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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Feasts Montreal and Canada

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fijm2017 arturo sandoval jane bunnettI have enjoyed 27 editions of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and each edition has had a different impact on me.  When I arrived in 1990 for the first time in Canada, I could not believe I was going to cover a big concert given by my favorite salsa singer:  Celia Cruz!  Since then I have not missed any edition and have supported it.
The biggest world's Jazz Festival as confirmed by their 2004 Guinness World Record award is taking over the city of Montreal from June 28 to July 8. TD Bank Group and Rio Tinto partnered up to bring their 38th edition of the long expected festival.

If you have spent in Montreal more than one summer, you know that after the Grand Prix de Montréal, the Festival International de Jazz, officially, marks the start of the season. However, for those that are about to engage the city for the first time, brace yourself and prepare to be dazzled. This year's edition is particularly special and packed with surprises. The city is in the mood for celebration, like never before; Montrealers are celebrating the 375th anniversary of this beloved city, and the 150 anniversary of Canada who on July 1st commemorates the creation of the Canadian Federation. Hence, Montreal is the epicenter of Canadian joy this summer. As anyone would expect, the city is bursting with colours, music, parties, overwhelming joy, and joie de vivre, thus, the Festival International de Jazz had to raise the bar even higher, and they certainly will!

The program is vast representing over 17 countries, from Norway to Brazil, Armenia to New Zealand, including the UK, Cuba, Mali, Nigeria, Japan, South Korea, USA, Argentina, the Dominican Republic and, of course, Canada, from B.C. to Nunavut! Five hundred concerts within 11 days will make your ears travel through an array of rhythms including jazz, blues, rock, reggae, electro, folk and world music.

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The festival consecrates more than 50 per cent of the 500 concerts that will be presented to the public which will be presented outdoor and will be free. For those music lovers that are not afraid of some minor sunburn, and want to profit from the scorching exterior, the following events are available for you. Walk Off the Earth sparkles the energy and presents an event that has never seen before! The 4th of July at 9:30 pm at TD Scene; creativity, authenticity, originality, sounds, colours, and images are compelled to offer a show full of movement, percussion, unusual instruments, uncanny vocals, and open mouths. Invested participants will explore how deep the pit of creativity is, and discover the sound of inspiration.  


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To commemorate la fête du Canada, the festival has planned an especial event that is ready to leave you stunned. La Discothèque plans to revamp La Place des Festival, into one gigantic and exhilarating dancing-floor beneath the blue. A time-machine of Canadian music. Artists from yesterday and today, gather in one spot to pay tribute by setting-up an unforgettable party. Carly Rae Jepsen, Men Without Hats, Radio Radio, Muzion, Buffalo Hat Singers, alongside 24 musicians, 35 dancers, surprises and fireworks in the show of Yann Perrau and under the musical and artistic direction of DJ Champion and Alex McMahon. Musical craziness is waiting for you on July 1st starting at 9:30 pm.


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But the festival not only amuses and captivates the tourists; it has an important cultural impact as it helps launching new careers, welcoming the world's most prestigious artists, showcasing new stars or supporting concert venues and sites.  The Festival has supported and contributed to launch the careers of famous performers such as Diana Krall, Oliver Jones, Nikki Yanofsky to name some.


fijm2017 harlem gospel ie Harlem Gospel Choir - Words lack to welcome the world greatest gospel choir. Power vocals, glorious sound, and contagious energy. The Harlem Gospel Choir comes to Montreal to sing to our minds and souls.  Deeply rooted in the history of the African-American slave trade, the musical heritage that navigated the seas, and was later mixed with the writings of the Christian gospel, engendered a unique form of music like Blues, Soul, and Rock-and-Roll.

Applauded from Australia to the Czech Republic, cherished from Morocco to China, and has performed for three Presidents, two Popes, and the UN General Assembly; are enough credentials for the hype. Prepare your spirit to receive the unearthly vibrations from their chants and choirs. Every concert is infectiously enthusiastic; a roller coaster rides of singing and dancing; a gospel celebration!

For those who want to experience these words, be sure to be sharp at PDA-Maisonneuve Theater this upcoming June 30th at 8:00 pm.


fijm2017 gipsy kings The Gipsy Kings - !Bamboléo Banboléa! It has been over 25 years since their debut captivated the world. From the south of France, Nicolas Reyes and Chico Bouchikhi, have delighted generations with their pop music with shades of flamenco. Dance under the passionate guitarras and let your body flow under the riffs of the Kings.  The appointment with them is on 1st July at Bell Center. 


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fijm2017 arturo sandoval 2004 Arturo Sandoval - Once during the United States Air Force Band: America's Veterans, back in 2011, the night's host, eloquently, introduced Arturo Sandoval as "a trumpeter and pianist who is fluent in many musical languages". Performing for greatest, he has been spotted playing at the Oscars, the Grammys Awards, and the Billboard Awards. His dynamism and vivacious live performances granted him 10 Grammy Awards and 19 nominations. Come and join his gallant presence this upcoming July 5th at 8:00 inside Le Théâtre Maisonneuve - PdA.


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fijm2017 flavia coelho Flavia Coelho - The nomad, the globetrotter, the wanderer, and the ambassador of happiness. From the colorful Rio de Janeiro, Flavia Coelho unveils the language of life through the proficiency of her chords. Every concert thrust the barriers between humans, ignites our hearts to resonate like one. Don't miss her performance at Club Soda on July 4th at 8:00 pm.


Have a pick on her tune, and listen her most famous hits:

fijm2017 somi 2 Somi - Music critics can't stop heaping praise on SOMI, whom some have compared to a young Nina Simone. Her magnificent voice, her unique fusion of African and jazz influences, her effortless elegance, and her social conscience-reflected in many of her artistic choices-place her in a class apart. She'll present her latest album, Petite Afrique: The Other Black in Harlem (2017).  She will perform on July 6th at 6h00 p.m. at Club Soda.



Have a pick on her tune, and listen her most famous hits:

fijm2017 bobby bazzini Bobby Bazzini - Armed with a mature soul voice, matinee idol looks and pop-folk energy rooted in rock and blues, Canadian singer Bobby Bazini immediately stole the hearts of a growing fanbase at home and abroad-and shows no sign of stopping! After packing Métropolis in February, he returns with his new show Summer Is Gone, starring songs from his 3rd album.  The show will be on July 7 at 19h30, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.

Listen to his famous tunes here:

fijm2017 paulo romas Jazz Cruises with Paulo Ramos - A true guitar virtuoso, Paulo Ramos gently transports us to the spellbinding ambience of his homeland: sensual rhythms, suave melodies, warm vocal... and suddenly we're all dreaming on the delicious beaches of Brazil! Take a cruise with this seductive musician and bask in his musical sunshine.  And to put you in the scenario of water, the show will be during a great cruise. It will begin when you board into the bateau mouche at 6.30 pm at the Jacques-Cartier pier in the Old Port of Montreal. The service on board is excellent; from the beginning the passengers are welcomed and informed of the tour of the boat. The route is made in three hours through the Saint Lawrence River, heading east to the Boucherville Islands and then returning to the port.  The performances are scheduled for 28, 29 and 30 June at 6h30 p.m.

To enjoy this trip and Brazilian music, visit the following site:


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