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The Festival kicks off in 3 days!


34th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

The 34th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal kicks off in just 3 short days! The Quartier des Spectacles is ready and waiting to welcome the world’s largest jazz festival, from Friday, June 28 to Sunday, July 7, 2013!

The Festival online

Thanks to Bell, fans will have everything they need to experience the festivities ’round the clock, 24/7 on the Festival website (, social networks Facebook ( and Twitter (@festivaljazzmtl), and via the Jazz Montréal mobile application for iPhone, iPad and Android ( Throughout the duration of the event, MontrealJazzFest.TV will also feature artist interviews and some hundred concerts on video captured by our video squad in Festival concert venues and on outdoor stages.

New photo contest: Zoom in on the Jazz Fest

This year, the Festival is launching a new contest aimed at photography fanatics, in collaboration with Lozeau: Zoom in on the Jazz Fest. Fest fans can share their vision of the festival with us, with all participants eligible to win $7000 in prizes from Canon! How do you enter? Simply fill out the form by clicking the “Concours Photo” tab on our Facebook page between June 28 and July 4, and send us your best photo of the Festival. Everyone online can then vote for their favourite photo! Our two winners—one for the jury prize, one chosen by the public—will be announced on July 8, 2013.

2nd edition of our contest, J’aime le Festival de Jazz: incredible prizes available

By showing their affection for the Festival—simply by becoming a fan of the event’s official Facebook page—internet users can join the fun every day by visiting the grand J’aime le Festival de Jazz Contest (I Like the Jazz Festival Contest) on Facebook. A grand total of $40,000 in prizes will be up for grabs thanks to collaborations with a number of partners: 1st prize: grand prize of $15,000 in cash offered by TD; 2nd prize: a wine cellar, valued at $4,500 offered by the SAQ; 3rd prize: a gift card in Fairmont Hotels valued at $3,000, offered by Rio Tinto Alcan; 4th prize: an automatic coffeemaker valued at $3,000, offered by Jura; 5th prize: a collection of 50 blues CDs valued at $1,000, offered by Loto-Québec; 6th prize: an XM radio with a one-year subscription valued at $500, offered by SiriusXM. Entering the contest is easy! Just “Like” the Festival’s facebook page (, click the link under the “Contest” tab on the home page and fill out the online form between June 4 and July 7, midnight. The drawing will take place July 8, 2013 at noon. Dozens of instant prizes, with a total value of $10,000, will be offered by TD and La Presse+ on the outdoor Festival site.

Serge Lemoyne and Yves Archambault in the Galerie Lounge TD

The Galerie Lounge TD, located in the exhibition hall of Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts, during the Festival, offers a treasure trove of works by artists from every provenance who share a common passion for jazz. The 34th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is proud to present, from June 28 to July 7, Bleu Blanc Rouge, a piece by Serge Lemoyne reproduced as a limited-edition silkscreen, numbered and signed. Additionally, throughout the Festival run, fans can purchase a silkscreen of official poster Crossroads, inspired by the Afro-American musical and cultural crosspollination at the very roots of jazz, as well as other original works by our artist in residence for over 25 years, Yves Archambault.

Circulation on the site

Starting June 28, the Festival site will be closed to automobile traffic every day from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., until Sunday, July 8 at 6 a.m. The site occupies the quadrilateral area bordered by St. Laurent Boulevard and De Bleury Street from east to west, and St. Catherine St. and President-Kennedy Ave. from south to north. A part of the Quartier des Spectacles will remain closed to automobile traffic day and night until September 6: St. Catherine St. between De Bleury St. and St. Laurent Blvd., Jeanne Mance St. between St. Catherine St. and De Maisonneuve Blvd., as well as Balmoral and Mayor Streets. De Maisonneuve Blvd. will be closed to automobile traffic until July 10 between De Bleury and St. Urbain Streets.

To plan your visit to the Festival and for all information on access for mobility-impaired persons or accessing the site by car, on bike or on foot:, Access to the site tab.

Pre-opening concert

Patrick Watson


Opening act: Arc Iris

Tonight, 8 p.m., Gesù — Centre de créativité

Surprise, surprise! Patrick Watson in a Festival pre-opening concert! With Arc Iris (starring Jocie Adams of The Low Anthem) warming up the audience as opening act, the show stars our very own Patrick Watson (piano, vocals, keyboards) accompanied by Robbie Kuster (drums, percussion), Joe Grass (guitar), Mishka Stein (bass), Josh Zubot (violin), Ariel Engle (backing vocals) and Jocie Adams (vocals, clarinet). It’s a rare opportunity to enjoy this immense Montreal artist in a remarkably intimate venue!

TD Grand Opening Event


June 28, 9:30 p.m., TD Stage

Propelled onto the international scene by the memorable hits Mushaboom, Gate Keeper and 1234, Feist is now a glittering star in the indie galaxy—beloved, imitated, but enduringly unequaled and unsurpassed. With 11 Juno Awards to her credit—including Artist of the Year in 2012, for the second time—the musician confirmed the incredible range of her talents with her most recent album, Metals, which zoomed into the Billboard Top 10. “Uber-cool, untamed and magnificent” according to Inrocks magazine, the album was released after what seemed an interminable absence. We simply can’t wait to experience it live!

Sold-out concerts

All tickets for the following concerts have already been sold:

♫ Patrick Watson. Opening act: Arc Iris (tonight, 8 p.m. — Gesù — Centre de créativité)

♫ Pink Martini (June 27 and 28, 7:30 p.m. — Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)

♫ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (June 28, 7 p.m. — Maison symphonique de Montréal)

♫ Caravan Palace (June 28, 7 p.m. — Club Soda)

♫ Wayne Shorter Quartet with guests (June 29, 8 p.m. — Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA)

♫ Dr. John & The Nite Trippers | Leon Russell (July 3, 8 p.m. — Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA)

♫ Preservation Hall Jazz Band (July 5, 9:30 p.m. — Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, PdA)

♫ Oliver Jones (July 5 and 6, 7 p.m. — Cinquième Salle, PdA)

Indoor concerts: pick up your tickets now

Although many concerts are sold out, tickets remain available for the following:

Charles Lloyd Quartet with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland June 28, 6 p.m., Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, PdA — Host of the prestigious Invitation series, Charles Lloyd has been a standard bearer for a resolutely free and modern musical approach since the ’60s, calling upon the talents of an array of superb musicians―from Keith Jarrett to Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock to Michel Petrucciani. Back after an 8-year absence, the famed American reedman—celebrating his 75th birthday this year—offers the fruits of his most recent sonic explorations, heading up a redoubtable quartet of Jason Moran (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass) and Eric Harland (drums). It’s jazz at the highest level, tailor-made for the Invitation series.

Chucho Valdés, Chucho’s Steps. Opening act: Bachot Muna — June 28, Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA, 8 p.m. — A giant among giants, Chucho Valdés was heralded as “the world’s most complete pianist” by Jazz Magazine. Modest by nature, this son of another renowned pianist, Bebo Valdés, who recently passed away, nevertheless knows how to pay proper tribute to the musicians who influenced him. As proof, witness the brand new album Border Free, which finds the Cuba native exploring the music of the North American Indians and the Arab-Andalusian culture. In his first visit in 4 years, he brings us that engaging album, accompanied by his super quintet, the Afro-Cuban Messengers. Caliente! The evening begins with dynamic Cameroon-born pianist and singer Bachot Muna and his eclectic blend of jazz, pop ballads and Afro-soul.

Peppino D’Agostino Solo | Martin Taylor Solo June 28, 7 p.m., Gesù — Centre de créativité — Two virtuoso guitarists take turns expanding your six-string horizons in this ear-bending double bill. First, a poet of the acoustic guitar, Peppino D’Agostino, invites his fans to join him on a melodic solo voyage steeped in accents of jazz, flamenco, pop and folk rock. Next, one of the greatest solo guitarists in jazz, Martin Taylor—globally renowned for his mastery of the stage, his skill and humour—takes the spotlight with his guitar and unveils the sonic colours of his new album, The Colonel & The Governor.

Garou, Rhythm and Blues — June 28, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis — Well, we’ve known about his reputation for a long time: Garou is a genuine party animal! And he’s using his Festival appearance to celebrate his 41st birthday—and for this special occasion, everyone can celebrate with him! Yes, our beloved Garou has decided to turn his Rhythm and Blues concert into a mega-bash, gathering his talented friends… and his fans. His special guests will include Marie-Mai, Daniel Lavoie, Valérie Carpentier (La Voix), Nadja and Julie Lamontagne, who’ll treat us to an intimate moment at the piano with the birthday boy. Spread the word: if you want to party, come down to the Festival!

Tia FullerJune 28, 9 p.m., L’Astral — Born into a family of jazz musicians, the lovely Tia Fuller has swiftly established herself as one of the most brilliant saxophonists on the American scene. After tours with Beyoncé and Esperanza Spalding, this musician displays everything it takes for musical brilliance; witness solo album Angelic Warriors, her 4th, released in 2012. As comfortable weaving spellbinding melodies as she is in the upper reaches of jazz fusion, she headlines her 1st Festival concert.

Kannibalen [Live] with Black Tiger Sex Machine, Dabin, Apashe and Snails June 28, 11 p.m., Club Soda — It’s been 3 years since the Kannibalen took hold of the Belmont with decadent, devious, bloody and very contagious evenings of grave groove. The malady is drawn inexorably to fresh, sweating flesh, plunging the afflicted tribesmen and tribeswomen into a collective trance state. The symptoms? An irresistible need to dance until you drop. The contagion? A highly combustible funk-disco-house. The guilty parties? Four DJs working under the monikers Black Tiger Sex Machine, Dabin, Apashe and Snails. The virus is spreading…

Charles Lloyd, Sangam, with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland June 29, 6 p.m., Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, PdA — For his second performance in the Invitation series, Charles Lloyd teams up with eminent tabla player Zakir Hussain (Shakti) as well as his faithful drummer Eric Harland to revive a major concert presented at the Festival in 2005. Conceived as a tribute to drummer Billy Higgins, the Sangam project has since taken on the aura of a masterwork, fusing subtlety and refinement. Lloyd finds fertile ground here to deepen the spiritual quest that drives his art. Spellbinding.

André Leroux Quartet June 29, 6 p.m., L’Astral — Known affectionately by Vic Vogel as “The Kid” when they played together in the ’80s, André Leroux is now recognized as one of the country’s preeminent figures on the saxophone (and flute, and clarinet…). With a critically acclaimed opus recorded as bandleader (Corpus Callosum), the highly sought-after reedman lands in L’Astral with musical accomplices Ben Charest (guitar), Fred Alarie (double bass) and Christian Lajoie (drums).

Joshua Redman Quartet, Walking Shadows, with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson and an 18-piece string orchestra — June 29, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal — A loyal friend of this Festival for 20 years now, charismatic saxophonist Joshua Redman amazes us with each and every visit: we still have vivid memories of his three brilliant Invitation series concerts in 2009 and his summit meeting with Brad Mehldau in 2011. This year, accompanied by Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson, the musician and composer brings us a new album, Walking Shadows, featuring ballads revamped with string arrangements that seem to have been conceived and tailor-made specifically for the Maison symphonique! We can’t wait!

Jason Moran, Fats Waller Dance Party — June 29, 9:30 p.m., Théâtre Jean-Duceppe — We were already praising this young pianist-composer to the skies 10 years ago during his first visit to the Festival, and predicting a lavishly bright future. The prediction was spot-on: considered one of the most remarkable jazzmen of his generation, drawing inspiration equally from classical composers (Bartok and Ravel) and the masters of jazz, the artist returns with a tribute to the legendary Fats Waller, accompanied by exceptional collaborators (including Meshell Ndegeocello). Get ready for a dance party like no other…

Charles Lloyd, Duos and Trios with Jason Moran and Bill Frisell June 30, 6 p.m., Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, PdA — For his 3rd concert in three evenings, Charles Lloyd shares the stage with pianist Jason Moran, his collaborator on recent album Hagar’s Song, and peerless guitarist Bill Frisell, a faithful friend of this Festival who needs no introduction. The musical conversations, in duo and trio, will find Lloyd and his colleagues calling upon their remarkable improvisational sense. The artist whom Carlos Santana called an “international treasure” once again demonstrates that, at 75, he is at the pinnacle of his artistic powers.

Rhye. Opening act: CFCF (live) — June 30, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis — Born of a collaboration between two forward-thinking figures on the electronica scene, Denmark’s Robin Hannibal and Canada’s Mike Milosh, Rhye emerged enshrouded in mystery, which only served to enhance the duo’s popularity: they initially released singles online, without any background information, and set off a firestorm of interest on social networks. Ever since, we’ve been swooning over the romantic electro-pop of their debut, Woman, with melancolic-minimalist accents that recall Everything But the Girl and The XX. The evening begins with the spacey electronic sounds of Montreal-based musician Michael Silver, aka CFCF.

Changes to the program

The Sharon Jones concert (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, special guests: James Hunter and his musicians) scheduled on July 3, 8:30 p.m. in Métropolis, is cancelled.

The concerts by sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque scheduled for July 4 and 5, 7 p.m., in the Maison symphonique de Montréal, are cancelled due to insurmountable logistical difficulties.

Australian group The Cat Empire (opening act: Colin Moore) has added a second concert on July 2, 8:30 p.m., in Métropolis to the already announced show scheduled for July 5, same time and venue.

The Envolées du Festival series will present university bands on the CBC/Radio-Canada Stage, with exceptions on June 28 and July 2-5, when they will perform on the Grande-Place in Complexe Desjardins.

Venue changes for concerts by Courtney Pine and Youn Sun Nah: Courtney Pine will perform in L’Astral on June 30 in the Le Club series, exclusively at 9:30 p.m. Youn Sun Nah will perform in Théâtre Jean-Duceppe as part of the Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal series, also at 9:30 p.m.

All questions answered: Info-Jazz La Presse+

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