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The free outdoor program of the 30th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

30 years at the heart of jazz

Montreal, Monday, June 8, 2009 - For its 30th birthday, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by General Motors of Canada in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, is giving out the presents! Today, the Festival unveils its extraordinary outdoor program, jam-packed with surprises and special gifts to light up an exceptional edition. From June 30 to July 12, Montreal will move and groove to the rhythms of jazz and its musical cousins and enjoy original activities, in an event conceived by a veteran orgazination with one idea in mind: to deliver a historic 30th edition! For 13 days, while we throw a “house-warming party” in the brand-new Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan and the Place des Festivals, Canada’s cultural metropolis will be the headquarters of all musical passions-and what a headquarters!

Some 3,000 musicians hailing from 30 countries make this their port-of-call every year. This summer, they’ll not only take part in an exceptional program of 600 concerts, but also join Montrealers and 250,000 tourists from five continents in discovering a Festival with whole new look. On June 30, we’ll unwrap the most beautiful gift of this 30th edition, the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, a year-round HQ for jazz, a nerve centre for the Festival-where you’ll now find the Festival pressroom-and an important landmark for the Quartier des spectacles. And inside, yet another jewel: L’Astral, sponsored by Astral Media, an ideal new venue for live concerts and their dissemination, offering a full slate of summer festival programming before opening its regular programming in September. Finally, after 30 years, the Festival finally has a home and can offer activities all year long!

Any other presents? How about two extra days to celebrate your love of music; not three, but five free outdoor mega-events, in addition to the three free outdoor superconcerts specially created for the 30th; a new daily Parade; new stage locations… So whether you come for the people-watching, to bring the kids to the Little School of Jazz, find a soulmate in the brand-new Place des Festivals, exalt your spirit in the Galerie, rediscover the legends or discover the newcomers of the musical scene, there will be something to suit every taste and desire.

Finally, we present one last treat we just couldn’t allow to slip past unnoticed: a stellar new website, redesigned from A to Z especially for the 30th. Entirely re-conceived, user-friendly and incredibly practical, montrealjazzfest.com offers 30 years of passion with the click of a mouse, a dynamic reference source for music fans who enjoy evolved web content. You’ll find more video and music clips, more information on the artists, content featuring music news, access to archives from previous Festival editions and an improved research tool for consulting the concert program. It’s a top-flight web destination for all online music aficionados!

A completely revamped outdoor site

Veteran fans will discover a whole new perspective on the Festival site, with the arrival of the new Place des Festivals and the construction underway on a new home for the OSM. In this massive game of “musical chairs,” the Festival’s mainstage, the General Motors stage, will have pride of place in the new Place des Festivals, giving over its site (at the foot of the PdA esplanade at the corner of Jeanne-Mance and Ste. Catherine) to the Rio Tinto Alcan stage, formerly at the entrance to Complexe Desjardins; this site will now host the Festival stage, whose former site on Avenue du Président-Kennedy will be taken over by the Loto-Québec stage. The CBC / Radio-Canada music kiosk moves next to the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, at the southern end of the Place des Festivals, next to the Bistro SAQ. The Parc musical Rio Tinto Alcan moves to the PdA esplanade, next to the MAC, and the large boutique and the Pub Heineken on Ste. Catherine Street near Clark. The Montreal Guitar Show moves to Palais des congrès, while the SIMM moves outdoors: we’ll witness the creation of an entirely new Village de la musique (De Bleury St. and De Maisonneuve Blvd.), featuring the Pavillon SIMM-GM-reminiscent of the magnificent carnival tent that caused such a sensation last summer-and its array of tents.

For a musical journey of discovery through the redesigned Festival site, follow the new daily Parade (departing from the corner of Ste. Catherine and Clark, 5 p.m.), which will transform the downtown core into a hyped-up Mardi Gras with such new additions as an electric train, dancers, mascots and the music of Pierre Blais and his Swing Tonic Jazz Band! Make way for the music!

The art of the Festival

Corno in the Galerie

For an edition as important as this 30th, the Festival struck a high note by inviting internationally renowned Québécois artist Corno, whose sublime and dynamic Face for Jazz brings a new spectrum of colour to the music. The Galerie du Festival will also present numbered and signed silkscreens taken from Chœur du monde, the official poster by Yves Archambault, our artist in residence for over 20 years. However, the Galerie will also undergo its own major change when, in September, it moves into the new Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, where it will remain open all year ‘round. To inaugurate its new residence, the Galerie will welcome illustrious photographer Herman Leonard, whose camera captured and immortalized so many timeless artists and moments of 20th century jazz. Moreover, the artist accepted the Festival’s invitation to enrich his portfolio by shooting some of the great musicians playing our 30th.

The Art of Jazz: 70 Years of Blue Note Album Covers

As part of the 30th anniversary of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the 70th anniversary of the prestigious Blue Note label, Archambault presents the original exhibition The Art of Jazz: 70 Years of Blue Note Album Covers. This interesting retrospective offers a pictorial overview of the legendary label’s 70 years of musical history. Located in the Village de la musique on the Festival site, the exhibition features three stages. First, pick up a little of the great label’s history through a visual presentation. Then, proceed to the photographic reproductions of vintage album sleeves and covers from its legendary collection. Finally, the journey ends with Blue Note material from the current era; album covers, photos, etc. Don’t miss this exciting exhibition, presented in collaboration with the Festival and Blue Note.

An avalanche of free performances and activities!

The Festival site features ten stages for free open-air concerts, offering fans thirty series broken down into fifty shows per day. The quadrilateral formed by the streets around Place des Arts will be closed to traffic for the duration of the Festival, allowing all to circulate freely through the incredible array of activities in the downtown core. And that’s not counting all the musicians and performers!

8 massive free outdoor events!

Five free Festival mega-concerts

For this 30th anniversary, the Festival invites fans to five free mega-concerts on the General Motors stage, in the Place des Festivals! Starting with a bang, the opening event stars American music legend Stevie Wonder, at once inaugurating this new Festival edition and the new Place des Festivals in the Grand événement General Motors on Tuesday, June 30 at 9:30 p.m. It’s an unforgettable evening with pop music’s human jukebox, winner of some twenty Grammy Awards, with millions upon millions of album sold; and to celebrate, we’ll set up giant screens on other festival stages to transmit the massive event live!

On Sunday, July 5, at 9 p.m., the baton passes to local darling Patrick Watson, bringing his spellbinding voice and piano to the Bell Special Event. He’ll be accompanied by string quartet, horns and special guests, including Lhasa de Sela and Guy Nadon. François Bérubé, who handled the Grand événement General Motors with Champion et ses G-Strings in 2005, will once again take care of the party: urban interventions, projections and pyrotechnics are just a few elements in the prism of sights and sounds to come! And thanks to Bell, fans can follow the concert live online or watch a taped version at enmusique.ca/patrickwatson.

And that’s not all! On Tuesday, July 7, 9 p.m., the Grande soirée XM Radio Satellite presents the greatest names in Rocksteady-Ken Boothe, Stranger Cole, Hopeton Lewis, Leroy Sibbles and The Tamlins, as well as Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt, Bob Marley’s onetime backup singers-in an event inspired by the documentary Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae, produced by Muse Entertainment of Montreal, and presented in a major world premiere at the Musée d’art contemporain from July 4 to 12 with four screenings every day. It’s a trip through time with such legendary hits as Rivers of Babylon, The Tide Is High and Stop That Train!

For a perfect closing, the Festival invites fans to the Rio Tinto Alcan Closing Event on Sunday, July 12, a fiery bash presenting not one but two concert spectacles. First, it’s Fiesta Cubana, presented in collaboration with XM Satellite Radio at 7 p.m. on the Rio Tinto Alcan stage in front of the PdA esplanade, with two of Cuba’s greatest groups, Afro-Cuban All Stars, under the musical direction of Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, and Los Van Van, the “Rolling Stones of salsa”. The party moves to the General Motors stage at 9:30 p.m., where none other than Ben Harper & Relentless7 kick the Festival into history with their genuine American rock’n'roll.

This year’s major events are capped by three extra free outdoor superconcerts celebrating 30 years of the Festival and presented as part of the Performances General Motors series, on the General Motors stage, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. On July 3, the irresistible Florence K presents La Noche de Lola, transforming downtown Montreal with jazz, bossa, blues and, yes, plenty of Cuban salsa. It’s a unique evening in the company of a most charming musical ambassadress! A few days later, on July 9, the astonishing rumba flamenca of Jesse Cook and the Rumba Foundation kicks in a rhythm shift. They’ll also feature surprise guests for that mega-fest event vibe! Finally, on July 11, we welcome back young Nikki Yanofsky, whose freshness, energy and peerless voice will own the final moments of the Festival!

General Motors stage (Place des Festivals)

Les Performances General Motors, the Festival’s most prestigious series, lights up the marquee with major jazz names every evening, at 9 p.m., and again at 11 p.m. Among the artists on tap, begin with the major outdoor concert Vic Vogel & Le Jazz Big Band: Tribute to the Grandmaster of Jazz (July 1), in which Vic the Great-an absolute necessity at this 30th anniversary celebration-pays piano tribute to the jazz giants including Peterson, Parker, Ellington, Gillespie… The next evening, promising young soul man Eli Paperboy Reed (July 2) delivers instant hits, passion and a sound straight out of the ‘60s that brings the news to the masses! On July 10, it’s time for Bet.e, this siren of the bossa-nova who’s made an impression on so many occasions at the Festival, to light up her sunny jazz sound on a mass scale!

A little earlier in the evening, on the same stage at 6 p.m., join us for the Gammes General Motors series. As the Festival opens, the eight young musicians of the Halifax group Gypsophilia (July 2) blend melodies inspired by guitar god Django Reinhardt with bop rhythms and gypsy love! Pianist Arden Arapyan (July 8), winner of the 2008 General Motors Grand Jazz Award, right here at the Festival, showcases elegant jazz melodies flavoured with Latin-American, European and Middle-Eastern influences. On July 11, we welcome the “Roi du Drum” to his 28th Festival: a fringe drummer who started out practicing on cans and buckets, a 75 year-old teenager, an original in an unbounded musical universe. Guy Nadon, of course.

Rio Tinto Alcan stage (corner Ste. Catherine and Jeanne-Mance Sts.)

At 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., the Soirées jazzy Rio Tinto Alcan series presents artists including singer-songwriter Inés Cánepa (July 1), who sings of Latin America in Spanish, English and French. The following day, the multi-faceted Colin Hunter (July 2)-president-founder of an airline company by day, passionate crooner by night-whose covers of popular classics by Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin win him ovation after ovation. A few days later, Jesse Dee (July 5) brings soul-pop inspired by the immortals, a blend of Amy Winehouse and Al Green in a bracing cocktail of doo-wop, boogie, roots and funk. Lady in Satin, tribute to Billie Holiday (July 6) commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of the great diva with Kim Richardson, Dan Thouin, Dany Roy, Maxime St-Pierre, Adrian Vedady and John Fraboni. On July 9 (replacing Asa, who had to cancel her performance), welcome Barbara Secours, who offers us a debut album, Love is a Wonderful World, inspired by the little truths of life, love, dreams and laughter.

Grande‑Place du complexe Desjardins stage

Class is in session! Recess is over… but the fun has just begun! Actor Jacques L’Heureux, La Bande Magnétik, James Gelfand and his quartet, and Festival mascot Ste-Cat teach everyone in the family a lesson… in jazz! For a 21st consecutive year, La Petite école du jazz, presented by Rio Tinto Alcan every day at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., July 1 to 11, invites children of all ages to a dynamic, interactive and fun-filled musical initiation!

Loto‑Québec stage (President-Kennedy Ave.)

The Festival’s Spectacles blues Loto-Québec series, presented at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., has been a must-see mainstay as long as fans can remember. Among the major names powering this year’s roster, don’t miss Steve Strongman (July 5), who showcases his second album, Blues in Colour, and defends his status as Festival darling, won during last year’s Guitar Explosion show. On July 10, hang onto something or you’ll be blown away by the blues and roots of soulful New Brunswicker Matt Andersen, who released his debut album as a songwriter, Something In Between, in 2008, and has shared the stage with America… Finally, the series closes with the deep soul- and jazz-tinged gospel of Texan Diunna Greenleaf (July 12)-who counts a 2008 Blues Music Award among her prizes-and will be accompanied by guitarists John Richardson and Bob Margolin.

The Soirées blues Loto‑Québec series, at 9 p.m. and Blues en reprise at midnight (free, in L’Astral), gathers an array of artists who need no introduction. Nicknamed “the Tornado”, veteran harmonica warlock Jim Zeller (July 1), accompanied by faithful guitarist Joe Jammer, throws down the gauntlet for a Harp Duel with his friend Carl Tremblay in celebration of 25 years of Festival performances! In a highly-anticipated Festival return, the phenomenon named Jonas (July 3) brings us Back to Blues, a show devoted to… you guessed it, accompanied as ever by his band, including guitarist Corey Diabo. Just the mention of Bob Walsh’s name (July 4) is enough to sum up the history of local blues since the ’70s. He doesn’t just play the blues. He is the blues. Blues superman Steve Hill (July 6, with The Majestiks), has gone from “the kid from Trois‑Rivières” to “the North American reference point” in less time than it takes to howl “guitar!” Up, up and away!

Club Jazz TD Canada Trust (parc Hydro-Québec, corner Ste. Catherine and Clark Sts.)

The classic doubleheader format (7 p.m. and 9 p.m.) of the Soirées Jazz TD Canada Trust series, always a fan favourite, welcomes Vincent Gagnon (July 2), one of the most in-demand jazz pianists in Quebec, whose Bleu cendres presents a repertoire at the crossroads of jazz and impressionist music; Havana guitarist Luis Mario Ochoa (July 3 ) is a player on the Toronto Latin scene and welcomes great Cuban pianist Hilario Durán for a fiery evening of high-calibre jazz; the Rafaël Zaldivar Quintet (July 5), whose leader’s undeniable talents for improv and composition have made them the new Montreal piano jazz sensation; and Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Jazz Project (July 7), presenting a fascinating combination of Sicilian folklore and modern jazz elements from the hands of masters; and Steve Koven (July 9) brings a contagious passion for jazz that has made him one of the finest performers in the biz… and put him in nomination for the General Motors Grand Jazz Award and the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award. It all happens in the marvelous ambience of this popular jazz club that has made the site a Festival must-see.

Bell stage (the future Clark St. esplanade, near De Maisonneuve Blvd.)

Need a shot of musical sunshine? The Tropiques Bell series, at 8 p.m., will chase all the clouds away. Set sail on a free southern voyage commandeered by Jose Manuel Cobles, alias Puerto Plata (July 2). A rare survivor of the golden age of the bachata, he brings veteran wisdom, charisma and the vigour of a young musician to a rich musical pot-pourri. Also, excellent English guitarist Justin Adams, renowned for his collaborations with Robert Plant, found a perfect ally in Juldeh Camara (July 10) for an encounter between two musical spheres: Africa and the blues. And what better closer than the Maï Taï Orchestra (July 12), an all-star band interpreting the greatest in Polynesian music and Hawaiian melodies? See you on the beach!

Pavillon SIMM-GM (corner De Maisonneuve Blvd. and De Bleury St.)

The Pavillon SIMM-GM-a wooden Magic Mirror-type tent like the one that delighted Festival fans last summer-awaits family and friends with its 100 % Guitare series, where the masters of the six-string astonish the faithful with their wizardry, from 7 p.m. Among others, the passionate and versatile Antoine Dufour, winner of first prize in the fingerstyle competition at the 2006 Canadian Guitar Festival 2006, and Zeb Heintz, who learned the subtleties of picking and slide techniques from a young age, and took home the 2001 European blues guitarist of the year at the Trophées France Blues awards!

Festival stage (entrance to Complexe Desjardins)

Ladies and gentlemen, mark your agendas: it’s the Rendez‑vous series, presented every night at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.! For the first time, an outdoor Festival stage welcomes one of Argentina’s most appealing musicians: Federico Aubele (July 2). This grand romantic has everything it takes to charm and seduce: tangos, boleros, bossa-nova, reggae. Bring it on! The Festival also welcomes another exotic, Chris Velan (July 7), who toured the Republic of Guinea, visiting refugee camps for a documentary project on the group Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. Since then, he’s covered Canada and the U.S., a one-man band with his guitar, his loop pedal and his folk reggae. Finally the groove kings of the Souljazz Orchestra, July 8, turn the stage into a musical carnival ride! Jazz, funk, Afro, Latin and, of course, soul, with skill and white-hot enthusiasm!

Next, rhythm rules in the Groove Bell series at 10 p.m. Israeli sextet Coolooloosh, July 8, is a hub of worldbeat: hip hop, jazz, funk rock and even Yiddish music fire up their uber-cosmopolitan and celebratory live show! Better yet, extraordinary trumpeter Avishai Cohen joins the party! The following evening, Curumin (July 9) is a young artist who simply must be seen! Singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, this Brazilian has lit a fire in Europe and the Americas with his crossbreed of samba, funk, Afrobeat and hip hop. The series closes out beautifully with the forest anthems of The National Parcs (July 12). Their organic samples take musical form as electronica and funk, Afrobeat and Grime, hip hop rhymes and rhythms. Get back to nature!

CBC / Radio-Canada Music Kiosk (corner Ste. Catherine and Jeanne-Mance Sts., at the southern end of the Place des Festivals)

Open the evening at 7 p.m. at the CBC / Radio-Canada kiosk to the rhythms of the Brunantes series. Highlights include Japanese guitarist Nobuki Takamen (July 3) and his lyrical, melodic and fluid jazz compositions. Critics especially cite his prodigious technique, passion and captivating phrases. Add in Canadian saxophonist Erik Hove (July 6), whose modern, improvised, innovative melodies feature as much saxophone as turntable, as much musique actuelle as groovy drum’n'bass. And don’t forget the Boogie Boys (July 9 and 10), reinterpreting the great themes of their native land, Poland, with style, swing, and above all… boogie!

Bistro Le Balmoral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 305 Ste. Catherine St. W.)

For a perfect evening night-cap, the Jam Sessions TD Canada Trust, presented by XM Satellite Radio at 11 p.m., spotlight redoubtable pro John Roney, his compadres Jim Doxas on drums and Rémi-Jean Leblanc on double bass, and many of the artists playing this 30th anniversary of the Festival sitting in. It’s a summertime gift to all true jazz fans… and the perfect way to pop the cork on the new bistro in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan! Please note that the Friends of the Festival Card grants priority free access to the Jam Sessions TD Canada Trust. Limited capacity.

Savoy du Métropolis (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.)

Nightowls will flock to the Nightcap Heineken series, where avant-rhythms awaits them at midnight. Bob & Bill (July 1 and 2) get the party started with electronica, soaring textures and electroacoustic experimentation! Next, Daniel Thouin (keyboards), Maxime St-Pierre (trumpet), Adrian Vedady (double bass) and Massimo Sansalone (drums) step up (July 3 to 5) with soundscapes underpinned by hypnotic rhythms. Bass frequencies nail audience members to the floor with a groove as solid as it is feverish… Then, Jedi Electro (July 6 to 8), led by Dan Thouin, Alex McMahon, Jean‑Phi Goncalves, Martin Lizotte and JF Lemieux, invite fans of drum’n'bass and dubstep to an evening of imperial improvisation, spontaneity and irresistible rhythms. The series closes out with urban electro-rockers aRTIST oF tHE yEAR (July 9 to 11): guitars, bass and keyboards to keep everybody up and dancing madly to funk grooves into the wee hours!

The party starts at lunchtime!

Rio Tinto Alcan stage (corner Ste. Catherine and Jeanne-Mance Sts.), CBC / Radio-Canada kiosk (corner Ste. Catherine and Jeanne-Mance Sts.), Club Jazz TD Canada Trust (parc Hydro-Québec, corner Ste. Catherine and Clark Sts.) and Festival stage (entrance to complexe Desjardins).

Every day of the Festival, except for June 30 and July 12, the party kicks off at noon! First, at noon and 3 p.m., the Découvertes Rio Tinto Alcan series (on the Rio Tinto Alcan stage) presents over 20 jazz bands from high schools, cegeps and universities. Next, at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., Les Midis du Festival delight Festival fans with a vast swingin’ array of Dixie bands on the CBC / Radio-Canada kiosk, followed by Après-midi TD Canada Trust, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., at Club Jazz TD Canada Trust. The Dixie bands return to shake and stir up the cocktail hour: get happy at 4 p.m. during the Envolées du Festival on the Festival stage, and for the Apéros CBC / Radio-Canada in front of the CBC / Radio-Canada kiosk, at 4:30 p.m.

Something for every taste!

Got a craving? Check out the vast selection: a little “world tour” of the Resto louisianais, the Resto mexicain, the Fruiterie, the Sandwicherie and salad bar, the Crêperie, the Barbecue and the ice cream stand, all in addition to the hot dog carts, will turn up a taste for every tongue! A friendly glass among friends? The varied settings of the Pub Heineken-where Bharath and his Rhythm Four (July 1 to 6) and Rob Lutes (July 7 to 12) welcome us at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-the Jazz Bars Heineken, and the Bar and Terrasse Amarula offer an ambience for everyone. The noble simplicity of the wines and cheeses of the Bistro SAQ (or the Petit bistro SAQ) and the cocktails at the Bistro SAQ Express are here to tempt the discerning adult… Meanwhile, the Festival souvenir boutiques and the Tente disquaire (record shop) are also here to fulfill Festival fans’ needs, offering a wide assortment of official Festival products, from t-shirts with the Ste-Cat logo to a debut album by a newly discovered artist, from posters to caps, etc. And how can we leave out Le Balmoral, the brand-new Festival bistro set right in the heart of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, with a terrasse on the Place! With a décor and ambience designed to charm the most jaded jazzer and a delicious menu specially prepared for this summer, it’s sure to become an immediate hit during the Festival and all year long with jazz fans… and the rest of Montreal!

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 Friends of the Festival Card and on products from the Galerie du Festival or the bistros.

A worldwide first at the Festival: a service for visually impaired fans

Thanks to a collaboration between the Festival, HumanWare and the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille (INLB), the Festival’s program, and its outdoor sites, will be more accessible than ever! The new Trekker Breeze talking GPS will be made available free to visually impaired fans in order to help them get around the site: a worldwide first! Whether it’s the outdoor stages, merchant kiosks, sanitary facilities or access to Metro stations and bus stops, Breeze users need only follow the vocal instructions to help them get to where they’re going.

Thank you to our partners

Special thanks go out to all of our public and private partners, who make this great musical celebration possible. First, we would like to thank the Government of Canada for their unprecedented contribution (particularly Industry Canada), the gouvernement du Québec for their constant support, Ville de Montréal and Tourisme Montréal, for their continuous collaboration. Also, let’s not forget the important input from the private sector: General Motors of Canada, principal sponsor and official presenter of the Festival; Rio Tinto Alcan, official co-presenter; as well as Bell Canada, Loto‑Québec, TD Canada Trust, the SAQ, Heineken, Amarula, XM Satellite Radio and CBC Television. Thanks to them, festivalgoers can be part of this marvellous festival and revel in untold musical discoveries, for the most part free of charge.

The Bell Info‑Jazz Line: answering all your questions

The free Official Bell Info-Jazz Program (printed in 200 000 copies) and the Info-Jazz Bell pamphlet-the complete pocket sized schedule of which we printed 500,000-contains all the details about the event and can be picked up at the Métropolis, in Place des Arts and, over the next few days, in all the participating concert halls, as well as in most downtown hotels and major book and music stores. Both programs and pamphlets will be available at the five Bell Info-Jazz Kiosks and the Info-Jazz Bell Dôme, situated on the esplanade of Place des Arts.

Grouped together under the title “Bell Info‑Jazz,” these information tools of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal are easy to find for those who want to get the very most out of this year’s Festival. You can visit the Bell Info-Jazz Internet Site at (montrealjazzfest.com) or call the Bell Info-Jazz Line (514 871‑1881 or, toll-free, 1 888 515‑0515). A tourist service is also available to help you organize your stay at this year’s Festival, by offering a number of à la carte packages (montrealjazzfest.com/packages).

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

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