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Monday, July 6, 2009


30th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal


Now until July 12:
learn how to play guitar in an hour, join in djembé jams, attend exclusive workshops, and much, much more!

Come on down to the Village de la musique-located in the block bounded by De Maisonneuve, De Bleury, Jeanne‑Mance and Mayor-where the Pavillon SIMM-GM hosts most of the activities of the 5th edition of the Montreal Musical Instrument Show (SIMM) for the duration of the Festival, until July 12: entertaining hour-long course in guitar, trumpet and harmonica instruction, djembé jams offering budding musicians the opportunity to revel in a percussion megajam, etc. And exhibitors and musicians invite music lovers to a captivating series of exclusive workshops on a wide variety of topics, from special playing techniques to the secrets of building an instrument. And as always, it’s free! For more information, please visit simmontreal.com.

The Art of Jazz: 70 Years of Blue Note Album Covers:
three more days!

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. Don’t miss this exciting exhibition, presented in collaboration with the Festival and Blue Note, until July 8, from noon to midnight, at the Village de la musique (corner of De Maisonneuve and De Bleury).

Opening today of the Blues Camp and
grand finale performance, July 12 at 5:30 p.m.

The 4th edition of the Blues Camp, presented by TD Canada Trust, opens its doors today at Cégep du Vieux Montréal, and runs through July 12. Fifty young musicians, between 13 and 17, will participate in this extraordinary week-long day camp, completely free of charge, refining their technique and musical knowledge in the company of music and education professionals. They’ll spend their days learning how to play their instruments, and don’t forget the wealth of information that comes from backstage and behind-the-scenes access to Festival concerts and musicians. The goal is to provide them with everything necessary to form a genuine top-flight blues group and fulfill a dream: performing a concert for a live audience during the Festival, on the Club Jazz TD Canada Trust stage (corner Clark St. and Ste. Catherine St.) on Sunday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, please visit: campdeblues.com.

Today at 2 p.m.:
Jeff Beck, recipient of the very first Montreal Guitar Show Tribute Award

For the 3rd edition of The Montreal Guitar Show, organizers felt it important to create a Tribute Award that would spotlight a handful of the most outstanding guitarists. To launch this fledgling Guitar Hall of Fame, what could have been more natural than to choose one of the greatest ambassadors of this beloved instrument: Jeff Beck. The prize will be presented to him by Jacques-André Dupont, founder and general manager of the MGS, at the press conference which will be held today at 2 p.m. in the press room (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 305 Ste. Catherine Street West).

Additional show for NEeMA tomorrow at 7 p.m.

The NEeMA concert, July 6 at 7 p.m., in the Savoy du Métropolis, is sold out; an additional concert has now been added, scheduled for tomorrow, July 7 at 7 p.m. at the Savoy du Métropolis. Inspired as much by Amerindian culture as her Egyptian/Lebanese roots and the many countries she’s visited, NEeMA is blessed with a gentle, fragile voice steeped in contemporary folk and poetry. She’s toured the world since her debut album Masì Cho (”thank you” in Tlicho), and finally visits the Festival just before the release of a new CD produced in Montreal with the assistance of a number of collaborators of international stature including friends Pierre Marchand and Leonard Cohen.

The Grande soirée XM Radio Satellite, tomorrow at 9 p.m.,
General Motors stage:

The greatest Rocksteady event ever seen!

Tomorrow at 9 p.m., the Grande soirée XM Radio Satellite will present the greatest names of Rocksteady: Ken Boothe, Stranger Cole, Hopeton Lewis, Leroy Sibbles and The Tamlins, as well as Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt-who were featured backup singers for Bob Marley. This free outdoor megaconcert is the follow-up to music 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 until July 12 with four screenings every day. A trip through time with such legendary hits as Rivers of Babylon, The Tide Is High and Stop That Train.

5th edition of the SIMM from July 10 to 12, 2009:
The SIMM moves outdoors!

The 5th edition of the Montreal Musical Instrument Show (SIMM) is here! This one-of-a-kind event in North America is still free, still focused on promoting music making, and still the dream show for all music lovers. The SIMM has a wealth of surprises in store for you, from July 10 to 12! This year, the SIMM will be getting some fresh air as it relocates to the heart of the outdoor site of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in the Village de la musique (located on De Maisonneuve Boulevard between De Bleury and Jeanne-Mance streets).

The SIMM is:

  • exhibitors presenting the world’s best brand-name instruments in the Village de la musique
  • free shows: 100% Guitare series (SIMM-GM Pavilion)

Again this year, you will have an opportunity to try out hundreds of musical instruments and pieces of equipment from the biggest brand names and to try your luck in the silent auction to get your hands on an autographed instrument, a real guitar deal or a unique accessory (profits will help fund the Blues Camp for teens).

Please note that performances by Steve Stevens, presented by Godin Guitars and scheduled for the Pavillon SIMM-GM on July 10 and 11 as part of the SIMM have been cancelled by the artist for personal reasons.

The SIMM, presented by General Motors of Canada as part of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, is the place for exchanges between music aficionados and musicians, and THE happening for music fans. For more information, please visit simmontreal.com.

Addition to the program:
Irma Thomas, July 10 at 8:30 p.m.

An additional concert by Irma Thomas has been added, scheduled for July 10 at 8:30 p.m. at the Métropolis in the Rythmes Bell series. Opening act: Asa. Tickets: $37.50. After a 49-year career, the soul queen of New Orleans finally won her first Grammy in 2007! Working in the shadow of the Big Time, the diva won the hearts of connaisseurs everywhere over the decades, thereby affirming her status as a major cult artist. It’s the Montreal return of an incredible soul and R&B singer, who hasn’t played the Festival since 1998. We are blessed! And opening the show, welcome the revelation-or revolution?-that is Nigerian artist-warrior Asa!

Indoor Closing Concert of the Festival on July 12 at 7 p.m.:
Montréal Variations

First came the album, released in 2007: Montréal Variations - Montréal Jazz Club Session 3, in which great pianists created a musical piece on a common theme, Montreal. Now, in the closing concert of the Festival, the project comes to life under the unique and faithful staging of Philippe Dunnigan, who conceived and produced the album: Oliver Jones, François Bourassa, James Gelfand, Jean-François Groulx, Alain Lefèvre, Guy Dubuc, Luc Beaugrand, Guy St-Onge and Lorraine Desmarais take the stage to express their perceptions and very personal relationships with the city, through music. A pianist, a piano… and Montréal! It’s a beautiful way to close out the festivities, on Sunday, July 12, 7 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve in Place des Arts.

Rio Tinto Alcan Closing Event, Sunday July 12, from 7 p.m.
Two free outdoor special events:
Fiesta Cubana with Los Van Van and Afro-Cuban All Stars,
followed by Ben Harper & Relentless7

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.

Travel and safety at major events

In view of Montreal’s tremendous response to the announcement of these mega-concerts, we advise festival-goers to access this new site from the east, by way of Ontario Street East (Saint-Laurent metro station), or from the west, using De Maisonneuve Boulevard West (McGill metro station). The Place des Festivals is also accessible by Jeanne-Mance Street via Sherbrooke Street.

For security reasons, folding chairs and lawn chairs are not allowed on the site; strollers for children are tolerated, but their use is strongly discouraged. As always, bicycles and rollerblades are prohibited on the site, as well as cans and glass bottles. However, we advise festival-goers to bring a supply of water (in plastic bottles). Please note that it is forbidden to bring alcoholic beverages on the site.

The Festival advises the public to travel to the concert from east to west and from north to south; the use of mass transit is strongly advised. Public transit is the best option. Once on site, festival-goers always have access to the specially-designed security corridors to exit the site during the performance. These one way corridors can only be used to leave the site, but not to return. They lead directly to the Place-des-Arts metro station, to Complexe Desjardins and to De Maisonneuve Boulevard East and West. Because these are, by definition, traffic corridors, pedestrians are not permitted to remain standing in them.

People in wheelchairs must contact Hector Poblete at 514 288‑1424, ext. 4540, the day before the concert in order to reserve a space.

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

Today, July 6

Tribute to Billie Holiday Lady in satin with Kim Richardson - 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. -Rio Tinto Alcan stage

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Billie Holiday, singer Kim Richardson and musicians Dan Thouin, Dany Roy, Maxime St-Pierre, Adrian Vedady and John Fraboni unite to pay her tribute with a set of her most iconic hits.

Blue King Brown - 10 p.m. - Bell stage

Activists as well as musicians, the dozen members of Aussie group Blue King Brown brandish their urban roots music like a weapon of protest.They pour equal amounts of energy and heart into their twin passions: social justice and reggae.

Tomorrow, July 7

Good Lovelies - 7 p.m. - CBC / Radio-Canada stage

The three singers of the Good Lovelies form a vocal harmony group in the style of the eternal Andrew Sisters. Their lively repertoire flirts with folk, bluegrass and jazz from the ’40s, and their irresistible voices never fail to charm.

Michael Occhipinti Sicilian Jazz Project - 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. - Club Jazz TD Canada Trust

Guitarist Michael Occhipinti and some of Canada’s most accomplished musicians launched The Sicilian Jazz Project, a fascinating combination of Sicilian folklore and elements of modern jazz fashioned in the hands of masters.

Chris Velan - 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. - Festival stage

Chris Velan 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, his folk reggae… and, 25 years after picking up the instrument, still no pick!

Wednesday, July 8

Neil Cowley Trio - 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.- Club Jazz TD Canada Trust

British piano prodigy Neil Cowley is a leading figure in British post-jazz, surrounded by stunning musicians who produce a dynamic, refreshing and wholly exciting sound!

Coolooloosh - 10 p.m. - Bell stage

Israel is a country too seldom represented at the Festival, but these six musicians and their influences-hip hop, jazz, funk-rock and Yiddish music-will take us everywhere at once. Coolooloosh care nothing for musical conventions, delivering a dynamic world beat and cosmopolitan act that more than lives up their name!

Thursday, July 9

Boogie Boys - 7 p.m. - CBC / Radio-Canada stage

The Boogie Boys reinterpret the big beat scene in their native land, Poland, with barrelhouse style, rhythm and swing! Spirited, invigorating, authentic and uplifting! Also on July 10, 7 p.m., on CBC / Radio-Canada stage.

Curumin - 10 p.m. - Bell stage

Curumin is a young artist who redefines the term “hybrid”! Singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, he was a breakout success all across Europe and the Americas. The music of Brasileiro is an inspired cross of samba, funk, Afrobeat and hip hop.

Friday, July 10

The Kitchen Shakers - 7 p.m. - SIMM-GM Pavilion

The upbeat Cajun-flavoured country of Canadians Kevin Mark and Dale Boyle pulls its bluegrass and roots accents from a variety of American influences. Get ready to tap your feet and bang on the tables at the summer’s best kitchen party!

Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara - 8 p.m. -Bell stage

Excellent English guitarist Justin Adams found in Juldeh Camara, the Gambian griot, prolific singer, songwriter and master of the riti, the perfect ally for a musical encounter between two worlds: Africa and the blues.

The Heavy - 10 p.m. -Bell stage

They sing like Prince, sling guitar like the Stooges, prowl the raw side like Tom Waits. Their sound is utterly singular, a rock-funk punched up with brassy soul and tough hip hop. They are English, and they are called The Heavy.

Saturday, July 11

Guy Nadon - 6 p.m. -General Motors stage

The “roi du drum”. A 75-year-old teenager. A true original in an unbounded personal universe. The most colourful character on the Montreal jazz scene. Only one man can be all these things and more: our beloved Guy Nadon!

Los de Abajo - 8 p.m. -Bell stage

Mariachis who master ska, punk, funk, rap, reggae, hip hop, cumbia, merengue, rock and electro… really? Mexico’s Los de Abajo are living proof!

Sunday, July 12

Diunna Greenleaf with special guest Bob Margalin - 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. -Loto-Québec stage

With her own very personal style, a deep gospel, tinged with soul and jazz, Diunna Greenleaf gets noticed! And as the cherry on the sundae, she’ll be accompanied by John Richardson on guitar and by Muddy Waters’ guitarist, Bob Margolin!

Maï Taï Orchestra - 8 p.m. -Bell stage

All-star band Maï Taï Orchestra interprets the greatest Polynesian hits and Hawaiian melodies in an appropriate musical and physical setting of ukulele, tiki statuettes and inflatable palm trees. Aloha, and see you on the beach!

The National Parcs - 10 p.m. - Bell stage

The wild is their studio, with splitting wood, slipping sand and dripping water as their instruments. Organic samples take musical form as electronica and funk, Afrobeat and Grime, hip hop rhymes and rhythms. Get back to nature!

23 sold-out concerts!

All tickets for the following concerts have already been sold:

Beirut, opening act: The Dodos (July 11, 8:30 p.m. - Métropolis)

Hiromi Sonicbloom (July 8, 10:30 p.m. - Gesù - Centre de créativité)

Jeff Beck (July 6, 9:30 p.m. - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Place des Arts)

Michael Kaeshammer (July 8, 9 p.m. - L’Astral, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan)

NEeMA (July 6, 7 p.m. - Savoy du Métropolis)

Pink Martini with Orchestra (July 7 and 8, 7:30 p.m. - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Place des Arts)

Indoor concerts: pick up your tickets now

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

Pleins feux General Motors series (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA - 7:30 p.m.)

Jackson Browne (7:30 p.m., July 11)

Battle of the Bands with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Harry James Orchestra (3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., July 12)

En voix series (Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA - 6 p.m.)

Sophie Milman (July 6)

Charlie Haden Family and friends (July 8)

Invitation series (Gesù - Centre de créativité - 6 p.m.)

Renaud Garcia-Fons Bajo Andaluz-Double Bass Meets Flamenco Dancer with Sabrina Romero (July 9)

Renaud Garcia-Fons Duo avec Jean-Louis Matinier (July 10)

Jazz d’ici series (L’Astral, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan - 6 p.m.)

Yannick Rieu with Dan Thouin, Philippe Melanson, Jocelyn Tellier and Jean-Sébastien Williams (July 8)

Joel Miller and special guest Henry Hey (July 9)

Michel Donato (July 10)

Jean-Pierre Zanella et Sacbé (July 11)

Les Couleurs SAQ series (Club Soda - 7 p.m.)

Pacifika (July 6)

Térez Montcalm (July 8)

Vieux Farka Touré (July 9)

DeVotchKa (July 11)

Jazz Beat TD Canada Trust series (Théâtre Jean-Duceppe - 8 p.m.)

Bill Frisell Quartet with Tony Scherr, Rudy Royston and Ron Miles (July 8)

Lorraine Desmarais Big Band with special guest Oliver Jones (July 9)

George Wein and The Newport All Stars with Lew Tabackin, Randy Sandke, Howard Alden, Peter Washington and Lewis Nash (July 10)

François Bourassa and Alain Caron (July 11)

Primeur series (Cinquième Salle, PdA - 7:30 p.m.)

Zachary Richard (from July 8 to 11)

Jazzing Flamenco series (Théâtre du Nouveau Monde - 8 p.m.)

Jazzing Flamenco, from the creators of Tango Flamenco (every night until July 11)

Rythmes Bell series (Métropolis - 8:30 p.m.)

Estelle, opening act: Divine Brown (July 6)

Alpha Blondy, Oumou Sangare, double bill (July 8)

Reggae Summit: Burning Spear and Toots & The Maytals (July 9)

Irma Thomas, opening act: Asa (July 10)

Jazz au Club series (L’Astral, Maison du festival Rio Tinto Alcan - 9 p.m.)

Somi (July 11)

Les Grands concerts TD Canada Trust series (Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA - 9:30 p.m.)

Joshua Redman Double Trio with Brian Blade, Greg Hutchinson, Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers (July 6)

Montréal Variations (July 12)

Jazz dans la nuit series (Gesù - Centre de créativité - 10:30 p.m.)

Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition (July 9)

Greg Osby 9 Levels (July 11)

Les Nuits Heineken series (Club Soda - midnight)

The Dears (July 6)

The Bell Orchestre (July 9)

Misstress Barbara / Claass (July 11)


A few errors can be found in the Festival program:

p. 136 - The entry should read Jesse Cook - The Rumba Foundation, with special guests : Samba Squad, Jeremy Fisher, Amanda Martinez, Dominique Soulard, Maninho Costa, Rosendo Leon Sr. and Juan Diego de Sedas.

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