Montreal International Jazz Festival: Highlights of 300 free outdoor shows


A breath of fresh air sweeps through the jazz festival as rising Toronto R&B star Jessie Reyez leads the lineup of more than 300 free outdoor shows.

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A breath of fresh air blows over the Montreal International Jazz Festival as rising Toronto R&B singer Jessie Reyez leads the lineup of more than 300 free outdoor shows.

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Winner of this year’s Juno Prize for Revolutionary Artist of the Year, the Colombian-Canadian singer born in Toronto performs the free outdoor eruption of mid-fest, July 3 at 9:30 p.m. in the Place des Festivals.

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The jazz festival will stretch again with the event’s closing burst by The War on Drugs, winner of this year’s Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. Announced this week, the atmospheric spectacle of the American indie group ends on July 7 at 9:30 p.m. at the Place des Festivals.

Surrounding these two events are legions of other performances by artists of extremely diverse musical lineages, from all corners of the planet.

The anchors of the daily programming at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on the main TD Stage are:

  • veteran american dance-rock group !!! (Chk Chk Chk), June 28;
  • New York salsa set The Harlem Spanish Orchestra, June 30th ;
  • Montreal jazz-rap act Nomadic massif, July 2nd ;
  • Jay-Z’s deep soul protected Hanna Williams and affirmations, 4th July;
  • viral New York street musicians Too many zooz, July the 5th ; and
  • electro-punk-reggae number Megative, with Gus Van Go from the legendary Montreal ska group Me Mom & Morgentaler, and Tim fletcher of local independent heroes The Stills on July 6.

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Other highlights of the free programming include: famous Canadian jazz drummer Jerry Granelli ; soul singer Deva mahal , daughter of the one and only Taj; former diva Bran Van 3000 Stephane Moraille ; American indie-folk artist Mr. Ward ; McGill Jazz Team The Jaguermalsen with guest Christine jensen ; Austrian afro-jazz outfit shake the stew ; French jazz pianist Remi Panossian ; Montreal Afrobeat Ensemble Papagroove ; The fallout from Snarky Puppy Ghost note with MonoNeon ; inspiration from New Orleans LowDown Marching Band ; Washington funk import Fredy V ; green cap Elida almeida ; latin jazz singer Florence K ; that of Haiti Lakou Mizik ; Congolese-Quebec singer Pierre Kwender ; Montreal bluesman Steve hill ; and jazz-funk-rap improv group from their hometown Kalmunity .

The 39e The Montreal International Jazz Festival takes place from June 28 to July 7. For more information, visit montrealjazzfest.com

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