Montreal International Jazz Festival, Montreal
A week of Jazz in venues all over on the hour. There were two free outdoor stages, many indoor venues, many street performers, out door food & drink vendors, a children's zone ... Tapes and albums have been filmed at the Festival and are sold in different tents.
The Montreal Jazz Fest holds the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world's largest jazz festival. Annually it features 3,000 artists from 30-plus countries, more than 650 concerts / 450 are free outdoor performances, and welcomes close to 2.5 million visitors / 34% tourists and 400 accredited journalists. The festival takes place at 10 free outdoor stages and 10 indoor concert halls.
A major part of downtown Montreal is closed to traffic for ten days, as free outdoor shows are open to the public and held on many stages at the same time, from noon until midnight. Attendance at some shows is over 100,000 people, and occasionally exceeds 200,000. Shows are held in a wide variety of venues, from relatively small jazz clubs to the large concert halls of Place des Arts. Some of the outdoor shows are held on the cordoned-off streets, while others are in terraced parks.
Wow. Montreal sure is different from NY. And the Jazz festival is one prime example. It is a huge outdoor festival where most of the acts are FREE! Sure, the really big names require tickets, but from what I saw last year, the quality of free acts is fantastic!
It makes summer the best time to visit Montreal!
This is the greatest jazz festival that I've ever attended--and from my other pages, you can tell that's saying something. The Montreal Jazz Festival has more than just jazz. The 2009 festival included appearances by Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne, and many others. One can also purchase cd's, dvd's, t-shirts, posters, and more.
All of this supports the staggering array of free shows. And they include not just local acts but bands from all over the world. I was glad to see the Toronto-based jazz/funk/rap band the Shuffle Demons reunited.
The main event is in July, but there are other shows going on year-round. If you plan to visit Montreal any time, please check the website below for information.
The Montréal Jazz Festival started in 1980 and became the biggest Live Jazz event in the World soon after. During 2 weeks in the summer a part of downtown Montréal is transformed into a multiple stage area which an endless stream of Jazz performances.
Things are going so well, that festivals now are organised throughout the year.
Even if you are not a fan of jazz, if you are in town during the Jazz Fest, I would recommend checking it out. The next Jazz fest will be June 26 to July 6 2008. Each year brings a wider range of talent and styles of music. There are many free shows, indoor and outdoor events.
If for any other reason, come and check out the ambiance! It is wall to wall people, and it makes for great people watching!
The Montreal Jazz Festival is one of the biggest jazz festivals in the world, and usually happens during the first week of July. Jazz bands and musicians from all over the world play at the festival, and there is lots of variety. I only got to see opening night at Place Des Arts (I had to leave Montreal the next day) but I loved it. Carlinhos Brown performed on the big stage, and I also saw a lesser-known flamenco guitarist playing in a gazebo nearby. If you want to know who's playing, when and where, pick up a schedule book (yes, it's like a catalog - there are that many acts!).
Mike and I chose an evening with Branford Marsalis
Friday, July 6, 2007 6 p.m.
This gigantic summer music celebration features 11 days of non-stop entertainment, from noon to midnight, right in the heart of downtown Montreal. Several city blocs are closed to traffic, as right of way is given exclusively to pedestrians, creating a festive and secure spot where more than 350 free concerts take place on 10 outdoor stages (and around 150 indoor concerts) — and all this in a peaceful, urban atmosphere! It’s the summer celebration par excellence for people of all ages and origins, a cultural breath of fresh air, and a place for incredible musical discoveries with influences such as jazz, blues, latin-jazz, brazilian, cuban, african, reggae, contemporary, electronica…
The Montreal International Jazz Festival is one of my favorite events ever! For two weeks the city shuts down a block of streets and sets up four outdoor stages, food booths adn merchandise stands. Of course, the stages are what we go for! All concerts on the outdoor stages are free and the concerts begin at 10 a.m. and end at midnight. You can literally bounce from one stage to the next for 14 hours without spending a penny!
Musicians with big names play in the concert call where tickets are required. The best jazz musicians play here so you have to order tickets early!
There remains a single compelling question for planners of the 25th anniversary edition. How do you have a penultimate ending to such a huge party? As you'd expect the Cirque du Soleil, the envy of all circus companies all over the world, will provide the splendor of the closing ceremonies of the 25th edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
The sights and sounds of the jazz and the awesome Cirque du Soleil will be a sight to behold. Remember the biggest attendance in the history of the Festival which was in 1995 - Evenement Hommage a la musique du Cirque du Soleil. With the Cirque back, betcha, this climax promises to be another huge crowd drawer, indeed a once-in-a-lifetime event.
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A special event in Montreal will be occurring on July, that will be the premiere of Cirque du Soleil and the International Jazz Festival which will be performed together live and free. It is normally a well attended event. If I won't have to go to Toronto during those days I'll be taping then post a link to that clip here for you.
This is the link to the 2000 event that I taped.
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This is one of the world's premiere jazz festivals. 2004 is the 25th year in operation and it has become an incredible jazz extravaganza spanning all styles and all levels of performer.
The downtown area of Montreal is closed off with live, free venues for the duration of the festival. You could listen to music from noon until midnight (or later) every day of the festival without paying a dime.
It's a wonderful excuse to listen to some fantastic music, visit Monreal and add to your CD collection.
A tip on where to stay if you're on a budget and booking last minute: http://www.mcgill.ca/residences/summer/
McGill Residences are clean, spare but close to downtown and well-priced.
Montreal International Jazz Festival happens every year at the end of June and the beginning of July for a period of 10 days. Lots of indoor ticketed concerts with big-name artists - everyone from Prince to Tony Bennett and in-between. Free concerts abound on five or six different stages set up around Place-des-Arts. Activities start at noon every day and wind down around midnight...then you go indoors to jam the night away. This is one BIG festival and lots of people come every year. Some jazz purists criticize that it is too eclectic...but most people look forward to the line up every year. There is always one big show outdoors mid-festival. There are tons of people but these crowds are cool - they come for the music and the mix. Bring your dancing shoes and your smile. Oh yeah, the kids love it as well :-)
Montreal International Jazz Festival
Now in its 22nd year, this festival is one of the largest jazz festivals in the world. It usually occurs during the last week of June and the first week of July. More than 200 shows take place with performers from around the world.
You can't miss it, 2 weeks of the most incredible music stretching all borders. The animation surrounding the entire event has been great year after year. Even if you have been to it once, you never know what to expect, there are always new musicians coming out. Do not miss out on the Brezilian appearances, they have always managed to to leave their impressions with their use of colors, costumes and obviously their sounds and energetic dancing.
The Jazz Festival taking place in July as well as the Benson and Gedges festival are great attractions.
The first is a free concert taking place in downtown Montreal while the second is a fireworks competition taking place on the waterfront.
If visiting in the winter skiing is a must.
For summer visitors LA RONDE is a great amusment park for everyone.