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international jazz festival
Favorite thing: Jazz is not the only music that is played at this venue. There are many free concerts offered around the downtown area. More than one stage is setup so if you do not like one group you can always go to another place. Most are held near the Hyatt and Hilton hotels as well as Place de Arts.
Favorite thing: This is the West Indian celebration for Montreal. The parade takes place on Rene Levesque Blvd starting at rue Guy st. The year I went it did not last long and did not have a lot of floats etc. At night a party is held at Jean Drapeau park that same day and an afternoon party was supposed to be held on Sunday. Unfortunately, the party did not start on time it was hours off its original schedule and I decided not to wait.
FESTIVAL: Montreal's Italian Week
Favorite thing: From August 5th to the 12th celebrate Montreal’s Italian Week, and succumb to the culture, charm and charisma of the green, white and red. The 2007 edition of Montreal’s Italian Week will mark the 14th anniversary of this Italian Classic, which continues to resonate the traditions, aromas, and pride of a unique way of life. Celebrate Montreal’s Italian Week in true Italian style, from fashion shows to gastronomical food courts, opera to bigliardini tournaments, music, theatre, dance and art, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Montreal’s Italian Week. For one week in August everyone is Italian!
All outdoor activities are free to attend, and are located at various venues across the city including Little Italy.
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So many festivals!
Fondest memory: During our one-week stay in Montreal, we saw three festivals in different parts of town. There was the Francofolie, where Francophone music performers showed their talents on stage. Downtown streets were blocked off for the festival. Not too far from there, another street, St Laurent, was also blocked off for a giant street sale. All the shops and restaurants set up tents on the street with lots of bargains! The street was really packed with people! There was another festival too on Mont Royal that we passed by but we didn't have time to go there.
Summer is definitely a great time to go to Montreal, with so many famous events such as the Grand Prix and Jazz Festival.
Festival des arts du Village
Favorite thing: The Festival des Arts du Village, now called Festival Montreal en Arts (FMA), is held on Sainte Catherine Street Est. This 4 day festival attracts more than 170 visual arts, performance or craft artists to the village. Like all of Montreal's festivals this one is colourful, well run, and fun.
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International Jazz Festival
Favorite thing: The Montreal International Jazz Festival (Festival International de Jazz de Montréal) is one of the biggest jazz festivals in the world. It is held annually in the summer season and usually starts at the beginning of July. The jazz festival attracts artists from around the world and is typically attended by hundreds of thousands of people who are attracted by the electric atmosphere. The 25th anniversary in 2004 offered about 500 concerts, of which three-quarters were free of charge, hosted by over 2000 musicians from over 20 countries. Many parts of the city's downtown core around Ste. Catherines Street close to traffic for two weeks. Shows are held in a wide variety of venues, from relatively small jazz clubs to the large halls of Place des Arts. Some of the outdoor shows are held on cordoned-off streets while others are on terraced parks. The place has a great vibe as the attendance at the main stage on Ste. Catherines can attract over a hundred thousand people.
International Caribbean Festival
Favorite thing: This festival celebrates Montreal's strong Caribbean community. French speaking nations, such as Haiti, are strongly represented, but people with origins from most of the countries in the Caribbean are represented. The events are concentrated around old Montreal with most of the activities occurring at Jacques Cartier Pier. There is also a parade that runs through old Montreal and Rene Levesque Street with an assortment of costumes that give you the feeling of Mardi Gras in July! This was going on at the same time as the Jazz Festival basically making the entire downtown a festival area.
Just for Laughs Festvial
Favorite thing: More in the Nightlife section about this annual Montreal festival tradition.
Visit the festival's website: http://www.hahaha.com
Fondest memory: Great shows for all ages, and all pocketbook levels. Some of the best in comedy from around the world, from big names (like Tim Allen, Wayne Brady, Jim Belushi, Eddie Izzard,) to lesser-knowns on their way up (Eddie Izzard was not well-known when he first appeared at Just for Laughs,) and very talented and entertaining street performers brought in from around the world.
Past big names include Drew Carey, Jay Leno, and legends like George Burns.
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Festivals Summary and Major Events
Favorite thing: Montreal is a city of festivals.
All summer, festivals follow one another to everybody's enjoyment.
- The International Montreal Jazz Festival
- The Just for Laughs Festival
- The Franco-Folies
- Formula One Racing
- Firework competition
- many, many more...
They close a portion of the downtown area which becomes a pedestrian area. Stages are put together and artists performs free concerts or presentations outside in the streets. Everybody in Montreal gets in the spirit and the ambiance is great.
Couple of special events :
179th Annual Saint Patrick's Day parade Mar. 16, 2003
Montreal Museums Day May 26, 2002
Tour de l'Île bicycle race, June 1, 2003
Fête nationale, June 23 and 24 - parade and events
Canada Day, July 1 - parade and events
Fondest memory: Festivals Highlights :
Fête des neiges Jan. 25-Feb. 9, 2003 (weekends)
Festival Montréal en Lumière, Feb. 13-Mar. 1, 2003
The 21st Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois Feb. 20-March 2, 2003
Festival Voix des Amériques, Feb. 13-17, 2003
Festival International Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques, Mar. 2-11, 2003
International Film Festival on Art Mar. 13-23. 2003
18e Journées du cinéma africain et créole film festival, Apr. 25-May 3, 2003
8th Annual Jewish Film Festival May 8-15, 2003
Festival de théâtre des Amériques May 22-June 5, 2003
Le Mondial de la bière, June 4-8, 2003
Nuit blanche sur tableau noir, June 6-9, 2002
Montreal First People's Festival June 10-20, 2002
Le Grand Prix du Canada - Formula One, June 13-15, 2003
International fireworks competition, June 15-July 28, 2002
Festival international de Lanaudière, June 27-July 29, 2003
Montreal International Jazz Festival, June 26-July 6, 2003
International fireworks competition, June 15-July 28, 2002
Comedy festival Just for laughs/Juste pour rire, July 10-20, 2003
Music Festival Nuits d'Afrique, July 11-21 2002
Dragon Boat Race Festival, July 20 and 21, 2002
Les FrancoFolies, July 24-August 2, 2003
Divers/Cité Gay and Lesbian Pride days, July 28-Aug. 3, 2003
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu Hot Air Balloon Festival, Aug. 10-18, 2002
Montreal International Film Festival, Aug. 21-Sep. 1, 2003
Magic Lanterns Festival at the Botanical Garden Sept. 13-Nov. 3, 2002
Image et Nation international queer film festival, Sept. 19-29, 2002
Festival Orgue et couleurs classical music fest, Sept. 25-Oct. 6, 2002
Journées de la culture Sept. 27, 28 and 29, 2002
Montreal Chamber Music Festival Sept. 20-Oct. 5, 2002
Festival international de nouvelle danse Oct. 9-12, 2002
International Festival of New Cinema and New Media (FCMM) Oct. 10-20, 2002
Cinemania fest, French films subtitled in English, Nov. 7-17, 2002
Coup de coeur francophone Nov. 7-17, 2002
Just For Laughs Festival
Favorite thing: Just For Laughs Festival ( ranked second among 100 events in North America by the American Business Association in 2002) is the largest comedy festival in the world. In the different Quartier Latin street, you can see the free and outdoor show and humorist for the four corner of the planets gives show in the different cabaret and theatre in Montreal. From July 10 to July 20.
Le Mondial SAQ Fireworks
Favorite thing: The Mondial SAQ is one of the most prestigious pyrotechnics competition in the world. Each country present a fireworks. From end of June to end of July.Saturday and wednesday in La Ronde (Six Flags park / metro Jean-Drapeau). The Jacques-Cartier Bridge is close for car during fireworks evening so you can stay in the bridge too look the fireworks.
Favorite thing: Montreal is alive with festivals particularly during the summer months. Along with an international jazz festival, the city also hosts an international film festival which was in full swing when I was there.
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Another claim to fame,...
Favorite thing: Another claim to fame, Montreal boasts several top festivals every year. The most successful is The Montreal International Jazz Festival. Every first week in July, Montreal welcomes the best Jazz Musicians to her streets. Though many concerts are held in the Place des Arts complex, and other clubs and theaters, Montreal closes off to traffic several sections of streets in the central-eastern part of the city for the whole week. Peaceful crowds gather for free concerts all day and evening long. The atmosphere is easy-going and friendly. Besides the Jazz Festival, coming right on its' heels is the Just for Laughs Festival - Festival juste pour rire! Same idea, is almost always something happening on the streets of Montreal in the spring-summer months.
Drive through downtown...
Favorite thing: Drive through downtown Montreal (Centerville) and proceed up the hill to the Mt. Royal Scenic View Point. Tourists are offered a dramatic panoramic view of the entire city from approximately 500 feet above the city. On a clear day, visibility is almost 30 miles. You can really appreciate how large the greater Montreal area is and understand the geography of Quebec. The Olympic Stadium stands out in the landscape.
Fondest memory: Every year, in May, Montreal hold the Festival de la Sante. It is family event that draws 20,000 people competing in a 40km bike ride, 10km run, or 5k walk. I competed in the 28km in-line race and was among 3000 skaters. What an amazing experience.
Hurry up, Montreal is the city...
Favorite thing: Hurry up, Montreal is the city of festivals. There is always a festival not too far away.
The Jazz festival in early July, then the Just for Laugh comedy festival, the Grand Prix, food and drink festival of all kind (we love to eat).
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