Historical walking tours about Montreal’s jazz history for the 36th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montreal, Wednesday, June 17, 2015 — Throughout the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal’s 36th edition, historian and tour guide Leah Blythe will be offering a unique guided walking tour of downtown Montreal for a third consecutive year. The two-hour tour tells the story of jazz in Montreal, from the Prohibition Era to the creation of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in 1980. Highlights include old photos and jazz recordings played during the tour, and lots of great stories! For example, did you know that Montreal’s nightlife was so renowned that a song was composed in the 1920s called Hello Montreal? Or that Leonard Cohen did poetry readings in 1958 over live jazz above Dunn’s restaurant on Saint Catherine Street? – June 27, 28 and July 3, 4 and 5
The two-hour tour sets off at the old Windsor Station close to the first area of settlement of Montreal’s English-speaking black community. Participants will learn about notorious “Downtown” nightclubs such as the Rockhead’s Paradise and Café St-Michel, the club that would introduce be-bop in Canada. The tour then winds its way up to what used to be known as the “Uptown,” in other words Saint Catherine Street West, with its abundant clubs. It then conveniently wraps up at the Maison du Festival in the heart of the jazz festival that was created in 1980 during the renaissance of jazz in Montreal.
Dates: tours in English or in French, June 27, 28, and July 3, 4 and 5
Time: English: 1 p.m. – 3p.m. | French: 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
Meeting point: 1100, Canadiens-de-Montréal ave. (in front of the old Windsor Station); Bonaventure metro station, Bell Centre Exit
End point: 305 Saint Catherine Street West, Maison du Festival
Price: $15 per person (excluding reservation fees)
Ticket purchase: jazztoursmontreal.eventbrite.ca
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For more details or to obtain an interview please contact Leah Blythe, the creator and guide leading the tour: