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Jazz dinner-cruise aboard the Bateau-Mouche in the Old Port of Montreal

Jazz dinner-cruise aboard the Bateau-Mouche

Jazz Cruise
with Paulo Ramos

A jazz dinner cruise on the Bateau-Mouche is to enjoy Montreal and indulge in the rhythmic sounds of Paulo Ramos. It is also succumbing to Nordic cuisine and the beauty of the St. Lawrence River. Board Montreal’s unique Bateau-Mouche for three consecutive evenings and discover the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in a whole new light!

$145 per person including the cruise, the live show, the 4-course meal and gratuity. Taxes and bar fees not included.

Dates: Wednesday, June 29, Thursday, June 30 and Friday, July 1.
Departure: 7 p.m.
Duration: 3 hours
Location: Bateau-Mouche, Old Port of Montreal, Jacques-Cartier Quay
Boarding at 6:30 p.m., returning at 10 p.m.

Reservation required: 514 849-9952, 1 800 361-9952 or bateaumouche.ca


Old Montreal VIP

Old Montreal VIP
(Semi-private visit, 6 people maximum per group)


This exclusive 2-hour visit led by a professional guide provides you a privileged and personalized experience with some special attentions such as a beverage and rest stop treat. The Old Montreal VIP circuit includes the interior visit of Notre-Dame Basilica, goes across the historical borough from place d’Armes to place Jacques-Cartier through Notre-Dame and Saint-Paul Streets, and ends at Place Royale.

Date: Daily from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting on June 10
Meeting point: in front of the Boutique du Parvis of the Notre-Dame Basilica
(100 Notre-Dame St. W., Place d’Armes subway station)
Price: $48.50 per person, taxes included

This price includes:

  • A 2-hr visit with a professional guide
  • Admission to the Notre-Dame Basilica
  • A refreshment
  • A tasting
  • 50 % off an admission to Pointe-à-Callière museum
  • Taxes

This price does not include:

  • Gratuities for the guide

Reservation required: 514 844-4021, 1 800 363-4021 or guidatour.qc.ca

The story of jazz in Montreal

The story of jazz in Montreal

An entertaining walking tour through downtown Montreal that tells the story of jazz and its connection to the city from the 1920s until the foundation of the Festival International de Jazz in 1980. You’ll see what has become of former clubs such as Rockhead’s Paradise, the Rising Sun and Chez Parée, clubs that greeted well-known and lesser-known jazz musicians from here and from afar.

The tour starts in front the old Windsor Station and ends at the Maison du Festival in the centre of the Festival's action. Enthusiastic guide, old photos and music recordings are all part of the tour!

Dates and times of tours:
July 1, 2, 3, 9 and 10, 2016
English: from noon to 2 p.m.
French: from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Walking distance: 2,7 km

Meeting point: 1100 Canadiens-de-Montréal Avenue (at the corner of Peel street, in front of the old Winsdor station). Closest metro station: Bonaventure

End point of the tour: Maison du Festival, 305 Saint Catherine Street West

Price: $17 per person (excluding online reservation fees)

Ticket purchase: jazztoursmontreal.eventbrite.ca

Information: Leah Blythe


French class

(A minimum of 6 participants is required to hold the activity up to a maximum of 8)

Once at the festival take advantage of the French surroundings and learn few essential words and phrases that you'll use over and over in basic and common situations such as presenting yourselves, greetings, ask directions, ordering a meal and several others. All of that in a amusing and relax atmosphere, first around an “aperitif “to conclude by a good meal in a French friendly ambiance!

Dates: July 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Meeting point: Maison du Festival’s Lobby (305 Ste-Catherine St. W.)
Price: $55 per person, including taxes

This price includes:

  • French speaking animator (2 hrs)
  • An aperitif
  • Diner


July 1 July 2 July 3 July 8 July 9

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