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The environment takes centre stage

A genuine spearhead in ecological matters in the cultural sphere, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is proud to present its approach to sustainable development in the new section devoted to its green initiatives on the Festival website: refer to the About section, under the Sustainable Development tab, detailing the concrete measures implemented by the Festival over the years.

Since its inception, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has demonstrated perseverance and ingenuity in ecological matters and activity. Whether its favouring reduction at source, optimizing reuse, maximizing recycling or promoting organic materials, Festival organizers are increasing initiatives designed to reduce the ecological footprint of the event. These initiatives are evident in all sectors of the organization: using stage equipment in keeping with energy efficiency standards, using organic cleaning products and biodegradable tablecloths, napkins, glasses and dishes in dining areas, printing promotional materials on recycled paper, harvesting rainwater to water plants, composting, recycling and offering ecological clothing and favouring local suppliers. Thus, every year, an average of 27 tons of recyclable materials are treated on the Festival site in collaboration with Consortium Écho-Logique, consisting of approximately 28% cardboard fibres, 30% plastic (including 150,000 glasses), glass and metal, as well as 6% wood. Furthermore, the Festival joins forces with Naya for a second consecutive year to offer the Fontaine Naya, a solar-powered refueling point for spring water, where visitors can refill their bottles or containers for a small fee. In addition to these concrete measures, the Festival reduces at source, meaning that it strategically plans out its real needs in order to maximize results. Since 2004, measures implemented to reduce at source have allowed the Festival to reduce waste materials generated by over one third. For a 5th consecutive year, the Festival is carbon neutral, making it one of the first events in North America to have been thus certified, thanks to our partnership with Rio Tinto Alcan, Planetair and Fonds d’action québécois pour le développement durable, and our offset credit program linked to neutralizing CO2 emissions

In recognition of the perseverance, ingenuity and creativity of its efforts in “going green”, the Festival was awarded the 2009 Prix du Tourisme durable during the Grands Prix du tourisme du Québec.

Tuesday night fever with Escort

Tomorrow, 9:30 p.m, TD Stage

Escort Fever takes over the Place des Festivals! In keeping with a longstanding tradition of presenting a special mid-Festival event starring an exciting new discovery, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is proud to introduce the city to THE sensation of the hour on the super-hip Brooklyn scene in the Grand free outdoor event. Taking us back to the heart of the ’70s disco era and its codes, a booming 17-piece party-machine powerhouse prevails onstage over machinery, preserving the organic authenticity of a genre that made history. Escort promises a high-voltage musical mirrorball of a concert that will leave everyone happily weak-kneed!

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

Sold-out concerts

All tickets for the following concerts have already been sold:

♫ 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, PdA)

♫ 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:

The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, by Angelo Parra - July 2 to 7, 7 p.m. (July 3, 8 p.m.), Cinquième Salle, PdA - Yes, they’ve often called the blues “The Devil’s Music.” And the legendary Bessie Smith-no angel, it’s true-wore them well, working and living as an ambassadress for the music in the 1920s and 1930s. In this show, a critically-acclaimed biographical tribute (following a triumphant feature off-Broadway) halfway between one-woman show and musical, the multidisciplinary Miche Braden (pronounced “Miki”) uses her voice and presence, beautifully supported by a trio of musicians, to bring to life the woman known forever as “The Empress of the Blues.”

Caravan Palace. Opening act: Lady Linn and Her Magnificent Seven - Tonight, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis - A steampunk fusion of ’30s jazz-swing and electro-Gypsy dance (wow!), this eccentric Parisian sextet kicks off the party instantly wherever they go-just ask the Festival fans who remember the fabulous surprise blowout they offered during a massive free outdoor concert two years ago. Back to electrify us all again, Caravan Palace rolls in with material from a new album, Panic, which we’ve been desperate to hear (to say the least…). But first, get set for the brassed-up retro soul and swing of Belgian sensation Lady Linn and Her Magnificent Seven.

Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes Piano Duo - Tonight, 10:30 p.m., Gesù - Centre de créativité - Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes were already considered among the finest pianists on the American and international jazz scenes when they married in 2007. In 2010, they delivered a remarkable work, Double Portrait, hailed as one of the most accomplished piano duos in jazz history. A sparkling four-hand dialogue, revealing an uncommon musical and personal communion.

Billy Bragg Solo and Sophie Hunger Solo Sings Dylan - Tomorrow, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis - Passionate captain of populist, firebrand urban folk-rock, English musician and activist Billy Bragg lays claim to the legacy of the great Woodie Guthrie. With his satchel full of idiosyncratic classics like Which Side Are You On? and A New England, the loveable troublemaking troubadour is here to rattle the Festival walls for the very first time. Opening the double bill is Sophie Hunger, our favourite Swiss miss and the major discovery at the 2010 Festival, hailed anew last year. This time, the spellbinding musician presents Be Part of My dream, a solo recital of songs from the protest period of another troubadour you may have heard of-Bob Dylan.

L’Orkestre des Pas Perdus - Tomorrow, 6 p.m., L’Astral - Playful music for brass and other metals. Original compositions with colourful, imaginative arrangements. Energetic and bracing performances. That’s L’Orkestre des Pas Perdus, skillfully captained since 1993 by trombonist, composer and arranger Claude St-Jean. The O.P.P. whips up a combo of jazz, funk, swing, surrealist cabaret, cinematic ambience and a wild brass section. Returning to the Festival after a 3-year absence, the Ork presents pieces from the 2011 album L’âge du cuivre.

Aaron Parks and Joey Calderazzo, Piano Duo - Tomorrow, 10:30 p.m., Gesù - Centre de créativité - One is hailed as a “visionary” by Jazz Times, created soundtracks for Spike Lee and blends influences as wide-ranging as classical, progressive jazz, rock, hip hop and groove. The other, a renowned jazz pianist and highly coveted collaborator, drawing influences from Debussy and The Beatles as much as John Coltrane. Result: a four-handed musical summit hosted by 2 major stars of jazz piano, honouring us with their first concert together.

Carmen Lundy - July 4, 6 p.m. - Club Soda - Carmen Lundy is a special case in jazz. A magnificent singer, accomplished composer and even an actress and painter in her spare time (!), she is a complete artist who has strolled the stages of the world since the ’70s. And not with just anyone: with the likes of Don Pullen, Kenny Barron and John Hicks… Welcome a grande dame back for the first time since her one and only Festival performance nine years ago, performing songs from her new album Changes.

Colin Vallon Trio - July 4, 9 p.m., L’Astral - The trio of Colin Vallon (piano), Patrice Moret (double bass) and Samuel Rohrer (drums) have already vaulted themselves into the firmament of the Swiss jazz scene. Forging forward far from the beaten track, these 3 young musicians have created an inspired and innovative music hailed for its originality and daring. Now part of the prestigious ECM stable with their 3rd album, Rruga, they make their debut visit to the Festival. Something tells us that we’re about to witness a band storm into the big leagues!

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo July 4, 10 p.m., Club Soda - The powerhouse Orchestre Poly-Rythmo (or Poly-Rythmo to devotees) has been grooving hard since the late ’60s. Famed all over Africa, the Benin collective specializing in Afro-funk, is said to have recorded some 500 albums-some of which are virtually priceless today-and has accompanied such legends as Fela Kuti, Manu Dibango and Miriam Makeba. Rediscovered in 2007, they’re currently riding a wave of well-earned popularity, with a recent album, Cotonou Club, featuring Angélique Kidjo.

Emir Kusturica. Opening act: Sergiu Popa, Shukar Roma - July 5, 6 p.m., Métropolis - Two years after their electrifying outdoor performance on the Place des Festivals, Serbian filmmaker-actor-musician-composer-producer Emir Kusturica (Underground, Black Cat, White Cat…) and his formidable No Smoking Orchestra return to make us kick up our heels…and clink our glasses. This time, the mad lads pack into Métropolis with their wild Gypsy/electro/rock rhythms. And what a privilege: Montreal is, in fact, the sole North American stop this summer by our fave globetrotting Emir! The evening opens with Moldavia-born accordionist Sergiu Popa.

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

Tonight, July 2

François & the Atlas Mountains - 10 p.m., Bell Stage - A multi-talented artist with a taste for the road, François Marry left his native France for the UK at 19. He and his Atlas Mountains have traveled all over Europe for the past seven years. Musically, they dig into the works of Yann Tiersen and the folk cosmopolitan folk of Beirut, all the while mining a seam of Afro-pop that would have turned on Serge Gainsbourg. The first French artist to sign with estimable UK label Domino (The Kills, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand…), he brings us E Volo Love, the palindromic title of this compelling album.

Sidi Touré - July 2, 8 p.m., Bell Stage and July 3, 8 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan Stage - The inexhaustible musical motherlode called Mali provides us with an unrecognized gem, Sidi Touré. The very model of determination, the appealing singer-guitarist of noble lineage had to overcome the objections of his family to pursue his musical vocation. If he doesn’t enjoy the same aura as compatriots Salif Keita or Amadou & Mariam, Touré is nonetheless at the height of his artistic powers. He’ll present his latest album, Koïma, a festive, danceable opus fueled by a colourful slew of influences.

Tomorrow, July 3

They Call Me Rico - 7 p.m., Loto-Québec Stage - They Call me Rico marks the solo debut of Madcaps singer Frédéric Pellerin, alias Rico. On the menu: a resolutely blues-rock sound and killer versions of songs by Paul McCartney, T.Rex, Keb’ Mo’, the Rolling Stones and Neil Young, along with his own originals, of course.

Wesli - 8 p.m., Bell Stage - Bursting onto the radar with 2009 debut album Kouraj, Wesli established himself as one of the most promising figures on the Montreal world music scene. He confirmed that status with the new Liberté dans le noir, another serving of the same irresistible Afro-beat and reggae cocktail. Named World music discovery of 2009 by Radio-Canada, his 3rd visit to the Festival is a date for all dance fans!

Danakil - July 3, 10 p.m., and July 4, 8 p.m., Bell Stage - The future of French reggae is in good hands indeed! Formed by a crew of high school pals from the Paris area, Danakil carry the flag of protest reggae rooted in musical and cultural engagement. After 4 albums-the latest, Échos du Temps, was released in 2011-and highlights like their reggae cover of Non, je ne regrette rien by Édith Piaf, Danakil has become one of the most active bands on the Paris scene. And the true scope of their talent and passion can only be experienced live, where they burn with an inner fire! Oui, Irie!

Lagniappe Brass Band - July 3 to 7 - Equally as popular at home and abroad, this peppy orchestra out of New Orleans performs up to 250 concerts every year (along with a few weddings from time to time). Fully funked-up since the days of their youth, the members of the Lagniappe Brass Band are masters in the art of getting a crowd to shake it. Expect them to turn this Festival topsy-turvy.

Wednesday, July 4

Besh o droM - July 4, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan Stage and July 5, 9 p.m. & 11 p.m., TD Stage - Formed in Hungary in 1999, the 9 musicians of Besh o droM bring a contempo new millennium groove and surprising flair for jazz to the traditional music of their country. In their hands, the cymbalon-the hammered dulcimer at the root of Hungarian folk-shares the stage with the scratcher’s steel wheels. It’s energetic, invigorating and insanely danceable! Making their first visit since 2004, this seething Magyar troupe performs 4 times over 2 nights, on 2 different stages!

Souad Massi - 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., TD Stage - Proud inheritor of an amalgam of North African, folk and flamenco influences, Souad Massi sings of sweetness and weltschmertz with such ease that you’d think you were hearing the Algerian version of a cross between Joan Baez and Françoise Hardy. Charming and lucid, the golden-voiced singer heads back to catch up with us after her one and only performance at the Festival, already eight long years ago. In the interval, she’s treated her fans to three albums including her latest, Ô houria, recorded with the assistance of a certain Francis Cabrel.

Johnny Sansone & MonkeyJunk - 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., Loto-Québec Stage - Originally from New Jersey, this singer, harmonica blower and accordionist has lived in New Orleans and crisscrossed Louisiana for over 20 years. And you sure can tell… The raw and hard-blues recent release The Lord Is Waiting and the Devil Is Too is the work of a musician who, by all evidence, knows his bayou like the back of his hand and is always welcome in the rootsiest hearths-he’s pals with the great Sonny Landreth… No, you won’t soon find anyone more authentic than this veteran bluesman.

Late-night rendezvous in the Bistro Le Balmoral

Late-night jazzophiles will find their fix at 10 p.m. and midnight in the free concerts of the Musique au Balmoral series, while satisfying their cravings with the delectable offerings on the Bistro menu. Tonight, Montreal pianist, singer and composer Steve Amirault takes the stage in a solo piano format. On July 3 and 4, veteran singer-guitarist Dale Boyle returns solo to present his compositions digging into country, blues, rock and folk roots, followed by series closer and 8-string guitar specialist Thomas Carbou, July 5 to 7.

Fiery-and free!-evenings in L’Astral and Savoy

Starting at midnight, our nighthawks can choose between the fiery evenings offered by the Open House series in L’Astral, and the unhinged party soirees in the Savoy du Métropolis! In L’Astral, fans can jam to DJs Andy Williams and sweet daddy luv with their Jazz Amnesty Sound System, aimed at fans of jazz in all its forms (July 2 to 4), and three nights of the Canicule Tropicale, conceived by spinners Philippe Noël, Don Pedro et DJ Kobal, July 5 to 7. Meanwhile, the Nightcap Heineken series in the Savoy unleashes the four eccentric lunatics of aRTIST oF tHE yEAR (June 28, 29 and 30), incredible caliente collective Heavy Soundz (July 1 to 4) and Kalmunity, commandeering a concept fusing improv, slam, R&B, hip hop, funk and reggae (July 5 to 7), shaking the dancefloor to its foundations!

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.:

  • ChapelierFou, tonight and tomorrow
  • Mesparrow, July 4 and 5
  • MisjaFitzgeraldMichel, A Portrait of Nick Drake, July 6 and 7

The Emeli Sandé concert scheduled tonight, 10 p.m. in Club Soda is postponed until next fall. Tickets bought for the Club Soda concert will be honored next fall (date and venue to be confirmed) or can be refunded at the sales point (Club Soda, 1225 St. Laurent Blvd).

The Dirty Projectors concert (opening act: Purity Ring) scheduled for Saturday, July 7, 10 p.m., at Club Soda is relocated at SAT (Société des arts technologiques, 1195 St. Laurent Blvd.) on the same day at the same time. Tickets purchased for Club Soda will be accepted at SAT.

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

Hungry? Check out the Festival restos!

After loading up on music or dancing until you’re breathless, you can always find everything you need to fill up and quench your thirst on the Festival site. Got a craving? Snack it up at the Friterie, the Barbecue, the taco truck, the hot-dog and Häagen-Dazs ice cream bar carts or, for a more exotic touch, taste the delectable creations at the mango-flower or porchetta kiosks. Select from the wide variety of thirst-quenching options on the site, from the relaxed ambience of the Lounge Heineken to the friendly counters of the Jazz Bars Heineken, Bar Amarula or Bistro Express SAQ, the tempting terrasses of the Bar Terrasse, Terrasse Amarula or Bistros SAQ, delectably diverse port tastings at the Kiosque Porto Cabral or coffee at Café Jura… Finally, the Terrasse des Vins du Sud-Ouest, the newly enlarged Balmoral terrasse, located right on the Place des Festivals, can now welcome more Festival fans than ever, in full sunshine and in the heart of the action! Once again this year, the Bistro du Festival offers a menu, décor and ambience sure to charm even the most exacting patrons.

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 bistros or the Galerie Lounge TD.

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.

Catch the Festival, day by day

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

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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.


1 p.m.                          Presentation of the 2012 Miles Davis Award to Ron Carter

Salle Stevie Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

2:30 p.m.                     Media rehearsal of The Devil’s Music:The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, by Angelo Parra

Cinquième Salle, PdA

6 p.m.                          Presentation of the 2012 Miles Davis Award to Ron Carter in front of audience

Club Soda (1225 St. Laurent Blvd.)

Tuesday, July 3

1 p.m. Album Launch : Misteur Valaire

Salle Stevie Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

2 p.m. Media rehearsal with Escort

TD Stage, Place des Festivals

8 p.m. Media premiere of The Devil’s Music:The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith by Angelo Parra

Cinquième Salle, PdA

Thursday, July 5

1 p.m. Presentation of the 2012 Antonio Carlos Jobim Award to Emir Kusturica

Salle Stevie Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

3 p.m. Presentation of the 2012 Oscar Peterson Award to Peter Appleyard

Salle Stevie Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

7:30 p.m. Presentation of the 2012 Ella Fitzgerald Award to Liza Minnelli in front of audience

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Invitation only

9:30 p.m. Presentation of the 2012 Oscar Peterson Award to Peter Appleyard in front of audience

Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts

Invitation only

The press room-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. until 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. Our entire press and communications team is happy to welcome you! Media representatives please note that the press room can now be reached at 514 288‑5299.

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