Free outdoor program of the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
A 35th anniversary for the Festival:
everyone is invited to the party!
Montreal, Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – Thirty-five years-already! Well, for an occasion like this, it’ll be Party Time every day from June 26 to July 6 during the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan! The 2014 free outdoor program offers concerts for every taste, in every possible genre related to or descended from jazz, from new discoveries to major names to festive events. The Festival is a genuine engine for the social, economic, cultural and tourism development of Montreal, inviting the entire world to plunge into its oasis in the heart of the du Quartier des Spectacles, the perfect place to surrender to a musical celebration in complete security on a people-friendly site packed with free music and activities, with all of your worries left at home! With that magic formula, it’s no wonder that our event annually draws 2 million entries!
For this 35th edition, fans will note a plethora of new additions, especially on the outdoor site. The TD Stage, the main stage of the Festival, has had a beautiful makeover, with a new look and an even larger format! The Loto-Québec Stage has also been remodeled, and theRadio-Canada/CBC Stage relocates to the corner of De Maisonneuve and Jeanne-Mance while the Lounge Heineken faces the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, corner of De Bleury and Ste. Catherine Streets. Meanwhile, parents will be happy to discover the new Rio Tinto Alcan Family Club, a brand new area offering menus and activities specially conceived for children, located “above” the Place des Arts marquee. Finally, the Bistro SAQ can now be found in the heart of the Place des Festivals, while the Grande Boutique returns to the southwest entrance to the site (Ste. Catherine and De Bleury Streets), next to the Lounge Heineken. Incidentally, all Festival souvenir boutiques (both on-site and online) will also be dressed to the nines with brand new clothing collection Griffé Jazz, signé Dubuc, created exclusively by major designer Philippe Dubuc specially for the 35th edition. But you’d better hurry, because there’ll be a very limited supply of these items!
The Festival launches this 35th edition on June 26 by calling on the French sensation who blew everyone away last year in Métropolis: Woodkid, who takes on the Bell Opening Event, promising us an incredible evening, unfurling his peerless cinematic pop, accompanied by 7 musicians. Next, mid-Festival, comes the Rendez-Vous Loto-Québec presented in collaboration with Sony Canada on July 1, part of the Festival’s traditional mission to unveil a genuine musical discovery: Vintage Trouble-a California quartet formed in 2010 and championed, among other things, for a lead singer who ranks as the most explosive onstage performer seen in ages! How great? The group has caused a commotion everywhere they’ve played, including having been chosen to open for both the Rolling Stones AND The Who and hitting most of the major American talk shows (Letterman, Leno, ConanŠ). Finally, on July 6, the Rio Tinto Alcan Special Closing Event presents a wild final bash with Deltron 3030, the premier trio in hip-hop (Dan The Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala) who celebrate the occasion big-time with a super orchestra adding to the crazed ambience!
A brief look at the program, stage by stage
TD Stage (Place des Festivals)
In addition to these major events, the Place des Festivals hosts the prestigiousPerformances TD series at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. On June 27, Québec’s Bobby Baziniseduces with R&B accented with soul, blues and folk from his latest album, More Than Words Can Say. On July 4, Susie Arioli offers a special concert, featuring her own repertoire and the standards of the Great American Songbook, accompanied by 7 musicians and a horn section. The following evening, charismatic German DJ Shantel, a star of border-bounding musical gatherings, joins forces with the Bucovina Club Orkestar and powers up his latest album Anarchy + Romance, remixing the standards of Balkan music and sending the crowd into a dance frenzy.
The same stage hosts more action at 6 p.m. with the artists of the Gammes TD series. Considered one of the most brilliant stars in contemporary jazz, young singer, pianist and composer Laila Biali performs July 2. On July 3, Alberta combo Hutchinson Andrew Trio, winners of the 2013 TD Grand Jazz Award, make their 3rd visit to the Festival with the contemporary acoustic jazz of their latest album, Prairie Modern. And the 13-17-year-old future stars of our very own local blues scene burn up the stage July 5 after their intensive week of training in the Blues Camp.
Rio Tinto Alcan Stage (corner Ste. Catherine and Jeanne-Mance)
Located on Ste. Catherine St., the Rio Tinto Alcan Stage welcomes a range of very impressive artists. The Soirées jazzy Rio Tinto Alcan series, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., hosts Franco-Dominican Cyrille Aimée on June 29 (exclusively at 8 p.m.), bringing us the acoustic jazz, bossa nova and gypsy music of new album, It’s a Good Day. On July 3, Montreal’sCoral Egan, a Festival regular, charms us with her recent release, The Year He Drove Me Crazy. The members of Lake Street Dive make their Festival debut July 4, showcasing ultra-impressive instrumental technique and spontaneous energy.
Grande-Place Stage, Complexe Desjardins
With school vacations about to start, the entire family is invited to La Petite école du jazz, presented by Rio Tinto Alcan every day at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., from June 27 to July 6. Join Les Zélèves, a vocal harmony quintet led by Victor-Jacques Ménard, James Gelfand and his quartet, and Festival mascot Ste-Cat, who’ve prepared their traditionally wonderful jazz lesson for young and old alike. It’s a dynamic, interactive and fun-filled musical initiation! At 3 p.m. on June 28 and 29, and July 5, fans can keep the celebration rolling by joining in theSamajam Family Music Workshops, a playful percussion-packed workshop presented by Rio Tinto Alcan, principal partner in the Samajam stay-in-school program since 2011.
Loto-Québec Stage (Parterre, Maison symphonique de Montréal, corner De Montigny and Clark)
At 7 p.m., the Spectacles blues Loto-Québec series trains a brighter-than-ever spotlight on the blues! On July 2, the Katy Guillen & The Girls trio treats us to incandescent blues-rock that draws inspiration equally from Heartless Bastards and Jimi Hendrix. The following evening, Fred Lebel & the Hard Times Band uncork the convincing sound of their albumHard Times Band. Then, Jon Adessky & 3rd Degree fire up the stage to bring the series to a perfectly hot close.
At 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., the blues bash continues with the greatest names in the genre in theSoirées blues Loto-Québec series. Make way for the ultra-rock and essential, pure blues ofBad Boyz Boogie on June 28. On July 4, JJ Grey, accompanied by his band Mofro, unveils the R&B rhythms of This River. Rolling in from New Orleans, Little Freddie King (July 5)-cousin of Lightnin’ Hopkins and a colourful figure who stands as a pillar of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival-will have the entire crowd dancing to his most recent album, Chasing tha Blues.
Bell Stage (Clark North esplanade)
And things will be hot-hot-hot during the Tropiques Bell series at 8 p.m.! On July 2 and 3, young Zimbabwean crew Mokoomba unleash their dance-mad show, firing up the crowd with a blend of ethno-jazz, traditional Tonga rhythms, Sahara blues, hip-hop and salsa. Haiti’sJean Jean Roosevelt takes up the baton July 4 with his latest album, Y a danger (2012), serving up a hot brew of Creole rhythms, reggae, R&B and Afrobeat. Next, 2013-2014 Radio-Canada Revelation in world music Mamselle Ruiz presents her new album (July 5), Miel de cactus, a crossroads of jazz, Mexican folk and Latin American rhythms.
The evening continues with the Groove Bell series at 10 p.m., with Boogat (June 27) and their ultra-festive sound, accompanied by a percussionist, drummer and trombonist and a repertoire crossing Latin groove with urban electronic music. On June 29, OY offers the joyous and fascinating musical blend of their latest album, No Problem Saloon, steeped in electronica, whirling percussion, heady melodies and captivating lyrics. Finally, on July 4 and 5, Swedish power trio Dirty Loops unveil an explosive and super-catchy new album,Loopified.
CBC/Radio-Canada Stage (Promenade des Artistes)
Night falls sweetly at 8 p.m. with the Brunantes CBC/Radio-Canada series. UK quartetPartisans-one of the most daring groups on the British jazz scene-roll in June 29 for their Festival debut with fresh material from their latest album. On July 5, Thomas Carbou unveils the 3rd installment of his Hekátê trilogy, released last September, accompanied by excellent saxophonist Erik Hove and drummer-composer-improviser Evan Tighe. The series closes July 6 with Stanley Péan inviting Festival fans to experience his exceedingly popular programQuand le jazz est là, accompanied by the Emie R Roussel Trio, Elizabeth Shepherd and other guests.
The Rendez-vous series invites everyone to a very varied roster of shows at 10 p.m., including Jazz Street Boyz, combining two devotees of vintage festive jazz who generate pure danceable pleasure: Jérôme Dupuis-Cloutier (trumpet) and Dominic Desjardins (banjo and vocals). Rob Mosher’s Polebridge vaults in on July 3 with a country-folkified music that sounds as though Schuman or Prokofiev were playing it. After her magnificent tribute to Dinah Washington, one of her primary jazz influences, Jaclyn Guillou makes her Festival debutJuly 4 with a new album, The Lover’s Walk.
Lounge Heineken (corner Ste. Catherine and De Bleury)
Directly across from the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, the Lounge Heineken series brews up plenty of Happy Hour musical surprises, both at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Enjoy a cocktail while savouring the warm voice of Venyse Rowe, and the ’50s and ’60s influences of Waiting Games on June 27 and 28. On July 3, the Ibrahim Electric trio shakes up a cocktail of jazz, funk, punk and Afrobeat guaranteed to rock the lounge. And on July 5 and 6, Wagons, originally from Australia, bring the Downundah approach to a country-rock sound conjuring images of the U.S. south.
L’Astral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 305 Ste. Catherine St. W.)
L’Astral will be hopping every night from midnight with its Open House series. From June 26 to 29, the Jazz Amnesty 1.8 Sound System pumps out jazz fueled by swing, blues, funk, electronica and bebop. The party continues from June 30 to July 2 with Speakeasy Electro Swing, fusing the music of the first Great Depression with the technology of the second. On July 3 and 4, Balkan Gypsy Party ignite the dancing masses with their ultrafestive, irresistibly unifying ambience. The series blazes to a close July 5 and 6 with the DJs ofCanicule Tropicale, who have shaken up the finest Caribbean, African and Latin-American dancefloors with undeniable hot, hot, hot rhythms!
Bistro Le Balmoral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 305 Ste. Catherine St. W.)
Festival fans-double up on your musical pleasure with two free concerts rather than one, every night at 10 p.m. and midnight in the Musique au Balmoral series. Andréa Blaze opens the series from June 26 to 28, charming jazz fans with her new album, En attendant l’hiver, and a voice of rare finesse. From June 29 to July 1, the suave Miss Mellow invites us on a gentle voyage of discovery spotlighting the history of jazz and its influences. Kathryn Samman arrives July 2 and 3 with songs from the pop and jazz repertoire. Still building his growing reputation as one of the greatest gypsy jazzmen in Québec, Denis Chang closes the series Django-tastically from July 4 to 6.
Savoy du Métropolis (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.)
The Savoy dancefloor is the place to be for all nighthawks as of midnight during theNightcap Heineken series presented by SiriusXM. The 5 members of Misteur Valaire set the tone with their Qualité Motel project June 26 and 27, firing up their fab blend of ’80s music and kitsch. Next, June 28 and 29 and also July 3, comes Morph-tet, born from the ashes of Kobayashi and led by saxophonist Franco Proietti. Montreal jazz duo Beat Market follow onJune 30 and also July 1 and 2 with the musical time-travel of their retro-futurist disco-pop. TrioaRTIST oF tHE yEAR close out the festivities July 5 and 6 with electro-rock, funk and postmodern disco grooves that will have the dancefloor packed for the duration!
Hyatt Regency Montréal, Salon Inspiration (1255 Jeanne-Mance St.)
Concerts beginning at noon!
Rio Tinto Alcan Stage (corner Ste. Catherine and Jeanne-Mance Streets), Place des Festivals and the Lounge Heineken (Ste. Catherine St., between De Bleury and Balmoral Streets)
A free concert in Métropolis
Festival boutiques and restos
Galerie Lounge TD: presenting Jimi Hendrix!
Thanks to our partners
The Info-Jazz La Presse+ line: answering all your questions
The 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will run fromThursday, June 26 to Sunday, July 6, 2014.