Press release for immediate distribution

Bell Special Event, Sunday, July 5, 9 p.m.

Patrick Watson Free concert on the Place des Festivals

broadcast live by Sympatico / MSN

Montreal, Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is very happy to offer fans a special free outdoor event for this 30th anniversary, starring the “science-fiction folk” of new Montreal darling Patrick Watson. The gifted artist will transform his atmospheric and cinematic pop into a super-concert featuring a string quartet, horns and special guests, including Lhasa de Sela and Guy Nadon… and other surprises. This Bell Special Event-broadcast live by the Sympatico / MSN portal-will be held Sunday, July 5 on the General Motors stage at 9 p.m., on the new Place des Festivals, now ready to welcome the masses to this major music bash!

After the immense success of last year’s live webcast of the Bell Special Event starring Bran Van 3000, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and Sympatico / MSN come back even stronger with this major concert by Patrick Watson, the new prophet of Québécois music! Following a world tour with the splendid Wooden Arms, he swoops into the Festival with a massive free outdoor spectacle. For his return, “site direction” of the event (pyrotechnics, etc.) will be handled by François Bérubé (former vice president of Production at the Festival, now with Cirque du Soleil), who handled the Grand événement General Motors with Champion et ses G-Strings at the 26th edition of the Festival. Urban interventions, projections and pyrotechnics are just a few elements in the prism of sights and sounds to come!

Patrick Watson live on Sympatico / MSN’s En Musique

To share the joy with as many people as possible and keep the party going, Bell offers online fans the opportunity to follow the concert live at enmusique.ca/patrickwatson or watch a taped version. enmusique.ca/patrickwatson will be accessible as of June 15, offering fans the July 5 webcast, as well as video clips, exclusive video capsules and photos from the press conference and concert, as well as song samples from the new album. And if that wasn’t enough, a special contest will allow a lucky winner to meet the members of the group! It’s a mind-blowing visit to the Patrick Watson universe.

This year, the support of Industry Canada allows the Festival to present more free outdoor events, including this unique Patrick Watson concert, thereby increasing the city’s appeal as a tourist attraction-especially during the current economic crisis-and enhancing its international profile.

The 30th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will run from June 30 to July 12, 2009.

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