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Saturday, July 2


32nd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

The Montreal Guitar Show goes full swing

It’s a rendez-vous on the 4th level of Hyatt Regency Montreal (1255, Jeanne-Mance street)

Since yesterday and until tomorrow, 4:30 p.m., Montreal becomes the guitar capital! In fact the 5th edition of the Montreal Guitar Show (MGS) presented as part of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal welcomes guitar fiends who 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-si magnifiques!-on display and available for purchase!

The B-52s

TD Grand Closing Event in collaboration with XM Canada

Monday, July 4, 9:30 p.m., TD stage

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!

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: montrealjazzfest.com, “Access to the site” tab.

The Festival ends Monday night, but jazz goes on all year round!

The Festival spirit continues through the coming seasons thanks to the many concerts scheduled for the Jazz All Year Round series presented by TD. Beginning in August, jazz and its related musical forms (blues, folk, electronica, world music…) will thrill Montrealers throughout the darker days of autumn and winter, all the way through to spring.

A handful of shows have already been announced. In August, L’Astral, Métropolis and Place des Arts welcome Imelda May (August 2), Kyle Eastwood (September 17), Lucy Wainwright Roche (September 22), Ben Harper (September 27), Boubacar Traore Trio (October 1), Goran Bregovic and his Weddings and Funerals Orchestra (October 22), Maceo Parker (October 27), Diego El Cigala (November 3), Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba (November 24), and The Nø Førmat Weekend with Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal and Mamani Keita (September 23) as well as Kouyaté & Neerman and Mélissa Laveaux (September 24). And that doesn’t include the other concerts we’ll be announcing soon. For details on the programming and to get tickets, please visit montrealjazzfest.com or call the Bell Info-Jazz line.

Sold-out concerts

All tickets for the following concerts have already been sold:

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

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

♫ The Roots (July 2, 8:30 - Métropolis)

Indoor concerts: pick up your tickets now

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

Ana Moura

Tonight, 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).

Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats (GRUBB)

July 2 and 3, 2 p.m., Salle Pierre‑Mercure of Centre Pierre‑Péladeau at UQAM

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 tradtional Roma music; a musical first! Those volunteering their efforts in this humanitarian adventure include dancer and choreographer Nico Archambault, actor, director and master of metamorhposis Arturo Brachetti, video whizzes Olivier Goulet and Gabriel Coutu-Dumont, costume designer François Barbeau and the music of Francis Collard….

Emilie Clepper

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.


July 3 and 4, 7 p.m., Savoy du Métropolis

Bettina Kee, alias Ornette, first sat down at a piano at the age of 3 because she liked it when “the thunder rumbled” (bass notes) and “the rain fell” (treble)… She grew up and collaborated with the likes of Arthur H, Alain Bashung and Renan Luce before making quite an impression opening for Yael Naïm and Cœur de pirate last autumn in Paris. She’s soon to release a debut CD of her somber, soulful, grooving pop. A sensitive musical revelation.

Jean Vanasse Quartet with Sylvain Provost, Frédéric Alarie and Jean-François Barbeau

July 4, 6 p.m., L’Astral

We’ve known vibraphone virtuoso Jean Vanasse since he founded jazz quartet l’Orchestre Sympathique some 35 years ago. In his 18th Festival performance since 1981, this emblematic figure of Quebec jazz sets L’Astral reeling in the company of a savvy blend of vets and new blood: Provost on guitar, Alarie on bass and Barbeau on drums.

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

Tonight, July 2

♫ Roma Carnivale vs Fanfare Severni - until July 4, 5 p.m., Place des Festivals - This year, the Festival presents a new and original concept: the Rencontres festives, 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 middle of the crowd! Roma Carnivale-10 Montreal musicians playing in the Serbian tradition-and Fanfare Severni-whipping up lively music from the Klezmer, Moldavian, Serbian, Bulgarian and Turkish traditions-are two gypsy-influenced brass brands in a face-off that promises to be absolutely wild!

♫ Kim Churchill - until July 4, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Pub Heineken - Oz is in the house when we welcome young Kim Churchill, THE new sensation on the Aussie music scene! Just 20, he causes a commotion wherever he goes: guitarist and surfer, singer-songwriter and genuine one-man-band in concert, he signed with Indica records before undertaking a Canadian tour this winter with his first album. He stops by the Festival for three evenings, the perfect opportunity for fans to experience one of the most exciting and promising young talents from the Land Downundah.

♫ Guy Bélanger - 9 p.m., Loto-Québec stage - For over 35 years, Guy Bélanger has shared the stage with such blues legends as Bob Walsh and Big Mama Thornton. Accompanied by a solid quartet of singer-musicians, the intense and brilliant harmonica player blows hard on songs from his 2nd solo album, Crossroads (released in September 2010), a savvy blend of original compositions and reinterpretations of folk and blues songs by greats from Lucinda Williams to Calvin Russell. The two-time Jutra winner will also rock on some tracks from the films Gaz Bar Blues and Timekeeper.

♫ Susie Arioli - 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., TD stage - Recipient of the 2008 Oscar Peterson Award and darling of this Festival, Susie Arioli returns to our stage by popular demand. After the international success of Night Lights in 2008-2009 and Christmas Dreaming this past winter, the singer arrives with a brand new, big and bompin’ show-with up to 8 musicians onstage, including Jordan Officer, Bill Gossage, Jerome Browne, Tony Albino… It’s the perfect opportunity to reacquaint yourself with one of the most authentic performers in Quebec jazz, on our major outdoor stage. Get ready to swing with Susie!

♫ Novalima - 10 p.m., Bell stage - Get ready to discard all your preconceptions of Peruvian music when you hear Novalima… This South American collective-who brought us the title song to the film Machete-is transporting traditions into the future with their skillful blend of Afro-Peruvian rhythms and electronica. On their most recent album, Coba Coba, Novalima meets the challenge of broadening their scope even further, integrating dub, salsa, hip hop… Progressive and original!

Tomorrow, July 3

♫ Nina Attal - 8 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan stage - Now blazing across Festival radar, this blueswoman sings, slings guitar like a rock goddess and writes her own songs… at the tender age of 19! One smokin’ solo is enough to convince anyone of this young lady’s incredible talent! After racking up the prizes and awards and hitting the stages of the biggest blues festivals in her native France, her career is taking off with dazzling speed, and we’re thrilled she’s accepted this first invitation to play here. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to catch her in a free performance!

♫ Gizelle Smith - 9 p.m., TD stage - She’s the sensation of the moment, the newest soul discovery, the golden girl of deep funk: she is young English singer Gizelle Smith. Her debut premier album updated vintage funk rhythms for plugged-in modernists, leaving DJs everywhere champing at the bit for her followup 2nd disc, expected this autumn. Except love at first sight and sound to bloom between singer and Festival fans of all ages during what’s sure to be a unifying, lively and energetic performance! It’s a fresh new musical breeze to stimulate your senses, and one you simply wouldn’t dare miss… this one will be dangerously hot!

♫ Sophie Alour - 10 p.m., CBC/Radio-Canada stage - France’s Sophie Alour taught herself how to play saxophone at the age of 19. After a number of collaborations with major names-Wynton Marsalis, Rhoda Scott, Aldo Romano-a Django d’Or and 3 albums including last year’s, Opus 3-her smooth, velvety sound stands out from the crowd. Her determination, elegance and quiet power have won her place of renown among the new generation of French jazz musicians. Expect Montreal to fall for her next!

Monday, July 4

♫ Khaira Arby and her Band - 8 p.m., Bell stage - A militant feminist in a strict Islamic environment, Khaira Arby has established herself as the queen on song in Timbuktu with her strength and determination, not to mention her force-of-nature voice and frank lyrics. She heads to North America with her desert blues-a fusion of traditional instruments (n’goni, violin…) and rock influence (electric guitar, bass…)-and the show based on her latest album, Timbuktu Tarab. The most beautiful voice in Mali!

♫ Guy Nadon Quartet - 8 p.m., CBC/Radio-Canada stage - He learned to play drums by practicing on tin cans and containers; and 60 years later, this indefatigable septuagenarian continues to amaze us with the range and originality of his talent. The “roi du drum” has visited us every year since 1982, and next year will mark his 30th appearance at the Festival… but in the meantime, we can enjoy him with his quartet, featuring none other than his longtime confederate Yvan Belleau on clarinet and saxophone. Expect another intense performance from this resourceful national treasure!

Changes to the program

Following the announcement of two added performances of GRUBB, the group will no longer participate in the parade scheduled for today at 1 p.m. They will be replaced by Teatro Necessario.

The Kurt Rosenwinkel workshop, scheduled for July 3 at 4 p.m. as part of the Montreal Guitar Show, has been changed to today 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.

Tomorrow, Sunday, July 3

6 p.m.: Blues Camp’s graduates show

TD stage, Place des Festivals

6 p.m.: 2011 Oscar-Peterson Award giving to Jean-Pierre Zanella at the beginning of his concert

(invitation only)

L’Astral, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

Monday, July 4

11 a.m. Press briefing for the 2011 TD Grand Jazz Award

Salle Stevie Wonder, pressroom

12:45 p.m. Press Briefing with the B-52s

Salle Stevie Wonder, pressroom

1:30 p.m. Press briefing with Marianne Faithfull

Salle Stevie Wonder, pressroom

9:30 p.m. TD Grand Closing Event in collaboration with XM Canada: The B-52s

TD stage, Place des Festivals

Tuesday, July 5

1 p.m.:                         Wrap-up press conference of the 32nd edition

of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Salle Stevie Wonder, pressroom

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.

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