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THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JUNE 30-JULY 4)

The last weekend of the Montreal International Jazz Festival is upon us – and it’s a big one. Rain or shine (looks like shine), the fest starts off Canada Day weekend with jazz standards and not-so-standards and caps it off with our own version of 4th of July celebrations: a massive outdoor concert from the B-52s. All that jazz plus a visit from Will and Kate, a fest just for teenagers, and some truly beautiful, truly challenging art from American painter (and celeb in his own right) John Currin…

JAZZ FEST INTERVIEW: MADELEINE PEYROUX

Madeleine Peyroux might very well define what the Montreal Jazz Festival has become over its 32-year history: one foot rooted in jazz and blues tradition and the other taking exploratory steps into new musical configurations…

JAZZ FEST INTERVIEW: BOOTSY COLLINS

It was a wild day tracking down the funk pioneer Bootsy Collins before his Montreal International Jazz Festival show at Metropolis, but as you can see from the video interview, it was well worth it.

MONTREAL JAZZ FEST REVIEWS

Our Montreal Buzz writers are all over the Festival International Jazz de Montréal. Read their reviews of amazing concerts by Trombone Shorty, Bootsy Collins, Mark Berube, Ernest Ranglin, Steel Pulse, Return to Forever IV, Hugh Masekela, Theophilus London, Men Without Hats, Nikki Yanofsky and more…

HEAVY MTL: KISS, MOTORHEAD, BILLY TALENT AND MORE

What a festival asks you not to bring can be very telling. For instance, Heavy MTL requests that you not bring: objects causing bodily harm, illicit drugs and/or animals. Even if none of these things are allowed, it seems pretty clear that Heavy MTL 2011 will be awesome…

3 HOT MONTREAL GALLERIES

Three hot Montreal galleries offer radically different art. From pretty pastel paintings of the Canadian west to rock star references and collector edition prints from a videographer/techie, from a renowned Quebec artist to a Canadian landscape legend, these works will amaze you…

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL NUITS D’AFRIQUE: JULY 12-24

This year marks the 25th edition of one of Montreal’s most dynamic festivals, Nuits D’Afrique, and it’s no surprise that this year’s theme is A Quarter Century of World Music and the mantra is tradition, boldness and renewal. The extravaganza features 57 artists from 32 countries and 13 jam-packed days of shows featuring the best names of African and world music…

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…

OSHEAGA ARTS: KID KOALA AT THE BIOSPHERE

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in a place where nature and culture meet in wild abandon and the music never stops, the massive outdoor music and arts festival Osheaga has you covered. On top of that, Osheaga amps up its oft-overshadowed Arts component during the month of July by inviting Montreal favourite Kid Koala to install his immersive audio-visual creation, Space Cadet, in the Biosphere. Has there ever been a better pairing of artist and venue?

U2 AT THE MONTREAL HIPPODROME: JULY 8-9

U2 have already held concerts in Montreal’s largest spaces: Club Montreal, the Forum, the Bell Centre and The Olympic Stadium. How does the world’s largest rock band top that? By building a new 60,000 fan open-air stadum at the Montreal Hippodrome. It almost goes without saying (which won’t stop me from saying it), that on July 8 and 9, the U2 concert will be the biggest event happening in Montreal…