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The Festival kicks off in 3 days!

Monday, June 23

The 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, 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 26 to Sunday, July 6, 2014!

The Festival goes mobile

Here’s a major new addition for this 35th edition: the complete program is now available from the Festival’s new mobile site ( Web surfers will find a detailed schedule, shows listed by series or stage, a search engine, photos, concert descriptions and audio excerpts. And to help everyone get the most out of the Festival, visitors can create a personalized schedule to ensure they don’t miss any of the action! Festival fans can also experience the festivities ’round the clock, 24/7 on the Festival website (, social networks Facebook (, Twitter (@festivaljazzmtl), Instagram (@FestivalJazzMtl), YouTube ( 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.

3rd 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 $30,000 in prizes will be up for grabs thanks to collaborations with a number of partners: 1st prize: grand prize of $10,000 in cash offered by TD; 2nd prize: a MacBook Pro 13’’, aluminum with Retina display, valued at $3,160 $, offered by Rio Tinto Alcan; 3rd prize: an automatic coffeemaker valued at $3,100, offered by Jura; 4th prize: a collection of 50 blues CDs valued at $1,000, offered by Loto-Québec; 5th prize: an XM radio with a one-year subscription with a maximum value of $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 3 and July 6, midnight. The drawing will take place July 8, 2014 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.

Galerie Lounge TD: presenting Jimi Hendrix!

The Galerie Lounge TD, located in the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme exhibition hall in Place des Arts, is a treasure trove of works by artists united by their passion for jazz. This year, to mark the 35th anniversary of the Festival, organizers and the Galerie Lounge TD are very proud to offer Drifter’s Escape, a silkscreen taken from an original work by one of the most significant musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix, available for the entire Festival duration in a limited print run of only 125 copies. Also, fans can purchase a limited-run silkscreen of Saxophoenix, the most recent creation by Yves Archambault, our artist in residence for over 25 years.

Circulation on the site

Starting June 27, the Festival site will be closed to automobile traffic every day from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., until Sunday, July 7 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 north to south. A part of the Quartier des Spectacles will remain closed to automobile traffic day and night until September 5: 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 9 between De Bleury and Jeanne-Mance Streets.

To plan your visit to the Festival and for all information on access for people with reduced or limited mobility or accessing the site by car, on bike or on foot: montrealjazzfest.comAccess to the site tab.

Pre-opening concert

with The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl)

June 25, 8 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA

When the preeminent icon of the alternative music scene lands with a new album—the highly-anticipated Morning Phase, 6 years after Modern Guilt—we all have reason to rejoice. When he arrives at this Festival for the first time, we’re over the moon! The voice and vision of a generation since the blockbuster success of Loser in 1994, Beck brings us the mind-blowing alterna-folk, silky blues and inimitable artistic touch that make him extraterrestrially brilliant!

Bell Opening Event


June 26, 9:30 p.m., TD Stage

Three years ago, he set off a buzz that that hasn’t quit since the release of the superb video for Iron—viewed over 27 million times on YouTube! This versatile French artist weaves a cinematic pop that transports and moves the listener. After delivering phenomenal performances during the Festival and Jazz All-Year Round last year, he’s back to complete the Hat Trick: the Opening Outdoor Concert of this 35th edition! Magnifique

Indoor opening concert

Alain Lefèvre with the OSM, The Gershwin Legacy
June 26 & 27, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal

Not only do these two superb concerts celebrate the Festival’s 35th birthday, they also spotlight the 80th season of the OSM and the 90th anniversary of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, the first work to bring jazz into the world’s most prestigious concert halls. The event promises to be a memorable one, both in Festival history and in pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre’s career, as he surrounds himself with old friends and musical accomplices for the occasion, namely, two leading figures on the Montreal jazz scene, double bassist Michel Donato and drummer Paul Brochu.

Sold-out concerts

All tickets for the following concerts have already been sold:

♫ Alain Lefèvre (June 26, 8 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal)

♫ Cécile McLorin Salvant (June 26 and 27, 9 p.m., L’Astral)

♫ Jordan Officer (June 27, 28 and 29, 7 p.m., Savoy)

♫ Rufus Wainwright (June 27, 28 and 29, 8 p.m., Théâtre du Nouveau Monde)

♫ Beth Hart (June 28, 7 p.m., Club Soda)

♫ Keith Jarrett (June 28, 8 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal)

♫ Stacey Kent. Opening act : Emie R Roussel trio (June 28, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA)

♫ Earth, Wind & Fire (June 30, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)

♫ Bobby McFerrin (June 30, 8 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal)

♫ Tigran and Brad Meldhau (July 2, 6 p.m., Gesù — Centre de créativité)

♫ Aretha Franklin (July 2, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)

♫ Diana Ross (July 3, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA)

Indoor concerts: pick up your tickets now

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

Daniel Lanois and very special guests Emmylou Harris and Trixie Whitley June 26, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier — Finally back in Montreal, musical explorer, inspired artist and renowned producer Daniel Lanois takes hold of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier accompanied by his group, including astonishing drummer Brian Blade, and two very notable guests: the sublime Trixie Whitley, whose stunning voice leaves us speechless with every successive performance; and legendary singer and musician Emmylou Harris, back in Montreal for the first time since 2006, a 12-time Grammy winner including the 1996 Best Contemporary Folk Album award for Wrecking Ball, produced by none other than… Daniel Lanois.

Cassandra Wilson. Opening act: Andreas Varady — June 26, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA — Singer Cassandra Wilson returns after a four-year absence, when she shared the bill of the opening concert of the Festival with Lionel Richie. With her unique voice, her blues sensibility and flair for the unexpected, the winner of the 1999 Miles Davis Award brings us a milestone concert marking the 20th anniversary of her famed album Blue Light ‘Til Dawn. But first, a good hand of applause for jazz guitar wunderkind and Quincy Jones protégé Andreas Varady!

Angélique Kidjo. Opening act: Karim DioufJune 26, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis — It’s always an immense pleasure to welcome the funkiest of African divas, Angélique Kidjo, back at the Festival with her 13th album Eve, written and recorded in tribute to African women. Dig into funk-soul pieces steeped in African traditions, another chapter in the renowned career of this sincere, passionate and authentic big-hearted militant. Opening the evening, make way for former Colocs member Karim Diouf, who launched a solo career last year with a debut album of universal pop tweaked with reggae and African rhythms, Adouna.

Gogh Van GoJune 27, 11 p.m., Club Soda — Celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, it’s the return of Montreal’s once and future coolest alt-pop duo, singer Sandra Luciantonio and guitarist-singer Daniel Tierney. They’ve returned to remind us of some of the great moments of the ’90s, hot on the heels of their moving and utterly convincing performance this past December in the Cabaret du Mile End… And along with their hits, we can expect some surprises, including new songs!

Katie Melua, The Acoustic Tour — June 27, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA — At just 19, she launched a debut album that soared to phenomenal success in the UK. Her sophomore release made her an international star. Talented young Katie Melua charms audiences wherever she goes with her elegant simplicity, remarkable voice, blues-tinged jazz and an understated, intense presence, perfectly embodying a fresh authenticity. The songstress who delivered the opening Festival concert in 2008 returns after a 5-year absence to offer us her latest bestseller, Ketevan. Presented exclusively for the Festival’s 35th anniversary, this is her only concert in America. Absolutely ir-re-sis-ti-ble!

Dianne Reeves. Opening act: Nico Sarbanes — June 27, 8 p.m. Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA Les Grands Concerts Rio Tinto Alcan series Recipient of the 2002 Ella Fitzgerald Award and 4 Grammys besides, Dianne Reeves has long since won her place in the pantheon of jazz singers. A flamboyant onstage performer, loved by critics and audiences alike, she’s here to present her new album, Beautiful Life, a lovely marriage of R&B, Latin music, pop and jazz in both new compositions and covers of Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac and Marvin Gaye. Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, the album also features the talents of Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter and the late George Duke. The evening begins with young Montreal trumpet player and singer Nico Sarbanes.

Nikki Yanofsky. Opening act: Jon Batiste and Stay Human — June 27, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis — She was discovered at the Festival in 2006 when she was just 12; now, the darling of Montreal jazz has become a singer of international calibre. She’s been hailed at the Olympia in Paris, the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, and during her last Festival stop, a three-night run in TNM; now, the young artist is under the artistic wing of legendary producer Quincy Jones and returns to present a new album, Little Secret, that utterly lives up to the highest expectations! Opening the evening, welcome sensational young New Orleans jazzman Jon Batiste backed by Stay Human.

Rudresh Mahanthappa — June 27, 10:30 p.m. Gesù — Centre de Créativité — Named a Rising Star in the Downbeat 2010 International Critics Poll, saxman Mahanthappa now has the profile of an old pro. An inspired composer and gifted instrumentalist, Rudresh Mahanthappa never lacks for progressive projects fusing projects Indian music, classical, avant-jazz, etc. The alto saxophonist brings us his revolutionary artistic perspective and his most recent project, Gamak, accompanied by musicians Rez Abbasi (guitar), François Moutin (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums). Huge.

Hercules & Love Affair + Andy Butler (DJ set) June 27, 11 p.m., Club Soda — Captained by New York DJ Andy Butler, the Hercules & Love Affair project is an odyssey into primal disco-house territory. Filled out by John Grant, Rouge Mary, Krystle Warren and Gustaph, the group recently released The Feast of the Broken Heart, conceived with nighthawks in mind. With a touch of techno and pop to make things hyper-accessible and totally danceable, the result is at once retro and futurist, melodic and rocking.

Changes to the program

Psychology will open for Snoop Dogg in Métropolis on July 4, 11 p.m. (Les Rythmes series).

Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra’s performance on July 4 in the Rencontres festives is cancelled. Roma Carnivale will replace them.

The Farruquito concert (Improvisao), scheduled on July 2, 6 p.m. in Théâtre Maisonneuve (PdA), is cancelled.

All questions answered: Info-Jazz La Presse+

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Upcoming press events

Dates are subject to change; please consult our events sector press team for info.

Wednesday, June 25

Noon               Rehearsal in front media — For the record: Tarantino in concert

Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts (175, Ste Catherine Street West)

3:30 p.m.         Press conference with Woodkid

Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 2nd floor

7 p.m.              For the record: Tarantino in concert premiere

Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts (175, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest)

Thursday, June 26

11 a.m.            Press conference with Daniel Lanois

Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 2nd floor

5 p.m.                          Vernissage in the Galerie Lounge TD

Galerie Lounge TD, exhibition hall of Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts

6:30 p.m.         Opening cocktail

Salon urbain, Place des Arts

The pressroom—the heart of the Festival

Again this year, the Festival press room is located in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 305 Ste. Catherine St. W. on the 2nd floor. Open from noon a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 25, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. from June 26 to July 6 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 7. It’s the meeting point for artists, agents, record label representatives and accredited media representatives. Our entire press and communications team is happy to welcome you! Media representatives please note that the press room can be reached at 514 288‑5299.