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Jazz under the Christmas tree!

39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Tickets on sale this Friday at noon

Montréal, Wednesday, November 29, 2017 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, is already announcing the first series of concerts for its 39th edition! Decorate the Christmas tree and fill stocking with: a double bill, major names, young virtuosos, rising stars, a world premiere… And Diversity sets the tone! Tickets for these concerts, including additional performances of SLĀVgo on sale on Friday, December 1 at noon. Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers ( Thursday, November 30, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Jethro TullIan Anderson presents: Jethro Tull, 50th Anniversary Tour — July 7, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts — Rock music likely would not be what it is today without the contributions of a pioneer in the genre: Ian Anderson, the voice and flute of Jethro Tull. With some 30 albums and thousands of concerts to their credit, the illustrious band marks its 50th anniversary with its very first visit to the Festival. A legendary concert on the horizon.

Événements spéciaux TD series

Double bill: Ólafur Arnalds | Jean-Michel Blais — June 29, 7 p.m., MaisonOlafur symphonique de MontréalTwo artists, as talented as they are innovative, share the Maison symphonique for a double bill of sheer finesse. Poised between minimalist chamber music and ultra-modern sounds, astonishing Iceland multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds, as part of his All Strings Attached tour, and Québécois pianist Jean-Michel Blais, armed with material from his new album, unfold contemplative melodies with absolutely spellbinding sensitivity and elegance. Sheer delight.

Festival à la Maison symphonique series

Dee DeeDee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis Soulphony, Memphis Yes I’m Ready… — June 30, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des ArtsDee Dee Bridgewater presents a revolutionary reinterpretation of American blues and R&B classics, pouring out all the intelligence and power of a jazz diva with an undeniable soulful sensibility. Accompanied by Memphis Soulphony, Bridgewater pays thrilling tribute to a musical legacy she helped forge.

Grands concerts Rio Tinto series

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones — July 1, 8 p.m., Théâtre Bela FleckMaisonneuve, PdABanjo virtuoso Béla Fleck and his supremely talented Flecktones—Victor Wooten, Futureman and Howard Levy—are globally renowned for their magisterial performances and musical potpourri seasoned with bluegrass, African music, electric blues and Eastern European folk. Eight years after their last Festival visit, they finally make a highly anticipated return. Unmissable.

Grands concerts Rio Tinto series

DanielCaesarDaniel Caesar — July 2, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — With his gospel-infused indie soul, Daniel Caesar ranks as one of the most popular Canadian artists. He won smash success with Praise Break (one of the top 20 R&B albums according to Rolling Stone), and Pilgrim’s Paradise. This year, the rising young Torontonian brings the fab Freudian to MTELUS after a sold-out North-American tour.

Rythmes series

Jain — July 5, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — Since first appearing on JAINthe French scene, Jain has been nothing less than a sensation! Her sparkling, utterly convincing multicultural “melting pop”delivers an irresistible fusion of reggae, electronica and groove, winning her the 2017 Victoire (French Grammy) for Female Artist of the Year and a platinum album for Zanaka. She brings us a second album, guaranteed to be as tasty as her debut!

Rythmes series

GogoGoGo Penguin, A Humdrum Star Live — July 1, 9 p.m., Club Soda — High-voltage electroacoustic jazz, tightly-wound tempos, virtuoso musicianship: trio GoGo Penguin forged a unique sound that immediately propelled them to the forefront of the international jazz scene. After signing with Blue Note for their most recent album (Man Made Object), the Manchester group returns in February with the highly anticipated A Humdrum Star. Brilliant and refreshing.

Couleurs SAQ series

Robert Lepage, Ex Machina and Betty Bonifassi, SLĀV— June 26 to 30, and July 2 SLAVto 7, 8 p.m., Théâtre du Nouveau MondeGiven the enthusiasm generated by the first sale of the SLĀV show, six new performances are added to the agenda. Combining the innovative expertise of Ex Machina, the staging brilliance of Robert Lepage and the incomparable voice of Betty Bonifassi, SLĀV is a theatrical odyssey inspired by and focused on traditional African-American slave and work songs, from cotton field plantations to railroad yards, immortalized by John and Alan Lomax during the ’30s. An astonishingly visual tribute to music as an engine of resilience and freedom.

 Tickets on sale this Friday at noon

Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers:
tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal: 175 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or
  • MTELUS: 59 Ste. Catherine Street East; 1 855 790-1245 or
  • Club Soda: 1225 St. Laurent Blvd.; 514 286-1010 or
  • Théâtre du Nouveau Monde: 84 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 866-6668 or

The 39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 28 to July 7, 2018.

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