May 27, 2013 —The 34th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will heat up the Quartier des spectacles this coming June 28 to July 7. The proverbial (jazz) cat’s out of the bag and word on the street (and on the festival website) is that this year’s program will be colossal! And in fine festival form, the 2013 edition will be dedicated to great American pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who passed away just months after delivering his final concert at the 2012 Montréal Jazz Fest.
While the outdoor program is yet to be announced, the indoor bill will kick off with a tipple of the multicultural Pink Martini orchestra. From there, it’s just one legend after another, with Aretha Franklin, Chucho Valdés, George Benson, Wynton Marsalis and Oliver Jones alongside landmark artists Martha Wainright, Garou, Madeleine Peyroux and Bozz Scaggs. Plus, exciting double bills such as Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak are sure to entertain, while homegrown talent the likes of Alain Caron, Emilie-Claire Barlow and Vic Vogel will wow the world.
A place for musical genres – and people – to meet, this festival draws over 2.5 million visitors who come en masse to enjoy the shows – choosing from over 800, with two-thirds completely free – on some 15 indoor and a dozen or so outdoor stages! And if this scene wasn’t festive enough, some 600 activities and additional entertainment make for one incredible summer happening, even for the kids who have a musical playground at their disposal.
Cafés, bistros, and art galleries jazz up this urban musical circuit. For 12 days straight, the city transforms into one, big, safe pedestrian zone filled with happy festival-goers as they stroll from one amazing show to the next. In Montréal, summer sounds a lot like jazz…