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Located on the second floor of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

The Galerie Lounge TD opens its doors to the public tomorrow

The exhibition Herman Leonard - The greatest photographer in jazz history, presented from October 22, 2009 to February 7, 2010

Montreal, Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - Since its inception, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has tried to build bridges between the different forms of art that complement jazz, from painting to cinema to dance. After a number of definitive experiences, notably involving the creation of Miles Davis’ self-portrait in 1988, the world’s largest jazz festival decided to offer visual artists a special place through the creation of the Galerie du Festival; a temporary exhibition space mounted under a tent during the Festival period for the past 14 years.

With today’s vernissage, Alain Simard pronounced himself proud to finally celebrate the opening of the permanent Galerie, which will henceforth take up residence on the second floor of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, where it will be open free of charge all year long. It opens its doors to the public tomorrow under the name Galerie Lounge TD, as a result of the indispensable financial support of the Festival’s new presenting sponsor, TD Bank Financial Group. Connaisseurs and neophytes alike can admire canvases and silkscreens from the Festival’s permanent collection free of charge - and until February 7, 2010, an exhibition of some fifty pieces by legendary American photographer Herman Leonard, including 14 taken during the 30th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and presented here in a world premiere.

“The new Galerie Lounge TD is a great place to leverage the work of amazing artists from all around the world like Herman Leonard. At TD, culture is of quintessential importance in a society. It is a reflection of our collective creativity and that’s why it is important for us to contribute to its development,” said Christine Marchildon, Senior Vice-President, Quebec Region, TD Canada Trust. “As the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal’s presenting sponsor, TD Bank Financial Group is proud to support the Festival in showcasing Montreal’s unique culture to the world”, she said.

The Galerie enhances its collection year in and year out, acquiring works by a Who’s-who of renowned painters and musician-painters. In its permanent residence on the second floor of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan (a non-profit organization) - in a splendidly bright, airy and spacious location featuring a comfortable salon, perfect for contemplation or conversation - the Galerie Lounge TD offers a window on original artworks from the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal collection, many of which have rarely been seen and admired by the greater public - works created by the likes of Jean-Paul Riopelle, Marcel Barbeau, Corno, Armand Vaillancourt, Francis X. Pavy, Zïlon, Lhasa De Sela, Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Frédéric Back, Miyuki Tanobe and Yves Archambault, artist in residence and Festival posterist for over 20 years. Limited-edition numbered silkscreens taken from these works are also on display, including works by Robert Lapalme and Alfred Pellan.

Along with its permanent collection, the Galerie Lounge TD will regularly present large-scale exhibitions featuring internationally renowned artists, painters or photographers. The Galerie proudly marks its official opening with a selection of works by Herman Leonard, one of the greatest photographers in jazz history, an exceptional artist whose camera immortalized the most illustrious jazz musicians of the past five decades. Open free of charge to the public from October 22, 2009 to February 7, 2010, the exhibition gathers some fifty silver-based photographs taken between 1948 and 2009, legendary portraits known the world over and now prized by collectors.

In summertime, the Galerie Lounge TD will relocate to a tent set up on the Festival site, right in the heart of the action. Revenue from sales in the Galerie Lounge TD will offer crucial support to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, a non-profit corporation, helping to finance part of the costs connected with presenting free exhibitions.

Galerie Lounge TD

Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

305 Ste. Catherine Street West, 2nd Floor

galerieloungetd.montrealjazzfest.com

Free Admission

Opening hours:

Monday closed

Tuesday - Wednesday 11:30 am to 6 pm*

Thursday - Friday 11:30 am to 9 pm

Saturday - Sunday 11:30 am to 5 pm*

*Open until 9 pm on concert nights at L’Astral

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