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A sustainable Festival

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, composting, (a joint effort by all employees has allowed us to quadruple the amount of compost recovered), buying local food products (90 to 95% of all food was purchased within a 40 km radius of its eventual distribution site), and of course, recycling, especially construction materials, a 7% increase in materials recovered when compared to last year. 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 reach a 65% recycling rate. Also on site: secure bicycle parking areas. Since 2008, the Festival participates 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 7th consecutive year. Since its inception, the Festival has offset 7,517 tonnes of greenhouse gases thanks to Rio Tinto Alcan, representing approximately 1,880 fewer vehicles on the road.

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.

Tomorrow, 9:30 p.m., TD Stage

Vintage Trouble

The Rendez-vous Loto-Québec

The name of this Los Angeles quartet says it all: nostalgia for an era when the sexy soul of Wilson Pickett and James Brown held sway, Vintage Trouble play without a safety net, delivering wild, edgy performances—no surprise that the Rolling Stones recruited them as openers in Hyde Park last summer. The band is ready to detonate an explosive album, The Bomb Shelter Sessions… so get ready to be overcome by their musical weapons of mass seduction!

Sold-out concerts

All tickets for the following concerts have already been sold:

♫ 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)

♫ Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana, Mehliana (July 2, 9 p.m., L’Astral)

♫ 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:

Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion with Pee Wee Ellis, Alec Dankworth and Abass Dodoo — June 30, 8 p.m. Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA Les Grands Concerts Rio Tinto Alcan series — In his very first visit to the Festival, legendary British drummer Ginger Baker, former member of Cream with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, father of the drum solo and rock titan, arrives at the head of a quartet filled out by Pee Wee Ellis (saxophone), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Abass Dodoo (percussion). The menu will feature top-flight high-energy jazz that crosses swords with African rhythms reminiscent of the great Fela Kuti, with whom Baker previously collaborated.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Opening act: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble — June 30, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis — Rythmes series Discovered during the Grande Soirée Mardi Gras in 2010, this charismatic young New Orleans trombonist literally “stole the show” from Bootsy Collins the following year. After confirming his elite status with a fabulous performance in Club Soda last year, our pal Shorty roars back with a new album, Say That to Say This that brilliantly mixes funk, rock and R&B. He’ll present it with his faithful combo Orleans Avenue. The show kicks off with Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Chicago’s fiery combo consisting of the eight sons of jazz trumpeter Phil Cochran. Boom!

Burning Spear | Sly & Robbie. Double bill July 1, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis — Rythmes series Considered the keeper of the Rastafari flame since the death of Bob Marley, Burning Spear is undoubtedly the greatest living reggaeman. Renowned for his concert-events grooving to positive vibrations, the patriarch returns after a four-year absence flanked by the legendary Sly & Robbie, THE rhythm section par excellence for the past 30 years, known equally well for their work with Peter Tosh and U Roy as with Bob Dylan and Serge Gainsbourg… It simply doesn’t get bigger or realer than this. Reggae nite? Yeah mon!

Cœur de pirate, Tried and True, Trauma and Other Notable Songs July 3 to 5, 8 p.m., Théâtre du Nouveau MondeNouveau monde seriesHot on the heels of the successful soundtrack to the popular Trauma TV series, Cœur de pirate presents a collection of raw cover versions from the album, and her own personal  repertoire. In a formula exclusive to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal—and for only three nights—Béatrice Martin and her five musicians fill the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde with remarkable re-interpretations of hits by Nancy Sinatra, Tom Waits and the Rolling Stones, to name a few…

Guy Nadon Septet: 80 birthdays, 70 years in music July 1, 6 p.m., L’AstralTD Jazz d’ici La Presse+ series — Some birthdays just call for a pull-out-the-stops celebration: when our favourite figure on the local jazz scene, “Roi du drum” Guy Nadon marks his 80th birthday and 70th year in music, we know we’re looking at one. In this his 31st (!) Festival appearance, it’s time for a drum roll… as we welcome the indefatigable timekeeper with a talent as remarkable as it is original, back to prove that he hasn’t lost a trace of his masterful touch… or verve! Cheers!

Bombino — July 1, 7 p.m., Club SodaCouleurs SAQ series — Last summer, rising young guitar star Omar “Bombino” Moctar, a Tuareg from northern Niger, blew away a FrancoFolies audience with his Tamashek desert blues-rock, music literally born of rebellion. Since then, he’s toured the world with his second album, Nomad, produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, from Australia to Holland and from California to Poland, winning instant international success; and we’re grateful to be hosting him here in Montreal once again!

Tony BennettJuly 1, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdAÉvénements spéciaux TD series — With 50 years in music, as many millions of albums sold and 17 Grammys to his credit, Tony Bennett returns to prove that, at 87, he remains unequaled in charming the hearts of his audience… From I Left My Heart in San Francisco to his most recent songs, he brings us a peerless, timeless American songbook in all its immortal splendour. The legendary crooner will share the stage with daughter Antonia for a few special songs.

Matt Andersen and The Mellotones — July 2, 7 p.m., Club Soda Couleurs SAQ series — Discovered at the Festival in 2008, this New Brunswick powerhouse rolls in once again with a blues and folk sound perfectly in his image—which is to say, larger than life! The first Canadian to win the International Blues Challenge in 2010 and a regular champ at the East Coast Music Awards, the flame-fingered guitarist—whose fretboard skill is equaled only by his extraordinary voice!—presents an 8th studio album, Weightless, hailed ecstatically by CBC Music, Exclaim! and American Songwriter. Big!

Double Bill: Terence Blanchard Quintet | L’Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal with guests Terence Blanchard and his musicians — July 3, 7 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA Les Grands Concerts Rio Tinto Alcan series — We’ll kick off this two-part evening with Louisianan Terence Blanchard, renowned trumpeter and artistic director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s jazz series, accompanied by his solid quintet. Next up, the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal, a large-scale ensemble with a flexible roster, highlighting the global jazz repertoire and its greatest composers. For the occasion, the ONJM welcomes Terence Blanchard and his musicians. Now this is what you call a mutually beneficial give-and-take!

Barenaked Ladies — July 4, 7:15 p.m., Métropolis Rythmes series  Despite their immense success in the Anglophone world, especially in the ROC, the Barenaked Ladies are arriving at the Festival for the very first time. With a 25-year career, 8 well-deserved JUNO Awards and fans like a certain Sir Paul McCartney… it’s about time. In addition to more rocking numbers recorded recently, they’ll serve up the big hits spiced with wit and humour (Be My Yoko Ono, If I Had a $1,000,000, One Week, The Old Apartment…) that made them famous worldwide. The evening opens with the sexy, feverish rock of Canadian duo Whitehorse.

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

Tonight, June 30

Alexander Brown Quintet — June 30, 6 p.m., TD Stage Gammes TD series — This Toronto-based Cuban trumpeter specializes in a musical dialogue between jazz and Afro-Cuban. Having previously worked with master percussionist Changuito, he heads into his Festival debut with a solid quintet consisting of Kelly Jefferson (saxophone), David Restivo (piano), Paco Luviano (bass) and Amhed Mitchel (drums). Nominated for the TD Grand Jazz Award.

Ester Rada June 30, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan StageSoirées jazzy Rio Tinto Alcan series — An Israeli-born Ethiopian, this fascinating, supremely glamorous performer fuses the golden age of Ethiopian jazz with R&B. Indeed, this rising star on the Israeli scene causes a sensation everywhere she goes… After revealing a magnificent voice and irresistible Afro-jazz groove on her eponymous first album, she has some critics hailing her as the future queen of pop-soul. Hear, hear!

Paul Deslauriers — June 30, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., Loto-Québec Stage — Soirées blues Loto-Québec series — Whether solo or accompanied by his musicians, Paul Deslauriers makes his presence felt on the Montréal blues scene. After delivering a memorable duo performance with Dawn Tyler Watson last summer, he heads in with his band (Grégoire Morency, bass and Sam Harrison, drums) and a rock-flavoured blues album that reveals the trio’s musical chemistry. Bigtime blues!

Emilie-Claire Barlow June 30, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., TD StagePerformances TD series Charming the critics with her precise, ethereal voice, this new rising star of Canadian jazz has become a Festival darling in the wake of her 2007 arrival. Named Female Vocalist of the Year by the National Jazz Awards in 2008, winner of the 2013 Félix for Best Jazz Album, Seule ce soir, sung entirely in French, svp, Miss Barlow returns with an impressive gift for Fest fans: the lovely songs of a new album, Live in Tokyo, as well as other songs from her amazing repertoire.

Tomorrow, July 1

Stephen Barry Band July 1, 7 p.m., Loto-Québec Stage — Spectacles blues Loto-Québec series — Landmark Montreal combo the Stephen Barry Band returns to thrill us with their peerless blues repertoire. Barry is a legend who has collaborated with the likes of Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley, and who can ever forget the sublime 1999 concert accompanied by the great Oliver Jones? Barry and his band have an impressively deep understanding of the music—what can you say when a band’s repertoire includes not only their own songs, but the music of an entire century!

Bustamento — July 1, 8 p.m., Bell Stage — Tropiques Bell series — Behind Bustamento stands charming and talented Australian multi-instrumentalist Nicky Bomba, leader of the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, whose percussion we loved alongside guitarist John Butler at the Festival in 2009. Returning with a band fueled by the sunny sounds of the West Indies, Bomba serves up propose a powerful cocktail mixing calypso, mento, reggae and ska.

Nuno Mindelis July 1, 9 p.m., Loto-Québec Stage — Soirées blues Loto-Québec series This Angola-born guitarist has been nicknamed the “Brazilian Eric Clapton.” Ten years after he first took to a Festival stage, Nuno Mindelis returns with his latest, Angels & Clowns. Based in Brazil for several years now, he continues to refine his bluesman reputation with stunning performances. We can’t wait to finally welcome him back!

LadyJuly 1, 10 p.m., Bell Stage — Groove Bell series — Lady is Nicole Wray, a Virginia singer who debuted at 17 on Missy Elliott’s label, The Goldmine. Blessed with the magnificent voice of a pure Soul Woman and a contagious passion for the Golden Age of R&B, she’s launched a musical project already paying dividends: the Lady album, released in 2013 on Truth & Soul, marrying the soul of Motown to the silky rhythms of modern R&B.

Wednesday, July 2

Laila Biali — July 2, 6 p.m., TD Stage Gammes TD series — Young singer, pianist and composer Laila Biali has already toured 5 continents, played with major artists from varied musical horizons—from Chris Botti to Suzanne Vega to Sting—and trod the boards of venues as prestigious as Carnegie Hall. Considered one of the most brilliant young stars in contemporary jazz, she returns after a three-year absence.

MokoombaJuly 2 and 3, 8 p.m., Bell Stage Tropiques Bell series —  Here they come, a fiery young sextet… Born in the streets of Zimbabwe, Mokoomba took home first prize at the Music Crossroads InterRegional Festival in 2008 and have conquered Europe with their wildly dance-mad shows fusing ethno-jazz, traditional Tonga rhythms, Sahara blues, hip hop and salsa. Their second 2nd album, Rising Tide, promises nothing less than a dancefloor tsunami!

Melbourne Ska Orchestra July 2, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., TD StagePerformances TD series — When a Ska Big Band lands on the Place des Festivals, you expect a rare detonation of musical energy. Accompanied by the strongest, most boomtastic assemblage of brass ever witnessed onstage, exuberant Australian frontman Nicky Bomba has the magical power required to unleash crowds and has been doing so with gusto for 10 years, in sellout shows and at festivals around the world. This 30-piece (!) orchestra is utterly devoted to its mission, reveling in a contempo ska bursting with energy, verve and rhythm. An ab-so-lute must-see.

Sandra Nkaké July 2, 10 p.m., Bell Stage — Groove Bell series — Her latest album, Nothing for granted (2012), plays out like a social panorama, in which characters’ fates entwine. With her deep, velvety voice, Franco-Cameroonian Sandra Nkaké—named French instrumental discovery (Frank Ténot Award) at the French 2012 Victoires du jazz Awards—draws on soul vibe and pop-rock energy, pitching between ballads and muscular grooves steeped in African music, slam and trip-hop.

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.

The Whitehorse concert, scheduled as the opening act of Barenaked Ladies (July 4, 7 p.m., Métropolis), is rescheduled as the opening act of Moriarty (July 4, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA). Therefore, there will be two openings for Moriarty: Kandle (30 minutes), followed by Whitehorse (30 minutes). There will be no opening act for the Barenaked Ladies concert, which will begin at 7:15 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.

Nick Hakim will open for Maxwell in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier (PdA) on July 6, 7:30 p.m. (Événements spéciaux TD series).

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.

Monday, June 30

1 p.m. Press conference with Jean-Philippe Allard for the Bruce Lundvall Award giving - Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 2nd floor

2 p.m. Press conference with Earth, Wind & Fire - Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 2nd floor

3 p.m.  Cocktail for International Media with Alain Simard, André Ménard and Laurent Saulnier - Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 2e étage

4:30 p.m. Press conference with Bobby McFerrin - Maison symphonique de Montréal, Place des Arts

Thursday, July 3

11 a.m.  Press conference with Violent Femmes - Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 2nd floor

7:30 p.m.  Press conference with Terence Blanchard for the Miles-Davis Award giving

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.

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