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Things to do in Montréal: July 8 to 14

As always, July in Montréal means innumerable things to do: amazing shows at the Jazz Fest, Cirque Festival and in parks throughout the city; a Saturday night of fireworks; a family-friendly weekend of global culture activities and music; films new and old; and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll. Jazz Fest fun The Montréal International Jazz Festival takes over the Quartier des Spectacles in downtown Montréal with hundreds of outdoor and indoor shows, numerous food and drink options, a kids’ activity zone and more to July 9 – let our Survival Guide to the Jazz Fest and our list of must-see concerts lead the way through the fest’s packed program. This weekend’s music includes the Swedish indie-pop of Peter Bjorn and John, The Wainwright Sisters, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Squirrel Nut Zippers, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a Women of Soul tribute concert, brilliant NYC pianist Aaron Parks and his trio, and dozens of amazing free shows. On top of all that, take a jazz-focused tour on foot or by boat during the festival, including a walking tour on the city’s history of jazz from the 1920s to present day, July 9-10 starting at noon. See even more of the city sights… / Read More →

Memorable moments at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Patience and quick thinking are job requirements for Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM) organizers dealing with divas, egos, cancellations, no-shows and the inevitable musician being held up at Canada Customs. Here are some memorable anecdotes from the FIJM, the biggest and grandest music festival on the planet: After the FIJM fronted reggae icon Bunny Wailer $10,000 for his 1998 gig at Métropolis, Wailer pocketed the cash and blew off the show. FIJM co-founder André Ménard was outraged. Twelve years later, when Wailer was booked to headline the Montréal International Reggae Festival in August 2010, Ménard told me, “We’re not taking any action against Wailer because we don’t want to give him an excuse not to come a second time. Bunny Wailer posed to me as a man of integrity and principle. I still think he is a great artist. But a man of integrity? F–k it! I’m still waiting for his personal invitation to see him at the reggae festival. That will be the most expensive concert ticket I’ve ever paid for.” In the end, Wailer was a no-show at the Montréal International Reggae Festival that year too. When Tony Bennett headlined Théâtre St-Denis in 1985, his band took off with his… / Read More →

Guide to the 2014 Montreal International Jazz Festival

The 35th edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival lights up the city with hundreds of live music concerts, June 26 to July 6. Let our festival guide lead the way through some of the fest’s top-billing sweet sounds and an array of dining, shopping, late-night entertainment, and family-friendly options too…

Who is playing the Montreal Jazz Fest this year?

Music rules the city during the Montreal International Jazz Festival, June 26 to July 6, with dozens of concerts every day and late into the night, jazzing up big outdoor stages downtown and adding festival excitement to intimate indoor venues…

Memorable musical gifts to take home from the Jazz Fest

Every year for 35 years, the Montreal International Jazz Festival has stood out as an annual highlight for Montrealers and visitors alike, from memorable music performances to quiet nights walking the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal, a saxophone sounding in the distance. Keep those memories vibrant at this year’s festival, June 26 to July 6, with a variety of souvenirs and gifts unique to Montreal.

Things to do in Montreal in June

Ooh, temperatures are rising and the squirrels are getting frisky! Montreal in the summer is a glorious thing, in part because of the absolutely astounding amount of things there are to do out there. Just take a look…

Experience Some Jazzy #MTLMOMENTS in Toronto on May 9-11

Attention Torontonians: if you happen to be walking by Queen & Soho this weekend in Toronto, make sure to stop by our Jazz Fest inspired #MTLMOMENTS experience and catch some live music, great food, free lemonade, and maybe even win a trip to Montreal…

MONTREAL FANS SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE #MTLMOMENTS

Montreal has been asking its visitors to capture and share the special and unique moments from their visit by hashtagging their photos and videos with #MTLMOMENTS. As tourists and locals alike started experiencing and exploring the city, those #MTLMOMENTS started flowing in! Here is a small curated selection of some #MTLMOMENTS courtesy of… YOU!

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: October 12-18

The city-wide high-energy party that is summer in Montreal is over, but autumn comes with its own entertainment, namely in arts and culture: this week see films from around the world, ballet with Japanese flair, theatre that’s both dark and light and art that illuminates – and as always, live music is everywhere, every day.

THE MONTREAL BUZZ JAZZ FEST GUIDE 2012

The seasonal debate surrounding the lineup of the annual Montreal International Jazz Festival is as dependable as the arrival of the summer solstice, though this year the discussion is likely to be a lot less heated. The artist roster at this 33rd edition of the legend-making fest is, hands down, one of the best and broadest they’ve ever put together, featuring appearances by musical A-listers like Liza Minnelli, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Wayne Shorter, Bill Frisell, Oliver Jones, Johnny Clegg and, in a fitting kick-off to the festival, Montreal’s very own and much-loved Rufus Wainwright…