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A responsible Festival

Our approach to sustainable development

Vision and approach

Vision and approach

Since the very first editions of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in the early 1980s, organizers have shown a deep respect for social and environmental values. In that era, the concept of sustainable development had neither been named nor defined, and large-scale recycling was still far from being rooted in the mores of Quebecers.




In all of its activities, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal team is proud to apply and implement the 3RV principle, as defined by the Politique québécoise de gestion des matières résiduelles. [More…]

  • Encourage Reduction at source
  • Optimize Reuse
  • Maximize Recycling
  • Valorize organic materials
Environmental initiatives


Social initiatives

For the past several years, the Festival has launched a plethora of social initiatives bearing witness to its commitment to sustainable citizen engagement. Here is a brief look at these actions that benefit the entire community. [More…]

  • Awards and grants
  • The Blues Camp
  • JazzFest des jeunes
  • Samajam


The Festival's responsible approach also applies to the economic sphere. In this domain, the measures undertaken have involved local agents and products. [More…]

Economic initiatives

Celebrated initiatives

Vivats 2016

Jean Rousseau, Managing director, Bureau de normalisation du Québec, Catherine Pépin, Supervisor, Maintenance and Environment, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and Benoit Robitaille, Director, Logistics and Security, L'Équipe Spectra - Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.


At the 2016 Vivats, the Festival international de Jazz de Montréal was recognized with a special award for its efforts in the domain of environmental responsibility! The 5th Anniversary Award, created to mark the 5th edition of the Vivats, was presented to the Festival for its sustainable and continuous commitment and its constant desire to improve its sustainable development initiatives every year.

It is a wonderful recognition that drives us to continue our efforts in environmental responsibility in the years ahead!

Vivats 2013


The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal was presented with the 2013 Grand Vivat award for its outstanding achievements in responsible management in Quebec.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Festival a more eco-friendly event!

Celebrated initiatives

In recognition of the perseverance, ingenuity and creativity of its efforts in “going green”, the Festival was awarded the 2009 Prix du Tourisme durable during the Grands Prix du tourisme du Québec. This honour gives the Festival an enviable reputation at the international level as a responsible and engaged event.


“Aside from helping me financially, the Festival’s Jazz Guitar Grant gave me confidence in what I do and confirmed that I was in the right place.”
– Charles Fréchette, Festival grant recipient and winner of the 2011 Montreal Guitar Grand Prix, Jazz category
“The Blues Camp was more than an intensive week of music. It was about discovering who we truly are. The dynamism and passion emanating from every direction led me to find myself, and I knew without a doubt that music would be my life.”
– Elyze, saxophonist, Blues Camp “graduate”
“There are many ways to help the poorest among us, and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal understands this, offering its perishable food to the Maison du Père at the end of every evening. It is a responsible gesture that should be commended! We need people like you to help get people off the street. Thank you for the loyalty you have shown for so many years now.”
– Manon Dubois, Director of development and communications, Fondation la Maison du Père

Greener every year

Greener every year Far from resting on our laurels, we intend to pursue our sustainable development strategy and to improve it as the years unfold. The annual Écho-Logique report, produced by the Consortium of the same name, is an indispensable tool for measuring the reach of our actions, and helps us improve our results.

In the short term, the Festival’s main aims are to reuse the greatest amount of material possible and reduce consumption at source, largely thanks to a project of refillable water and beer containers, thereby reducing the sale of individual containers and replacing the use of individual water bottles with reusable containers.

We are also refining our sensitization program by holding training workshops and preparing environmental dossiers spotlighting our achievements and specifying what we expect from our temporary work teams.

In closing, we endeavour to pursue our social mission, with the cooperation of our partners and suppliers, in order to advance the causes that we hold dear.