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Only two days before the grand closing event!


Rio Tinto Grand Closing Event: The War On Drugs
Saturday, July 7, 9:30 p.m. — TD Stage
In peak form after winning the Grammy for Best Rock Album with their excellent release A Deeper Understanding, Philly quartet The War on Drugs stops by the Festival as part of a major world tour. What can we expect from a band renowned for their captivating live show, powerhouse sound and sublimely contemplative songs? A closing night for the ages, and nothing less!

Too Many Zooz
Thursday, July 5, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. — TD Stage
In 2014, they ignited a major buzz in the New York Subway with their super-volted jazz fusion and wild look. Since then, the trio and their brass house have taken the world by storm, racking up concerts and releasing the dynamic Subway Gawdz, a perfect representation of their crazed style.

Thursday, July 5, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. — Place Heineken
This former professional skateboarder, originally from France, a has abandoned the steel stairway railings for the steel strings of his guitar, delivering an epic, cutting edge modern blues. Not yet 30, the onetime extreme sports ace already has three albums to his credit, and a number of tours.


Friday, July 6, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. — TD Stage
A new project from former singer of The Stills, Tim Fletcher, and former bandleader of Me Mom and Morgentaler, Gus van Go (also producer of Les Cowboys Fringants, Trois Accords and many more), Megative draws its inspiration from the famed London Two Tone movement of the ’80s, with an added musical touch as personal as it is contemporary. Nobody else is making music like Megative right now!

Lakou Mizik
July 6 and 7, 8 p.m. —Monde Stage
Founded in 2010 in the wake of the Haitian earthquake as an act of resilience, this group of musicians from diverse backgrounds and generations plays music based on traditional Haitian sounds (Rasin) blended with elements of rap and dancehall. A genuine celebration of life!


RL Boyce
Saturday, July 7, 9 p.m. — Hyundai / CBC/Radio-Canada Stage
Buckle up for a true bluesman right out of Mississippi! With his laid-back style and skillful guitar, RL Boyce takes us back to the perfect roots of modern music. It’s a truly timeless blues moment, as this musician keeps the tradition alive with the verve and passion of songs from his album Roll and Tumble, released in 2017.


 Cameron Graves
Thursday, July 5, 10 p.m. — L’Astral (Maison du Festival)
Cameron Graves for Mack Avenue Records by Anna WebberA founding member of energetic American collective West Coast Get Down alongside friend and musical partner Kamasi Washington, pianist Cameron Graves is a rising star of jazz. His debut album, Planetary Prince (2017), was a critical smash, with a highly innovative style crossing jazz, classical, rock, funk and hip-hop.

Opening act: Robert Robert
Thursday, July 5, 9 p.m. — Club Soda
The new visage of French touch, DJ and Nice native Møme—an insatiable globetrotter—wrote his latest album Panorama in a van converted into a recording studio during his voyage across Australia. The music blends electronica ambience with inspired guitar for a refreshing sound, featuring collaborations with major artists including Flume and Chet Faker.

Lido Pimienta
Friday, July 6, 10 p.m.
— L’Astral (Maison du Festival)
Lido_Pimienta-John-PailleA militant musical force, winner of the 2017 Polaris Prize for her Spanish album La Papessa, Lido Pimienta takes the stage as though girded for battle. In her first visit to this festival, the singer prepares to electrify L’Astral with her multicultural music, captivating electronica rhythms, superpowered voice and raw energy.

Shai Maestro
Friday, July 6, 10:30 p.m. — Gesù
Israeli-born pianist Shai Maestro tirelessly pursues his brilliant career, winning fans over with his daring, flamboyant jazz. A charismatic master of his instrument, the musician heads in with a new album, The Stone Skipper, an opus that moves between absolute urgency and melodic poetry. Expect a gorgeous evening.

July 6 and 7, 7 p.m. — M2
Raveen is the newest project helmed by prolific adoptive Montrealer Eric Seguin, accompanied for the occasion by Stokely Diamantis (bass) and Peter Colantonio (drums). In 2017, the group delivered the delicate album Always: dreamy pop-electronica that plunges the listener into a melancholy world at the border of the real and imagined, where time itself no longer holds sway.

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Dr. Lonnie Smith trio
Saturday, July 7, 6 p.m. — Gesù
After two gorgeous evenings of musical collaboration, Dr. Lonnie Smith closes out his three-night series with an intimate trio performance of the songs from All in My Mind, his latest release on the prestigious Blue Note label.

The Jerry Cans
Saturday, July 7, 7 p.m. — Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts
Jerry_Cans_2Originally from Iqaluit, the Jerry Cans combine traditional Inuit throat singing with folk and country. The musicians sing in Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit people, and address “the challenges and beauty of life in the Far North.” In 2016, they launched their album Inuusiq / Life on the Aakuluk Music label, founded by members of the group to support and encourage Inuit and Indigenous musicians.


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 followed a conference about the history of jazz accompanied by a group of musicians on July 5 at 5:30 p.m. and the show QUAND LE JAZZ EST LÀ sur ICI MUSIQUE on July 5 and 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. A thrilling occasion to move together on the rhythm of jazz.


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.

Information and registration:


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.
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.


Conference-interview with Jain, hosted by Nicolas Tittley
Friday, July 6, 3p.m.
Salle Stevie-Wonder de la Maison du Festival

Wrap-up press conference of the 39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Saturday, July 7, 4 p.m.
Salle Stevie Wonder de la Maison du Festival 

Rio Tinto Grand Closing Event with The War On Drugs
Saturday, July 7, 9:30 p.m.
TD Stage


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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