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Meet a Montrealer: Laurent Saulnier

Laurent Saulnier is arguably one of Montréal’s most powerful musical tastemakers. It’s a notion that would doubtless make the amiable and unassuming Vice-President of Programming and Production for three of the city’s largest festivals – MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and Les FrancoFolies – erupt in a fit of his signature laughter. Saulnier began working for the festivals 15 years ago after sharpening his skills as a music connoisseur at French-language alt-weekly Voir where he was music editor. Now Saulnier applies those same discerning tastes to the selection of the hundreds of artists of all genres who perform at the festivals’ indoor and outdoor stages. He is, in short, the VP of your good time. Job: Vice-President of Programming and Production at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and Les FrancoFolies. What exactly do you do? “I’m responsible for all the stages and what’s on those stages, both indoors and outdoors. So it’s about choosing the artists, but it’s also about the lights, the sound and everything that’s on the stages themselves.” What’s the coolest thing about your job? “The coolest thing is being able to bring new faces, new talent, new… / Read More →

FrancoFolies: the biggest music festival in the French-speaking world!

Though it’s the second-largest French-speaking city on the planet after Paris, Montreal is nevertheless top dog when it comes to celebrating francophone music, boasting the biggest music festival in the French-speaking world in the form of the annual FrancoFolies de Montréal…

#MTLMOMENTS Infographic: Summer Festivals in Montreal

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Free Things to Do in Montreal in June

Beautiful weather combined with Montreal’s many festivals means June is a month packed with free events, especially when it comes to live jazz, folk, classical and rock music, along with theatrical performances and outdoor activities in all corners of the city…

7 must-see musical acts at FrancoFolies 2013

You may not know the acts or even understand all of the words, but trust us when we tell you that there’s amazing music to be had at this year’s edition of the French music festival, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal…

MONTREAL MUSIC AT FRANCOFOLIES 2012

A visit to Montreal inherently comes with multiple daily encounters with the French language and Quebecois culture – that’s part of why people visit this city, after all – but during FrancoFolies, touted as the biggest francophone music festival in North America, those encounters happen, well, just about every single minute.