that it strategically plans out its real needs in order to maximize results. Furthermore, it promotes ecologically responsible purchasing, encouraging businesses that respect the environment and favouring local suppliers in order to limit the emission of greenhouse gases. In other words, ecological habits are literally part of our business la culture!
So naturally, they’re on display and in operation in every sector of the organization: using stage equipment in keeping with energy efficiency standards, using organic cleaning products and biodegradable accessories in dining areas, printing promotional materials on 100% FSC recycled paper, harvesting rainwater to water plants, composting, recycling dangerous products and offering ecological clothing and accessories for sale in its boutiques.
As the Festival always seeks to improve, it has launched yet another innovation this year to reduce the number of water bottles purchased. Thanks to NAYA, a “refueling service” for bottled spring water is offered for a small fee. The water will spring from an ecological fountain, powered by solar energy.
5th edition of the Montreal Guitar Show from July 1 to 3:
The 5th edition of the Montreal Guitar Show (MGS) presented as part of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will kick off this Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Montréal! Until July 3, guitar fiends can enjoy an array of concerts, participate in workshops and conferences, meet and discuss with 145 luthiers and specialists from 13 countries and-who knows-perhaps even find a six-string soulmate among the 500 guitars on display and available for purchase!
The MGS will present over 80 concerts, assembling a Who’s Who of amateurs, musicians, luthiers and specialists. Skilled guitarists will showcase their expertise in sixty miniconcerts, thrilling MGS visitors with the sound and vast potential of guitar masterpieces prepared by the world’s great luthiers. The Guitare Guitare series presented by Hyatt Regency Montréal assembles renowned guitarists for unforgettable-and free!-concerts in the Salon Jeanne‑Mance of the Hyatt Regency Montréal. Lastly, the Guitarissimo The Gazette series presents three straight evenings with three concerts each in the Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts, a fabulous program sparkling with great guitar virtuosi.
For the complete schedule, and other detailed information on the shows and events, please visit montrealguitarshow.com.
Enjoy 9 incredible concerts presented in the Guitarissimo The Gazette series at the Cinquième Salle, PdA
Erik Mongrain - July 1, 6 p.m. - 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!
Kaki King - July 1, 8 p.m. - Since her last Festival appearance opening for Ani DiFranco in 2006, King has received a Golden Globes nomination for the soundtrack to the film Into The Wild and released a 5th album, Junior. Leaving behind the “guitar tapping” style momentarily to concentrate on songcraft, this rock goddess (according to Rolling Stone) has concocted a fabulously rich tapestry of compositions inspired by indie rock. Precision picking for the purists, power for the rockers!
Laurence Juber - July 1, 10 p.m. - The Guitarissimo series is thrilled to welcome one of the most highly respected acoustic virtuosos in the industry, Laurence Juber. A two-time Grammy winner and former guitarist with Wings, with 18 solo albums to his credit, Juber is internationally renowned for his fingerstyle virtuosity. Composer, arranger-and one of the greatest players of all time according to Acoustic Guitar magazine-he presents the album LJ Plays The Beatles, Vol.2, an interpretation of the classics that’s absolutely fab.
MG3 - July 2, 6 p.m. - Renowned for their dynamism and energy, the MG3 Montréal Guitare Trio (considered the “hottest guitar ensemble in Canada” by the CBC) hasn’t sat still for a moment since marking their 10th anniversary. After a highly-regarded performance in L’Astral with the California Guitar Trio in March 2010, the threesome roars in like a lion with a 4th album, further enhancing their planetary success and sending them off on another unbridled tour, including this must-see Festival show!
California Guitar Trio - July 2, 8 p.m. - The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times rave, and apparently the astronauts of the Space Shuttle Endeavor wake up to the sound of the California Guitar Trio! Renowned for their virtuosity and sense of humour, the CGT took off on a 20th anniversary tour with their latest album, Andromeda, their first release to combine original material and improvisational pieces. It’s a balance between acoustic and electric sounds, an instrumental whirlwind fusing classical, rock, blues, jazz, world music, surf… Wow!
Freddy Koella - July 2, 10 p.m. - Zachary Richard, Bob Dylan, Lhasa de Sela, Carla Bruni and Francis Cabrel are among those who’ve heard the fluidity, passion, invention and poetry in Freddy Koella’s guitar. After a debut solo acoustic effort in 2005 (Minimal), he further reveals the intimacy of his musical world with Undone: 10 refined, dreamlike pieces, suggesting a sometimes deconstructed blues, folk and jazz, the whole conjuring a momentary escape or sidestep from the hurlyburly of the everyday world, a hymn to taking things slowly.
Eric Bibb - July 3, 6 p.m. - Ranked 3rd among the Top 10 jazz albums of the year by the Sunday Times, Eric Bibb’s Booker’s Guitar is powerful and intimate. An open-hearted tribute to American blues guitarist and singer Bukka White, the album-and the simple, pure vocals, guitar and harmonica Bibb brings us-confirm a talent steeped in the traditions of Mississippi Delta Blues, soul, gospel, folk… An absolute marvel.
Jake Shimabukuro - July 3, 8 p.m. - Peace Love Ukulele: The way Jake Shimabukuro sees it, if everyone played this “instrument of peace,” the world would be a better place! Nicknamed the “Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele,” Shimabukuro is one of the world’s greatest aces on this miniature-equally amazing whether riffing on a virtuoso rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, a superb version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, blowing away listeners with his interpretations of Thriller and While My Guitar Gently Weeps, or offering his own compositions… Exciting, innovative and utterly unique!
Kurt Rosenwinkel - July 3, 10 p.m. - Young, outlandishly talented, professor of guitar at the Jazz Institute in Berlin, Rosenwinkel displays a complete mastery of both technique AND groove. He’s even considered a jazz guru, welcomed to the highest echelon by the purists of the genre. Kurt Rosenwinkel isn’t just a good or great jazz guitarist - he’s one of the best, ranked just below Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin and Bill Frisell in Downbeat’s Reader’s Poll… Astonishing, original and daring.
A second added show for adventure GRUBB
Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m. at the Centre Pierre-Péladeau at UQAM
We could have predicted it: nobody can resist the breath of fresh air generated by this troupe of 24 Serb teens, delivering exceptional hip hop at the crossroads of millennial and 21st century Rom traditions! By popular demand and barely four days after announcing an additional performance, on Saturday, July 2 at 2 p.m., the young performers of Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats-GRUBB, to its fans-add yet another date to their series of shows (many of them sold out), this Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m., once again in the Salle Pierre-Mercure of the Centre Pierre-Péladeau at UQAM. 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.
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)
♫ Champion & his G-Strings, Resistance. Opening act: Bloodshot Bill (June 30, 8:30 p.m. - Métropolis)
♫ Grace Kelly with special guest Phil Woods (July 2, 6 p.m. - Gesù - Centre de créativité)
♫ Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats (GRUBB) (June 30 and July 1, 8 p.m. - Salle Pierre-Mercure, Centre Pierre-Péladeau at UQAM)
♫ Holly Cole Trio (June 30, 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)
Indoor concerts: pick up your tickets now
Although many concerts are sold out, tickets remain available for the following:
Pierre Labbé, Tremblement de fer
July 1, 6 p.m., L’Astral
From the get-go, it’s the kind of wild idea that would only occur to multi-instrumentalist Pierre Labbé: to evoke the metal of the city through seven pieces composed for local musicians. This large-scale project, a live performance featuring 50 players launched in 2009, blending avant-garde, improvisation and musique moderne, was such a blowout success that it was recorded, and undertaken at a more… human-yet no less earth-shaking-scale with 13 musicians and their leader, including André Leroux, Jean Derome, Pierre Tanguay and Frank Lozano.
Men Without Hats. Opening act: Mamabolo
July 1, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis
Who doesn’t remember Safety Dance, THE global hit of 1983? And who didn’t dance their butts off to it? It was a dancefloor smash as far away as South Africa! The legendary ’80s Montreal New Wave group heads to the Festival for the first time with their synths, their electro hooks, The Very Best of Men Without Hats, released in 2009, and the same timeless sound and fashion sense… Yes, Hats off to them… and on July 1, Pop Goes The… Métropolis! Opening the evening, Mamabolo present their ’70s-style jazzy pop-rock.
July 2, 6 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA
It only took a first visit to Montreal, closing out the MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival in 2010, to know without a doubt that we’d be welcoming this artist back again soon. This multi-platinum Portuguese singer, widely considered to be among the world’s finest fado performers (her 2007 Amália Rodrigues Award is proof), has an incredible voice-she barely needs a mic!-and a gutsy soulfulness born for saudade, the famed Portuguese music of nostalgic longing. Revered by Prince, she heads to Montreal with her new CD, Leva-me Aos Fados (Take Me to the Fados).
July 2, 7 p.m., Club Soda
We hosted her for the first time last year; we adored her-and the feeling was mutual! By popular demand, welcome back the legendary Wanda, inducted into the Rock’n'roll Hall of Fame in 2009, one of the very first-if not THE first-female rock’n'roll singer. She emerged alongside Elvis Presley in the ’50s, lived through Golden Age of Las Vegas and took Fujiyama Mama to #1 in Japan. She’s back, in a larger venue, with her latest album, produced by none other than Jack White, and the title says it all: The Party Ain’t Over!
July 2 and 3, 8 p.m., Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
After folking up the Savoy last summer and winning as the opening act for Yael Naim and David Donatien in spring, young Emilie Clepper heads to the Festival with her new album, What You See. More enfolding and textured than her first, the album highlights her warm, nuanced voice and masterful roots sound, a legacy inherited from her father, Russell Clepper. Authenticity and personality in the MAC.
Artists to discover on our free outdoor stages:
Festival programmers suggest…
Tonight, June 30
♫ Parc X Trio - June 30, 6 p.m., TD stage - Originality and stage presence are the trademarks of Alex Lefaivre, Gabriel Vinuela‑Pelletier and Mark Nelson, but it’s the compositions of this piano-double bass-drums trio, blending jazz, world music, classical and popular, that have won over Festival fans. The TD Grand Jazz Award jury previously noted “a special something” about them in 2009, but decided to wait until the trio reached maturity before presenting them with the prize in 2010. More good news: their highly-anticipated 2nd album, Cent questions sans réponse, will be launched right here at the Festival!
♫ Misses Satchmo - June 30, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan stage - It’s Satchmo, in a musical metamorphosis worthy of his name, courtesy of the instrumental pirouettes of Miss Lysandre Champagne (trumpet, vocals) and Maude Alain-Gendreau (piano). Accompanied by Frédéric Pauze (double bass) and Marton Maderspach (drums), they present an utterly original take on the Louis Armstrong oeuvre, from Dixieland to the great classics of the American popular repertoire. As Voir says, “If there’s a group that can bring jazz to a new generation, it’s Misses Satchmo!”
♫ Baloji - June 30, 8 p.m. and July 1, 10 p.m., Bell stage - When it comes to Baloji, you’d do well to look and listen beyond appearances! The slight resemblance to a young Marvin Gaye swiftly gives way to his actual nickname: the “sorcerer of words.” Former member of the group Starflam, the Congolese Belgian set out on a quest for musical identity in Africa that ended up defining him and bringing him to renown as an artist with Hotel Impala and now, Kinshasa Succursale. An incomparable and unique blend of instruments, styles and cultures!
♫ La Excelencia - June 30, 9 p.m., TD stage - Grab your partner and get ready, the Place des Festivals is about to become a gigantic salsa dancefloor! The dynamic New York musicians of La Excelencia orchestra dig deep into the roots of classic salsa, while pumping them full of a refreshing vitality. With percussion and brass up front in the sound and blending numerous Latin American musical styles, the band has a relaxed let-it-all-hang-out attitude and loves to fire up their energetic songs with lyrics on social issues like immigration and poverty. No problemo: this is THE best salsa group in New York!
♫ Poirier Sound System with special guest Boogat - June 30, 10 p.m., Bell stage - The man behind last summer’s unforgettable Karnival v.3 rolls back into the Festival with his Sound System for another night of riddims from dancehall to soca to electronica. Spinmaster Poirier’s success (everywhere!) is based on two golden rules: bomb the bass and keep things jumping! And to raise the temperature past the tropical point, he’s invited Boogat, Face-T, Imposs, Mr OK and L’Xtrmest.Zen to join the bash!
Tomorrow, July 1
♫ Alex Pangman - July 1, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan stage - Yes-it’s time to welcome back the golden girl of Canadian swing! After close to a decade-long absence from Festival stages, Alex Pangman has fully recovered from her double lung transplant and is in better voice than ever on her latest album for Justin Time, 33. Showcasing her passion for the vintage the music of the Dirty ’30s, her concerts literally take the listener on a spellbinding trip through time.
♫ Marco Calliari - July 1, 9 p.m., TD stage - Finally: our favourite Italo-Québécois singer-songwriter graces the main TD Festival stage! Calliari has won over fans here with the frenzied shows he’s delivered during the FrancoFolies, including a wildly festive opening-night concert in 2008. As he releases a 3rd album, Al Faro Est, he heads to the Festival to offer us an all-new concert, full of the musical heat, rhythm, joy and surprises we’ve come to expect from this full-hearted performer! Italian folklore, flamenco, métis swing, mariachi songs… it’s a guaranteed party!
♫ Phronesis - July 1, 10 p.m., CBC/Radio-Canada stage - Jon Newey, editor of Jazzwise Magazine, proclaims it loud and clear: Phronesis is “the most exciting and imaginative piano trio since trio the Esbjörn Svensson Trio.” Their last album, Alive, released in July 2010, was named Jazz Album of the Year by MOJO. Intrigued? Just wait until Danish double bassist Jasper Høiby, UK pianist Ivo Neame and Swedish drummer Anton Eger make their first-and certainly not last!- Festival appearance!
Changes to the program
Following the announcement of two added performances of GRUBB, the group will no longer participate in the parade scheduled for July 2 at 1 p.m. They will be replaced by Teatro Necessario. 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.
Show recorded for radio broadcast
♫ 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.
All questions answered: Info-Jazz Bell
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Don’t miss these official press events!
Dates are subject to change; please consult our events sector press team for info.
Today, Thursday, June 30
4 p.m.: Album Launch : François Bourassa
Tomorrow, Friday, July 1
11:30 a.m.: Opening of the 5th edition of the Montreal Guitar Show (from July 1 to 3, 2011)
Hyatt Regency Montréal Hotel
The pressroom-the heart of the Festival
Again this year, the Festival press room is located in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 305 Ste. Catherine St. West on the 2nd floor. Open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. until July 4 and from noon to 2 p.m. on July 5. It’s the meeting point for artists, agents, record label representatives and media. Our entire press and communications team is happy to welcome you! Media representatives please note that the press room can be reached at 514 288‑5299.