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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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