Statement by the Festival on the cancellation of performances of SLĀV.

Montréal, Saturday, July 7, 2018 — Following the controversy and cancellation of performances of SLĀV, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal believes it is important to explain its position and its resulting decision.

As a presenter, the Festival purchases shows from various producers, then programming them in venues which it rents, or on one of its outdoor stages, a bit like a film festival that programs and screens films it did not produce.

The Festival is therefore not involved in creating the content of the 500 events presented during the 11 days and nights of its program. It does not preapprove any content beforehand, and allows artists complete artistic freedom. This is the case for all the artists who perform at the Festival. All are masters of their creation and responsible for the production of their show.  And if their work provokes a reaction, they can choose whether or not to defend it. In the case of SLĀV, the show was created by Betty Bonifassi and Robert Lepage and produced by Ex Machina.

We decided to program this work in the wake of the success and praise generated by Betty Bonifassi’s show Lomax, which we presented free last summer on the Place des Festivals. That free outdoor event was acclaimed by tens of thousands of people, including many from a wide range of communities.

Huffington Post Québec had then ranked the show among its 15 Must-See Shows during the 2017 Festival. The Montreal Gazette had also numbered it among its must-see shows.

We remind you that this show was presented 73 times in Québec, Canada, the U.S. and Europe. And at this, we are talking about markets including Toronto, New York and Paris, without provoking anything like the reaction we have witnessed over the last few days.

That is why we were initially surprised by the turn of events at the June 26 preview. After the first performances, Ms Bonifassi was seriously injured and had to undergo emergency surgery. As a result, we were forced to cancel four performances.

Meanwhile, the Festival had been listening, and received hundreds of testimonials and comments from communities across Montréal, Canada, the U.S. and the rest of the world.

We found that the debate was much deeper than the SLĀV show itself… that many people and even artists spoke out on this important sociocultural subject.

We understood that the wounds of the past were still very much alive for many of our fellow citizens, wounds often deep and justified.

Fears that the situation was intensifying became a genuine concern, especially given the FIJM is renowned as an inclusive, peaceful and safe event.

Last Wednesday morning, we had to make a decision; whether or not to re-launch performances of the show during the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.

We knew that whatever our decision, the situation would remain tense for the people concerned, notably our partners, because as we remind you, we are presenters and not producers or creators of the project.

We do not feel that we have given in to censorship, as it is important to note that our decision only addresses performances scheduled during the festival, and in no way implies that the show will not be presented in future.

Therefore, an ensemble of human and technical elements was considered and weighed in making our final decision.

On Wednesday morning, Betty Bonifassi informed us that under those current circumstances (with her injury and the ever-escalating crisis), she was no longer in a position to make the final performances the Festival.

On security, the Festival takes the issue of public safety very seriously: the safety of its employees, its partners, and of course the artists and audience, as well as those who came to protest.

We therefore had to take into account all possible eventualities if performances continued.

The management team of Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM), whose venue we had rented, were likewise concerned for the safety and security of all.

In that context and in the face of these major issues, we therefore decided to cancel the performances presented as part of the Festival. We have come to an agreement with Ex Machina and the TNM to share the financial loss between us, in order to ensure that all craftspeople artists can be paid as agreed.

Despite the cancellation of this show, we are proud to be associated with Ex Machina, international jewel of our culture, and legendary director Robert Lepage, whom we hugely admire and whose work remains essential. We have never questioned the quality of his work.

The Festival has also admired the work and approach of Betty Bonifassi for 15 years. We find it remarkable how moving and important her songs are to so many thousands of listeners. We also find it remarkable that her work inspires and allows us to have conversations that are essential to all of us – particularly since the Festival has always been committed to programming artists from all origins and backgrounds, especially the black community.

Going forward, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal intends to continue listening to the testimonials and comments of those who felt hurt or upset, as well as those who were disappointed by our decision to cancel the performances.

We have already had a constructive meeting with a number of members of Montréal’s black community on these issues. And we wish to continue this essential dialogue. Our point of view is simple: issues of race must be discussed openly. We must take the time to communicate in order to better understand one another and do better in future.

For the past 39 years, the Festival has always tried to so, and has often succeeded…  And we intend to continue in that direction.

The 40th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 27 to July 7, 2019.

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Wrap-up of the 39th edition

Montréal, Saturday, July 7, 2018 — Once again, hundreds of thousands of people assembled at the doorstep of the Quartier des Spectacles to join in the 39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, which concludes today. Hundreds of thousands of people who braved the heatwave, and we are delighted to have once again offered them irreplaceable entertainment, and to have been able to present talented artists from all backgrounds and origins during our ten days and nights of festivities.

Obviously, we cannot deny that, for the first time in festival history, this edition did not unfold without a hitch. We must certainly return to the controversy surrounding the SLĀV show and the decision we made to cancel its performances during the Festival. A statement released today outlines in more detail the ins-and-outs that motivated this decision. This episode led us to reflect deeply and take into account all the constructive remarks directed our way, which can only be beneficial for future editions.

We remind everyone that the Festival is also and above all a program of 500 concerts, fully two-thirds of them free. Once again this year, we were treated to outstanding performances by many artists in indoor venues — with sold-out 21 concerts — and on our outdoor stages.

« Nouvelle édition pour le Festival International de Jazz à Montréal, qui une nouvelle fois décroche un line-up tout frais, de prestige et éclectique. »
Rolling Stone France.

Let’s highlight the TD Mid-Festival Event with Jessie Reyez, which thrilled an immense crowd, as well tonight’s Rio Tinto Grand Closing Event, starring The War On Drugs, which we’re sure will fold this edition into the history books in epic style.

In addition, the Festival presented its glittering array of prizes, including to a deeply moved Ben Harper, who received the Ella Fitzgerald Award. The Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award was presented to the legendary Ry Cooder, while young Montréal outfit SHPIK was selected as winner of the 2018 TD Grand Jazz Award.

« Depuis son premier passage au Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM) – c’était en juillet 1994, dans la salle du Spectrum -, Ben Harper est devenu un habitué de la manifestation, qu’il considère, à l’instar de nombreux observateurs, comme « l’un de meilleurs festivals au monde ». Il sera difficile de le contredire. »
Le Figaro.

Another success involved the renewal of Opération Hirondelles, a project born of our desire to focus more attention on the well-being and security of festivalgoers, members of the LGBTQ community, and all those who may feel a sense of vulnerability during our events. Special measures to fight the excessive heat were also swiftly put in place all over the site.

The main objective of the Festival is to create entertainment through culture. Our goal is to increase the cultural, social, tourism and economic benefits generated by the Festival, such a wonderful showcase for Montréal and Québec all over the world. Because if there is one thing that is important to us, it is quite simply to get better year after year, and improve from every perspective.

“This was my first time at the festival and I was impressed with the organization, the venues, and the great sound mixing at a wide range of shows. I would strongly recommend the Montreal Jazz Festival to anyone who loves great music and the host city is a fantastic place to wander, eat in, and enjoy.”
Tim Leffel, Editor, Perceptive Travel.

Media initiatives implemented throughout the year also bore fruit, with the presence of 300 accredited journalists from over 16 countries around the world.

“I’m always amazed by how many free high-quality concerts FIJM offers to the public. Montrealers should feel blessed. FIJM always takes my breath away. Its organization, breadth of curation, and its treatment of the artists. All jazz festivals should strive to be FIJM. Thank god for FIJM, one of the only festivals in the world advancing the sound of jazz into the new millennia and not afraid to do so.”
Simon Rentner, WBGO.

Finally, if this Festival can experience this level of popularity and incite this kind of passion, it is thanks to the valuable partners who contribute to financing the event. Certainly, 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, all our valued sponsors, including presenter TD Bank Group and co-presenter Rio Tinto, who have been by our side for so many years, as well as all our partners and official suppliers.

Thanks also to all the Festival teams, who helped make this edition a success. Last but not least, we remember how impressive this event truly is for its capacity to unite people, attracting a fabulously diverse audience every year, gathering in the heart of a musical urban village that is more inclusive than ever.

Of course, thanks also to the artists and the festival fans who help bring this Festival to life and make it ever more beautiful.

We are already hard at work on our 40th, and cannot wait to deliver a memorable edition, especially featuring the ambitious “Hubs” project.Specifically, the Festival aims to be a vehicle for all, promoting the discovery of cultural and social wealth by anchoring itself in various neighbourhoods throughout the city. While continuing to occupy its central site in the Quartier des Spectacles with large musical gatherings, indoor shows and family activities, this global Festival will also get very local thanks to the launch of new festival centers called “Hubs”. These hubs will promote encounters between citizens and generate new spin-offs for the boroughs, in a spirit of inclusion and integration. They will be accessible free of charge and offer the same artistic quality the Festival is renowned for, while respecting the principles of sustainable development and eco-responsibility. We’ve already received over one hundred messages from citizens expressing their desire to welcome a hub to their neighbourhood, as well as numerous BDCs and boroughs. It goes without saying that the Festival is thrilled by this passionate response.

Thank you once again, and see you all next year!

The 40th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from
June 27 to July 7, 2019.

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Only two days before the grand closing event!

FREE CONCERTS

Rio Tinto Grand Closing Event: The War On Drugs
Saturday, July 7, 9:30 p.m. — TD Stage
In peak form after winning the Grammy for Best Rock Album with their excellent release A Deeper Understanding, Philly quartet The War on Drugs stops by the Festival as part of a major world tour. What can we expect from a band renowned for their captivating live show, powerhouse sound and sublimely contemplative songs? A closing night for the ages, and nothing less!
http://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9670

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Too Many Zooz
Thursday, July 5, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. — TD Stage
In 2014, they ignited a major buzz in the New York Subway with their super-volted jazz fusion and wild look. Since then, the trio and their brass house have taken the world by storm, racking up concerts and releasing the dynamic Subway Gawdz, a perfect representation of their crazed style.
https://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9668

Kepa
Thursday, July 5, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. — Place Heineken
This former professional skateboarder, originally from France, a has abandoned the steel stairway railings for the steel strings of his guitar, delivering an epic, cutting edge modern blues. Not yet 30, the onetime extreme sports ace already has three albums to his credit, and a number of tours.
http://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9584

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Megative
Friday, July 6, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. — TD Stage
A new project from former singer of The Stills, Tim Fletcher, and former bandleader of Me Mom and Morgentaler, Gus van Go (also producer of Les Cowboys Fringants, Trois Accords and many more), Megative draws its inspiration from the famed London Two Tone movement of the ’80s, with an added musical touch as personal as it is contemporary. Nobody else is making music like Megative right now!
http://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9669

Lakou Mizik
July 6 and 7, 8 p.m. —Monde Stage
Founded in 2010 in the wake of the Haitian earthquake as an act of resilience, this group of musicians from diverse backgrounds and generations plays music based on traditional Haitian sounds (Rasin) blended with elements of rap and dancehall. A genuine celebration of life!
http://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9652

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RL Boyce
Saturday, July 7, 9 p.m. — Hyundai / CBC/Radio-Canada Stage
Buckle up for a true bluesman right out of Mississippi! With his laid-back style and skillful guitar, RL Boyce takes us back to the perfect roots of modern music. It’s a truly timeless blues moment, as this musician keeps the tradition alive with the verve and passion of songs from his album Roll and Tumble, released in 2017.
http://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9662

INDOOR CONCERTS

 Cameron Graves
Thursday, July 5, 10 p.m. — L’Astral (Maison du Festival)
Cameron Graves for Mack Avenue Records by Anna WebberA founding member of energetic American collective West Coast Get Down alongside friend and musical partner Kamasi Washington, pianist Cameron Graves is a rising star of jazz. His debut album, Planetary Prince (2017), was a critical smash, with a highly innovative style crossing jazz, classical, rock, funk and hip-hop.
https://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9504

Møme
Opening act: Robert Robert
Thursday, July 5, 9 p.m. — Club Soda
The new visage of French touch, DJ and Nice native Møme—an insatiable globetrotter—wrote his latest album Panorama in a van converted into a recording studio during his voyage across Australia. The music blends electronica ambience with inspired guitar for a refreshing sound, featuring collaborations with major artists including Flume and Chet Faker.
http://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9544

Lido Pimienta
Friday, July 6, 10 p.m.
— L’Astral (Maison du Festival)
Lido_Pimienta-John-PailleA militant musical force, winner of the 2017 Polaris Prize for her Spanish album La Papessa, Lido Pimienta takes the stage as though girded for battle. In her first visit to this festival, the singer prepares to electrify L’Astral with her multicultural music, captivating electronica rhythms, superpowered voice and raw energy.
http://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9505

Shai Maestro
Friday, July 6, 10:30 p.m. — Gesù
Israeli-born pianist Shai Maestro tirelessly pursues his brilliant career, winning fans over with his daring, flamboyant jazz. A charismatic master of his instrument, the musician heads in with a new album, The Stone Skipper, an opus that moves between absolute urgency and melodic poetry. Expect a gorgeous evening.
http://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9508

Raveen
July 6 and 7, 7 p.m. — M2
Raveen is the newest project helmed by prolific adoptive Montrealer Eric Seguin, accompanied for the occasion by Stokely Diamantis (bass) and Peter Colantonio (drums). In 2017, the group delivered the delicate album Always: dreamy pop-electronica that plunges the listener into a melancholy world at the border of the real and imagined, where time itself no longer holds sway.
http://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9483

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Dr. Lonnie Smith trio
Saturday, July 7, 6 p.m. — Gesù
After two gorgeous evenings of musical collaboration, Dr. Lonnie Smith closes out his three-night series with an intimate trio performance of the songs from All in My Mind, his latest release on the prestigious Blue Note label.
http://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9529

The Jerry Cans
Saturday, July 7, 7 p.m. — Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts
Jerry_Cans_2Originally from Iqaluit, the Jerry Cans combine traditional Inuit throat singing with folk and country. The musicians sing in Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit people, and address “the challenges and beauty of life in the Far North.” In 2016, they launched their album Inuusiq / Life on the Aakuluk Music label, founded by members of the group to support and encourage Inuit and Indigenous musicians.
http://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9540

PARADE PRESENTED BY CBC/RADIO-CANADA

Every day at 5 p.m., an extraordinary parade winds its musical way through the Festival site, blasting out crazy hip-hop covers: the Urban Science Brass Band jazz parade show. Taking it to the street!

 TD BLUES CAMP: GRADUATES CONCERT

Each year, the Festival invites 50 teens to participate in an incredible musical camp entirely devoted to the blues, and absolutely free: the Blues Camp presented by TD! For an entire week, June 30 to July 6, young musicians aged 13 to 17 are surrounded by renowned professionals from the music world, refining their musical knowledge and them putting on a major show.

THE FAMILY AT THE FESTIVAL WITH RIO TINTO

The Festival is also for children! Every day of the event, you’ll find everything for the family, everywhere on the site.
La Petite école du jazz presented by Rio Tinto —For 29 years now, they’ve extended the invitation, and the kids are as mad for it as ever! A dynamic, interactive musical initiation packed with smiles and fun, accompanied by the Festival’s famed big blue feline mascot Ste-Cat, Les Zélèves, the vocal harmony quintet led by Victor-Jacques Ménard, alongside James Gelfand and his quartet. Grande-Place in Complexe Desjardins, every day from June 28 to July 7, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

In the Parc musical Rio Tinto, there’s an an array of interactive activities conceived around the theme of music, in a space specially adapted for the needs of families! The games employ technology in playful musical installations that are both whimsical and fantastic.

Club famille Rio Tinto hosts entertainment and activities for children every day from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Educazoo, workshops for creating and handling marionettes, key rings and badges, introduction to the circus arts, a quiz-show, quiz Quel cinéma ! and Musée d’art contemporain workshops.

Free services offered by Rio Tinto: changing tables, a stroller loan service, as well as new children’s bracelets designed to record their parents’ contact information.

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WELCOME RADIO-CANADA

Radio-Canada invites you to come and share your passion for jazz with its special on-site programming aboard its mobile studio, broadcasting live from July 2, when the program Le 15-18 on ICI RADIO-CANADA PREMIÈRE gets the party started followed a conference about the history of jazz accompanied by a group of musicians on July 5 at 5:30 p.m. and the show QUAND LE JAZZ EST LÀ sur ICI MUSIQUE on July 5 and 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. A thrilling occasion to move together on the rhythm of jazz.

J’AIME LE FESTIVAL CONTEST

1st prize: Lease of a new location Hyundai Kona 1.6T Trend 2018 with an approximate value of $14,000. Offered by Hyundai.

2nd prize: A 13-inch aluminum MacBook Pro 13 with a value of $3,170. Offered by Rio Tinto.

3rd prize: A JURA E6 coffee machine, with a value of $2,300. Offered by JURA.

4th prize: A package for 10 people to restaurant Le Montréal du Casino de Montréal, with a value of $1,000. Offered by Casino de Montréal.

5th prize: A SAQ gift card, with a value of $500. Offered by SAQ.

6th prize: A 6-course package aboard the Bateau-Mouche, including the 3½ hour cruise, a 6-course menu, entertainment, a concert, sound and light show and service fees, with a value of $290. Offered by Bateau-Mouche.

Information and registration: montrealjazzfest.com/contest.

JAZZ APP

The Festival offers you the Jazz Montréal mobile app, allowing fans to experience the festival anytime, anywhere on an iPhone or Android, all at your fingertips!
Download from the App Store (logo) https://itunes.apple.com/app/id374244254
Available from Google Play (logo) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.greencopper.android.fijm

ACCESS TO THE SITE

Located in the Quartier des Spectacles, in the heart of downtown Montréal, the site of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is bordered by Saint Laurent Blvd., Président-Kennedy Avenue, Ste. Catherine St. and De Bleury St. Right in the middle of the festivities, le Complexe Desjardins and Place des Arts are useful landmarks.
As some streets are closed to traffic and parking in the area is limited, we suggest that you access the Festival site on foot, by taxi or using public transit.
Getting around on the site
The Place des Festivals is home to the Festival’s main stage, at the north end of the square, dos on De Maisonneuve Blvd. A second major stage is located on Ste. Catherine St., corner of Jeanne-Mance. To get around easily, the public can always use the security corridors at any time, providing access to Métro Place-des-Arts station as well as Ste. Catherine and De Bleury Streets. Pedestrians cannot linger or stand in these circulation zones.
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PRESS EVENTS COMING SOON

Conference-interview with Jain, hosted by Nicolas Tittley
Friday, July 6, 3p.m.
Salle Stevie-Wonder de la Maison du Festival

Wrap-up press conference of the 39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Saturday, July 7, 4 p.m.
Salle Stevie Wonder de la Maison du Festival 

Rio Tinto Grand Closing Event with The War On Drugs
Saturday, July 7, 9:30 p.m.
TD Stage

THE PRESS ROOM: THE HEART OF THE FESTIVAL

Located in the Maison du Festival, on the 2nd floor at 305 Ste. Catherine St. W., the Festival press room opens it doors from noon to 6 p.m. on June 27, and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. from June 28 to July 7. This is the meeting place for artists, agents, representatives of record companies and the media. The entire communications team is happy to welcome you! Accredited media representatives are kindly requested to note that the press room can be reached by dialing 514 288-5299.
SOURCE:Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (514) 288-5299

INFORMATION (MEDIA)

Greg Kitzler director, Press relations and social media — 514 288-5299, ext. 3907;
Éliane Lévesque, press attaché — 514 288-5299, ext. 3908 ;
Élise Casavant, press attaché — 514 288-5299, ext. 3909;
Alain Des Ruisseaux, press attaché — 514 288-5299, ext. 3911;
Isabelle Lavigne, press attaché — 514 288-5299, ext. 3913;

 INFORMATION (PUBLIC)

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Zakir Hussain 15th Winner of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award

Montreal, Wednesday, July 4, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto presents this year’s Antonio Carlos Jobim Award to Zakir Hussain. The trophy will be presented to him by André Ménard, Vice-president and cofounder of the Festival on stage today at 8:20 p.m. at his concert at the Maison symphonique de Montréal.

Zakir Hussain is the 15th recipient of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award, created for the Festival’s 25th anniversary to honour artists distinguished in the field of world music whose influence on the evolution of jazz and cultural crossover is widely recognized.

Zakir Hussain
Zakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon and one of the greatest musicians of our time. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, and as one of India’s reigning cultural ambassadors. Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir’s contribution to world music has been unique, with many historic collaborations. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study.

 Zakir Hussain. July 4, Maison symphonique de Montréal, 7 p.m. (Festival à la Maison symphonique Delta Air Lines series).

As winner of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award, Zakir Hussain follows in the footsteps of Buika (2017), Lila Downs (2016), King Sunny Ade (2015), Paco de Lucía (2014), Amadou & Mariam (2013), Emir Kusturica (2012), Youssou N’Dour (2011), Richard Bona (2010), Toots & The Maytals (2009), Gilberto Gill (2008), Angélique Kidjo (2007), Salif Keita (2006), Khaled (2005) and Ibrahim Ferrer (2004).

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Renee Rosnes 30th Winner of the Oscar Peterson Award

Montreal, Wednesday, July 4, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto presents this year’s Oscar Peterson Award to Renee Rosnes. The trophy will be presented to her by Maurin Auxéméry, Programmer of the Festival, and the daughter of Oscar Peterson, Céline Peterson, on stage today at 7:00 p.m. at her concert at the Maison symphonique de Montréal.

Renee Rosnes is the 30th artist to receive the Oscar Peterson Award. This prize was created on the 10th anniversary of the Festival in 1989 to salute a Canadian musician who has made outstanding contributions to jazz in this country and for the quality of his art.

Renee Rosne

Born in Canada, Renee Rosnes was drawn to classical music before turning towards jazz and New York in the early ’80s. Since then, the pianist has released 15 albums, taking home five Juno Awards. Alongside her long and brilliant solo career, the artist has joined in prestigious studio and onstage collaborations with such luminaries as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter and James Moody, not to mention her roles as a musical director and jazz journalist. Renee Rosnes undeniably ranks among the most important pianists and composers of her generation.

Renee Rosnes. July 4th, Maison symphonique de Montréal, 7 p.m. (Festival à la Maison symphonique Delta Air Lines series).

As recipient of the Oscar Peterson Award, Renee Rosnes follows in the footsteps of Christine Jensen (2017), Karen Young (2016), Jim Galloway (2015), Ron Di Lauro (2014), Alain Caron (2013), Peter Appleyard (2012), Jean‑Pierre Zanella (2011), Don Thompson (2010), Susie Arioli (2009), Dave Young (2008), François Bourassa (2007), Yannick Rieu (2006), Bernard Primeau (2005), Diana Krall (2004), Kenny Wheeler (2003), Lorraine Desmarais (2002), Moe Koffman (2001), Charles Biddle (2000), Maynard Ferguson (1999), Guy Nadon (1998), Rob McConnell (1997), Nelson Symonds (1996), Michel Donato (1995), Paul Bley (1994), Fraser MacPherson (1993), Vic Vogel (1992), UZEB (1991), Oliver Jones (1990) and, of course, Oscar Peterson (1989).

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SHPIK wins the 2018 TD Grand Jazz Award

Montreal, Tuesday, July 3, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto is pleased to present the 37th TD Grand Jazz Award to SHPIK, which was deemed best of five other jazz ensembles who took part in the pan-Canadian competition.

SHPIK will receive the 2018 TD Grand Jazz Award by Laurent Saulnier, Vice-President Programming, and Samia Medelci, TD Canada Trust Branch Manager, on stage at 8 p.m. at their concert at the Monument-National.

 SHPIK

SHPIK

Composed of pianist and composer Arnaud Spick-Saucier, bassist Étienne Dextraze, drummer Philippe Lussier-Baillargeon and saxophonist/flutist Alex Dodier, SHPIK offers an impressionist and audacious music, inspired by the sources of jazz and film music. Evoking large spaces and reflection, from immensity to the infinitely small, their first album dares and proposes a confusing journey full of theatricality. With their inspiring breakout and their effects pedals, SHPIK brings an aerial touch to music. Their first opus Fabulation, was released in November 2016.

2018 TD Grand Jazz Award

The TD Grand Jazz Award entails:

• The 2018 TD Grand Jazz Award and a $5,000 grant from TD;

• An invitation to the 2019 edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal;

• An invitation to participate to the Festi Jazz International de Rimouski, 2019 edition.

For the 2018 edition, the jury was composed of an internal jury.

The other artists participating this year were: Gentiane MG Trio, Charles Trudel, Jonathan Turgeon Trio avec Alex Dodier and Razalaz.

Take note that last year’s recipient, The Allison Au Quartet, will give a free outdoor concert on July 5 as part of Gammes TD series on the TD Stage of the Place des Festivals.

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And the Festival continues!

FREE CONCERTS

Delgres
Monday, July 2, 7 p.m.— Hyundai / CBC/Radio-Canada Stage
Delgres officielle sans logoFrom blues to Créole – that’s guitarist Pascal Danae’s latest wild project. Before opening for Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, the former member of group Rivière Noire — winners of a Victoire de la Musique in 2015 — takes us on a trio trip through the delta blues, blues-rock and Caribbean laments steeped in the celebratory brass of New Orleans.
https://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9624

Nomadic Massive
Monday, July 2, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. — TD Stage
What a terrific example of multiculturalism and creativity. This Montréal-based collective assembled members from around the world to create a unique rap-jazz fusion unique with lyrics in English, French, Créole, Spanish and Arabic. Their latest album, The Big Band Theory, rockets us straight into orbit.
http://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9667

Jessie ReyezTD Grant Event : Jessie Reyez
Tuesday, July 3, 9 :30 p.m. — TD Stage
Winner of the Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year this past March, Toronto singer Jessie Reyez is considered as the R&B Canadian revelation this year. Her debut EP, Kiddo, absolutely detonated on the musical landscape, powered by her extraordinary and tormented vocals, as on singles Figures and Shutter Island, Hard to Love and Gatekeeper.
https://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9709

Gato Preto
Tuesday, July 3, 10 p.m. — Monde Stage
Describing their music as “AfroFuturist”, this group plunges us into a musical trance woven by powerful electronica and hypnotic African percussion. A cosmopolitan sound, an intense and indelible musical moment.
https://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9679

Les Royal Pickles
Wednesday, July 4, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. — Club Jazz Casino de Montréal à la place SNC-Lavalin
royal picklesIt’s a trip back to the swing era, recalibrated for the present day and rewired by some madcap modern musicians! In April, this Montréal combo released the album Jouer dans l’trafic, combining songs and instrumentals, in the most celebratory ambience imaginable. Come play in the traffic!
http://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9693

Stéphane Moraille
Wednesday, July 4, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. — Rio Tinto Stage
It’s the return of the iconic voice of Bran Van 3000, and the classic single Drinking in L.A. After trading in her singing career for an equally brilliant one as a copyright lawyer, the artist is back in the spotlight with her album Daïva: colorful jazz vocal, where Créole meets English.
https://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9642

Too Many Zooz
Thursay, July 5, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. — TD Stage
ToomanyzoozIn 2014, they ignited a major buzz in the New York Subway with their super-volted jazz fusion and wild look. Since then, the trio and their brass house have taken the world by storm, racking up concerts and releasing the dynamic Subway Gawdz, a perfect representation of their crazed style.
https://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9668

INDOOR CONCERTS

Vincent Réhel Trio, Le capitaine ivre
with guests Sonia Johnson and Jacques Kuba Séguin
Monday, July 2, 6 p.m. — L’Astral (Maison du Festival)
Talented pianist Vincent Rehel shows off his panache on the recent release Capitaine ivre. Unveiling this self-proclaimed wild electric psycho-acid-jazz-rock opus, the captain of the soirée arrives with a trio — JF Lemieux on bass et Max Sansalone on drums — , accompanied by singer Sonia Johnson and trumpeter Jacques Kuba Séguin.
http://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9477

Shawn Phillips
Monday, July 2, 9 p.m. — Club Soda
SPWith a beautiful number of over fifteen released albums since the 60s, the artist is also recognized for his work with big names such as Eric Clapton or The Beatles. Refusing to categorize his music, this enigmatic Texas-based musician, singer and performer offers a unique style, a subtle mix of folk-rock, jazz, progressive, pop and classical music.
https://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9720

Julie Doiron
Tuesday, July 3, 7 p.m. — M2
Former member of Eric’s Trip, Julie Doiron has spent almost 30 years playing the world’s stages and racking up fruitful collaborations with artists including the Wooden Stars, Herman Dune, and Rick White. For her grand Festival premiere, the musician will revisit her repertoire.
https://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9538

Jeremy DutcherJeremy Dutcher
Wednesday, July 4, 6 p.m. — Gesù
With every successive performance, Jeremy Dutcher moves his audience with the power of his voice and the depth of his artistry. Trained as a tenor, he alternates between power opera, electronica rhythms and traditional Wolastoq melodies directly descended from his ancestors, mixing them with old sonic samples he finds here and there. In his Festival debut, he’ll present songs from his highly anticipated first album. A wonderful discovery!
https://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9463

Theo Croker
Wednesday, July 4, 10:30 p.m. — Gesù
A brilliant trumpeter cited by none less than the high priestess of jazz Dee Dee Bridgewater, virtuoso Theo Croker’s audience keeps growing by leaps and bounds. Barely turned 30, this musician dazzles with his insolent nonchalance and capacity for thrillingly varied improvisation. Afrobeat notes colouring his music pay tribute to his African roots as well as the beginnings of jazz.
https://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9507

Cameron Graves for Mack Avenue Records by Anna WebberCameron Graves
Thursday, July 5, 10 p.m. — L’Astral (Maison du Festival)
A founding member of energetic American collective West Coast Get Down alongside friend and musical partner Kamasi Washington, pianist Cameron Graves is a rising star of jazz. His debut album, Planetary Prince (2017), was a critical smash, with a highly innovative style crossing jazz, classical, rock, funk and hip-hop.
https://montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Programmation/Concerts#concert=9504

PARADE

Every day at 5 p.m., an extraordinary parade winds its musical way through the Festival site, blasting out crazy hip-hop covers: the Urban Science Brass Band jazz parade show. Taking it to the street!

TD BLUES CAMP: GRADUATES CONCERT

Each year, the Festival invites 50 teens to participate in an incredible musical camp entirely devoted to the blues, and absolutely free: the Blues Camp presented by TD! For an entire week, June 30 to July 6, young musicians aged 13 to 17 are surrounded by renowned professionals from the music world, refining their musical knowledge and them putting on a major show.

THE FAMILY AT THE FESTIVAL WITH RIO TINTO

The Festival is also for children! Every day of the event, you’ll find everything for the family, everywhere on the site.

La Petite école du jazz presented by Rio Tinto —For 29 years now, they’ve extended the invitation, and the kids are as mad for it as ever! A dynamic, interactive musical initiation packed with smiles and fun, accompanied by the Festival’s famed big blue feline mascot Ste-Cat, Les Zélèves, the vocal harmony quintet led by Victor-Jacques Ménard, alongside James Gelfand and his quartet. Grande-Place in Complexe Desjardins, every day from June 28 to July 7, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

In the Parc musical Rio Tinto, there’s an an array of interactive activities conceived around the theme of music, in a space specially adapted for the needs of families! The games employ technology in playful musical installations that are both whimsical and fantastic.

Club famille Rio Tinto hosts entertainment and activities for children every day from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Educazoo, workshops for creating and handling marionettes, key rings and badges, introduction to the circus arts, a quiz-show, quiz Quel cinéma ! and Musée d’art contemporain workshops.

Free services offered by Rio Tinto: changing tables, a stroller loan service, as well as new children’s bracelets designed to record their parents’ contact information.

CLUB JAZZ CASINO DE MONTRÉAL
WELCOME RADIO-CANADA

Radio-Canada invites you to come and share your passion for jazz with its special on-site programming aboard its mobile studio, broadcasting live from July 2, when the program Le 15-18 on ICI RADIO-CANADA PREMIÈRE gets the party started followed by four special evenings with Stanley Péan: Rencontres en paroles et en musique with Michel Donato en formation trio on July 3 at 5:30 p.m., a conference about the history of jazz accompanied by a group of musicians on July 5 at 5:30 p.m. and the show QUAND LE JAZZ EST LÀ sur ICI MUSIQUE on July 5 and 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. A thrilling occasion to move together on the rhythm of jazz.

J’AIME LE FESTIVAL CONTEST

1st prize: Lease of a new location Hyundai Kona 1.6T Trend 2018 with an approximate value of $14,000. Offered by Hyundai.

 2nd prize: A 13-inch aluminum MacBook Pro 13 with a value of $3,170. Offered by Rio Tinto.

3rd prize: A JURA E6 coffee machine, with a value of $2,300. Offered by JURA.

4th prize: A package for 10 people to restaurant Le Montréal du Casino de Montréal, with a value of $1,000. Offered by Casino de Montréal.

5th prize: A SAQ gift card, with a value of $500. Offered by SAQ.

6th prize: A 6-course package aboard the Bateau-Mouche, including the 3½ hour cruise, a 6-course menu, entertainment, a concert, sound and light show and service fees, with a value of $290. Offered by Bateau-Mouche.

Information and registration: montrealjazzfest.com/contest.

JAZZ APP

The Festival offers you the Jazz Montréal mobile app, allowing fans to experience the festival anytime, anywhere on an iPhone or Android, all at your fingertips!
Download from the App Store (logo) https://itunes.apple.com/app/id374244254
Available from Google Play (logo) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.greencopper.android.fijm

ACCESS TO THE SITE

Located in the Quartier des Spectacles, in the heart of downtown Montréal, the site of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is bordered by Saint Laurent Blvd., Président-Kennedy Avenue, Ste. Catherine St. and De Bleury St. Right in the middle of the festivities, le Complexe Desjardins and Place des Arts are useful landmarks.

As some streets are closed to traffic and parking in the area is limited, we suggest that you access the Festival site on foot, by taxi or using public transit.

Getting around on the site
The Place des Festivals is home to the Festival’s main stage, at the north end of the square, dos on De Maisonneuve Blvd. A second major stage is located on Ste. Catherine St., corner of Jeanne-Mance. To get around easily, the public can always use the security corridors at any time, providing access to Métro Place-des-Arts station as well as Ste. Catherine and De Bleury Streets. Pedestrians cannot linger or stand in these circulation zones.
http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA/Infos/AccesAuSite

 PRESS EVENTS COMING SOON

Conference-interview and Ella-Fitzgerald Award with Ben Harper, hosted by Nicolas Tittley
Tuesday, July 3, 3 p.m.
Salle Stevie-Wonder de la Maison du Festival

 Ella-Fitzgerald Award presented on stage to Ben Harper
Tuesday, July 3, 7 :30 p.m.
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

TD Grand Prize Award presented on stage to SHPIK
Tuesday, July 3, 8 p.m.
Monument National

TD Grand Event with Jessie Reyez
Tuesday, July 3, 9 :30 p.m.
TD Stage

Antonio Carlos Jobim Award on stage to Zakir Hussain
Wednesday, July 4, 7 p.m.
Maison Symphonique

Oscar Peterson Award on stage to Renee Rosnes
Wednesday, July 4, 7 p.m.
Maison Symphonique

THE PRESS ROOM: THE HEART OF THE FESTIVAL

Located in the Maison du Festival, on the 2nd floor at 305 Ste. Catherine St. W., the Festival press room opens it doors from noon to 6 p.m. on June 27, and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. from June 28 to July 7. This is the meeting place for artists, agents, representatives of record companies and the media. The entire communications team is happy to welcome you! Accredited media representatives are kindly requested to note that the press room can be reached by dialing 514 288-5299.
SOURCE:Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (514) 288-5299

INFORMATION (MEDIA)

Greg Kitzler director, Press relations and social media — 514 288-5299, ext. 3907;
Éliane Lévesque, press attaché — 514 288-5299, ext. 3908 ;
Élise Casavant, press attaché — 514 288-5299, ext. 3909;
Alain Des Ruisseaux, press attaché — 514 288-5299, ext. 3911;
Isabelle Lavigne, press attaché — 514 288-5299, ext. 3913;

INFORMATION (PUBLIC)

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Ben Harper Winner of the Ella Fitzgerald Award

Montreal, Monday, July 2, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto presents this year’s Ella Fitzgerald Award to Ben Harper. The trophy will be presented to him today at a press conference animated by Nicolas Tittley, at 3 p.m. at The Salle Stevie-Wonder of the Maison du Festival by André Ménard, Vice-president and Cofounder of the Festival, and tomorrow night, by Alain Simard, Cofounder of the Festival and Chairman of the Board on stage at 9:30 p.m. at his concert.

Ben Harper is the 20th recipient of the Ella Fitzgerald Award, established in 1999 for our 20th anniversary and conferred in recognition of the versatility, improvisational originality and quality of repertoire of a singer renowned on the international scene.

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Creator of a hybrid style tinged with blues, folk and rock, Ben Harper conquered a global audience armed with his slide guitar—his favourite instrument—his remarkable voice, and lyrics marked by a deep social relevance. Bursting onto the scene in 1994 with his debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, he has gone on to release fifteen albums, including Fight for Your Mind and Burn to Shine, two of his biggest hits. Winner of three Grammy Awards, he’s performed in wide-ranging collaborations with artists from Radiohead to Marilyn Manson to Charlie Musselwhite, with whom he has released two blues albums.

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, July 3rd, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA, 7:30 p.m. (Événements spéciaux TD series).

In accepting the prize, Ben Harper will be following previous Lizz Wright (2017), Gregory Porter (2016), Erykah Badu (2015), Diana Ross (2014), Holly Cole (2013), Liza Minnelli (2012), Sade (2011), The Manhattan Transfer (2010), John Pizzarelli (2009), Aretha Franklin (2008), Harry Connick, Jr., (2007), Etta James (2006), Al Jarreau (2005) Tony Bennett (2004), Bobby McFerrin (2003), Dianne Reeves (2002), Diana Krall (2001), Dee Dee Bridgewater (2000) and Diane Schuur (1999).

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George Thorogood Winner of the B.B. King Award

Montreal, Sunday, July 1, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto presents this year’s B.B.-King Award to George Thorogood. The trophy will be presented to him by André Ménard, Vice-president and cofounder of the Festival at a press conference hosted by Nicolas Tittley which will be held today at 3 p.m. in the Salle Stevie Wonder of the Maison du Festival, as well as tonight on stage at 9:15 p.m. at his concert.

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George Thorogood is the fifth recipient of the B.B. King Award, created in 2014 for the 35th edition of the Festival to honour and recognize the exceptional talent of an artist who has left an indelible mark on the blues scene.

Shot to fame in 1977 with their self-titled and now-classic debut album, George Thorogood and the Destroyers have released a total of 16 studio albums—including six gold and two platinum discs—and amassed an unmatched catalogue of hits that includes I Drink Alone, Move It On Over, and the ultimate badass anthem, Bad to the Bone. But it was their powerhouse live performances that made the band legendary: from opening for the Rolling Stones to their own record-breaking 50/50 tour, or any of their current 100+ shows per year, George and his longtime band remain among the most relentless and relevant classic blues-rock acts on tour today.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Rock Party Tour 2018. Opening act: Jordan Officer. July 1st, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA, June 27, 7:30 p.m. (Événements spéciaux TD series).

George Thorogood succeeds to Charlie Musselwhite (2017), Taj Mahel (2016), James Cotton (2015) and the artist in whose name the trophy was created, B.B. King (2014).

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Béla Fleck and the Flecktones Winner of the Miles Davis Award

Montreal, Sunday, July 3, 2016 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto presents this year’s Miles Davis Award to Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. The trophy will be presented to them by André Ménard, Vice-president and cofounder of the Festival at a press conference hosted by NicolasTittley which will be held today at 2 p.m. in the Salle Stevie Wonder of the Maison du Festival, as well as tonight on stage at 8:00 p.m. just before the concert.

Bela Fleck

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones will be the 25th recipientof the Miles Davis Award, created for our 15th anniversary in 1994 to honour a great international jazz musician for the entire body of his or her work and for that musician’s influence in regenerating the jazz idiom. The bronze statuette was created from a self-portrait by Miles, sketched for the Festival poster in 1988.

Formed in 1988, the quartet of Béla Fleck (banjo), Victor Wooten (bass), Futureman (drums) and Howard Levy (piano, harmonica) has won six Grammy Awards, toured the world and released ten albums selling millions of copies. Renowned for their bottomless creativity, fiery concerts and a unique style steeped in jazz, classical music, bluegrass, African music, electric blues and even East European folk, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones rank as one of the most innovative groups on the global music scene, challenging the limits of jazz and driving the music off the beaten track.

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Opening act: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio. July 1st, Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA, 8 p.m. (Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto series).

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones follows Jack DeJohnette (2017), Kenny Barron (2016), Al Di Meola (2015), Terence Blanchard (2014), Charles Lloyd (2013), Ron Carter (2012), Stanley Clarke (2011), Sonny Rollins (2010), Ornette Coleman (2009), McCoy Tyner (2008), Mike Stern (2007), Brad Mehldau (2006), Dave Holland (2005), Keith Jarrett (2004), Joe Zawinul (2003), Chick Corea (2002), Michael Brecker (2001), Charlie Haden (2000), Cassandra Wilson (1999), John Scofield (1998), Herbie Hancock (1997), Wayne Shorter (1996), Pat Metheny (1995) and John McLaughlin (1994).

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