Press release for immediate distribution

30th anniversary Rio Tinto Alcan Closing Event, Sunday, July 12, 7 p.m.

Fiesta Cubana with Los Van Van and Afro-Cuban All-Stars, followed by Ben Harper & Relentless7!

Montreal, Friday, July 10, 2009 - Closing out an amazing 30th edition with a big bang, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal invites fans to a festive, technicolour Rio Tinto Alcan 30th Anniversary Closing Event, this Sunday. The Rio Tinto Alcan stage (formerly the main stage facing the Place des Arts forecourt) lights up at 7 p.m. with the fiery Fiesta Cubana, presented in collaboration with XM Satellite Radio. At 9:30 p.m., it’s time to head over to the Place des Festivals, where the General Motors stage hosts the ever-popular and powerful Ben Harper & Relentless7. This free outdoor mega double-bill promises a superb closing to these exceptional 30th anniversary Festival celebrations!

The Fiesta Cubana Grand Event gets rolling with the Afro-Cuban All Stars, under the musical direction of Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, presenting faves and classics from the Cuban repertoire, as well as new songs. Then, legendary Cuban group Los Van Van, nicknamed “The Rolling Stones of salsa”, turn the outdoor site into an evening-long dance party! Viva Cuba-a country at the epicentre of Festival musical discoveries since Year One!

Missed them at Métropolis in May? No worries-incredibly, Ben Harper and his Relentless7 return for a massive free show! Friends since the late ’90s, Ben Harper and guitarist Jason Mozersky got together with drummer Jordan Richardson and bassist Jesse Ingalls in 2005, during the recording of a track for the excellent Both Sides of the Gun, thereby giving birth to Relentless7. In early May, they came out with White Lies for Dark Times, Harper’s 9th album, a timeless and resolutely rocking release. For this very special evening, a major Festival favourite and his band will focus all the intoxicating power of their genuine American rock’n'roll to close out an incredible 30th anniversary!

Reminder: security arrangements

for the Rio Tinto Alcan Closing Event

This year, our big events are held on the brand-new Place des Festivals, located on Jeanne‑Mance Street between Ste. Catherine Street West and De Maisonneuve Blvd. In view of Montreal’s tremendous response to the announcement of the Rio Tinto Alcan Closing Event, we advise Festival fans to access the new site from the east, via Ontario St. East (Saint‑Laurent Metro) of the west via De Maisonneuve Blvd. (McGill Metro). Given its location, the Place des Festivals is also accessible by Jeanne‑Mance St., via Sherbrooke St. We’d like to remind festivalgoers that the Soirée de clôture Rio Tinto Alcan features two concerts: first, Fiesta Cubana, at 7 p.m. on the Rio Tinto Alcan stage and then Ben Harper & Relentless7, at 9:30 p.m. on the General Motors stage.

For security reasons, folding chairs and lawn chairs will not be permitted on the site; strollers will be permitted, but are strongly discouraged. As always, bicycles and rollerblades will not be permitted on the site, (although they can be left in the TD Canada Trust bicycle parking lot located next to Saint-Laurent Metro), and cans and glass bottles are also forbidden. However, we advise Festival fans to bring a supply of water (in plastic bottles). Please note that it is forbidden to bring alcoholic beverages onto 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. Once on site, fans can always access the specially-security corridors, exclusively to exit the site during the performance. These “One Way” corridors can therefore 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 Blvd, east and westbound. Given 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, local 4540, on the eve of the concert in order to reserve a space on the esplanade.

This year, the support of Industry Canada and of the ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire allows the Festival to present more free outdoor events, including this amazing Closing Event, 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 runs until July 12, 2009.

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