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Monday, June 25


33rd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

3 days until the official opening!

Only three days remain until the opening of the 33rd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which runs from Thursday, June 28 to Saturday, July 7, 2012!

Catch the Festival, day by day

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal offers a new high-tech feature, allowing Festival fans who attend outdoor concerts to share their impressions live: the new Echoer 2.0 application, available for iPhone and Android from montrealjazzfest.com/echoer. Thanks to Bell, fans will have everything they need to experience the festivities ’round the clock, 24/7 on the Festival website (montrealjazzfest.com), social networks Facebook (facebook.com/Festival.Jazz.Montreal) and Twitter (twitter.com/MtlJazzFestival), and via the Jazz Montréal mobile application for iPhone and BlackBerry (montrealjazzfest.com/mobile). Throughout the duration of the event, MontrealJazzFest.TV will also feature artist interviews and some hundred concerts on video captured by our video squad in Festival concert venues and on outdoor stages.

The new Facebook contest : J’aime le Festival de Jazz

By becoming a fan of the event’s official Facebook page, internet users can join the fun every day by visiting the grand J’aime le Festival de Jazz Contest on Facebook. A grand total of $40,000 in prizes will be up for grabs. 1st prize: grand prize of $15,000 in cash offered by TD; 2nd prize: a wine cellar, valued at $4,500 offered by the SAQ; 3rd prize: a gift card in Fairmont Hotels valued at $3,000, offered by Rio Tinto Alcan; 4th prize: an automatic coffeemaker valued at $3,000, offered by Jura; 5th prize: a collection of 50 blues CDs valued at $1,000, offered by Loto-Québec; 6th prize: a gift card valued at $500, offered by Archambault; 7th prize: an XM radio with a one-year subscription valued at $500, offered by SiriusXM. The drawing will take place July 9, 2012 at noon. Fans can participate every day by visiting the Festival’s Facebook page. Dozens of instant prizes, with a total value of $10,000, will be offered by TD and La Presse in the Tente des amis, on the outdoor Festival site.

Richard Séguin and Yves Archambault in the Galerie Lounge TD

The 33rd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is proud to present Riff de Guit, a piece by Richard Séguin reproduced as a limited-edition silkscreen, numbered and signed, available from June 28 to July 7 at the Galerie Lounge TD, located during the Festival in the exhibition hall of Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts. Additionally, throughout the Festival run, the Galerie will exhibit original wood engravings by Richard Séguin, available for purchase by collectors.

And, once again this year, visitors to the Galerie du Festival can find numbered and signed silkscreens of our Festival poster, Accroche-coeur, by Yves Archambault, our artist in residence with whom the Festival celebrates 25 years of fruitful collaboration this year.

Circulation and security on the site

From June 28 to July 7, the Festival site will be closed to automobile traffic everyday from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., until Sunday, July 8 at 6 a.m. The site occupies the quadrilateral area bordered by St. Laurent Boulevard and De Bleury Street from east to west, and St. Catherine St. and President-Kennedy Ave. from south to north. A part of the Quartier des Spectacles will remain closed to automobile traffic day and night until September 3: St. Catherine St. between De Bleury St. and St. Laurent Blvd., as well as Balmoral and Mayor Streets. De Maisonneuve Blvd. will be closed to automobile traffic until July 10 between De Bleury and St. Urbain Streets.

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.

TD Grand Opening Event

Rufus Wainwright

June 28, 9:30 p.m., TD Stage

This year’s Festival kicks off with a bang, starring an artist we’ve always hoped to present in a major outdoor performance in his hometown: Rufus Wainwright finally makes his first visit to the Festival, after years of invitations and requests from organizers. The first native Montrealer to launch the Festival with a free concert, he’ll treat us to the Montreal showcase of his brand new album, Out of the Game. It’s sure to be a landmark show!

Sold-out concerts

All tickets for the following concerts have already been sold:

♫ James Taylor (June 28, 7:30 p.m. - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)

♫ Melody Gardot (June 29, 7:30 p.m. - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)

♫ An evening with Esperanza Spalding and her Radio Music Society (June 29, 8:30 p.m. - Métropolis)

♫ Eliane Elias Brasileira Quartet (June 30, 6 p.m. - Club Soda)

♫ CéU (June 30, 10 p.m. - Club Soda)

♫ Patrick Watson. Opening act: Loney Dear (July 4, 7:30 p.m. - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)

♫ Tord Gustavsen Ensemble with Tore Brunborg, Mats Eilertsen and Jarle Vespestad (July 4, 6 p.m. - Gesù - Centre de créativité)

♫ Seal (July 6, 7:30 p.m. - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier)

♫ Norah Jones. Opening act: Jim Campilongo Trio (July 7, 7:30 p.m. - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)

♫ Molly Johnson (July 7, 9 p.m. - L’Astral)

Indoor concerts: pick up your tickets now

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

Philip Catherine - June 29, 7 p.m., Cinquième salle, PdA - Winner of a Django d’Or, this Belgian-born guitarist pulled off a musical tour de force in his career, having accompanied three major violinists from three successive generations: Stéphane Grappelli, Jean-Luc Ponty and Didier Lockwood. He was also one of the last guitarists to accompany legendary trumpeter Chet Baker. In his first visit to the Festival since 2004, this incomparably swingin’ artist offers a solo concert in the Guitarissimo series. Attention: grandmaster at work.

Rafael Zaldivar Trio with Greg Osby - June 28, 6 p.m., L’Astral - Renowned for his talents as an improviser and composer, this native of Cuba is without a doubt THE new Montreal piano jazz sensation. His debut album, Life Directions, released in 2010, introduced us to an alloy of cultures, sounds and styles shifting from Cuban traditions to contemporary rhythms. After a sparkling performance in the Balmoral this past November, Rafael Zaldivar heads to the Festival in a trio with special guest Greg Osby, the American saxophonist known for his fabulous improvisational skills, fluidity and power.

Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats (GRUBB) -June 27-30 and July 2-3, 8 p.m., Théâtre du Nouveau Monde - Back by popular demand, and after the immense critical and popular success they ignited at the Festival, welcome the return of GRUBB and their rom-mania! The humanitarian artistic event led by Serge Denoncourt gives voice to the voiceless; the Roms. It’s 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, Italian actor, director and master of metamorphosis Arturo Brachetti, video whizzes Olivier Goulet and Gabriel Coutu-Dumont, costume designer François Barbeau and composer Francis Collard.

Jack Bruce, Cindy Blackman, John Medeski and Vernon Reid, Spectrum Road - June 28, 9:30 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA - This aptly-named All Star Band of virtuosi is, in fact, a very young group: born in 2008 in Tokyo, they took their first steps in the U.S. with a 2011 tour and dropped a debut album last spring. The “young pups”-Vernon Reid (guitar), John Medeski (keyboards) and Cindy Blackman (drums)-joined former Cream member (with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker), Jack Bruce (bass and vocals) to form the group as a testament to their admiration for Tony Williams, perhaps the greatest drummer in history, and his group Lifetime, a revolutionary icon of the 1970s. Welcome a group of rare quality, making an exclusive visit to our Festival.

World Kora Trio - Eric Longsworth, Chérif Soumano, Jean-Luc Di FrayaJune 28, 10:30 p.m., Gesù Centre de créativité - Created in a summit meeting between cellist Eric Longsworth (making an eagerly-awaited 5th visit), kora player Chérif Soumano and singer-percussionist Jean Luc Di Fraya, the World Kora Trio take a most creative polycultural approach to world music. Moved by a common desire for discovery and musical give-and-take, these three musicians from different backgrounds forge a single musical sensibility to create a fine and moving music, gliding between tradition and modernity. A lovely and skillful demonstration of world music, guided by a spirit of exploration.

David Sánchez, Nick Payton, Stefon Harris, Ninety Miles - June 29, 6 p.m., Club Soda - The first is a star saxophonist who started out with Dizzy Gillespie. The second is a renowned trumpeter influenced by the immortal Miles Davis. The third is a celebrated vibraphonist we’ve enjoyed with the SF Jazz Collective. Together, they are a super trio of young talents (accompanied by a 4-piece rhythm section) reunited for Cuban groove/post-bop/jazz project Ninety Miles, the onstage version of an album conceived in Cuba by Sánchez and Harris with Christian Scott, replaced here by Payton.

Pierrick Pédron - June 29, 9 p.m., L’Astral - Breton Pierrick Pédron makes his Festival debut, preceded by a chorus of acclaim. A devotee of bop, open to rock and steeped in musical harmony, this saxophonist is considered one of the most brilliant young tenors on the European jazz scene. With several solid albums already to his credit, he recently released Cheerleaders, an ambitious orchestral jazz opus performed with a brass band and produced by Ludovic Bource, composer of the music for Oscar winner The Artist. In three words: substantive, eclectic, brilliant.

Jorane and l’Orchestre I Musici de Montréal - June 30, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal - For all those who may have missed it the first time-or those eager to experience it all again-here’s the sublime opportunity to fall under a musical spell: an enchanted encounter between Jorane and l’Orchestre I Musici de Montréal, led by Jean-Marie Zeitouni, who floored critics this past winter during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. This time out, the Maison symphonique de Montréal hosts the union of one of the most talented artists in Québécois music with the elite players of I Musici, promising a heavenly evening of exalted music.

Tangerine Dream - June 30, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA - Now this truly merits the term “special event”: 45 years after their formation, this legendary German group takes the stage in a Festival premiere! Widely considered the pioneers of electronic music, Tangerine Dream has gone through an infinite and mysterious amount of line-up shifts over the decades, with the sole true constant being founding guitarist Edgar Froese…and the band’s resounding success! With their exceptional longevity, voluminous discography-27 million sold worldwide-and impressive array of soundtracks for film and TV, this iconic band’s Festival show is a Dream come true!

Meshell Ndegeocello. Opening act: Parc X TrioJuly 1, 10 p.m., Club Soda - Gifted singer, extraordinary bassist and inspired singer-songwriter, Meshell Ndegeocello has it all. No surprise, then, that artists as celebrated as the Rolling Stones, Santana, Madonna and Pat Metheny have called upon her services. With her last Festival stop dating all the way back to 2007, the American maverick returns with Weather, a 9th album that gets poppier and more intimate, packed with brilliant original compositions accented by a solid cover of Chelsea Hotel by Leonard Cohen. The Parc X trio (2010 TD Grand Jazz Award), bursting with the experimental and multicultural flavours of the Montreal quartier that gave them their name, open the evening with a savoury serving of their blend of jazz, world music, classical and pop.

Changes to the program

The Musique au MAC series, scheduled in the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal at 8 p.m, has been relocated to the Théâtre de Quat’sous, 100 Des Pins Ave. E,. at 8:30 p.m.:

  • Cascadeur, from June 28 to 30
  • ChapelierFou, July 2 and 3
  • Mesparrow, July 4 and 5
  • MisjaFitzgeraldMichel, A Portrait of Nick Drake, July 6 and 7

The Danny Brown concert, scheduled June 29 at 11 p.m. in SAT is cancelled.

The Mark McKnight concert scheduled for CBC/Radio-Canada stage on June 30 at 8 p.m. is cancelled. It will be replaced by Parc X Trio.

Purity Ring will open for Dirty Projectors (July 2, 10 p.m., Club Soda).

On July 7 juillet, the Music Is My Sanctuary 5th Year Anniversary evening, scheduled in SAT at 10 p.m., is relocated to Metropolis (free admission).

Music Is My Sanctuary - For 5 years now, the Music Is My Sanctuary site, with DJ Lexis on the decks, has been dedicated to seeking out future classics and forgotten treasures from all rhythmic horizons. The eclectic DJ, real name Alexis Charpentier, regales listeners with carefully sought-out hip hop, jazz, electronica, reggae, house, soul and funk pieces destined for the pantheon of cherished musical gems. Montreal dynamic duo Scott C and DJ Andy Williams, aka The Goods, and legendary Berlin collective Jazzanova, with a highly expected DJ set, provide more hot beats, while Montreal collective Kalmunity offers a colorful genre-blending set

Please note that Kalmunity, scheduled in the Savoy, will perform in Metropolis.

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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.

Wednesday, June 27

7:30 p.m. Media premiere for Flamenco Hoy by Carlos Saura

Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts (175, St. Catherine St. W.)

7:30 p.m. Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award presentation to James Taylor

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Thursday, June 28

12:30 a.m.        Press conference for the TD Grand Opening Event with Rufus Wainwright

Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

5 p.m.                          Vernissage at the Galerie Lounge TD with Richard Séguin

Galerie Lounge TD, Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts

7 p.m.              Indoor opening concert-Richard Galliano, From Bach to Piazzolla

Maison Symphonique de Montréal (1600, St. Urbain St.)

7:30 p.m. Opening cocktail of the 33rd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Salon urbain, Place des Arts (175, St. Catherine St. W.)

9:30 p.m.         TD Grand Opening Event with Rufus Wainwright

TD Stage, Place des Festivals

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. W. on the 2nd floor. Open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. from June 27 to July 7 (closed on Sunday, July 8 ) and from noon to 3 p.m. on July 9. It’s the meeting point for artists, agents, record label representatives and accredited media representatives. 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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