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Variety is in the spotlight this summer at the festival

Montréal, Monday, February 4, 2019 — In this freezing weather, it helps to look forward to summer and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, which is pleased to announce a second wave of names for its 40th edition, that will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019. Covering blues, folk, rock, electro, metal, and, of course, jazz, music lovers from all walks of life will be delighted! Tickets for these concerts will go on sale Friday, February 8 at 10 a.m. (exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

photo 1photo 2Buddy Guy/Colin James —   July 6, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts — It only takes one listen to The Blues Is Alive and Well, the 18th studio album of the greatest monument of blues still alive, Buddy Guy, to realize that the album title is absolutely true. It presents a raw and pure sound, a real pleasure for both devotees and new fans of the genre. This show will be a new opportunity to admire Guy’s incredible talents as a performer. And if being a blues musician is about always maintaining a certain dialogue with the past, Colin James, singer and Canadian musician, will also prove to the audience that this style of music is still firmly in the present. He will wow his audience with songs from Miles To Go, his latest album, released in September. An unmissable blues night for the 40th anniversary of the festival!

Événements spéciaux TD series

Rodrigo y Gabriela — July 3, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique, photo 3Place des Arts — Originally from Mexico City, this duo of virtuoso guitarists who came to the festival four years ago bring their instrumental and singular amalgamation of metal, jazz, rock and world music into the setting of the Maison symphonique! Five years after the release of their last album, the highly qualified musicians will give us the opportunity to hear the tracks of their upcoming album, to be released in April 2019, Mettavolution.

Le Festival à la Maison Symphonique Delta Air Lines series

photo 4Lou Doillon — July 3, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — It’s easy to see that Lou Doillon has a lot going on within herself, but luckily, she wanted to share it with us, add music to it, throw it to some of the most daring French producers, and take a new step in a career that never ceases to amaze. After the inaugural Places in 2012, entrusted to the care of Etienne Daho, and Lay Low three years later, where she moved her sensitive little world to Taylor Kirk, of Timber Timbre, here is Soliloquy, the third album of a singer-songwriter who likes nothing more than to shake up her habits and flee her comfort zone to explore new musical territory. On this opus, she collaborates with The Shoes and The Do, in addition to offering a sublime duet with Cat Power. After performing in front of a packed Metropolis at Montréal en Lumière in 2016, Charlotte Gainsbourg’s sister, also an actress, will once again make her magnificent, rough voice resonate.

Les Rythmes series

photo 5Omara Portuondo, One Last Kiss Tour — June 27, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts — A true gem of the Cuban musical culture, the legendary figure of the Buena Vista Social Club will celebrate her life and music during a farewell tour that will stop in our city. A great opportunity to see one last time, a woman who has been singing professionally for 70 years and who, while revolutions and wars were shaking the world, pursued her career with indomitable elegance and unquenchable passion.

Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto series

photo 6First Aid Kit — July 6, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — It may be the beauty of their harmonies, the originality of their song writing, or their captivating presence on stage, but the appeal of the Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit is undeniable and has resulted in ten stellar years on the music scene. After four studio albums, sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have gained an undisputable international reputation. Their most recent opus, Ruins, released in January 2018, was also certified gold in their native Sweden in August. First Aid Kit is a band of rare harmonic perfection, whose finely chiseled songs are sometimes poignant and romantic, sometimes bold and powerful. Their performance at MTELUS is certain to captivate you!

Les Rythmes series

photo 7Madeleine Peyroux — June 28, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts — Each one of Madeleine Peyroux’s eight albums can be read as a new chapter in the extraordinary musical journey she began 22 years ago. The singer has not stopped challenging the limits of jazz, always venturing further into the fertile fields of contemporary popular music with a curiosity that’s never satisfied. In her new album, Anthem, the singer-songwriter is collaborating with writers and musicians Patrick Warren, Brian MacLeod and David Baerwald; together, they cast a sober, poetic and sometimes even philosophical look at the current state of the world.

Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto series

photo 8Voivod. Opening acts:  René Lussier & Robbie Kuster — June 30, 9 p.m., Club Soda — Formed in 1982 in Jonquière, Voivod began its career by devising a speed metal formula that the group would constantly evolve over the years. After nearly 30 years and with a rich discography of fifteen studio albums, not to mention hundreds of shows around the world, Voivod is indisputably part of the legends of metal. Opening acts: René Lussier, Montreal guitarist recognized worldwide in the avant-garde movement, accompanied by the magical Robbie Kuster on drums.

Les Couleurs SAQ series

photo 9Youn Sun Nah — June 28, 8 p.m., Monument-National —    Two years after a notable appearance at the festival, the South Korean jazz singer with an exceptional voice returns to delight the Montreal public. Her breathtaking vocals combined with a unique blend of varied influences set her apart from the conventions of vocal jazz. Let’s bet that this performance will leave us speechless!

Jazz Beat Double Tree par Hilton Montréal, in collaboration with CBC Music

photo 10Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah — July 1, 8 p.m., Monument-National — A New Orleans native, Christian is one of today’s most prominent young jazz musicians. Immersed in the Indian traditions of Mardi Gras since birth, he has been known as a jazz trumpeter since his teenage years. He has since created his own artistic reality, which he calls “stretch music” – a mix of styles and approaches, with a good dose of groove. Since the beginning of his career, he has remained a staunch advocate for human rights and a harsh critic of injustices around the world. The last time he was at the Jazz Festival, the one who was called by JazzTimes Magazine “Jazz’s young style God” sold out three nights in a row! This is not to be missed!

Jazz Beat Double Tree par Hilton Montréal, in collaboration with CBC Music

Already announced, also on sale

photo 11 ENBryan Adams, Shine A Light — July 2, 8 p.m., Bell Centre — Armed with a career spanning over four decades and a signature brand of feel-good rock’n’roll hits, Canadian icon Bryan Adams announces that he will return to Canada as part of his massive world tour. One of the most highly acclaimed singer/songwriters, Bryan Adams is known for hit singles (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Summer Of ’69 and his Rod Stewart and Sting collaboration All for Love. The Grammy winning artist has seen success from a string of number 1’s in over 40 countries and has sold in excess of 65 million records worldwide. His thirst for performing and unique take on live concerts have established him as one of the world’s best rock singers.

Tickets on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Place des Arts: 175 Ste. Catherine St. West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or com
  • Monument-National: 1182 St. Laurent Blvd.; 514 871-2224 or com
  • L’Astral, Maison du Festival: 305 Ste. Catherine St. W.; 514 288-8882 or com
  • MTELUS: 59 Ste. Catherine Street East; 1 855 790-1245 or ca
  • Club Soda: 1225 St. Laurent Blvd.; 514 286-1010 or ca

The 40th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019.

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