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Montréal’s Best Jazz and Blues Clubs, Events and Festivals

During her Sin City era, Montréal was home to some of the hottest jazz clubs on the planet and a wide-open scene fuelled by Prohibition. Gamblers, racketeers and the world’s greatest entertainers all came to Montréal at a time when the city’s most renowned musical export was jazz icon Oscar Peterson. His protégé was another jazz legend, Oliver Jones, who first performed at the fabled Café St-Michel at the age of 10 in 1944. “It was across the street from Rockhead’s Paradise, which was the first black-owned club in all of Canada,” says Jones. “The St-Michel was a little rougher. Rockhead never let anything get out of hand although there was always pressure from authorities to close him down. But I remember playing in the St-Michel and saw a lot of what I wasn’t supposed to see – girly girls and strippers. But the people there, there was always someone looking out for me.” Today, Montréal still has a thriving jazz and blues scene with concerts in nightclubs by popular local musicians, as well as superstar headliners at the city’s jazz and blues festivals. Here is a sampling of some of the best Montréal has to offer: Montréal boasts a… / Read More →

The Blues Rocks the Park at FestiBlues International

Get to know Montreal’s blues-infused rock and folk music at FestiBlues, four hot August nights of live performances outdoors in the park and late into the night at several nearby bars and restaurants…

Chill Out in the Park at the FestiBlues Festival

August evenings in Montreal may be some of the most relaxing times of the year, when the pace of city life briefly slows down and everyone savours the end of summer. Combine the best of two summertime highlights – music festivals and the city’s green spaces – at the 16th edition of Festiblues International de Montreal, August 8-11 at Ahuntsic Park…


The 15th annual edition of the FestiBlues International of Montreal is a blues bash in Park Ahuntsic (and various locations around the area), showcasing the best and brightest blues musicians from Montreal and abroad. Just $7 a night grants festivalgoers access to a truly exceptional experience in the picturesque park. Considering the roster of fifty artists, the 15th edition of the festival seems to be the biggest one yet…