Paul Deslauriers and Jimi Hendrix; A Match Made in Heaven (Ask Steve Hill).

Paul Deslauriers is one smart cookie …

Nothing like jumping on an opportunity to pay homage to a childhood idol and hooking up with an old friend at the same time.

As part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival – Paul is taking the stage with his band and with longtime guitar buddy Steve Hill. Not together – apart …

On la  Scene Lotto Quebec and  Metropolis; Paul will delight fans of both his band and those of the Jimi Hendrix persuasion. A double bill for lovers of guitar rock and Blues.

Shows not to be missed. Shows not to be dissed.

Please listen as Paul explains what people will expect and why he loves Hendrix so much.

Paul …?


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The 35th Edition of The Montreal International Jazz Festival


The 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, presented by TD in partnership with Rio Tinto Alcan, kicks off in just 3 short days! The Quartier des Spectacles is ready and waiting to welcome the world’s large 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 full program is now available from the Festival’s new mobile website ( ).

Web surfers Will Find a detailed schedule, shows listed by series or course, 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 Do not Miss Any of the Action! Festival fans can aussi experience the festivities’ round the clock, 24/7 on the Festival website ( ), socialand via the Montreal Jazz mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android ( / mobile ).

Throughout the duration of the event,MontrealJazzFest.TV Will aussi 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, I love Jazz Festival: 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 great I love Jazz Festival 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 offert by TD ; 2nd prize : a MacBook Pro 13” aluminum with Retina display, valued at $ 3.160 USD , offert by Rio Tinto Alcan , 3rd prize : an automatic coffeemaker valued at $ 3.100, offert by Jura ; 4th prize : a collection of 50 blues CDs valued at $ 1,000, offert by Loto-Québec ; 5th prize : an XM radio with a one-year subscription with a maximum value of $ 500, offert by SiriusXM .

Entering the contest is easy!

Just “Like” the Festival’s facebook page ( / montrealjazzfest ), 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 up July 8, 2014 at noon . Dozens of instant prizes, with a total value of $ 10,000, Will Be Offered by TD andLa 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 original year 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 of silkscreen Saxophoenix , The Most recent creation by Yves Archambault , our artist in residence for over 25 years.

Traffic on the website

Starting June 27, the Festival Site Will Be closed to automobile traffic every day from 6 pm to 3 am, until, Sunday, July 6 at 7 am

The website 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. Between St. Catherine De Bleury St. and St. Laurent Blvd., Jeanne Mance St. Between St. Catherine St. and De Maisonneuve Blvd., As well as Mayor and Balmoral Streets. De Maisonneuve Blvd. Will Be closed to automobile traffic Until July 9 Between Bleury and Jeanne-Mance Streets.

To Plan your visit to the Festival and for all information on access for people with limited mobility or Reduced gold Accessing the site by car, on bike or on foot: ,  Access to the Site  tab.

Pre-opening concert

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

June 25, 8 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA

When the preeminent icon of the alternative lands Music Scene with a new album, the highly-Anticipated Morning Phase 6 Years After Modern Guilt -we-have all reason to rejoice.

When he arrived 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, blues and silky inimitable artistic not touch that make him extraterrestrially brilliant!

Opening Bell Event


June 26, 9:30 pm, TD Internship

Three years ago, he set off a buzz Take That Has not 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 transport and moves the listener. After Delivering phenomenal performance falling on the Festival andJazz All-Year Round last year, he’s back to full the Hat Trick: Outdoor Concert Opening the 35th edition of this magnificent …

Indoor opening concert

Alain Lefèvre with the OSM, The Gershwin Legacy
June 26 & 27, 7 pm, Maison symphonique de Montreal

Not only do two superb thesis 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 derived, 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-been already sold:

♫  Alain Lefèvre (June 26, 8 pm, Maison symphonique de Montreal)

♫  Cecile McLorin Salvant (June 26 and 27, 9 pm, L’Astral)

♫  Jordan Officer (June 27, 28 and 29, 7 pm, Savoy)

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

♫  Beth Hart (June 28, 7 pm, Club Soda)

♫  Keith Jarrett (June 28, 8 pm, Maison symphonique de Montreal)

♫  Stacey Kent . Opening act: Emie R Roussel Trio (June 28, 8 pm, Théâtre Maisonneuve, PoA)

♫  Earth, Wind & Fire (June 30, 7:30 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PoA)

♫  Bobby McFerrin (June 30, 8 pm, Maison symphonique de Montreal)

♫  Tigran and Brad Meldhau (July 2, 6 pm, Gesù – Centre for Creativity)

♫  Aretha Franklin (July 2, 7:30 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PoA)

♫  Diana Ross (July 3, 7:30 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PoA)

Indoor concerts pick up your tickets now

Altho 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 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier –

Finally back in Montreal, explore music, inspired renowned artist and 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 leaves us speechless stunning voice 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 pm, Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA –

Singer Cassandra Wilson Effective returns a four-year absence, When She shared the bill of the opening concert of the Festival with Lionel Richie. With only her 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 .First goal, a good hand of applause for jazz guitar wunderkind and Quincy Jones Andreas Varady protected!

Angélique Kidjo . Opening act: Karim Diouf – June 26, 8:30 pm, Metropolis – It’s always an enormous pleasure to welcome the funkiest of African diva Angelique Kidjo, back at the Festival with her ​​13th album Eve , written and Recorded in tribute to African women . Dig into funk-soul piece steeped in African traditions, Reviews another chapter in the career of this renowned sincere, passionate and authentic big-hearted activist. Opening the evening, make way for forming Colocs member Karim Diouf, has Launched Have you solo career last year with a debut album of universal tweaked pop with reggae and African rhythms, Adouna .

Van Gogh Go – June 27, 11 pm, 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 and guitarist Sandra Luciantonio-singer Daniel Tierney.They’ve returned to remind us of Reviews some of the great times 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 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA  – At just 19, she has Launched debut album That soared to phenomenal success in the UK. Her sophomore release made ​​her international star year.Talented young Katie Melua Wherever she goes charms audiences with her ​​elegant simplicity, remarkable voice, blues-tinged jazz and an understated, intense presence, perfectly Embodying a fresh authenticity. The songstress Have you Delivered the opening concert in Festival 2008 Effective returns a 5-year failure 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 pm Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA – Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto Alcan series – Recipient of the 2002 Ella Fitzgerald Award and four Grammys Besides, Dianne Reeves HAS long since won her spot 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 . Terri Lyne Carrington produced by, the album features the talents of aussi Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter and the late George Duke. The evening begins with young trumpet player and singer Montreal Nico Sarbanes.  

. Nikki Yanofsky Opening act: Jon Batiste and Stay Human – June 27, 8:30 pm, Metropolis – 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 caliber. She’s been hailed at the Olympia in Paris, the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, and falling on her last stop Festival, 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 expectations The Highest! Opening the evening, welcome sensational young New Orleans jazzman Jon Batiste backed by Stay Human.

Rudresh Mahanthappa – June 27, 10:30 pm Gesù – Centre for Creativity –Named a Rising Star in the Downbeat International Critics Poll in 2010, saxman Mahanthappa now Has the profile of an old pro. An inspired gifted instrumentalist and composer, Rudresh Mahanthappa never lacks for progressive projects projects fusing 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 pm, Club Soda – Captained by New York DJ Andy Butler, Hercules & Love Affair the project is an odyssey into primal disco-house territory. Filled out by John Grant, Mary Rouge, 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-available 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 Metropolis on July 4, 11 pm ( Les Rythmes series).

Kumbia Gypsy Orchestra ‘s performance on July 4 in the festive Love is canceled. Roma Carnivale Will replace em.

The Farruquito concert ( Improvisao ), scheduled on July 2, 6 pm in Théâtre Maisonneuve (MoU) is canceled.


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Montreal International Jazz Festival – 2014 Outdoor Shows

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!
Four major free outdoor Events
This year, the Festival presents 4 majorly massive free outdoor gatherings on the TD Stageon the Place des Festivals, each of them at 9:30 p.m. First, here’s THE great gift of this anniversary edition: Diana Krall, who goes mega with her first free outdoor concert, the TD Grand Event presented in collaboration with SiriusXM. It’s the utterly elegant way for the great Canadian jazzwoman to mark her 20-year love story with the Festival where she was born-artistically speaking! On Sunday, June 29, downtown Montreal falls in love anew!

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.)

Now a deeply entrenched Festival tradition, the Jam Sessions welcome all true jazz devotees to the intimate confines of the Hyatt. This year, the Jams welcome back a genuine musical pro: winner of the 2011 Galaxie Rising Star Award, John Roney, one of the most brilliant young pianists on the Canadian scene. From June 26 to July 5, kicking off at 11 p.m., he and his Trio take charge of the night, showcasing music of creativity and passionŠ and no doubt welcoming a number of unexpected top-flight guests looking to sit in!

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)

Every day during the Festival, the festivities kick off at noon! The finest of our high school and college jazz combos will be out to impress fans during the JazzFest des jeunes series, presented by Rio Tinto Alcan at noon and 3 p.m. The action rolls on through the afternoons with Dixie and brass bands parading through the Place des Festivals, on the Place des Arts esplanade and on Ste. Catherine St. (at 1 p.m.2 p.m. and 7 p.m.), and in the Lounge Heineken (in front of the stage) at 4 p.m. At 1 p.m. (and with an encore at 5 p.m. on theGrande-Place in Complexe Desjardins), Les Envolées du Festival presents university combos in the Lounge Heineken, while the Rencontres festives kick off at 5 p.m. on the Place des Festivals, in which two groups play at opposite ends of the site before meeting in the middle for a battle of the bands right in the crowd. This year, the musical face-off features 5 equally rollicking orchestras: Streenix, Swing Tonique Jazz Band, Roma Carnivale,Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra and Orkestra Severni duel it out in friendly rivalries fueled by brass, energy and high spirits!

A free concert in Métropolis
On June 29 at 10 p.m., join us for a free concert added to the Métropolis program: Jimi Hendrix Guitar Extravaganza with Steve Hill and Paul Deslauriers. Two virtuosos lean into an evening of guitar-slinging guaranteed to take you to six-string 7th heaven! Steve Hill, the most brilliant guitar hero on the Montréal scene, and accomplished bluesman Paul Deslauriers lay down their fiery riffs, contagious energy and immense talent in service to the immortal Jimi Hendrix, accompanied by a handful of super surprise guests. And it’s all free, soŠ get ready to be Experienced!

Festival boutiques and restos

The Festival site has everything you need to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst. Need a bite to eat? Feed your cravings at the grillades, hot-dog carts or friteries. For something a little more exotic, try the Italian specialties of La Porchetta or the Mexican flavours of theMexican kiosk. Got a sweet tooth? Indulge it at the Mangues en fleur kiosk, the waffle kiosk or with Häagen-Dazs ice cream products. The new Rio Tinto Alcan Family Cluboffers its very own menu specially conceived for the little ones. Thirsty grown-ups can head to a number of beverage oases, from the relaxed ambience of the Lounge Heineken to the friendly Jazz Bars Heineken or Bistro Express SAQ, the welcoming terrasses of Bar Terrasse or Bistros SAQ, the plethora of port cocktails at the Porto Cabral Kiosk, or coffee drinks at the Café Jura. Thirsty visitors will also want to discover the new Tia Maria cocktail bar, as well as the refreshments offered by the TD kiosk. Finally, check out Terrasse Élixirs, the enlarged Balmoral terrasse and its mouth-watering bistro menu, located right on the Place des Festivals, with plenty of room for Festival fans to dine in the sunshine right in the heart of the action. The Festival Souvenir Boutiques will also feature prominently right on the site, offering all sorts of products directly linked to the Festival, from t-shirts bearing the Ste-Cat logo to a debut album by a hot new artist, posters, pencils, and even the exclusive new clothing collection, Griffé Jazz, signé Dubuc.

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.

Thanks to our partners
A festival of this scale-the largest of its genre in the world with its massive range of free concerts-could not endure and grow so brilliantly without the support of its precious public and private partners. We warmly thank our principal sponsor and official presenter, TD, as well asRio Tinto Alcan, co-presenter of Festival, for their renewed support. Thanks also to Bell,Loto-Québec, the Société des Alcools du Québec, Heineken and all our loyal longtime suppliers and collaborators. We thank the Government of Canada, Gouvernement du Québec and their different ministries and organisms, as well as the Ville de Montréal andTourisme Montréal. Thanks also to our media partners and the entire Festival team.

The Info-Jazz La Presse+ line: answering all your questions
The free Official Info-Jazz Program (200,000 copies available) and the Info-Jazz pamphlet-the complete pocket sized schedule, with 500,000 copies available-contain all the details about the event and can be picked up at L’Astral, the Métropolis, in Place des Arts and, over the next few days, from all participating concert halls, as well as SAQ and Renaud-Bray branches in Greater Montreal, from Montreal tourist information centres as well as most downtown hotels, and major book and music stores. Both programs and pamphlets will be available at the three Info-Jazz La Presse+ kiosks.
You can visit the Info-Jazz Internet site at or call the Info-Jazz La Presse+ line (514 871-1881 or, toll-free, 1 85JAZZFEST). A tourist service is also available to help you organize your stay at this year’s Festival, by offering a number of à la cartepackages (

The 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will run fromThursday, June 26 to Sunday, July 6, 2014.