Montréal International Jazz Festival (Festival International de Jazz de Montréal)

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Country and Region CanadaQuebec
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Festival Contact Information

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
400, Blvd de Maisonneuve W
Montréal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1L4
Phone: (01) 514-525-7732
Fax: (01) 514-525-8033

Festival Description

The Montréal International Jazz Festival offers 10 days of non-stop entertainment, from noon to midnight, right in the heart of downtown Montreal. Around the Place des Arts, several city blocks are closed to traffic to create a festive site with 15 outdoor stages, street performers, cafés, bars and bistros. Featuring 3,000 artists in 500 concerts, including 350 free outdoor performances, and its 2 million peaceful festival-goers, the Montreal Jazz Festival is the biggest in the world.

Festival Dates June 28 - July 7, 2013
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Festival Story:

Recognized internationally for its unique concept of free urban entertainment in an outdoor site that is safe, clean, visitor-friendly and free of car traffic, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal—dubbed the biggest festival in the world by the Guinness World Records—has made a strong contribution to Montreal’s reputation as a tourist destination and to the promotion of sustainable living.

Green for over 20 years—The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has always been proactive to promote means of increasing waste recovery and recycling. It has taken part in numerous pilot projects aimed at finding innovative solutions to the various logistical problems related to waste recovery: recycling drums made of recycled cardboard and bearing the recycling symbol, a cardboard compacter, an on-site sorting centre and an on-site clean-up team, etc. Today this recovery and recycling system serves as a model for countless public events. This landmark agreement also brought about a sharing of responsibilities meant to make the most of the in-depth skills and know-how available from both parties, resulting in an improvement of clean-up and collection activities around the stages since 2004.

As part of its ongoing efforts to achieve sustainability:
  • recycle the wood used during set-up;
  • recycle paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and aluminium generated during set-up;
  • step up efforts to recycle paper and cardboard in production offices, at on-site kiosks, in the press room and in artists’ dressing rooms;
  • provide an on-site coordinator and maintenance staff of 70—the Jazz-Net team—to ensure waste collection and clean-up;
  • working round the clock for the 11 days of the Festival, this team attests to the Festival’s real commitment to sustainability and to an excellent collaboration with the team from Consortium Écho-Logique; supply the equipment needed to ensure that recycling operations are run effectively. For more about Consortium Écho-Logique visit;
  • stage an on-site promotional campaign.
  • For more about the Festival’s commitment to sustainability and responsibility click on[1].PDF


Festival Events:

Programming highlights 2013:
  • The Festival transforms Montreal into Planet Jazz for 10 days and nights — creating the perfect musical environment for exploring every facet of your taste to your heart’s content. It’s not just something but everything for everyone — that could be the Festival motto! — and this is just the tip of the iceberg: the Greatest of the Great, among the
    • Aretha Franklin, Wayne Shorter, Chucho Valdés, George Benson, Oliver Jones; the absolutely essential Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, John Abercrombie, Ravi Coltrane, Bill Frisell Holly Cole and Boz Scaggs; landmark groups including The Specials, Belle & Sebastian, The Cat Empire; such hot-hot-hot sensations as Trombone Shorty, Caravan Palace, Serena Ryder and Nicolas Repac; emerging talents on the jazz scene including Jason Moran, Thierry Maillard, Gwilym Simcock, Thomas Enhco, Phronesis and Gregory Porter; stars of the indie scene like Austra, Leif Vollebekk, Mother Mother, Rhye, Thus:Owls, SUUNS, Woodkid, She & Him; ambassadors of exotic rhythms Vieux Farka Touré, Alpha Blondy, Xavier Rudd and Alex Cuba; and because the Festival has always been utterly devoted to promoting homegrown jazz and voices, some of the premier figures in the genre, including Alain Caron, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Vic Vogel, Julie Lamontagne, Elizabeth Shepherd, Michel Donato, Jaques Kuba Séguin, Sienna Dahlen, André Leroux, Yannick Rieu, Nikki Yanofsky, Joel Miller…
  • Some very intriguing and exciting double bills and special projects:
    • Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers and Leon Russell, Champion and his G-Strings with I Musici, Katia and Marielle Labèque, and of course, the ever-dazzling Invitation TD series and a pair of three-night runs hosted first by Charles Lloyd at the opening of the Festival, followed by Vijay Iyer.
  • Expansive Programming
    • The Festival, which includes some 3,000 musicians from 5 continents in 15 concert halls plus hundreds of free outdoor shows, has been heralded as “Best of the Fests Bigger! Better! Best, actually” by Michael Bourne in DownBeat Magazine. Playboy Magazine says it’s “the best urban music festival in North America.” Mitch Myers writes in the Hollywood Reporter that the Festival is “a compelling summer destination the multicultural and cosmopolitan nature of Montreal is reflected in the festival’s diverse programming, showing a great respect for music, the artists and culture in general.”
  • Family friendly
    • There are lots of free kids activities. “What makes this a family event? One look at the stroller parking area or the diaper-changing tent and you will know. Thousands of children parade through the festival with their faces painted by talented make-up artists who work their magic from noon until 8 p.m. daily… The festival is strikingly well-organized and well-staffed. It is quite a pleasure to take part in a large, lively event, in a public place, and not worry about safety.” - Janet Strassman Perlmutter, Boston Globe.


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    514-871-1881, or toll-free (01) 888-515-0515
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