Based out of Québec City, The JMC Project was initiated by guitarist Philippe Cyr in 2006, then a jazz performance student at Université Laval. Inspired by the need to express a contemporary side to jazz, the musician assembled together friends and fellow students to form a group that would gracefully blend hip hop and jazz. With the arrival of local rapper Peter Tardif, vocalist Marjorie Fiset, percussionist William Côté, bassist Guillaume Tondreau and eclectic saxophonist Jod Lamarche, The JMC Project - Jazz with an MC - was born. After months spent playing various live sets in local Québec City venues, the group finally opened for local heroes Lost Fingers in 2007, as part of the city's Festival d'été de Québec. In 2009, The JMC Project released its first album, Making a Statement.