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A sustainable Festival


34th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

One of the first large-scale North American events to become carbon-neutral, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is proud to have distinguished itself through the sustainable development initiatives it has implemented over 25 years. These initiatives are evident in all sectors of the organization: organic cleaning products, biodegradable napkins, glasses and plates in dining areas, printing promotional materials on recycled paper, collecting rainwater to irrigate plants, composting, buying local food products (90 to 95% of all food was purchased within a 40 km radius of its eventual distribution site), and recycling. As a result, on average, 34 tons of recyclable materials are treated on the Festival site in collaboration with Consortium Écho-Logique every year. In 2009, the Festival also implemented measures to reduce the amount of material used at source, planning strategically for its real needs in order to maximize results. Together, these actions have allowed the Festival to slash its amount of landfill garbage by half compared to 2012 and reach a 69% recycling rate. Also on site: secure bicycle parking areas, and the Écho-Scouade, sensitizing visitors to the importance of waste recovery. Furthermore, in 2008, the Festival participated in a project led by Planetair, implemented in collaboration with the Fonds d’action québécois pour le développement durable (FAQDD). The project facilitated the development of a method for calculating CO2 emissions at the Festival, aiming towards producing a guide, information tools and training symposiums for the benefit of Quebec festivals seeking to reduce their carbon footprint. Thanks to these measures, a partnership with Rio Tinto Alcan and a program of CO2 emission offset credits, the Festival is carbon neutral for a 6th consecutive year.

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal’s efforts in sustainable development were handsomely rewarded at the gala hailing the winners of the 2nd Les Vivats contest, where it won the Grand Vivat, awarded by Loto-Québec to the event that most distinguishes itself in demonstrating responsible management. Also, in 2009, the Festival was handed the “Sustainable Tourism” award at the Grands Prix du tourisme du Québec.

Visit the General Information section and click on the Sustainable Development tab for details on a number of sustainable development initiatives — environmental, social and economic — implemented over the years.

The Promenade des Artistes…

Enjoy the delicious pit-stops on the Promenade des Artistes, stretching along boulevard De Maisonneuve Blvd. Featuring Italian trattoria décor, Wienstein & Gavino’s offers delicious classic Italian food: homemade pasta and pizzas and, of course, tiramisus! Relax and refresh yourself at the Bar Amarula and Jazz bar Heineken, where you’ll find everything to wet your whistle. You can also discover the new application La Presse+ for iPad at mobile La Presse+, enjoy the zone d’animation, or plunge into the new ambience of the Casino de Montréal and the sensory experience of Expérience Casino, and compete for a casino dinner package by participating in a little trivia game!

… and refreshments everywhere!

The Festival site boasts plenty of other delicious pitstops to refuel hungry and thirsty Fest fans. A new addition this year, L’Atelier d’Argentine offers Argentinean grilled sandwiches, while Soupesoup serves up a large selection of cold soups, sandwiches and salads. Festival fans can snack it up at the Barbecue, the hot-dog and Häagen-Dazs ice cream bar carts or, for a more exotic touch, taste the delectable creations at the mango-flower or porchetta kiosks. They can also select from the wide variety of thirst-quenching options on the site, from the relaxed ambience of the Lounge Heineken to the friendly counters of the Jazz Bars Heineken, Bar Amarula or Bistro Express SAQ, the tempting terrasses of the Bar Terrasse, Terrasse Amarula or Bistros SAQ, delectably diverse port tastings at the Kiosque Porto Cabral or coffee at Café Jura… In addition, the Festival is renewing its association with Naya for a 3rd year to offer the solar-powered Fontaine Naya, a spring water refilling station, where visitors can refill their reusable bottles. Finally, the Terrasse Élixirs, the enlarged Balmoral terrasse, located right on the Place des Festivals, can welcome Festival fans in full sunshine and in the heart of the action!

Please remember that all sales on the site are managed by the Festival, a non-profit corporation, and that all proceeds serve exclusively to finance shows and free concerts. Thirty-six percent of the Festival revenue derives from public spending on items such as the tickets, the bistros or the Galerie Lounge TD.


Circulation on the site

The Festival site will remain closed to automobile traffic everyday from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., until Sunday, July 8 at 6 a.m. To plan your visit to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and for all information on street closures, accessing the site by car, on bike, on foot, or for people with reduced or limited mobility:, Access to the site tab.

Special Event

Wax Tailor

Tonight, 9:30, TD stage

Every year, the Festival offers its massive fanbase at least one mega-party. In the wake of bashes starring Champion, Bran Van 3000, Beast, Mister Valaire and Escort, to name but a few, the Festival keeps that celebratory tradition alive with a show starring one of the hottest French DJs of the moment, Wax Tailor, who among the leaders of the international electronica scene. His invigorating, cinematic blast of orchestral trip-hop/hip-hop set Métropolis ablaze in 2010 and lit up L’Astral last year. Welcoming a collection of super special guests—Jennifer Charles, Charlotte Savary, Mattic, A.S.M. and Voice—the brilliant singer-songwriter-producer-manager now marshals his many talents and takes centre stage to meet the coolest possible challenge: to get tens of thousands of Jazzfest fans dancing in the street during the mid-Festival Special Event! Spread the word: tonight = Party!

Sold-out concerts

All tickets for the following concerts have already been sold:

♫ Serena Ryder (tonight, 7 p.m., Club Soda)

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

♫ Vijay Iyer Trio with Stephan Crump and Justin Brown (July 4, 6 p.m., Gesù — Centre de créativité)

♫ The Cat Empire (July 5, 8:30, Métropolis)

♫ 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:

Thomas Enhco, solo-trio — Tonight, 7 p.m., Cinquième Salle, PdA — His last visit to the Festival in 2011 left fans breathless. The young French pianist and violinist returns to reignite the passion with his latest album Fireflies, shaking up the formula for maximum audience pleasure. Performing solo, he’ll offer us a glimpse of his brilliance in its unadorned natural state—brilliance that won him the 2010 Django d’Or for Best New Talent. In trio, he’ll be accompanied by Chris Jennings on double bass and Nicolas Charlier on drums.

Joel Miller and HoneycombTomorrow, 6 p.m., L’Astral — After flooring the critics with an acoustic jazz gem, Swim, in 2011, Joel Miller makes a daring left turn into jazz spiced up with world music on his latest album recorded this past winter with his companions in Honeycomb. Brilliant Cuban percussionist Kiko Osorio, bassist Rémi-Jean Leblanc and keyboardist John Roney join the masterful tenor saxophonist for an evening’s volley of passionate rhythms tinged with cumbia, funk and bossa nova. Join us on a trip to sunny musical climes…

Vieux Farka Touré Tomorrow, 7 p.m., Club Soda — A most worthy inheritor of his father’s legacy, the legendary Ali Farka Touré, Vieux Farka Touré now ranks among the greatest names in world music. Nicknamed the “Hendrix of the Sahara,” the guitarist and singer—the only thing “old” about him is the name!—is a brilliant and creative master who obliterates the boundaries between Malian blues, rock, reggae and soul. With a new solo album, he arrives to elevate Club Soda to the heavens.

Marianne Trudel, Trifolia July 4, 6 p.m., L’Astral — This trilobed musical entity consists of Marianne Trudel on piano, wurlitzer, accordion and vocals, Étienne Lafrance on double bass and Patrick Graham on percussion: a trio pulsing with life, devoted to complete creative freedom. Beyond stylistic barriers, marrying jazz, romantic music and world rhythms in a rich sonic universe, the 3 associates will release Le refuge in 2013; in the meantime, they inspire us with this concert, sure to channel an overflow of passionate inspiration.

Alpha Blondy & The Solar SystemJuly 4, 7 p.m., Club Soda — Ranked among the most celebrated reggaemen in Africa, Alpha Blondy continues to build his legend all over the world. On a global tour, the mystical, committed, pacifist singer stops by our Festival with a new album, Mystic Power, released in spring. Two years after he shook Métropolis to its foundations during Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, Alpha Blondy and his musicians get intimate in Club Soda—intimate and passionate!

Double Bill: Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group | Chris Isaak and His Musicians — July 4, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA — It’s two major American artists making debut visits to the Festival! First, welcome Texas singer-songwriter and alt-country cult legend Lyle Lovett, whose droll, mordant, insightful music has ranged brilliantly through western swing, folk and jazz since the ’80s. He’ll canter through his eclectic repertoire with an acoustic combo. Then, rock-crooner Chris Isaak, descendent of Roy Orbison and Elvis―to whom he paid tribute on the 2011 album Beyond the Sun―unwinds an impressive set of moody blue miracles, including the essential Blue Hotel and Wicked Game. A double bill from Americana heaven!

Martha Wainwright. Opening act: Dear Criminals — July 4, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA — It’s Martha Wainwright’s first headlining Festival appearance since 2006, when the passionate singer-songwriter illuminated the Métropolis. For this occasion, the youngest of the McGarrigle-Wainwright clan returns with songs from her excellent new album, Come Home to Mama, a few pieces from the soundtrack to TV show Trauma and perhaps even a little Piaf! We’re delighted to renew acquaintances with this fully-rounded artist. Opening the show, Frannie Holder (Random Recipe) and Charles Lavoie (Lackofsleep, b.e.t.a.l.o.v.e.r.s) present their dark, sensual folk project which runs under the name Dear Criminals.

Benoît Charest et le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville présentent les 10 ans des Triplettes de Belleville July 4, 9:30 p.m., Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, PdA — A decade after he brought it to the stage, Benoît Charest revives the music of the film Les Triplettes de Belleville with a remarkable array of collaborators (Dan Thouin, Jim and Chet Doxas, Dany Roy, Dave Martin and Simon Meilleur). Get ready to be transported to the pre-war era of the ’30s on a magic carpet of jazz and cabaret, all of it swinging like a hammock in a hurricane! With the voice of Betty Bonifassi (via computer) and the feature film projected behind the musicians, it’s Les Triplettes in excelsis.

Alex Cuba July 5, 7 p.m., Club Soda — Born in Cuba but living in Canada, this artist’s music blithely spirits between both lands. A touch of Latino soul and touch of pop-rock brews up a mélange of sweet melodies, irresistible rhythms and electric punctuation. With a number of JUNOs on the mantel, including one for Best World Music Album, he’s shared the stage with Seu Jorge, Feist and Cesaria Evora; Mr. Cuba now brings us his new album, Ruido En El Sistema / Noise in the System, in a Montreal premiere!

Artists to discover on our free outdoor stages:
Festival programmers suggest…

Tonight, July 2

Bob Walsh 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., Loto-Québec Stage — The simple mention of his name invokes virtually the entire history of Québécois blues from the ’70s forward. A true living legend, singer and guitarist Bob Walsh still burns with the sacred fire of the blues, as proven by his latest album, There’s a Story Here. He’s an artist to experience again and again!

Carmen Souza 8 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan stage — Two years ago, the Ella Fitzgerald of Cape Verde spellbound a Festival audience, leaving fans wanting more. Singing in Créole, English and Portuguese, she brings her light, lovely virtuoso voice to a new album, Kachupada, blending jazz with traditional rhythms—and brings it all back to us. A superb, sensual discovery.

Roma Carnivale vs Gypsy Kumbia OrchestraJuly 2 and 6, 5 p.m., place des Festivals — Make way for the 3rd edition of the Rencontres festives: two groups perform individual sets at either end of the Place des Festivals, and then meet up in the middle for a musical face-off—right in the midst of the crowd! Roma Carnivale—Montreal musicians playing in the Serbian tradition—and Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra—a creative chaos that fuses Afro-Colombian percussion with the Brass melodies of the Roma peoples of Eastern Europe—are two gypsy-influenced brass bands in a face-off that promises to be absolutely wild!

Jai Nitai Lotus 10 p.m., Bell stage — N.D.G.-based rapper and producer Jai Nitai Lotus is the man behind the very accomplished Something You Feel, a hip-hop album fired up with R&B and soul DNA whose dusky ambience recalls the UK’s Tricky. Accompanied by an impressive band of richly talented locals―including Karma Atchykah, “Sam I Am” and the KVC band members—JNL is undoubtedly major league.

Tomorrow, July 3

Kellylee Evans 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan Stage — Kellylee Evans continues to surprise: after winning us over with Nina, a tribute to Nina Simone that was awarded a 2011 Juno, the singer turns towards hip-hop and R&B on I Remember When, an album inspired by, among others, Kanye West, Eminem and… Stromae, with a cover of his hit single Alors on danse! It’s a new direction that perfectly suits her…

Nick Waterhouse 9 and 11 p.m., TD stage — California native Nick Waterhouse, not yet 30, plunges us right into the Memphis of the ’60s with his first album, Time’s All Gone. His music reconnects us to the golden age of R&B, channeling a sliver of the soul of Muddy Waters and delivering us from evil with spine-tingling rhythms. This first visit to the Festival is guaranteed to be memorable!

Pugs & Crows 7 p.m., CBC/Radio-Canada Stage — Based in B.C., quintet Pugs & Crows bring us a fresh, vibrant jazz distinguished by an atypical assortment of instruments, with violin taking a lead role. This is the first Festival experience for a group that won the 2013 JUNO for Instrumental Album of the Year for Fantastic Pictures. Nominated for the TD Grand Jazz Award.

Late-night rendezvous in the Bistro Le Balmoral

Every evening starting at 10 p.m., the Musique au Balmoral series presents free 45-minute concerts without intermission. Ranked among the finest guitarists of his generation, Stéphane Tellier moves in tonight for a high-voltage duet with another six-string ace renowned for his fingerstyle mastery: Dan Livingstone. July 3-4, Shlomo and Julie offer their charming blend of folk, acoustic blues, ragtime…. The series closes with Viva Nova July 5-6, featuring singer, guitarist, percussionist and keyboardist Micäel Lüssi and a repertoire of Brazilian jazz, captivating rhythms and elegant grooves.

Fiery—and free!—evenings in L’Astral and Savoy

Beginning at midnight, nighthawks can cut loose on the dancefloor in L’Astral or in the Savoy du Métropolis! L’Astral lights up into the wee hours with the Open House series, where S. MOS & Friends of France load in the keyboards, turntables and other machines tonight and tomorrow, fusing the smoothest rap flows with the finest in jazz rhythms. Then, the hottest Franco-Anglo duo on the Montréal reggae-dub scene, Sud-West Ghostbeard & Poirier, take up the baton July 4-7 with one marching order: get everyone dancing until they can dance no more! Meanwhile, in the Nightcap Heineken series in the Savoy, we’ll see tonight and tomorrow local groovemasters Afrodizz, specializing in high-octane Afrobeat and funk. Papagroove close things out July 4-7 with the wild rhythms of their fresh-baked album, Civilized Ghetto!

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 tonight, 8:30 p.m., in Métropolis to the already announced show scheduled for July 5, same time and venue.

For its concert scheduled tonight at 9:30 p.m. in Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Quartet will include Aaron Parks, Kendrick Scott and Ugonna Okegwo, instead of Eric Revis and Justin Faulkner, as announced in the program. 

The Envolées du Festival series will present university bands on the Grande-Place in Complexe Desjardins until July 5, and on the CBC/Radio-Canada Stage July 6 and 7.

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.

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).

All questions answered: Info-Jazz La Presse+

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