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THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JUNE 23-26)

From festival heatwaves to dance-party downpours to perfect days in the park, June in Montreal has seen it all this year – and this weekend might just see it all too. The Montreal Jazz Fest sets its purple phasers to stun as it kicks off with none other than Prince, followed by a weekend of bee-bop, hip-hop, reggae, experimental and regular ol’ fun times. Friday is officially reserved for feting the Francophone culture that, unarguably, makes this city and province so fun, while Saturday night sees the sky above amusement park La Ronde light up in style. Plus there’s a festival on the Lachine Canal and plenty of art and music to keep us busy, indoors and out…

JAZZ FEST INTERVIEW: MISTEUR VALAIRE

Misteur Valaire play the Montreal International Jazz Festival on June 28. The Montreal Buzz caught up with the group’s Luis Clavis to find out where they’ve been, where they’re going and what they’ve got planned for Jazz Fest…

FRANCOFOLIES 2011, MONTREAL

The 2011 edition of FrancoFolies has just wrapped up. If you made it to the fest this year, you saw an amazing celebration of French music and culture. If you didn’t, watch this video and make sure you come back in 2012…

EVERY FESTIVAL HAS A LITTLE GAY IN IT

Montreal is a huge draw for LGBT tourists because of our eclectic Gay Village and our world-renowned Gay festivals, Divers/Cité and Pride. However, as Montreal is one of the most diverse and accepting cities in the world, every festival around Montreal this summer has a little gay in it…

MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2011

For 10 days this summer, June 25 to July 4, Montreal goes jazz crazy. Well, not really crazy, more like extremely excited to the point of literally dancing in the streets. And, while I’m being honest here, it’s not all jazz either, or at least not any typical definition of it. For instance: music-world royalty Prince just agreed to a two-night stand here! Yes, the 32nd edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival is as eclectic and diverse as ever…

FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: JUNE

June. As if there isn’t a better month in Montreal for free stuff? Seriously, June is where it’s at for no-money good times – namely because this is when festival season kicks into high gear with all kinds of free outdoor music shows at the Jazz Fest, FrancoFolies and the Fringe Festival, world-class fireworks displays every week, and an all-day party celebrating Quebec culture…

MONTREAL JAZZ FEST BY SQUIRROG

Heyo, Squirrog here, the biggest Jazz Fest fan in all of Mont- Oh snap, look at all those people looking at me in that picture! Get a room, it’ll last longer!  Where was I? Oh right- so I can’t believe I got a job playing Frogger for Tourisme Montreal! Wait… getting a text from Foxutan… Oh man, that guy is hilares… wait, what’s a blogger? Anyway, JAZZ FEST!

CONCERTS IN MONTREAL: MAY

We’re on the cusp of Montreal’s fest season, which bombards the senses with more shows than one pair of ears can possibly take in. So take your time and choose wisely from May’s concert schedule which contains, among many other aural treats, Adele and Sharon Jones, two of today’s best voices…

MONTREAL JAZZ FEST, ALL YEAR LONG

If you’re a fan of the Montreal International Jazz Festival and happen to be in town before the fest kicks off on June 25, you should consider checking out the incredible wealth of fest-related photos, recordings, articles and more found at The Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse…

MONTREAL JAZZ FEST 2011 TICKETS ON SALE

Even though the 2011 Montreal International Jazz Festival doesn’t kick off until June 25, there’s reason to pay attention now: tickets for Robert Plant, Peter Frampton, Sade and several other actual jazz musicians go on sale March 12…