For its 40th anniversary, the Festival is expanding in the city and announces a new site in Verdun

Montréal, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, is proud to unveil its new site in Verdun!

Last spring, the festival announced an ambitious development plan that will allow it to increase its presence across the territory and to meet citizens where they live. In relation with the new Cultural Policy of the City of Montréal and the new Tourisme Montréal Development Strategy, the Festival will promote the discovery of the cultural wealth of the various neighbourhoods of the city by anchoring itself in several of them. Thus, in addition to continuing to occupy its central site in the Quartier des Spectacles with large-scale gatherings, indoor shows and family activities, the global Festival will reach a local public thanks to the creation of new festival hubs.

Following a “request for interest”, the evaluation of particularly stimulating applications, as well as many discussions and meetings, the choice of Verdun was obvious for the Festival. Starting in 2019, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will also take place in the Verdun borough!

“I’m very proud that our project created so much interest. We received applications from 15 boroughs. Every proposal was very interesting and original. As such, we have inspiration for many years to come. But for the first iteration of the concept, we chose Verdun because of the dynamism of that borough and its population, the SDC Promenade Wellington and the merchants of the sector. We’ll be able to count on solid partnerships, and their financial participation in the project shows the potential of the concept. Wellington Street reminds us of the years of the Festival on St-Denis Street. We’re happy and proud that the Festival will continue its development in the service of our beautiful city.” Jacques-André Dupont, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

The new site will host original experiences created especially for the borough and the communities that live there, in collaboration with community organizations, merchants and citizens. It will be accessible for free and will offer the same artistic quality as the rest of the Festival, in addition to respecting sustainable development and eco-responsibility principles.

By further reaching communities and inviting Montrealers and tourists to visit a neighbourhood with which they are less familiar, the new site will foster citizen meetings and generate new benefits for the borough, in a spirit of inclusion and integration.

photo 1Of course, the free programming wouldn’t be possible without the commitment of our major sponsors, particularly TD Bank Group, Rio Tinto and Casino de Montréal, as well as the Government of Quebec, the City of Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, the Verdun Borough and the SDC Promenade Wellington.

“After 40 years of contributing significantly to Montréal’s cultural dynamism, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is reinventing itself this year. By deploying in the Verdun Borough, it is increasing local culture. The Gouvernement du Québec salutes the vision of the Festival’s organizers who, by this initiative, are contributing to the development of tourist districts outside the Quartier des spectacles, thus enhancing the tourist experience while generating economic impacts for the metropolis.” Chantal Rouleau, Minister for Transport and Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal Region, Nathalie Roy, Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister Responsible for the French Language, and Caroline Proulx, Minister of Tourism

“I am thrilled to see the first local jazz event take place on Rue Wellington, in Verdun. This new initiative by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is in line with our efforts to make our neighbourhoods as lively and dynamic as possible. What better way to accomplish this than through music.” Valérie Plante, Mayor of the City of Montréal

“For a number of years now, Verdun has been investing in culture to define itself and forge its identity. We promote expression in all its forms, by creating quality events at unique and magical places, such as the Quai 5160 – Maison de la culture de Verdun, the Verdun Auditorium, the waterfront and also on the street, where people go out and gather naturally. That is why we are very proud of this partnership which provides us with an opportunity to host the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. It is not only recognition of the collective efforts that have been made to develop culture in Verdun, but also a springboard for the Festival, which gets closer to the neighbourhoods!”, noted Verdun Mayor Jean-François Parenteau, who is also a member of the Executive Committee.

“We’re honoured to be part of this iconic Montreal festival. This is a wonderful recognition of the work done locally in recent years. In my view, this is the outcome of the continuous and positive collaboration between the Borough of Verdun and SDC Wellington.” Billy Walsh, Executive Director – SDC Wellington

“Tourisme Montréal is very proud to be participating in the Jazz Hub project, which we believe holds a lot of promise for our destination. We hope it will encourage tourists to venture into the city’s different neighbourhoods, explore our diverse arts and culture scene, and come away with a truly authentic Montréal experience. This initiative supports our strategic vision to promote tourism in neighbourhoods across the city. It’s also a concrete example of how tourism can benefit the entire community,” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.Yves Lalumière, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal

The programming and detailed concept will be unveiled in the spring.

The 40th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will take place from June 27 to July 6, 2019.

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A new series of colourful artists added!

Blue Rodeo, Leslie Odom Jr., Dominique Fils-Aimé, Stacey Kent, Chucho Valdés, and many more!

Montréal, Monday, March 25, 2019 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, brings a little springtime sunshine into your day with this third wave of artists announced as part of the program of its 40th edition, from June 27 to July 6, 2019. Tickets for these remarkably varied concerts go on sale Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m. (exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers on Thursday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

Photo 1Blue Rodeo. Opening act: Elisapie — June 28, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts — Since their formation, Blue Rodeo have blazed a trail across the Canadian music scene, selling more than 4 million albums over the past 35 years. Their most recent, 1000 Arms, marks a return to harmonies sung in duet or call and response. And even though the bands two leaders, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, have seen several musicians move in and out of the combo, they’ve never lost their cohesion. A true gem of Canadian country rock music. Opening act: the intense and touching Elisapie, ambassador of Inuit culture, brings the very poetic pieces from her latest album — The Ballad of the Runaway Girl — to Place des Arts.

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Photo 2Stacy Kent Symphonique — June 30, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique, Place des Arts — An orchestral project by this American singer, I Know I Dream combines classics of bossa nova, French chanson, standards from the “Great American Songbook”, and original compositions written by her husband, saxophonist Jim Tomlinson. Lyrics are by major figures: Kazuo Ishiguro (Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017), poet Antonio Ladeira and Nashville songwriter Cliff Goldmacher. Her sensual voice, limpid and fluid, colored by swing and jazz, draws the audience into a sweet reverie they never want to leave. For this unique show, the singer will be accompanied for the first time by an orchestra.

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Photo 3Brad Mehldau Quintet featuring Ambrose Akimusire, Joel Frahm, Joe Sanders & Leon Parker — June 27, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique, Place des Arts — Ahead of some carefully selected summer dates, Brad Mehldau assembled a special quintet featuring some of his favorite instrumentalists: trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, saxophonist Joel Frahm, bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Leon Parker. A one-of-a-kind ensemble of musical leaders, this project opens up an entirely new realm of expression for the virtuoso pianist.

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Leslie Odom Jr. | Dominique Fils-Aimé — July 6, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts — Multi-faceted artist Leslie Odom Jr. made his mark on Broadway with his role as Aaron Burr in acclaimed musical Hamilton, winning a Tony Award for his performance. We’ve also seen him on the silver screen (Murder on the Orient Express) and on TV (Smash, CSI: Miami, Persons of Interest). His debut self-titled album soared to #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart, a feat repeated by his second release, Simply Christmas.

Photo 5A year after her brilliant performance at the Festival, Dominique Fils-Aimé brings us songs from Stay Tuned!, the second album in her trilogy, released this past February 22. Stay Tuned! Is a reminder and call for revolution. Aiming to soar beyond standards and traditional songs, Dominique unveils a show focused on musical freedom musical forms.

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Photo 6Chucho Valdes, Jazz Batá. Opening act: Edmar Castaneda trio — June 28, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique, Place des Arts — One of the most influential personalities in Afro-Cuban jazz, pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés first made an impression with Irakere, the first Cuban band to win a Grammy. At 77, he remains fiercely active having started the Trance tour last year and launched Jazz Batá 2, an album featuring a trio of pianists accompanied by Batá, the double-headed hourglass drums used in the rituals of the Santería.

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Photo 7Double bill: Ravi Coltrane Quartet | Antonio Sanchez & Migration — June 30, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts — Over the course of a prolific career, saxophonist, band leader, producer and composer Ravi Coltrane has made his bones as an accompanist, of course, but also recorded a slew of remarkable albums in addition to founding the major independent label RKM. His mother Alice had a tremendous influence on her son, and vice versa; he was the one to encourage her to return to the studio after a long absence. Ravi played on and produced her powerful film Translinear Light, released in 2004. He comes back to the Festival after two years!

Photo 8On his latest album, Lines in the Sand, Mexican drummer/composer Antonio Sanchez explores the injustices and horrors experienced by immigrants from the south pushed back by the belligerent policies of US president Trump, even using recordings from police raids. Composer of the splendid film soundtrack to Birdman, he continues to channel his anger in textured and evocative music, a response to North American turmoil.

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Photo 9Strumbellas. Opening act: Elliot Maginot — June 27, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — This Toronto squad has been on a roll since the international success of Spirits, earning a Juno for Song of the Year, beating out Drake, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes. Their fourth album, Rattlesnake, released this year, reflects the evolution of the sextet and lifts their folk to another level, speedier and more playful, resolutely optimistic, although still focused on the acoustic guitar. Opening act: Elliot Maginot presents the songs of his second opus, Comrades, a more pop album with sounds reminiscent of Phil Collins, The War On Drugs and Peter Gabriel.

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Photo 10Jacob Collier. Opening act: Madison McFerrin — July 2, 9 p.m., Club Soda —  A series of viral YouTube videos propelled young prodigy Jacob Collier to stardom, also catching the eye and ear of the legendary Quincy Jones. In 2016, Collier released the album In My Room, on which he singed and played multiple instruments. This album, which he recorded in his childhood bedroom, has eventually lead to collaborations with Herbie Hancock and Hans Zimmer. On New Year’s Day 2018, Collier launched into the daring Djesse, a four-album cycle composed entirely in 2018, featuring musical contributions from all over the world. On these four albums, Collier adopt the idea of globalization, plays with it and lives it through songs that fight for something – music, and its power to remind us of the bonds we all share: the pains and joys of being human at all.

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Photo 11Alex Henry Foster. Opening act: Sheenah Ko — July 5, 9 p.m., Club Soda — Alex Henry Foster is a Canadian musician, singer-songwriter and producer, better known as leader of post-rock/noise group Your Favorite Enemies. A fervent advocate for human rights, Foster has worked as a very active spokesman over the past decade in denouncing racism, the growth of street gangs – where he spent his teen years – and the resurgence of populism and extremism, among other issues. On November 9, 2018, Foster released his debut solo album, an intimate, poetic collection addressing peace, faith and hope through the lens of grief, depression and suffering. Opening act: atmospheric and emotional music by Sheenah Ko, also known as keyboardist for The Besnard Lakes.

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Photo 12Yungblud — July 6, 9 p.m., Club Soda — Doncaster UK artist Yungblud has fired up the world of rock with a vital new energy. Born Dominic Harrison, Yungblud spent most of 2018 on the road, spreading an anti-conformist message to a growing audience thanks to his powerhouse energy and irresistible charisma and stage presence. In July 2018, his debut album 21st Century Liability channeled Foster’s energy into provocative, catchy songs. Already working on his sophomore release, Yungblud draws inspiration from stories his fans tell him on the road. His goal is for his music to be a conversation – a spark to unite people into a strong new community.

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Photo 13Marianne Trudel and Karen Young, Portraits: Songs of Joni Mitchell — June 29, 6 p.m., L’Astral — Best known as a jazz singer, Karen Young is also a gifted musician. Blessed with a deep sensitivity, she has explored all forms of music. Never one to turn down a musical challenge, she has sung in more than 20 languages ​​on over 40 albums. Marianne Trudel is a pianist, composer, improviser and arranger, a true dynamo on the instrumental music scene in Canada, active here and abroad. These two extraordinary artists unite to revisit the Joni Mitchell — who just turned 75 — repertoire in a movingly original show.

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Photo 14Tamino — July 2, 10 p.m., L’Astral — A genuine revelation on the Flemish scene, Tamino has been crushing it since the release of Habibi, an EP that unveils a stunning voice and a deep musical sensibility. The young singer-songwriter of Egyptian extraction has been hailed with universal praise. On his first album, Amir, he was accompanied by a collective of mainly Middle Eastern musicians, some of whom have refugee status in Belgium. “An enigmatic romanticism bolstered by with Asian accents,” according to Les Inrocks.

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Photo 15PJ Morton — July 5, 10 p.m., L’Astral —  PJ Morton is the buzziest man in R&B. Sure, he’s performed alongside Maroon 5 and collaborated with the likes of legend Stevie Wonder, Solange and Erykah Badu, but his solo career also took off with the albums Gumbo and Gumbo Unplugged, racking up Grammy nominations in the past two years. Also in 2018, PJ dropped a notable performance in NPR’s Tiny Desk. In November 2018, Morton released the perfect holiday gem Christmas with PJ Morton.

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The 40th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019.

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LE FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL, LES FRANCOS DE MONTRÉAL AND MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE JOIN FAME AND LE RÉMI TO HIGHLIGHT THE GOOD NEWS REGARDING THE 2019-2020 FEDERAL BUDGET.

MONTRÉAL, QC. (March 19, 2019) – Made public this afternoon, the federal budget is very well received by le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Les Francos de Montréal and Montréal en Lumière, all proud members of FAME (Festivals et événements majeurs Canada) and le RÉMI (Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux au Québec).

The budget includes an important increase of the sums allocated to the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the main existing Canadian government programs supporting the industry and the various performing arts presenters. The creation of the Canadian Experiences Fund, as part of the new Federal Strategy on Jobs and Tourism, is also good news, as are the measures ensuring the safety of citizens during major popular gatherings.

“We welcome this news with much joy,” says Jacques-André Dupont, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Les Francos de Montréal and Montréal en Lumière. “These new funds will allow us to invest more in supporting Canadian artists, developing accessible, free activities for the whole community, and potentially increasing the international reach of our culture. Since safety is an important issue for such major gatherings as festivals, we’re also happy that the government is recognizing that. Finally, the Canadian tourism industry will be given a new vision, which obviously delights us.”

A few months ago, a KPMG study assessed that a group of 17 Canadian events generated annual economic benefits of $290.8 million (added value at market prices), that it created or maintained the equivalent of 4,606 jobs (full-time equivalent) and generated tax revenues of $66.6 million, including $17.3 million for the Government of Canada. The same study concluded that the Government of Canada recouped 1.78 times its investment in events by way of taxes and fees.

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Open Letter – Quartier
des spectacles: Restoring Space and Balance Together

Montreal, Monday, February 25, 2019 — This morning, an open letter signed by the President & Chief Executive Officer of the festival, Mr. Jacques-André Dupont, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Tourisme Montréal, the Association des hôtels du Grand Montréal, the Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux (RÉMI), the Fashion & Design Festival, Montréal complètement Cirque, Just for Laughs and Festival international Nuits D’Afrique, was published by some of the Montreal media.  This group urgently appeals to public decision makers and other stakeholders from the business community. In short, to everyone who is committed to the image of Montreal, its economic and tourism development, the important benefits generated by festivals and events—including on a social and cultural level—and the vitality of its downtown area.

Click here to read the open letter.

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Quartier des spectacles: Restoring Space and Balance Together

Jacques-André Dupont, President and CEO, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Francos de Montréal et MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and 8 additional signatories*

 Condominium and office towers built and planned, the massive arrival of new restaurants and stores, various construction sites: there is no doubt that since they were created in 2009, the Quartier des spectacles and its Place des Festivals have led to important development in the heart of Montreal. Which is a good thing!

Event directors are happy to have played a part in that by organizing popular gatherings that have become tourism draws. They want to maintain momentum over the coming decades. That is also the wish of the various partner organizations that are committed to keeping the tourism boom and economic growth of our city going.

Unfortunately, today, they must all take note of the counterpart of this huge expansion: the future of festivals with an important free component, in this neighbourhood that was developed at the cost of $200 million, is less guaranteed than ever.

First, from a strictly operational point of view, the empty lots that were used for secondary stages as well as the much-needed “backstage” areas have disappeared because they have been built on. Indeed, the maximum space available for festivals has gone from 1,000,000 square feet in 2007 to 500,000 square feet next summer. Thankfully, this has already led the city to actively look for solutions to the problem.

But there is worse. The whole business model of events featuring an important free component is threatened. For instance, upon its arrival in the neighbourhood in 1986 — which was then a culinary desert — the Jazz Festival could rely on income from food, drink and merchandise sales to finance a good portion of the free activities offered to festival-goers.

The income from the outdoor sites of some festivals has fallen by more than half with the arrival of dozens of restaurants and stores that, rightly so, do extremely well during the events. That is a good thing for the urban landscape, the economy and the vitality of the neighbourhood, as well as for the City of Montreal, which collects more property tax revenues, but it has an increasingly perverse effect.

After losing most of the income of its site to neighbouring restaurants and stores, the Jazz Festival, for instance, faces an annual shortfall of several millions of dollars, while it must assume all of the costs, which keep growing. Those costs are related to the programming, of course, but also to the technical and infrastructure elements needed to welcome festival-goers, to ensure their safety, to innovate, and to cover other unavoidable expenses.

The Quartier des spectacles festivals are among the most important in the country or even the world. Together, they create economic and tourism benefits that exceed $100 million annually, while giving citizens free access to high-quality events, concerts and shows. They also generate huge benefits for the artists, artisans and employees who perform or are employed every year.

Today, the success of the Quartier des spectacles has created an important imbalance, which is putting some of our city’s key events at risk. That is why we are making an urgent appeal to public decision-makers and other stakeholders from the business community. In short, to everyone who is committed to the image of Montreal, its economic and tourism development, the important benefits generated by festivals and events — including on a social and cultural level — and the vitality of its downtown area.

This piece is co-signed by Michel Leblanc, president and chief executive officer, Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal; Yves Lalumière, chief executive officer, Tourisme Montréal; Ève Paré, chief executive officer, Association des hôtels du Grand Montréal; Jacques Primeau, chairman of the board, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership; Martin Roy, chief executive officer, Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux (RÉMI); Fashion & Design Festival; Montréal complètement Cirque, Just for Laughs; Festival international Nuits D’Afrique.

A rock legend at the festival!

Montréal, Friday, February 22, 2019 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, is honored to welcome Peter Frampton on July 5, 2019, at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, as part of the 40th edition of the festival. His last time at the festival was in 2011; we can’t wait to see him again! Tickets will go on sale on Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. at www.montrealjazzfest.com (exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers on Thursday, February 28, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

peter frampton 1Legendary guitarist Peter Frampton has confirmed Peter Frampton FinaleThe Farewell Tour presented by SiriusXM. The primarily U.S. tour, produced by Live Nation, will begin on June 18 in Tulsa, OK and continue throughout the summer and fall.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public next Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m., local time. VIP packages will also be available at www.frampton.com.

Peter Frampton remains one of the most lauded artists in rock history. Most recently, Frampton performed as part of I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell concert as well as receiving the Les Paul Innovation Award at the 2019 NAMM Show’s 34th annual TEC Awards. He also just celebrated the 43rd anniversary of his fifth solo album, Frampton Comes Alive!, one of the top-selling live records of all time, with over 17 million copies sold worldwide.

At age 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band The Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super-groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie, before starting an amazing solo career. His session work includes collaborations with such legendary artists as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ringo Starr, John Entwistle, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron.

Frampton has appeared as himself on television shows The Simpsons and Family Guy. He also served as technical advisor on Cameron Crowe’s film Almost Famous as well as appearing in it and writing songs for the soundtrack. In 2007 he won the Grammy Award for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” for Fingerprints and in 2014 he was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame.

Frampton has toured with the likes of David Bowie, Stevie Nicks, Greg Allman, Ringo Starr, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller Band, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings and many others. Additionally, he took Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus on the road for two years with special guests B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Vince Gill, Larry Carlton, Robert Randolph, Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles), Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Robert Cray and Roger McGuinn (the Byrds).

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Tickets on sale Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m.

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The 40th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019.

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Variety is in the spotlight this summer at the festival

Montréal, Monday, February 4, 2019 — In this freezing weather, it helps to look forward to summer and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, which is pleased to announce a second wave of names for its 40th edition, that will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019. Covering blues, folk, rock, electro, metal, and, of course, jazz, music lovers from all walks of life will be delighted! Tickets for these concerts will go on sale Friday, February 8 at 10 a.m. (exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

photo 1photo 2Buddy Guy/Colin James —   July 6, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts — It only takes one listen to The Blues Is Alive and Well, the 18th studio album of the greatest monument of blues still alive, Buddy Guy, to realize that the album title is absolutely true. It presents a raw and pure sound, a real pleasure for both devotees and new fans of the genre. This show will be a new opportunity to admire Guy’s incredible talents as a performer. And if being a blues musician is about always maintaining a certain dialogue with the past, Colin James, singer and Canadian musician, will also prove to the audience that this style of music is still firmly in the present. He will wow his audience with songs from Miles To Go, his latest album, released in September. An unmissable blues night for the 40th anniversary of the festival!

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Rodrigo y Gabriela — July 3, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique, photo 3Place des Arts — Originally from Mexico City, this duo of virtuoso guitarists who came to the festival four years ago bring their instrumental and singular amalgamation of metal, jazz, rock and world music into the setting of the Maison symphonique! Five years after the release of their last album, the highly qualified musicians will give us the opportunity to hear the tracks of their upcoming album, to be released in April 2019, Mettavolution.

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photo 4Lou Doillon — July 3, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — It’s easy to see that Lou Doillon has a lot going on within herself, but luckily, she wanted to share it with us, add music to it, throw it to some of the most daring French producers, and take a new step in a career that never ceases to amaze. After the inaugural Places in 2012, entrusted to the care of Etienne Daho, and Lay Low three years later, where she moved her sensitive little world to Taylor Kirk, of Timber Timbre, here is Soliloquy, the third album of a singer-songwriter who likes nothing more than to shake up her habits and flee her comfort zone to explore new musical territory. On this opus, she collaborates with The Shoes and The Do, in addition to offering a sublime duet with Cat Power. After performing in front of a packed Metropolis at Montréal en Lumière in 2016, Charlotte Gainsbourg’s sister, also an actress, will once again make her magnificent, rough voice resonate.

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photo 5Omara Portuondo, One Last Kiss Tour — June 27, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts — A true gem of the Cuban musical culture, the legendary figure of the Buena Vista Social Club will celebrate her life and music during a farewell tour that will stop in our city. A great opportunity to see one last time, a woman who has been singing professionally for 70 years and who, while revolutions and wars were shaking the world, pursued her career with indomitable elegance and unquenchable passion.

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photo 6First Aid Kit — July 6, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — It may be the beauty of their harmonies, the originality of their song writing, or their captivating presence on stage, but the appeal of the Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit is undeniable and has resulted in ten stellar years on the music scene. After four studio albums, sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have gained an undisputable international reputation. Their most recent opus, Ruins, released in January 2018, was also certified gold in their native Sweden in August. First Aid Kit is a band of rare harmonic perfection, whose finely chiseled songs are sometimes poignant and romantic, sometimes bold and powerful. Their performance at MTELUS is certain to captivate you!

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photo 7Madeleine Peyroux — June 28, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts — Each one of Madeleine Peyroux’s eight albums can be read as a new chapter in the extraordinary musical journey she began 22 years ago. The singer has not stopped challenging the limits of jazz, always venturing further into the fertile fields of contemporary popular music with a curiosity that’s never satisfied. In her new album, Anthem, the singer-songwriter is collaborating with writers and musicians Patrick Warren, Brian MacLeod and David Baerwald; together, they cast a sober, poetic and sometimes even philosophical look at the current state of the world.

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photo 8Voivod. Opening acts:  René Lussier & Robbie Kuster — June 30, 9 p.m., Club Soda — Formed in 1982 in Jonquière, Voivod began its career by devising a speed metal formula that the group would constantly evolve over the years. After nearly 30 years and with a rich discography of fifteen studio albums, not to mention hundreds of shows around the world, Voivod is indisputably part of the legends of metal. Opening acts: René Lussier, Montreal guitarist recognized worldwide in the avant-garde movement, accompanied by the magical Robbie Kuster on drums.

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photo 9Youn Sun Nah — June 28, 8 p.m., Monument-National —    Two years after a notable appearance at the festival, the South Korean jazz singer with an exceptional voice returns to delight the Montreal public. Her breathtaking vocals combined with a unique blend of varied influences set her apart from the conventions of vocal jazz. Let’s bet that this performance will leave us speechless!

Jazz Beat Double Tree par Hilton Montréal, in collaboration with CBC Music

photo 10Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah — July 1, 8 p.m., Monument-National — A New Orleans native, Christian is one of today’s most prominent young jazz musicians. Immersed in the Indian traditions of Mardi Gras since birth, he has been known as a jazz trumpeter since his teenage years. He has since created his own artistic reality, which he calls “stretch music” – a mix of styles and approaches, with a good dose of groove. Since the beginning of his career, he has remained a staunch advocate for human rights and a harsh critic of injustices around the world. The last time he was at the Jazz Festival, the one who was called by JazzTimes Magazine “Jazz’s young style God” sold out three nights in a row! This is not to be missed!

Jazz Beat Double Tree par Hilton Montréal, in collaboration with CBC Music

Already announced, also on sale

photo 11 ENBryan Adams, Shine A Light — July 2, 8 p.m., Bell Centre — Armed with a career spanning over four decades and a signature brand of feel-good rock’n’roll hits, Canadian icon Bryan Adams announces that he will return to Canada as part of his massive world tour. One of the most highly acclaimed singer/songwriters, Bryan Adams is known for hit singles (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Summer Of ’69 and his Rod Stewart and Sting collaboration All for Love. The Grammy winning artist has seen success from a string of number 1’s in over 40 countries and has sold in excess of 65 million records worldwide. His thirst for performing and unique take on live concerts have established him as one of the world’s best rock singers.

Tickets on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Place des Arts: 175 Ste. Catherine St. West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or com
  • Monument-National: 1182 St. Laurent Blvd.; 514 871-2224 or com
  • L’Astral, Maison du Festival: 305 Ste. Catherine St. W.; 514 288-8882 or com
  • MTELUS: 59 Ste. Catherine Street East; 1 855 790-1245 or ca
  • Club Soda: 1225 St. Laurent Blvd.; 514 286-1010 or ca

The 40th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019.

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Norah Jones will charm
the festival’s audience in June!

Montréal, Monday, January 28, 2019 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto is proud to welcome Norah Jones on June 27th at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, part of the 40th edition of the festival. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 1st at 10 a.m. at www.montrealjazzfest.com (exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday, January 31st, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

Norah Jones has announced Summer 2019 North American tour dates following the 9-time GRAMMY winning singer-songwriter’s tour of Australia and New Zealand in April. The first leg of the North American tour will kick off on the East Coast in Pittsburgh on June 18 and includes appearances at jazz festivals in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, and Saratoga Springs. The tour’s second leg heads out West beginning July 14 in Cheyenne, Wyoming followed by an unforgettable evening at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks with the iconic Mavis Staples. The tour will also bring shows to Utah, Montana, and Washington state before concluding with Norah’s debut appearances in Alaska.

Jones will be joining Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Leon Bridges, and others as part of the performance lineup at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Dolly Parton on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles during Grammy Week. Jones has recently released a series of eclectic singles including collaborations with Jeff Tweedy—“Wintertime” and “A Song With No Name”—as well as the organ-and-horn drenched soul song “It Was You” featuring drummer Brian Blade, bassist Christopher Thomas, organist Pete Remm, trumpeter Dave Guy, and tenor saxophonist Leon Michels, and the riveting song “My Heart Is Full,” a collaboration with Thomas Bartlett.

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 Norah Jones first emerged on the world stage with the February 2002 release of Come Away With Me, her self-described “moody little record” that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards and signaling a paradigm shift away from the prevailing pop music of the time. Since then, Norah has sold 50 million albums worldwide and become a 9-time GRAMMY-winner. She has released a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful solo albums—Feels Like Home (2004), Not Too Late (2007), The Fall (2009), Little Broken Hearts (2012), and Day Breaks (2016)—as well as albums with her collective bands The Little Willies and Puss N Boots. The 2010 compilation …Featuring Norah Jones showcased her incredible versatility by collecting her collaborations with artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Outkast, Herbie Hancock, and Foo Fighters. Little Broken Hearts, produced by Danger Mouse, was a fascinating step in the artistic evolution of one of the music world’s most consistently intriguing singer-songwriters. With Day Breaks, Norah returned to her jazz roots while also proving her to be this era’s quintessential American artist, the purveyor of an unmistakably unique sound that weaves together the threads of several bedrock styles of American music: country, folk, rock, soul, jazz. Most recently, Jones has released a series of eclectic singles including collaborations with artists and friends such as Jeff Tweedy and Thomas Bartlett.

Tickets on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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

The 40th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019.

montrealjazzfest.com

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Flagship artists are back
for a grand celebration

Montréal, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto is pleased to announce a first wave of names for its 40th edition, which will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019. Many artists who wrote the history of the festival are coming back to Montreal to dazzle you with their music. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 23 at noon. (exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

 

Melody GardotMelody GardotJune 29, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des ArtsWelcoming Melody Gardot at the Festival always has something magical about it. The magnetic singer-pianist-guitarist, who has been a sensation since her debut on the jazz scene in 2008, really needs no introduction. She’s coming back to the Jazz Festival, one of her favorites, after the release of an album last February, Live in Europe.

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