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About the Festival

“the King of Montreal's assorted summer cultural Festivals”  – The New York Times

38th edition: June 28 - July 8, 2017
39th edition: June 28 - July 7, 2018
40th edition: June 27 - July 6, 2019
39th edition: June 25 - July 4, 2020

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

All these artists said: “It’s the best in the world!”

Diana Krall, B.B. King, Tony Bennett, Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Al Jarreau

Internationally celebrated musicians on our stages:

Ray Charles, Prince, Astor Piazzolla, Norah Jones, Ibrahim Ferrer

Prestigious prizes awarded each year by the Festival to honour great jazz artists!

B.B. King award

The B.B. King award honour and recognize the exceptional talent of an artist who has left an indelible mark on the blues scene.

Ella Fitzgerald Award

The Ella Fitzgerald Award rewarding Vocal talent

Miles Davis Award

The Miles Davis Award acknowledging International Jazz Careers

Oscar Peterson Award

The Oscar Peterson Award rewarding exceptional contribution to Canadian Jazz

Antonio Carlos Jobim Award

The Antonio Carlos Jobim Award rewarding an artist in the domain of world music

We hope to see you at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal!

Place des Festivals – July 2012

Place des Festivals – July 2012

Praise from the international press

“Montreal […] is one word that causes the pulse of jazz fans to run a little quicker, anticipating all the good times and great music that are to be had at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. […] This festival is absolutely loaded with talent.”
– Jim Harrington, SoundSpike

“Francophone Canada's cultural metropolis hosts its grand prix: the Montreal International Jazz Festival.”
– Simon Rentner, A Blog Supreme (NPR)

“To limit Montreal’s Jazz Festival to its namesake musical genre is to not give it justice. The events that play out each year are a combination of myriad forms of artistic expression converging on the streets of Montreal.”
– Shelly Runyon, Bay State Banner

“A compelling summer destination far from the politicized American dream, 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.”
– Mitch Myers, The Hollywood Reporter

“The event has brought together dedicated jazz aficionados for what is understood to be the biggest and most diverse celebration held to date.”
– Chanel Townsend, BBC

“Hard to pick the perfect superlatives to describe the Montreal International Jazz Festival: electrifying, exhilarating, energizing, inspiring and perhaps even dizzying.”
– Tom Huntington, The Rutland Herald

“The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal is a journey that can make you feel like you're a world away.”
– Jeremy Goodwin, The Weekly Advocate

The Festival

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Ranked as the world’s largest jazz festival by Guinness World Records, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has been synonymous with a passion for music for over three decades. Every year, North America’s French-speaking metropolis welcomes global music fans to 10 days of jazzcentric celebration, where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of the genre in its purest form. The Festival hosts some 30 countries, 3,000 musicians and public entertainers, 1,000 concerts and activities—two-thirds of them free – in 15 concert halls and on 8 outdoor stages, welcoming more than 2 million visitors to the city, from noon to midnight! And it all happens on a unique site designed to meet festivalgoers’ every need, in the heart of Montreal’s downtown core, in an area off-limits to car traffic! There’s no doubt – Montreal is the heartbeat of Planet Jazz!

A world-class rendez-vous:

3,000 artists from 30 countries

More than 1,000 concerts, of which 2/3 will be free outdoor performances

Close to 2 million peaceful festivalgoers, including 26% of tourists and excursionists

400 accredited journalists

10 free outdoor stages

15 concert halls


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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

2004 Guinness World Record World's Largest Jazz Festival