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Meet-a-Montrealer: André Ménard

Montréal International Jazz Festival co-founder and artistic director André Ménard has been one of the most influential figures on the Québécois artistic scene for over 30 years. Born in the working-class neighborhood of Tétreaultville in East-End Montréal, he began producing concerts as a student at Collège de Maisonneuve. Montréal’s jazz festival – which Ménard co-founded with Alain Simard in 1980 – has become the largest and most important festival in Canada, drawing more than two million spectators each summer to some 150 indoor ticketed shows and over 350 free outdoor concerts. On top of that, Ménard attends over 300 concerts around the world every year. What is your favourite memory in the history of the Montréal International Jazz Festival? Ella Fitzgerald singing Summertime as her closing song the last time she was here in 1987. What is the craziest moment in the history of the Montréal International Jazz Festival? A man had a heart attack right in front of the main outdoor stage at the end of the 1980s. We were very sad to see a person die at the festival. Later that night we found out he had been revived by the paramedics en route to the hospital. Why did… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: John Zeppetelli

John Zeppetelli had lived in many places and curated for some of the most renowned contemporary art establishments before becoming Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC). The avid runner has breathed new life into the institution, thanks to an infectious passion for art and an ability to speak about it in simple, human terms. This is how he experiences Montréal. Job: Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Favourite pastime: Watching dark, Scandinavian TV dramas. The Bridge, The Killing… I had just travelled to Copenhagen a couple of months before watching The Bridge, and I became obsessed! I also love reading. How long have you been a Montrealer? I am a born and bred Montrealer. I’ve also lived in Italy, Scotland, England, and in the United States. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done so far this year? I’m very happy with my collection show, “New Discoveries and Other Obsessions,” which just opened on February 28. My first exhibition as Director of the MAC was at another museum, oddly enough, the “1+1” exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, so this is the first I’ve done in our space. I… / Read More →

Cruise ship tours: Montreal in three hours or three days

The island of Montreal offers the contemporary cruise ship passenger innumerable possibilities for their own three-hour stopover tour of the city. Or make it a three-day tour, depending on how long you’re docked…