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

CEO

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Busty and the Bass—connected to our five senses

The 38th edition concludes tomorrow

Free!

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


On the program:

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

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

Busty and the Bass

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

How?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Have a fantastic, frenzied final Festival night!

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

The 38th edition ends on Saturday, July 8

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


Thursday, July 6

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

Friday, July 7

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

Saturday, July 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

So much to do, so little time!

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

Enjoy the rest of the Festival!

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The Allison Au Quartet wins the 2017 TD Grand Jazz Award

The Stingray Rising Star Award goes to Jazzamboka

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

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

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

The Allison Au Quartet

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

2017 TD Grand Jazz Award

The TD Grand Jazz Award entails:

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

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

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

Stingray Rising Star Award

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

A springboard for Canadian jazz ensembles

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

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

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

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

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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.

 

Tickets already on sale

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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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Buika

14th winner of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award

Montreal, Tuesday, July 4, 2017 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is delighted to present the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award to the Spanish diva Buika. The trophy will be presented to her by André Ménard, co-founder, tonight at 8:55 p.m. during the artist’s concert in Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts, part of the Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto series.

Buika is the 14th recipient of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award, created for the Festival’s 25th anniversary to honor artists distinguished in the field of world music whose influence on the evolution of jazz and cultural crossover is widely recognized.

Considered one of the singular vocalists on the current Spanish music scene, Concha Buika brings a disarming charisma and deep intensity to her fiery soul music, deeply rooted in flamenco and drawing inspiration from jazz, Afrobeat and pop. Born to Equatoguinean parents in the poorest neighbourhoods of Majorca, the self-taught singer grew up among gypsies and their music, drawing attention for her husky, powerful voice, untamed spirit and wonderful fusion style. After collaborating on the Mestizüo album in 2000, she made her solo debut with Buika, hailed by critics in 2005. She landed on the international radar in 2007 with the album Mi Niña Lola, winning a Latin Grammy Award and earning a gold album in Spain. Fame then came swiftly: the singer moved to Miami, collaborated with Chucho Valdés on El Ultimo Trago in 2009 (a tribute to legendary Mexican singer Chavela Vargas) and Pat Metheny. After Se Me Hizo Facil in 2010, she worked with filmmaker Pedro Almodovar on La Piel que habito in 2011, also releasing En Mi Piel that same year. Drawing comparisons to Nina Simone, Chavela Vargas and Cesaria Evora, she would go on to record La Noche Más Larga in 2013, featuring covers of Jacques Brel and Billie Holiday. This year, she brings her latest album Para Mí (2017) to the Festival.

Buika, Thuesday, July 4, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto serie)

As winner of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award, Buika follows in the footsteps of Lila Downs (2016), King Sunny Ade (2015), Paco de Lucía (2014, posthumous), Amadou and 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).

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

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Performance by graduates of the 12th edition of the TD Blues Camp

The next blues generation on the Place des Festivals

Friday, July 7, 6 p.m. 

Montreal, Tuesday, July 4, 2017 — After a magnificent week of musical discoveries, the fifty graduates of the 12th edition of the TD Blues Camp will finally take to the main outdoor stage on the Place des Festivals at this 38th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal! We invite everyone to join us in discovering the talents of these young 13-17 year old musicians representing the next generation of the blues, performing Friday, July 7 at 6 p.m. on the TD Stage. Get ready for the next blues generation !

The Blues Camp offers its warmest thanks to TD, whose continued proud sponsorship and presentation hit just the right note, making this musical dream camp possible. Our sincere thanks also go out to our partner Yamaha for loaning us instruments.

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Discotheque: A gigantic open-air dancefloor!

Montreal, Saturday July 1st — In celebration of Canada’s anniversary, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and Canada 150 proudly invite festival fans to an exclusive Discothèque event as part of our 38th edition presented from June 28 to July 8 by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto. On July 1, 2017, 9:30 p.m. on the TD Stage of Place des Festivals, Canadian dance hits of yesterday and today take centre stage in Montreal’s most incredible open-air discotheque! On the program: 24 musicians, 5 singers, 35 dancers, wild projections, fireworks and tons of surprises under the stage direction of Yann Perreau and artistic and musical direction of DJ Champion and Alex McMahon.

“In this momentous Canada 150 year, Canada Day celebrations will highlight what makes our country so unique, diverse and vibrant. I invite all people of Montreal to participate in the activities taking place on July 1. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to celebrate this important milestone with your family, friends and neighbours.”

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

The Discothèque concert-event invites Festival fans to 90 minutes of 100% Canadian dance music. And rest assured, there are tons! Funky Town, 1990, Steal My Sunshine, Sorry, Danser, Can’t Feel My Face, People Gotta Move, No Heaven, and the list goes on… The Place des Festivals will be transformed into an immense dancefloor under the Montreal stars, immersing everyone in a madcap musical bash. At 9:30 p.m., Festival fans can expect a non-stop succession of irresistible hits pumping from the TD Stage, getting body and soul moving in tune as the sweet summer temperature soars!

Canadian artists get the Place des Festivals dancing!

Carly Rae Jepsen — THE Canadian pop revelation of recent years, the gal behind the immense smash Call Me Maybe and three-time Juno winner, rolls out her irresistible hits.

Men Without Hats — The pioneers of Canadian electro pop, responsible for timeless global 1983 super-smash Safety Dance, touch down with their synths, samples and the incomparable baritone of Ivan Doroschuk!

Radio Radio — A duo renowned for their explosive fiestas, wild rhythms and hip-hop tinged with eclectic electronica: a magical party potion.

Muzion — The triumphant return of iconic Montreal hip-hop group Muzion, pioneers of Québécois rap, starring Dramatik, Imposs and J.Kyll!

Buffalo Hat Singers — Singers-percussionists Buffalo Hat Singers immerse the audience in a contemporary Pow-Wow with their intoxicating traditional native music.  

And that’s not all! The undisputed Montreal party master, DJ Champion, will take the stage accompanied by a musical armada: 24 musicians including horn and string sections, percussion and keyboards, and singers Alan Prater (The Brooks), Gardy Fury, Rémi Chassé, Marie-Christine Depestre and Stéphanie Bédard. Add in 35 dancers, wild visual projections, an electrifying repertoire and, to blow it all up, an incredible closing fireworks display set to Wow by André Gagnon… On your mark… Get set… Party!

This will be an unforgettable Montreal musical moment, with three watchwords: Dance, Fun, Party!

Stage direction: Yann Perreau; artistic and musical direction: DJ Champion and Alex McMahon; head of choreography: Steve Bolton; lighting: Bruno Rafie; video: Normal Studio & Parcequefilms; sound: Ben Favreault; dancers and musicians costumes: Master Bougaricci; pyrotechnics: GFA; singers fashion design: Michel Robidas; stage design: Mélanie Tessier; artistic direction: Laurent Saulnier; production director: Kathleen Gagnon

Join us for the 38th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented June 28 to July 8, 2017!

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