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The Festival begins today!


Banda Magda
Thursday, June 28, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. — Rio Tinto Stage
Banda MagdaSamba rhythms invite you to dance barefoot on the warm sand of a beach in Brazil: that’s the promise of Banda Magda and their latest album Tigre. Led by Greek-born singer Magda Giannikou, the multicultural group pours their talents and the singer’s sublime voice into the bossa nova repertoire.

Davina and The Vagabonds
Friday, June 29, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. — Rio Tinto Stage
lavenir_davina_garrettbornphotography-22Davina and the Vagabonds unfurl a characteristically New Orleans jazz spiced up with a touch of burlesque from the bubbly Davina. The singer puts on quite a show from her piano, while her supercharged Vagabonds keep the rhythm and brass hopping. It’s pure party pleasure with the bomping sound of jazz blended with blues, R&B, soul and gospel.

Saturday, June 30, 8 p.m. — Club Jazz Casino de Montréal, Place SNC-Lavalin
JazzLabSince their inception in 2003, this collective of the finest players in experimental Québécois jazz has been innovating and creating in a permanent whirlwind of musical ideas. A living, evolving sound, the music of these virtuoso artists has its own identity and defines itself at a rare level of excellence.

Saturday, June 30, midnight — Place Heineken
Wasiu assembles the most prominent stars in Montréal hip hop for a decadent soirée of cutting-edge rhymes and contagious beats. This will be big!

Deva Mahal
Sunday, July 1, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. — Rio Tinto Stage
Deva_Mahal_6_edit_Shervin_Lainez-1523390347The daughter of legendary bluesman Taj Mahal, Deva proves the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree. After a number of fruitful collaborations, the warm-voiced singer plunges into the biz with her debut, Run Deep, steeped in soul and R&B.

NMNomadic Massive
Monday, July 1, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. — TD Stage
A fine example of multiculturalism and creativity. The Montréal-based collective assembles members from all backgrounds to create a unique rap-jazz fusion with lyrics in English, French, Créole, Spanish and Arabic. Their latest album, The Big Band Theory, sends us right into orbit.


Chano Domínguez, Flamenco Sketches Quintet
Opening act: Provost-Lachapelle

Thursday, June 28, 8 p.m. — Monument-National
CD (89)(1)Unveiling as much passion as precision, famed Spanish jazz pianist Chano Domínguez is a master and key figure in flamenco-jazz, whose music has been played by many internationally renowned ensembles and orchestras. His show, inspired by Flamenco Sketches, is a reinterpretation of that legendary album by Miles Davis. An evening of fiery jazz!

Simon Denizart, Darkside
Friday, June 29, 6 p.m. — L’Astral (Maison du Festival)

IMG_4309Révélation Radio-Canada jazz for 2016-2017, French-born artist Simon Denizart has been gaining recognition ever since he arrived in Montréal in 2011. The pianist quickly distinguished himself on the musical landscape with a soft, subtle melodic jazz with extraordinary flourishes worth of the neoclassical genre. His recent 3rd album, Darkside, was a hit with the critics.

CMDWN | Nate Husser | Zach Zoya | Naya Ali
Saturday, June 30, 9 p.m. — Club Soda
IMG_5766A 100 % Made-In-Canada hip-hop soiree! Get ready for young female rapper Naya Ali, a talented freestyle rhymer, followed by Zach Zoya, an MC from Rouyn-Noranda now based in Montréal, burning it up with his Afrobeat-tinged rap. And just before supercharged Toronto duo CMDWN, it’s time for Montréal’s Nate Husser to drop his hard-hitting flow.

George ThorogoodGeorge Thorogood and the Destroyers, Rock Party Tour 2018
Opening act: Jordan Officer

Sunday, July 1, 7:30 p.m. — Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
With over 15 million albums sold in a 40-year career, the badass behind Bad to the Bone invites us to his one-of-a-kind Rock Party! It’s 90 minutes of blowout guitar, supervolted riffs and an avalanche of hits driving us down the rock’n’roll highway at full speed.

Vincent Réhel Trio, Le capitaine ivre
With guests Sonia Johnson and Jacques Kuba Séguin
Monday, July 2, 6 p.m. — L’Astral (Maison du Festival)
IMG_0247With his recent release Le capitaine ivre, talented pianist Vincent Rehel unveils the full range of his panache. To present this self-described crazy electric psycho-acid-jazz-rock opus, the captain takes full charge of a wild evening, with his trio — JF Lemieux on bass and Max Sansalone on drums —  accompanied by singer Sonia Johnson and trumpeter Jacques Kuba Séguin.


Every day at 5 p.m., an extraordinary parade winds its musical way through the Festival site, blasting out crazy hip-hop covers: the Urban Science Brass Band jazz parade show. Taking it to the street!


Each year, the Festival invites 50 teens to participate in an incredible musical camp entirely devoted to the blues, and absolutely free: the Blues Camp presented by TD! For an entire week, June 30 to July 6, young musicians aged 13 to 17 are surrounded by renowned professionals from the music world, refining their musical knowledge and them putting on a major show.


The Festival is also for children! Every day of the event, you’ll find everything for the family, everywhere on the site.

La Petite école du jazz presented by Rio Tinto —For 29 years now, they’ve extended the invitation, and the kids are as mad for it as ever! A dynamic, interactive musical initiation packed with smiles and fun, accompanied by the Festival’s famed big blue feline mascot Ste-Cat, Les Zélèves, the vocal harmony quintet led by Victor-Jacques Ménard, alongside James Gelfand and his quartet. Grande-Place in Complexe Desjardins, every day from June 28 to July 7, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

In the Parc musical Rio Tinto, there’s an an array of interactive activities conceived around the theme of music, in a space specially adapted for the needs of families! The games employ technology in playful musical installations that are both whimsical and fantastic.

Club famille Rio Tinto hosts entertainment and activities for children every day from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Educazoo, workshops for creating and handling marionettes, key rings and badges, introduction to the circus arts, a quiz-show, quiz Quel cinéma ! and Musée d’art contemporain workshops.

Free services offered by Rio Tinto: changing tables, a stroller loan service, as well as new children’s bracelets designed to record their parents’ contact information.


Radio-Canada invites you to come and share your passion for jazz with its special on-site programming aboard its mobile studio, broadcasting live from July 2, when the program Le 15-18 on ICI RADIO-CANADA PREMIÈRE gets the party started!


1st prize: Lease of a new location Hyundai Kona 1.6T Trend 2018 with an approximate value of $14,000. Offered by Hyundai.
2nd prize: A 13-inch aluminum MacBook Pro 13 with a value of $3,170. Offered by Rio Tinto.
3rd prize: A JURA E6 coffee machine, with a value of $2,300. Offered by JURA.
4th prize: A package for 10 people to restaurant Le Montréal du Casino de Montréal, with a value of $1,000. Offered by Casino de Montréal.
5th prize: A SAQ gift card, with a value of $500. Offered by SAQ.
6th prize: A 6-course package aboard the Bateau-Mouche, including the 3½ hour cruise, a 6-course menu, entertainment, a concert, sound and light show and service fees, with a value of $290. Offered by Bateau-Mouche.
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The Festival offers you the Jazz Montréal mobile app, allowing fans to experience the festival anytime, anywhere on an iPhone or Android, all at your fingertips!
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Located in the Quartier des Spectacles, in the heart of downtown Montréal, the site of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is bordered by Saint Laurent Blvd., Président-Kennedy Avenue, Ste. Catherine St. and De Bleury St. Right in the middle of the festivities, le Complexe Desjardins and Place des Arts are useful landmarks.

As some streets are closed to traffic and parking in the area is limited, we suggest that you access the Festival site on foot, by taxi or using public transit.

New additions to the site
In a delicious class all its own, Hendrick’s gin once again pushes the limits of originality, combining jazz, gin and excitement to create high-energy experiences! On June 28 and 29, Hendrick’s takes to the streets — and even the skies — of the city to offer two major premières in the history of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: the C.O.R.G.A.N., the very first jazz organ in the world, with keys made of actual cucumbers, as well as the E.L.E.V.A.T.U.M. hot air balloon. Beautifully decorated with cucumbers and roses, the E.L.E.V.A.T.U.M. will allow lucky holder of “golden tickets” to climb to an altitude of 44¼ cucumbers in the skies of Montréal. All festival-goers are invited to visit the departure lounge to enjoy Hendrick’s gin-and-tonics served in miniatures cups, al in a fantastical ambience!

On the gourmet side, festival-goers can enjoy discovering the Terrasse des Fromages d’ici. Open from noon to midnight, it is located on Ste. Catherine St. opposite Complexe Desjardins. The menu features a wide range of cheeses to taste, under the guidance of a master cheesemaker who will be happy to introduce our lucky guests to the wonders of Québec cheese.

Getting around on the site
The Place des Festivals is home to the Festival’s main stage, at the north end of the square, dos on De Maisonneuve Blvd. A second major stage is located on Ste. Catherine St., corner of Jeanne-Mance. To get around easily, the public can always use the security corridors at any time, providing access to Métro Place-des-Arts station as well as Ste. Catherine and De Bleury Streets. Pedestrians cannot linger or stand in these circulation zones.


Presentation of Stingray Award to Trio Jonathan Turgeon with Alex Dodier
Saturday, June 30, 6 p.m.
Club Jazz Casino de Montréal

Brunch: Women In Music
Sunday, July 1, 10 a.m.
Salle Stevie Wonder, Maison du Festival

Conference-interview and presentation of Miles Davis Award with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, hosted by par Nicolas Tittley
Sunday, July 1, 2 p.m.
Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival

Conference-interview and presentation of BB King Award with George Thorogood, hosted by Nicolas Tittley
Sunday, July 1, 3 p.m.
Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival

Presentation of BB King Award to George Thorogood
Sunday, July 1, 9:45 p.m.
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Presentation of Miles Davis Award to Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
Sunday, July 1, 8 p.m.
Théâtre Maisonneuve

Conference-interview with Herbie Hancock, hosted by Nicolas Tittley
Monday, July 2 à h
Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival


Located in the Maison du Festival, on the 2nd floor at 305 Ste. Catherine St. W., the Festival press room opens it doors from noon to 6 p.m. on June 27, and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. from June 28 to July 7. This is the meeting place for artists, agents, representatives of record companies and the media. The entire communications team is happy to welcome you! Accredited media representatives are kindly requested to note that the press room can be reached by dialing 514 288-5299.

SOURCE:Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (514) 288-5299


Greg Kitzler director, Press relations and social media — 514 288-5299, ext. 3907;

Éliane Lévesque, press attaché — 514 288-5299, ext. 3908 ;

Élise Casavant, press attaché — 514 288-5299, ext. 3909;

Alain Des Ruisseaux, press attaché — 514 288-5299, ext. 3911;

Isabelle Lavigne, press attaché — 514 288-5299, ext. 3913;


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