Jazz, jazz… and not just jazz!

39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Montréal, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto ,now unveils a second series of concerts in its 39th edition. From jazz in every style to world music, soul, electro-pop; from blue-chip tickets to newcomers, from home and abroad, a slew of talented artists are on their way to our Festival stages to thrill us once again. Tickets for these concerts go on sale this Friday, February 16 at noon, except for the concerts by Jain and Sons of Kemet, already on sale. Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers (infolettrespectra.ca): tomorrow, Thursday, February 15, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

KamasiKamasi Washington — June 30, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS (Rythmes) — A genuine sensation on the global jazz scene, Kamasi Washington ranks highly among those musicians with the brilliant talent to push jazz beyond its known boundaries. With an impressive CV including tours with jazz and hip-hop stars Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Lauryn Hill, he honours us with a first Festival visit, armed with his latest EP, Harmony of Difference.  

Snarky PuppySnarky Puppy — June 28, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS (Rythmes) — We’re delighted to welcome the return of Snarky Puppy, instrumental fusion group led by the charismatic Michael League. After packing the Métropolis in 2015, the Puppy returns with Culcha Vulcha (Grammy Award winner for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album). And we can’t wait!

metronomyMetronomy. Opening act: Duchess Says — June 29, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS (Rythmes) — It’s a first Festival visit for this group, celebrated for their refreshingly dance-tastic electro-pop sound. Almost 20 years into a career filled with live festival triumphs around the world, the English quartet is back with their latest release, Summer 08. The only thing left to do is surrender to their groove!

Ry CooderRy Cooder. Opening act: Joachim Cooder — June 29, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts (Grands concerts Rio Tinto)Legendary musician, producer and composer Ry Cooder has built his reputation creating music at a crossroads of influences, nations and musical legacies. Named one of the ten greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone,his life’s work is a rich tapestry featuring varied collaborations with the Buena Vista Social Club, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones, as well as such original film soundtracks as Paris Texas.

Chris BottiChris Botti July 2, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique (Festival à la Maison symphonique Delta Air Lines)American trumpeter Chris Botti has spent several decades ruling the instrumental music charts. With an array of Grammy Awards, millions of albums sold and prestigious concerts worldwide, his style and talent have established him as one of the jazz-pop greats.

Holly ColeHolly Cole July 5, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique (Festival à la Maison symphonique Delta Air Lines)One of this country’sgreat jazz singers, Holly Cole recently launched a new album, simply entitled HOLLY, on Universal Music Canada. Featuring such classics as They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Everybody Loves Somebody and Teach Me Tonight, it’s a collection that reveals the dynamism and flat-out talent of an extraordinary artist who brings a personal touch and flair to the timeless tracks of the songbook.

Beth HartBeth Hart — July 7, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (Grands concerts Rio Tinto) One of the most magnetic voices in modern blues rock, American Beth Hart is well on her way to world conquest. Quite simply dazzling in her last Festival visit in 2015, she’s already won the respect of Joe Bonamassa and Jeff Beck. She returns with a new album, Black Coffee, driven by her powerhouse voice and spine-tingling songs.

JainJain (additional show) — July 6, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS (Rythmes) Since appearing on the French scene, Jain has caused a sensation. With her multicultural melting-pot pop, a savvy irresistible blend of reggae, electronica and groove, she racked up the 2017 Victoire award for Female Artist of the Year and a platinum album for Zanaka.


Mike SternMike Stern/Randy Brecker Band featuring Dennis Chambers and Tom Kennedy
June 30, 8 p.m., Monument-National (Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal) — It’s the dream team of jazz fusion: Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Dennis Chambers and Tom Kennedy. Each musician in this concert is a virtuoso with a CV sparkling with prestigious collaborations. An evening in Monument-National that promises to be explosive; not to be missed under any pretext.

Brian BladeBrian Blade & The Fellowship Band July 3, 8 p.m., Monument-National (Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal) Equally renowned for his solo work and his collaborations with Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, Wayne Shorter and Daniel Lanois, Brian Blade returns with his longtime pals, the Fellowship Band. On the repertoire: a technically accomplished, languorous new southern-accented album, Body and Shadow (Blue Note).

MarinahMarinah (Ojos de Brujo) — July 7, 9 p.m., Club Soda (Couleurs SAQ) — As custodian of the wild energy of former Spanish band Ojos de Brujo, singer Marinah returns to Club Soda with her unstoppable musical fiesta: an irresistible fusion of flamenco, rumba and hip-hop, not to mention joie de vivre. Hot-hot-hot!

Guillaume PerretGuillaume Perret, Free June 28, 10 p.m., L’Astral (Club Heineken)After recording two excellent albums with his group Electric Epic, French saxophonist Guillaume Perret went solo with Free in 2016: with funky grooves and abstract harmonies, impressions of a retro-futurist Africa and post-psychedelic U-turns, it’s a fusion of all forms of jazz, where all influences collide. He performs solo.

Sons of KemetSons of Kemet July 2, 10 p.m., L’Astral (Club Heineken)British phenomenon Shabaka Hutchings (The Comet Is Coming, Shabaka & The Ancestors) leads this unique outfit (saxophone, tuba and two drummers) into roiling new territory, bubbling with trancey incantations, between jazz, punk, Afro-futurism, electronic and jubilant free jazz. Les Inrocks has compared this magnificently dazzling quartet to a spiritual seance during an earthquake!

FRANCOIS_BOURASSAFrançois Bourassa Quartet July 3, 6 p.m., L’Astral (TD Jazz d’ici La Presse+) Thirty years into his storied career, pianist François Bourassa is considered a reference point in contemporary Canadian jazz. He heads into L’Astral with his historic quartet (André Leroux, Guy Boisvert and Greg Ritchie) and pieces from his critically acclaimed latest album, Number 9.

BombinoBombino July 4, 10 p.m., L’Astral (Club Heineken)Fusing traditional Berber rhythms with rock’n’roll energy in pacifist songs, Omara “Bombino” Moctar won Montréal’s heart a few years back with the album Nomad, produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Last year, the voice of the Sahara and the Sahel released Azel, a more acoustic take on desert blues rock.

JordanOfficerJordan Officer July 5, 6 p.m., L’Astral (Club Heineken)A Festival darling, guitarist Jordan Officer is renowned for a refined style accented with blues, jazz, country and R&B grooves.With his explosive virtuosity, he presents a 4th album, inspired by a road trip through the southern U.S., accompanied by his favourite musicians. An absolutely transporting show!

 

Ranee LeeRanee Lee Octet, Dark DivasJuly 6, 6 p.m., L’Astral (TD Jazz d’ici La Presse+) A Festival regular, Ranee Lee ranks among Canada’s most renowned jazz chanteuses. She now brings us her newest project, Dark Divas, plunging into the lives and songbooks of seven of the most celebrated and fascinating jazzwomen of the 20th century, including Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald.

ERREmie R Roussel Trio and guests, Intersections July 7, 6 p.m., L’Astral (TD Jazz d’ici La Presse+)Armed with their most recent release, Intersections, the Emie R Roussel Trio return to back up their reputation as one of the most important groups in Canadian jazz. Racking up prestigious awards and worldwide tour dates, the talented Emie R Roussel and her trio serve up a dazzlingly spellbinding creative jazz, one we’re always happy to welcome here.

Keyon HarroldKeyon Harrold June 28, 10:30 p.m., Gesù (Jazz dans la nuit) — He is the “future of trumpet” according to the illustrious Wynton Marsalis. Match virtuosity with creativity and you get Keyon Harrold, an extraordinary trumpeter who sends jazz soaring over genre boundaries, between electronica, R&B, blues and hip-hop. With an impressive CV featuring collaborations with JAY-Z and Beyoncé as well as Gregory Porter and Gary Clark Jr, he delivers his new album, The Mugician.

Marius NesetMarius Neset — June 29, 10:30 p.m., Gesù (Jazz dans la nuit) — In 2011, saxophonist Marius Neset made a resounding entrance onto the jazz scene with his debut album, Golden Xplosion, drawing comparisons with Jan Garbarek and establishing himself as a leader of the new wave of Scandinavian jazz. Armed with exemplary technique, creative energy and dazzling virtuosity, he makes his Festival debut with his latest album, Circle of Chimes.

 Tickets on sale Friday at noon

Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter tomorrow, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(excluding concerts byJain and Sons of Kemet, already on sale)

Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal: 175 Ste. Catherine St. W.; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or placedesarts.com
MTELUS: 59 Ste. Catherine St. E.; 1 855 790-1245 or ticketmaster.ca
Club Soda: 1225 Saint-Laurent Blvd.; 514 286-1010 or clubsoda.ca
Monument-National: 1182 Saint-Laurent Blvd.; 514 871-2224 or monumentnational.com
Gesù: 1200 De Bleury St.; 514 861-4378 or legesu.com
L’Astral, Maison du Festival: 305 Ste. Catherine St. W.; 514 288-8882 or sallelastral.com

The 39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 28 to July 7 2018.

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Two new additions to the program: JD McPherson and Max Richter

Montréal, Wednesday, January 10, 2018 —The program of the Jazz All-Year Round series presented by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and TD just got even better! In keeping with its mission to present concerts throughout the calendar year, the Festival is adding two new shows to its agenda. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 12 at noon. Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers: Thursday, January 11, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

JD MCPHERSONJD McPherson

With a passionate, irresistible fusion of good ol’ rock’n’roll and modern influences, singer-guitarist JD McPherson returns with a new album, Undivided Heart & Soul, recorded in Nashville: solid, banging rock’n’roll from an open-hearted artist revealing his fully mature talents as a songwriter.

April 14, 8 p.m, L’Astral

 

 

Max Richter
Featuring the ACME ensemble performing music from Infra and The Leftovers

Max RichterConsidered among the most influential composers of his generation, post-minimalist virtuoso Max Richter upends conventions: pianist, producer, arranger and collaborator, he is also an extremely prolific contemporary artist. Accompanied by the excellent American Contemporary Music Ensemble, he will perform two of his recent works: the soundtrack to TV series The Leftovers and the music of the ballet Infra by Wayne McGregor.

October 9, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts

Tickets on sale Friday at noon

Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers: tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Place des Arts: 175 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or placedesarts.com

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Some tickets remain for these concerts

Natural Wonder, The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience — January 17, 8:30 p.m., Corona Theatre
French Quarter avec Yacine Boularès, Samy Thiébault et Perrine Mansuy feat. Christophe Leloil — January 18, 8 p.m., L’Astral
The Devil Makes Three — January 19, 8 p.m., MTELUS
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox — January 31, 8 p.m., MTELUS
Valerie June — February 9, 8 p.m., Gesù
Nils Frahm, All MelodyMarch 22, 8 p.m., MTELUS
Too Many Zooz — March 31, 8 p.m., L’Astral
Ana Popović — April 22, 8 p.m., L’Astral

A non-profit organization, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is pursuing its mission of disseminating and developing jazz and its musical cousins for the 17th year in a row, by reinvesting its potential surpluses in the presentation of special concerts at its Jazz All-Year Round series. With support from Canadian Heritage, it can thus offer Canadians and visitors to the city the chance to experience the rhythms of jazz all-year round!

Get the jump on the crowd with the Spectra Newsletterand have the scoop on everything about the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Jazz All-Year Round series emailed right to your inbox. All the latest news, exclusive pre-sales, discounts … and it’s all free!

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French Quarter and Too Many Zooz join the program

Montréal, Monday, December 11, 2017 —In keeping with its mission to showcase concerts all year round, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal adds two new shows to the Jazz All-Year Round program series presented by TD, beginning this winter in L’Astral. Tickets for these concerts are already on sale.

French QuarterFrench Quarter with Yacine Boularès, Samy Thiébault and Perrine Mansuy feat. Christophe Leloil

For the past five years, the French Quarter project has brought the best of the French jazz scene to New York. This year, French Quarter lands in Montréal with saxophonist Yacine Boularès and his explosive debut album Ajoyo; saxophonist Samy Thiébault and his supremely energetic quartet, armed with the album Rebirth; and pianist Perrine Mansuy, with her silky touch and subtle harmonies, accompanied by trumpeter Christophe Leloil.

January 18, 8 p.m., L’Astral

Too many ZoozToo Many Zooz

Born in the depths of the subway and launched into the spotlight by a series of viral videos, this New York trio whips up a monumental “bass house” that’s both raw and incredibly sophisticated. After setting L’Astral blaze last summer (and landing in a Google ad), the group returns for a second blast of unbridled horns and primitive beats.

March 31, 8 p.m., L’Astral

Tickets on sale now

L’Astral (Maison du Festival): 305 Ste. Catherine St. West; ticketmaster.ca or 1 855 790-1245 — sallelastral.com

Some tickets remain for these concerts

  • Natural Wonder, The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience — January 17, 8:30 p.m., Corona Theatre
  • Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox — January 31, 8 p.m., MTELUS
  • Valerie June — February 9, 8 p.m., Gesù
  • Nils Frahm, All MelodyMarch 22, 8 p.m., MTELUS
  • Ana Popović — April 22, 8 p.m., L’Astral

A non-profit organization, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is pursuing its mission of disseminating and developing jazz and its musical cousins for the 17th year in a row, by reinvesting its potential surpluses in the presentation of special concerts at its Jazz All-Year Round series. With support from Canadian Heritage, it can thus offer Canadians and visitors to the city the chance to experience the rhythms of jazz all-year round!

Get the jump on the crowd with the Spectra Newsletter and have the scoop on everything about the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Jazz All-Year Round series emailed right to your inbox. All the latest news, exclusive pre-sales, discounts … and it’s all free!

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Jazz under the Christmas tree!

39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Tickets on sale this Friday at noon

Montréal, Wednesday, November 29, 2017 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, is already announcing the first series of concerts for its 39th edition! Decorate the Christmas tree and fill stocking with: a double bill, major names, young virtuosos, rising stars, a world premiere… And Diversity sets the tone! Tickets for these concerts, including additional performances of SLĀVgo on sale on Friday, December 1 at noon. Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers (infolettrespectra.ca): Thursday, November 30, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Jethro TullIan Anderson presents: Jethro Tull, 50th Anniversary Tour — July 7, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts — Rock music likely would not be what it is today without the contributions of a pioneer in the genre: Ian Anderson, the voice and flute of Jethro Tull. With some 30 albums and thousands of concerts to their credit, the illustrious band marks its 50th anniversary with its very first visit to the Festival. A legendary concert on the horizon.

Événements spéciaux TD series

Double bill: Ólafur Arnalds | Jean-Michel Blais — June 29, 7 p.m., MaisonOlafur symphonique de MontréalTwo artists, as talented as they are innovative, share the Maison symphonique for a double bill of sheer finesse. Poised between minimalist chamber music and ultra-modern sounds, astonishing Iceland multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds, as part of his All Strings Attached tour, and Québécois pianist Jean-Michel Blais, armed with material from his new album, unfold contemplative melodies with absolutely spellbinding sensitivity and elegance. Sheer delight.

Festival à la Maison symphonique series

Dee DeeDee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis Soulphony, Memphis Yes I’m Ready… — June 30, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des ArtsDee Dee Bridgewater presents a revolutionary reinterpretation of American blues and R&B classics, pouring out all the intelligence and power of a jazz diva with an undeniable soulful sensibility. Accompanied by Memphis Soulphony, Bridgewater pays thrilling tribute to a musical legacy she helped forge.

Grands concerts Rio Tinto series

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones — July 1, 8 p.m., Théâtre Bela FleckMaisonneuve, PdABanjo virtuoso Béla Fleck and his supremely talented Flecktones—Victor Wooten, Futureman and Howard Levy—are globally renowned for their magisterial performances and musical potpourri seasoned with bluegrass, African music, electric blues and Eastern European folk. Eight years after their last Festival visit, they finally make a highly anticipated return. Unmissable.

Grands concerts Rio Tinto series

DanielCaesarDaniel Caesar — July 2, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — With his gospel-infused indie soul, Daniel Caesar ranks as one of the most popular Canadian artists. He won smash success with Praise Break (one of the top 20 R&B albums according to Rolling Stone), and Pilgrim’s Paradise. This year, the rising young Torontonian brings the fab Freudian to MTELUS after a sold-out North-American tour.

Rythmes series

Jain — July 5, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — Since first appearing on JAINthe French scene, Jain has been nothing less than a sensation! Her sparkling, utterly convincing multicultural “melting pop”delivers an irresistible fusion of reggae, electronica and groove, winning her the 2017 Victoire (French Grammy) for Female Artist of the Year and a platinum album for Zanaka. She brings us a second album, guaranteed to be as tasty as her debut!

Rythmes series

GogoGoGo Penguin, A Humdrum Star Live — July 1, 9 p.m., Club Soda — High-voltage electroacoustic jazz, tightly-wound tempos, virtuoso musicianship: trio GoGo Penguin forged a unique sound that immediately propelled them to the forefront of the international jazz scene. After signing with Blue Note for their most recent album (Man Made Object), the Manchester group returns in February with the highly anticipated A Humdrum Star. Brilliant and refreshing.

Couleurs SAQ series

Robert Lepage, Ex Machina and Betty Bonifassi, SLĀV— June 26 to 30, and July 2 SLAVto 7, 8 p.m., Théâtre du Nouveau MondeGiven the enthusiasm generated by the first sale of the SLĀV show, six new performances are added to the agenda. Combining the innovative expertise of Ex Machina, the staging brilliance of Robert Lepage and the incomparable voice of Betty Bonifassi, SLĀV is a theatrical odyssey inspired by and focused on traditional African-American slave and work songs, from cotton field plantations to railroad yards, immortalized by John and Alan Lomax during the ’30s. An astonishingly visual tribute to music as an engine of resilience and freedom.

 Tickets on sale this Friday at noon

Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers:
tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal: 175 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or placedesarts.com
  • MTELUS: 59 Ste. Catherine Street East; 1 855 790-1245 or ticketmaster.ca
  • Club Soda: 1225 St. Laurent Blvd.; 514 286-1010 or clubsoda.ca
  • Théâtre du Nouveau Monde: 84 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 866-6668 or tnm.qc.ca

The 39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 28 to July 7, 2018.

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Robert Lepage, Ex Machina and Betty Bonifassi present SLĀV – A theatrical odyssey based on slave songs

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A major world premiere event for the 39th edition of the Festival

Montréal, Wednesday, November 22, 2017 — In a major world premiere as part of its 39th edition, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is thrilled to welcome SLĀV, conceived by Robert Lepage, produced by Ex Machina and starring Betty Bonifassi. Tickets for the show, presented in Théâtre du Nouveau Monde from June 26 to 30, 2018, go on sale Friday at noon.

Renowned as an incubator for an innovative theatre launching new artistic forms and genre fusing, the Ex Machina company, recognized for creating inventive and surprising visual spectacles, brings the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal the premiere of its new spectacle: SLĀV. Presented for just a few evenings in Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, the spectacle will unfold a theatrical odyssey based on traditionnal African-American chants, immortalized by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax.

As director, multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage is internationally renowned for his supremely original approach, upending the conventions of scenic writing, often making innovative use of new technologies.

The cast includes six choristers, and stars incomparable singer Betty Bonifassi, whose celebrated albums Chants d’esclaves, chants d’espoir and Lomax—vibrant tributes to the spiritual resilience, dignity and beauty of African slaves transported to America—are the core influences of this project.

SLĀV examines genres of song and chant: call songs, to accompany awakening slaves; work songs, to punctuate their gestures repeated a thousand times on railway sites; gandy dancers’ railroad songs, emphasizing the backbreaking efforts required to lay tracks; the less rhythmic field songs, to ease the boredom of picking cotton and tobacco; prisoners’ songs, speaking of lost liberty; and the laments and lullabies, to mark the end of another day’s hard labour, expressing hope about one day being free.

SLĀV is an odyssey from North to South, a journey from slavery to segregation to mass incarceration, still present today, to finally arrive at the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s. And since the show is directed by Robert Lepage, the subject is richly illustrated: archival film projections, a set design with rail tracks unfolding on the ground and in the air, and traces of secret codes, embroidered on quilts, to guide the fleeing slaves on the underground railroad to freedom… In short, the show promises to be a compelling, visual and theatrical treat.

One thing is certain, this collaboration promises an astonishing staging experience in a grand musical-theatrical celebration of the freedom of the human spirit. An ambitious project already causing a sensation of expectation!

Conception and interpretation: Betty Bonifassi and six choristers

Conception and stage direction: Robert Lepage

Conception and creative direction: Steve Blanchet

Production: Ex Machina

Duration: 100 minutes, approximately

Tickets on sale Friday at noon

Théâtre du Nouveau Monde: 84 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 866-8668 — tnm.qc.ca

The 39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 28 to July 7, 2017.

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Master of Horror John Carpenter in concert at MTELUS

Montreal, Tuesday, October 3, 2017 It’s Halloweeeeeen (soon)! On Monday, November 13 at 8 p.m., the legendary director and “Master of Horror” John Carpenter will be visiting MTELUS as part of his Anthology Tour, Movie Themes 1974–1998. It is behind his keyboard and with 5 musicians that we will find him on stage. Tickets for this concert of the Jazz All-Year Round series presented by TD and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal are already on sale.

Legendary director of a dozen cult classics, Carpenter also composes most of the music for his films. The minimalist, hypnotic aural ambience of Halloween, Christine, Jack Burton, Escape From New York and Assault on Precinct 13 is as indelible as the visual signature: timeless pieces that Carpenter brings to the stage in an anthology of his greatest work, all of it accompanied by projections that plunge us into the dark heart of the genius of the “Master of Horror”.  

Tickets already on sale

MTELUS: 59 Ste. Catherine Street East; ticketmaster.ca or 1 855 790-1245 — mtelus.com

Some tickets still remain for these concerts:

  • Martin Goyette — October 13, 8 p.m., L’Astral
  • GoGo Penguin — October 23, 8 p.m., Gesù
  • Tami Neilson — October 25, 8 p.m., Club Soda
  • Hauschka — October 26, 8 p.m., Gesù
  • Piers Faccini — October 29, 8 p.m., L’Astral
  • Diana Krall, Turn Up The Quiet Tour November 29 and 30, 8 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA
  • Valerie June — February 9, 8 p.m., Gesù
  • José González — February 10, 8 p.m., Monument-National
  • Nils Frahm — March 22, 8 p.m., MTELUS 

Get the jump on the crowd with the Spectra Newsletter and have the scoop on everything about the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Jazz All-Year Round series emailed right to your inbox. All the latest news, exclusive pre-sales, discounts … and it’s all free!

A non-profit organization, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is pursuing its mission of disseminating and developing jazz and its musical cousins for the 17th year in a row, by reinvesting its potential surpluses in the presentation of special concerts at its Jazz All-Year Round series. With support from Canadian Heritage, it can thus offer Canadians and visitors to the city the chance to experience the rhythms of jazz all-year round!

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Wrap-up from the Prez

Thank you all!

Address by Jacques-André Dupont, CEO

Montreal, Saturday, July 8, 2017 — Impressive crowds, delighted fans and a passionate program… the 38th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto concludes today on a note that’s equally positive and promising for the future. 2017 was a vintage edition of the Festival… and a smiling audience is all the motivation we need to do it all again next year!

From June 28 to July 8, the Festival’s outdoor site was packed non-stop, with many of our outdoor events drawing record crowds—a “sea of people” according to Sarah Blackwood of the band Walk Off the Earth. That stunning attendance allowed the Festival to attain its budget goals.

Certainly, our partnerships with Canada 150 and the Society of the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary gave us the financial means to create extraordinary events and amazing celebrations. As a pre-opening night, Sessions 375 offered the audience an unprecedented sample of local artists who’ve earned renown on the international stage. And on July 1, Discothèque unfolded 50 years of Canadian hits, proving that the entire country can come together musically from coast to coast to coast. Thanks to the additional means made available this year, the Festival was able to invest in special projects that had an impressive impact on raising the profile of artists and our city, as well as affecting attendance of the event. Fans from every background benefited, and the happiness level of our audience went through the roof!

The facts are undeniable: these investments are extremely profitable, and it’s absolutely essential to repeat this type of initiative. In the final analysis, the primary goal is to continue to grow the Festival’s cultural, social, tourism and economic spinoffs. Because if there is one mission that we hold dear, it is to improve everything we do year after year, at every level and from every perspective.

The major successes of this edition of the Festival included a new project we established in collaboration with the Conseil des Montréalaises: the “Hirondelles” (swallows). The project was inspired by our desire and concern to enhance the security and well-being of festival fans, especially women, members of the LGBTQ community and all those who may feel a sense of vulnerability during our events.

This project notably opened the door to constructive public discussions. Moreover, there were very few incidents reported during this edition, and many festival fans stated that they felt a sense of reassurance thanks to the measures we put in place. We remain nonetheless well aware that there is still a way to go, and that this initiative would benefit from being repeated every year. Beginning next year, we hope to improve the project, and we are thrilled to announce that a number of festivals have requested permission to take up the concept and logo that we conceived for the occasion. We were certainly delighted to agree.

And if the Festival can experience this level of popularity, it’s thanks to the invaluable partners who contribute to financing the event. Yes, the Festival’s free programming provides benefits for everyone, but we must remember that the free program comes with a cost, and without that essential support, none of this would be possible. Thanks to our three levels of government—the Governments of Canada, Québec and the Ville de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, and our invaluable sponsors, including presenter TD Bank Group and co-presenter Rio Tinto, who have accompanied us for years and years, as well as all our partners and official suppliers.

Thanks also to all our Festival teams, who contributed to making this edition a success. Finally, this event remains enduringly impressive for its power to bring people together, drawing an incredibly diverse audience every year to assemble in our unique urban musical village…

After 38 years, we take the same admiration in watching this magnificent melting pot of people from all walks of life converge upon the Festival: people who would otherwise never find themselves in the same place, at the same time; youths having fun alongside seniors; music devotees assembling from the four corners of the Earth, speaking every language, as though the Festival were the United Nations of music. All in all, the true stars of the Festival are the Montrealers and guests from all over the world who seize the moment of Musical Now in a spirit of harmony, all assembled as one.

And so thanks to all our festival fans for joining us and being there, year after year. We already can’t wait for the next edition of the Festival, which will run from June 28 to July 7, 2018!

Jacques-André Dupont

CEO

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Busty and the Bass—connected to our five senses

The 38th edition concludes tomorrow

Free!

Montreal, Friday, July 7, 2017 — The 38th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, concludes tomorrow, Saturday, July 8 with an extraordinary evening: Five Senses, One Band. Immediately following the Anderson .Paak concert, the audience is invited to party with Montreal group Busty and the Bass from 11:30 p.m. in L’Astral and participated in a wildly unique experience at the crossroads of emotion, design, technology and a fantastic good time. An event conceived by Bleublancrouge in collaboration with the Festival team, Baillat Studio, Robocut studio, Serge Maheu and Maxime Damecour.


On the program:

Get ready for brass, ultra-funky grooves and buckets of contagious energy served up by one of the most exciting bands on the Montreal scene.

The dancing, vibrations, sounds, motion and sweat of the crowd will create the colours, forms and images of tomorrow’s Festival. The five senses of audience members will be connected to an extraordinary luminous installation: thanks to sensors installed in the venue, each step becomes an image, each bodily movement a spectre, each shout a vibration…

Busty and the Bass

Springing to life from a jam session just a week after starting classes at McGill University, Montreal collective Busty and the Bass assembles a crew of young musicians digging into a repertoire fusing electronica, soul and hip-hop, with utterly contagious onstage energy. Winners of the Rock Your Campus contest, the group quickly made its name on the Montreal scene.

How?

Hearing: microphones capture the voices of the crowd in real time, with the sounds affecting the luminous intensity of the visuals.

Touch: a tableau of sensors installed in the floor affect the complexity of visual textures according to every step/leap/dance of the audience.

Sight: infrared cameras capture the movement and motions of the crowd, affecting the amount of visual textures.

Taste: contact sensors installed in the refrigerator doors of the venue tabulate alcohol sales in real time and affect the addition of the graphics.

Smell: a sensor analyzes humidity and heat, affecting the textures of the visuals.

Everything recorded during the evening will feed the installation and help develop the visual identity of the 2018 Festival.

 

To attend, head to the L’Astral entrance at 11:30 p.m. or visit the Festival Facebook page for access to a contest for 50 winners.

Have a fantastic, frenzied final Festival night!

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Still three days left in the 2017 Festival… and one night in 2018!

The 38th edition ends on Saturday, July 8

Montreal, Thursday, July 6, 2017 — The 38th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, drives to a close on Saturday, July 8, 2017. However, you’ve still got 3 days and nights to groove to the pulse of the biggest jazz fest on the planet! And the highlights will include a very special invitation to L’Astral, where the visual identity of the next edition of the Festival will be created… thanks to the movements of the audience and all the variations of your five senses, captured by motion/sound sensors. So to make sure you don’t miss an instant, that you soak up all the exciting action left on the schedule, here’s a quick scan of what awaits from here to closing time.


Thursday, July 6

There’s elite jazz for die-hard fans with Ravi Coltrane in a duo with David Virelles in the Invitation TD series in the Gesù, an old-school soul-funk bill with legends The O’Jays and The Four Tops in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, the double bill starring Lisa Simone and Michael Kaeshammer in Théâtre Maisonneuve, an electro-pop evening pairing KROY and Geoffroy in Métropolis and the major free outdoor concert by The Brooks presented by SiriusXM on the TD Stage.

Friday, July 7

The fascinating voice of Morgan James in Club Soda, the soul-pop energy of Bobby Bazini in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Montreal folk quartet The Barr Brothers with Malian musicians Bassekou Kouyaté and Amy Sacko in Théâtre Maisonneuve, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq in Club Soda and, in a free outdoor concert on the TD Stage, one of Ghana’s biggest acts: Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band.

Saturday, July 8

Flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook in the Maison symphonique de Montréal, ultra-suave American orchestra Pink Martini in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, the closing concert in collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada starring Matt Holubowski in Théâtre Maisonneuve and finally, the Rio Tinto Grand Closing Event with the new prince of R&B Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals presented free of charge on the Place des Festivals.

And every day, happiness flows through the streets as the extraordinary Urban Science Brass Band pumps up the crowd with wild covers of hip-hop classics.

Meanwhile, families can flock to the Rio Tinto Family Club and Musical Park from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., offering entertainment and activities for children, free services and games—all set to music.

Five senses, one band: a unique evening creating the future!

Immediately after the Anderson .Paak concert, fans are invited to party with Montreal combo Busty and the Bass at 11:30 p.m. in L’Astral. Get ready for brass, ultra-funky grooves and buckets of contagious energy served up by one of the most exciting bands on the Montreal scene.

The dancing, vibrations, sounds, motion and sweat of the crowd will create the colours, forms and images of tomorrow’s Festival. The five senses of audience members will be connected to an extraordinary luminous installation: thanks to sensors installed in the venue, each step becomes an image, each bodily movement a spectre, each shout a vibration… everything recorded during the evening will feed the installation and help develop the visual identity of the 2018 Festival. It’s a wild experience at the crossroads of design, technology and partying, conceived by Bleublancrouge in collaboration with the Festival team, Baillat Studio, Robocut studio, Serge Maheu and Maxime Damecour. To attend, head to the L’Astral entrance at 11:30 p.m. or visit the Festival Facebook page for access to a contest for 50 winners.

So much to do, so little time!

And for all the details on the wonderful doings during this 38th edition of the Festival, join us for the wrap-up press conference on Saturday, July 8 at 4 p.m. in the Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival (305 Ste. Catherine St. West, 2nd floor).

Enjoy the rest of the Festival!

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The Allison Au Quartet wins the 2017 TD Grand Jazz Award

The Stingray Rising Star Award goes to Jazzamboka

Montreal, Wednesday, July 5, 2017 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in collaboration with TD Bank Groupofficial sponsor and presenter of the event—are pleased to be present the 36th TD Grand Jazz Award to the Allison Au Quartet, which was deemed best of 8 other jazz ensembles who took part in the pan-Canadian competition.

The Stingray Rising Star Award for best composition was given to Jazzamboka for their piece In The Morning.

The Allison Au Quartet was presented the 2017 TD Grand Jazz Award by Laurent Saulnier, Vice-President Programming and Stéphan Bourbonnais, Senior Vice-President, TD Wealth Management, at a press conference, today at 1 p.m. in the Salle Stevie-Wonder of the Maison du Festival.

The Allison Au Quartet

Jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger Allison Au refuses to be defined. Born to a Chinese father and Jewish mother, and raised in the multicultural metropolis of Toronto, Allison found music as a young child. She was exposed to a wide array of musical styles but was captivated by the unhinged freedom of jazz. Jazz became Allison’s lab for self-expression, exploration, and musical experimentation. Her music weaves a mosaic of influences into a seamless and soulful sound, a concoction steeped in the tradition of jazz but skillfully laced with elements of classical, pop, R&B/hip hop, latin, and world music. Creating fresh, engaging and striking ideas, Allison Au won a Juno in 2016 for her release Forest Grove.

2017 TD Grand Jazz Award

The TD Grand Jazz Award entails:

• The 2017 TD Grand Jazz Award and a $5,000 grant from TD;

• The opportunity to present a free concert tonight at 6 p.m. on the TD Stage, and an invitation to take part in the 2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal;

• An invitation to perform at Festi Jazz International de Rimouski, 2018 edition

Stingray Rising Star Award

Stingray Music is proud to be associated with the TD Grand Jazz Award. The 2017Stingray Rising Star Award is going to à Jazzamboka for her piece In The Morning, considered by the jury to be the best composition presented in this year’s contest. The prize was presented to her during the press conference by Ariane Charbonneau, Marketing and Events Advisor for Stingray Musique. In addition to a $5,000 grant, the winner will also be given visibility on the Stingray music network all across the world. By encouraging these upcoming stars, Stingray Music is fulfilling one of its heartfelt objectives.

A springboard for Canadian jazz ensembles

Created in 1982 by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the Grand Jazz Award has become a springboard for local musicians with bright futures in jazz. Every summer, the awarding of the TD Grand Jazz Award has increasingly drawn the interest of the general public, as well as observers of the national and international jazz scenes, giving that last big boost to groups or artists on the verge of general recognition.

Eight Canadian groups and artists were in competition for the TD Grand Jazz Award 2016. Besides the winners, Myriad 3 (Ontario), Gentiane MG Trio, Only A Visitor (British Columbia), Huu Bac Quintet, Quinn Bachand (British Columbia) and Benjamin Deschamps also took part in the competition.

The 2017 jury was comprised of: Michael Bourne (journalist, WBGO), Pierre-Jean Lavigne (programmer, Stingray), Martin Roussel (president, Festi Jazz International de Rimouski), Ron Di Lauro (professor and musician) and Rafael Zaldivar (musician).

Take note that last year’s recipient, Brad Cheeseman, gave a free exterior concert on July 3 as part of Gammes TD series on the TD Stage of the Place des Festivals.

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