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; or 1 855 790-1245 —

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 

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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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An early look at the program

19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 

Montreal, Wednesday, September 27, 2017
— As we await the kick-off to the 19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Bell from February 22 to March 4, 2018, fans can bolster their patience with this early glimpse of the program! Grooving from flamenco to vocal jazz, with stopovers in chanson, pop and folk, six new concerts go on sale this Friday, September 29 at noon (exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers begins Thursday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), in addition to the Isabelle Boulay concert previously announced, already on sale.

Compañía Eva Yerbabuena, AY!

One of the global leaders in flamenco dance, the illustrious Eva Yerbabuena returns for a new flamboyant showcase of her artistry. Renowned for her deeply expressive and personal approach to flamenco, as well as her technical perfection, the Spanish artist presents her new show, AY!

February 28, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts


Stacey Kent

Stunning American jazz singer Stacey Kent has won over a major audience with her crystalline voice and a sparkling discography awarded a number of gold records. She’s back with her latest release, due this fall, a magnificent, dazzling fusion of harmony, beauty and intensity.

March 3, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts


Isabelle Boulay, En vérité

Following on the heels of her dazzling tribute to Serge Reggiani, Isabelle Boulay makes her thrilling return to the stage with a set of magnificent songs from the grandest songsmiths. A great interpretive singer, her singular voice beguiles us anew as she delivers her greatest hits along with the wonderful songs from her latest album.

March 1, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts


Random Recipe 

Random Recipe wear the name well. A fine mixture of human warmth, originality and international musical inspiration, the Montreal outfit presents a hybrid sound unique in its genre, with an absolute lack of pretension enhancing their already fascinating performances.

March 1, 8 p.m., Club Soda


Karen Young & Coral Egan, Mère et fille

Two superb voices, two accomplished musical careers, singers Karen Young and Coral Egan join forces for Mère et fille, revisiting their favourite songs: tunes from their respective repertoires as well as pop, folk and jazz artists including Djavan, Ayub Ogada, Catherine Major, Radiohead, Steve Lacy and many more!

February 23, 8 p.m., Gesù


Coco Méliès 

Coco Méliès returns with The Riddle, a richly atmospheric new album. Defying all labels, the musical world of Coco Méliès revels in subtle nuances and contrasts. Renowned for their distinctive vocal harmonies and refined folk, the once again presents a show both raw and luminous.

February 22, 8 p.m., L’Astral, Maison du Festival


Gabrielle Shonk 

Once her first single, Habit, racked up one million listens on Spotify, the record labels came calling: she would go on to sign with Universal. She’s finally here to present her folk-soul material, pouring her rich voice into songs steeped in maturity. A diamond in the rough, with a disarming authenticity.

February 23, 8 p.m., L’Astral, Maison du Festival


Tickets on sale Friday at noon
(exclusive pre-sale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

  • Place des Arts: 175 Ste. Catherine St. West; 514 842-2112 or 1 866 842-2112;
  • Club Soda: 1225 St. Laurent Blvd; 514 286-1010;
  • L’Astral, Maison du Festival: 305 Ste. Catherine St. West; 1 855 790-1245;
  • Gesù: 1200 De Bleury St.; 514 861-4036, 1 855 790‑1245;

The 19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will be held from February 22 to March 4, 2018   

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The MTELUS opens its doors

A new chapter begins in the great history of a legendary concert venue

Montreal, Tuesday, September 12, 2017 — After a year of eager anticipation, L’Équipe Spectra and TELUS are pleased to announce that the MTELUS is opening today. Montreal’s legendary concert hall will continue its mission of hosting world-class shows. Audiences, artists, technicians and employees alike can now enjoy an amped-up experience in a space that was redesigned and modernized without a single show being cancelled while work was underway. To celebrate the official opening, a free concert is being held tonight featuring Radio Radio, A Tribe Called Red, Marieme and Di Astronauts with Sabrina Sabotage and K.O.K.A DJ Set (Karim Ouellet and King Abid).

The ten-year partnership between L’Équipe Spectra and TELUS is the result of a shared passion for culture and technology. The two companies are bringing their respective expertise to this ambitious project. “We are absolutely thrilled with this partnership with TELUS and the results of this major undertaking. Together, we built a relationship of close cooperation and now that it’s a reality, we are extremely proud of this incredible space, which will delight many future audiences and promises to deliver great moments of musical enjoyment,” remarks Jacques-André Dupont, President and CEO of L’Équipe Spectra. “It is a source of great pride for us to able to provide the public with a venue of this calibre. Thanks to a major investment from TELUS, we managed to preserve the spirit of this iconic venue in the Quartier des spectacles, which will improve the audience’s experience and enjoyment.”

The opening of the MTELUS is the culmination of a partnership that will leave Montreal a cultural legacy on the occasion of its 375th anniversary. “This landmark investment is tangible evidence of TELUS’ commitment to Montreal,” affirms François Gratton, Executive Vice-President, TELUS and Partner Solutions, and President, Business Solutions East and TELUS Québec. “By partnering with L’Équipe Spectra, TELUS, and the 3,200 members of its team in Montreal, are confirming their continued support for arts and culture. It was a natural fit for TELUS to harness its technology skills and expertise to benefit the venue, which will give audience members a brand-new experience. It is a privilege to play a part in shaping the history of this cultural hub in Montreal.”

Honouring a rich history

L’Équipe Spectra and TELUS made it a top priority to honour this space and shine a spotlight on its historic character; traces of a living legacy can be found amidst the modernized venue. The arches in the lobby have been preserved, as have all of the theatre’s mouldings, columns and architectural features. On the façade, LED architectural lighting will now highlight the arches on the historic building. The stage’s proscenium arch will also be illuminated. The enormous frieze decorating the stage has been restored and will be lit to bring out the beauty of the space.

The key aspects of this revitalization effort focus primarily on the audience’s experience and enjoyment. With fully modernized sound and lighting systems, the venue now offers better quality acoustics and visuals. Access via the main entrance has been redesigned to separate the public entrance from the box office, improving crowd flow, and a new bar has been added. The old signboards, both behind the bars and on the famous Ste. Catherine Street marquee, have been replaced by dynamic digital screens. Connected show goers will also be delighted to learn that they can enjoy access to Wi-Fi on Canada’s largest and fastest network.

This extensive renovation and restoration project will boost the international reputation of the performance hall, which remains an exceptional venue in the heart of Montreal. The favourite show venue of Montrealers and the many visitors who flock to it to cheer on the biggest and greatest artists on the planet, the MTELUS will continue its role as a springboard for talent from near and far.

A number of Montreal-based companies helped make this project a reality. The bar and new lobby were designed by Patty Xenos Design, the lighting was revamped by Lumenpulse and the project was managed by QMD.

About L’Équipe Spectra

Since its founding in 1977 by Alain Simard, André Ménard and Denyse McCann, L’Équipe Spectra has contributed to developing and raising the profile of the Montreal cultural scene at both the national and international level, with an array of major productions and events including: major popular events such as the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the FrancoFolies de Montréal and MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, that celebrate music, the arts and gastronomy; a rich variety of high-quality stage productions, conceived and developed for touring purposes; Spectra Musique, a dynamic artists’ agency and a bold record label featuring both emerging stars and big names on the local and international scenes; the Maison du Festival, a one-of-a-kind cultural complex housing a live showroom, restaurant, jazz resource centre, and a boutique, all right in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles; three renowned concert halls; a complete service for organizing corporate events and cultural sponsorship.


TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $13 billion of annual revenue and 12.8 million subscriber connections, including 8.7 million wireless subscribers, 1.7 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.3 million residential network access lines and 1.1 million TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video. TELUS is also Canada’s largest healthcare IT provider, and TELUS International delivers business process solutions around the globe.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed over $482 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 7.7 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Created in 2005 by President and CEO Darren Entwistle, TELUS’ 12 Canadian community boards and 5 International boards have led the Company’s support of grassroots charities and have contributed more than $60 million in support of 5,595 local charitable projects, enriching the lives of more than 2 million children and youth, annually. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit

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One venue, 133 years of history

In its 133 years in business, the concert hall at 59 Ste. Catherine Street East in Montreal has been put to all kinds of different uses. Today, a new page is being added to the illustrious history of this legendary venue.

  • The building was originally used as a skating rink in 1884, then—starting the next year—as a summer theatre.
  • In 1893, it became the Théâtre Français, whose stage was graced by the legendary Sarah Bernhardt in 1905.
  • In 1923, the site was converted into a movie theatre called the “Loew’s Court.”
  • After two fires, it was rebuilt in early 1930 and returned to service as a theatre. This time, the interior was designed by Emmanuel Briffa, who also decorated the Outremont Theatre.
  • The venue became a movie theatre again from 1960 to 1981, and screened adult films under the name of Cinema Eros.
  • After closing for six years, the site reopened as a discotheque and showbar known as the “Métropolis.”
  • In 1997, L’Équipe Spectra bought the Métropolis and redesigned it to focus exclusively on concerts. Since then, it has welcomed such prestigious artists as David Bowie, Pierre Lapointe, Prince, Kaytranada, Arcade Fire, Beck, Les Cowboys Fringants, Les Rita Mitsouko, Charlotte Cardin, Éric Lapointe, Kraftwerk, Louis-Jean Cormier, Radiohead, Daniel Bélanger, Björk, Dead Obies, Ariane Moffatt, Stromae, Plume Latraverse, along with Jean Leloup, who holds the record for most performances. In addition, major events such as Just For Laughs, Mutek, M pour Montreal and Pop Montreal are regularly featured.
  • Every year, the concert hall welcomes about 130,000 visitors and 150 concerts.
  • Starting on September 12, 2017, the adventure continues under a new name: MTELUS.

A free concert to kick things off

Tuesday, September 12, starting at 8 p.m.:

  • Radio Radio
  • A Tribe Called Red
  • DJ sets by K.O.K.A. (Karim Ouellet and King Abid)
  • Marieme, accompanied by Di Astronauts with DJ Sabrina Sabotage

There are still a few pairs of tickets to be won. Visit the MTELUS Facebook page for more details!

We’ve got a great fall season ahead of us! Overview of upcoming shows:

  • Dead Obies (September 14)
  • Simple Plan (September 18)
  • Rodriguez (September 19)
  • Boyce Avenue (September 20)
  • Oh Wonder (September 21)
  • Nick Murphy (September 22 and 23)
  • Pixies (September 27)
  • Tash Sultana (September 29)
  • Glass Animals (October 3)
  • Mastodon (October 9)
  • A Day to Remember (October 10)
  • Phoenix (October 13)
  • Daniel Bélanger (October 21)
  • John Carpenter (November 13)
  • The Barr Brothers (November 24)
  • The National (December 7 and 8)

Benefits for all audience members and performers

  • A fully connected concert experience thanks to free Wi-Fi
  • A new, freshly renovated hall
  • An all-new bar set up in the lobby
  • An improved visual and acoustic experience

Tons of benefits for TELUS customers

Benefits available at all times (except on the opening night):

  • Fast priority access (with three friends) at the door
  • Fast access to coat check and bar
  • Free coat check

Occasional or surprise benefits:

  • Advance ticket sales
  • Discount prices on concert tickets
  • Meet with performers
  • Backstage access
  • Upgrade to the MTELUS lounge
  • Discount prices on drinks
  • Free drinks
  • Free swag

For access to advance ticket sales and discounts on concert tickets, TELUS customers can visit to set up an account and become MTELUS+ members. The other surprises will be made available through contests on the venue’s Facebook page. So be sure to keep an eye out!

About TELUS in Quebec

Over the next four years, TELUS plans to invest more than $2 billion in the construction of new infrastructure and installations across Quebec. Between 2000 and the end of 2020, TELUS will have invested more than $27 billion in the province to expand its leading landline and wireless telecommunications infrastructure. TELUS has extended its fibre optic network directly to homes, businesses, schools and health care facilities in numerous urban and rural communities as part of its commitment to deliver innovation and help drive economic growth in the province.

Staying true to the company’s goal to give where we live, TELUS and its team members and retirees have contributed more than $54 million and 540,000 volunteer hours to charitable, non-profit and community organizations throughout Quebec since 2000. Created in 2005 by TELUS President and CEO Darren Entwistle, these 15 local community boards direct the company’s support actions to local charities. Since their founding, the three Quebec-based Community Boards have donated more than $12.45 million to thousands of local charitable projects conducted by organizations like L’Ancre des jeunes, Motivaction Jeunesse and the CRBM foundation, among others.

In September 2012, TELUS opened a state-of-the-art Intelligent Internet Data Centre in Rimouski, Quebec. TELUS chose to build the centre in Rimouski due to the availability of a skilled workforce in the community, abundant green features (including an abundance of hydroelectricity), and the cool local climate. In 2015, the TELUS Intelligent Internet Data Centre in Rimouski, recognized as one of the world’s most technologically innovative and energy-efficient facilities, received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Award for sustainable development.

Charles Dutoit awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s gold medal

Montreal, Thursday, August 17, 2017 — One of classical music’s highest honours, the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, has been awarded to the Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit. He becomes the 103rd recipient since the medal was founded in 1870 in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Beethoven (London’s Philharmonic Society commissioned Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and enjoyed a close association with the composer).


The medal will be presented to Charles Dutoit at the BBC Proms, tonight as part of a concert at the Royal Albert Hall (and live on BBC Radio 3) by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Charles Dutoit is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducts a programme that includes Saint-Saën’s 3rd Symphony, commissioned by the Philharmonic Society in 1886.

Current RPS Gold Medallists include Martha Argerich, Janet Baker, Daniel Barenboim, Alfred Brendel, Placido Domingo, Bernard Haitink, György Kurtag, Antonio Pappano, Thomas Quasthoff, Simon Rattle, András Schiff, John Tomlinson and Mitsuko Uchida.

Distinguished conductors previously awarded the RPS Gold Medal include: Thomas Beecham; Bruno Walter; Arturo Toscanini; Felix Weingartner; Adrian Boult; John Barbirolli; Herbert von Karajan; Leonard Bernstein; Georg Solti; Colin Davis; Pierre Boulez; Claudio Abbado; Charles Mackerras and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

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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


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Busty and the Bass—connected to our five senses

The 38th edition concludes tomorrow


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.


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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Nils Frahm, Tami Neilson, Hauschka, Piers Faccini and Son Little added to Jazz All-Year Round schedule!

Montreal, Wednesday, July 5, 2017Jazz All-Year Round series presented by TD enhances its fall 2017 and spring 2018 schedule with German pianists Nils Frahm and Hauschka, Canadian singer Tami Neilson, Italian-British singer Piers Faccini and American singer Son Little. Tickets for these concerts are already on sale.

Nils Frahm  March 22, 8 p.m. — Métropolis — Berlin keyboardist, composer and producer Nils Frahm transports us to an aerial world fusing electronic and classical music. After transporting Métropolis to a state of rapture in 2015, he returns to spellbind his audience with minimalist rhythms and sumptuous harmonies.


Tami Neilson — October 25, 8 p.m., Club Soda — A genuine star in New Zealand, Tami Neilson has been compared to Patsy Cline, Wanda Jackson and Peggy Lee. After an impressive turn at the Festival this summer, the Canadian native returns with songs from her 5th album, Don’t Be Afraid, along with gospel, blues, rockabilly, country and soul classics. A fabulous voice, incredible energy: an absolute must see!

Hauschka — October 26, 8 p.m., Gesù — A prolific creative force with 15 albums as a solo artist and work as a composer of original film soundtracks, German keyboardist/composer Volker Bertelmann, alias Hauschka delivers a music that is experimental yet accessible, tinged with sensitivity and flirting with classical minimalism. His return is a sheer delight for devotees and a unique opportunity for others to discover this wonderment!

Piers FacciniOctober 29, 8 p.m.L’Astral — Five years after his last visit to the Festival, Italian-English Piers Faccini, whose voice was compared to that of Cohen, returns with I Dreamed An Island (2016), inspired by the Sicily of the 12th and 13th centuries. A musical oeuvre marked by its delicacy and sensitivity, blending the lexicons of folk and world music with a delicious melancholy.

Son LittleSeptember 148 p.m., Petit Campus — Encouraged to sing by the band The Roots, Son Little hit the radar with a remix by RJD2, later playing South by Southwest and accompanying Mumford & Sons on tour. Blending blues ballads, soul, folk and rock melodies, his music presents a panorama of American music.


Some tickets still remain for these concert 

Diana Krall, Turn Up The Quiet TourNovember 29 and 30, 8 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA — World-class jazz singer Diana Krall returns to Montreal this autumn to present her latest opus, Turn Up The Quiet, hailed immediately by the critics upon its release.

José González — February 10, 8 p.m., Monument-National — Argentinean-Swedish singer-songwriter José González digs into the heart of ’70s folk: guaranteed aural pleasure.


GoGo Penguin — October 23, 8 p.m., Gesù — Ranking among the newest global jazz stars, GoGo Penguin present their latest album, Man Made Object, where electric subtlety of high-calibre jazz and rock energy meet.


Martin Goyette — October 13, 8 p.m., L’Astral — Montreal-born singer and harmonicist will seduce his audience once again with his “instrument”: a husky yet warm voice worthy of the blues and jazz greats.


Songhoy Blues — October 1st, 8 p.m., L’Astral — These musicians from Mali who grew up obsessed with hip hop, R&B, and classic rock like The Beatles and Hendrix make a much-anticipated stopover in Montreal.


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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! The Festival also highlights the support of the Maison du Festival, official host of the Jazz All-Year Round series, as well as the support of Bell and the Hyatt Regency Montréal, partner and official hotel of the series, respectively.

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Lizz Wright Winner of the 2017 Ella Fitzgerald Award

Montreal, Wednesday, July 5, 2017 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is delighted to present the Ella Fitzgerald Award to the American singer Lizz Wright for her extraordinary contribution to contemporary jazz. The trophy will be presented to her by Laurent Saulnier, vice-president of Programming, tonight at 8 p.m. during the artist’s concert in Salle Ludger-Duvernay, Monument-National, part of the Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal series.

Lizz Wright is the 19th winner of the Ella Fitzgerald Award. The Festival created the award for its 20th anniversary, in 1999, annually conferring it upon a jazz singer of significant talent who has had a major impact and influence in the international scene.

Thanks to her minister father and religious schooling, jazz singer Lizz Wright holds the power of gospel in her spellbinding voice, calling on the entire legacy of African-American music. Born in Hahira, Georgia, Wright discovered music in the church where her father was minister and her mother sang gospel. She developed her vocal talent in high school, singing in the school choir, then pursuing her musical studies at Georgia State University and the New School in New York. She then joined the vocal quartet and took part in a tribute to Billie Holiday in 2002. The following year, the singer-songwriter launched her solo debut, Salt, fusing jazz and R&B, followed by Dreaming Wide Awake (2005), The Orchard (2008), Fellowship (2010) and Freedom & Surrender (2015). The supremely gifted singer would release a string of acclaimed albums on Verve, climbing the jazz charts. Her style, a blend of soul, jazz and pop with solid gospel roots, has won her comparisons to Anita Baker, Regina Belle, Cassandra Wilson and Tracy Chapman.

Lizz Wright, Wednesday, July 5, 8 p.m., Monument-National (Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency serie)

In accepting the prize, Lizz Wright will be following previous Ella Fitzgerald prizewinners 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).

The 38th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, will run until Saturday, July 8, 2017.

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