December 8, 2010 ─ To commemorate its 30thbirthday, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM) gave itself a fabulous gift of historical significance: the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse. Located on the third floor of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, this new temple of jazz history brings together FIJM archives and memorabilia since its inaugural edition in 1980.
The resource centre and cinematheque features an impressive collection of print, audio, and video archives, including several hundred recent and past-issue magazines, over 20,000 photos, 7,000 high-definition videos, 5,000 CDs and 50,000 audio files, as well as media coverage, interviews, critiques, press reviews, books, biographies and programmes from every year of the Festival to date. In addition to the numerous documents from the founders of the FIJM, the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse also houses the private collections of many individuals, foundations and other organizations, including the City of Montréal. It goes without saying that the Médiathèque’s content will continue to expand with each passing edition of the Festival.
The most significant resource centre dedicated to jazz of its kind alongside that of Montreux, Switzerland, the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse upholds the primary mission of the FIJM to promote the jazz medium and to broaden the musical horizons of the general public. Consequently, the centre is equipped with 11 computer stations on which jazz, blues and world music lovers can listen to music or screen concerts, from the comfort of an armchair while enjoying a coffee or the splendid view over the Place des Festivals.
Accessible to the public free of charge, the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, and seven days a week until 10 p.m. during the FIJM.