Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
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In keeping with 35 years of tradition, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal offers fans an array of activities allowing them to expand and deepen their musical experience on the site. This year, visitors can enjoy the popular Jazz Cruise aboard the Bateau-Mouche, an exhibition on the music of Québec presented at the McCord Museum, as well as a walking tour spotlighting the architectural history of Old Montreal, Atwater Market and the Quartier des Spectacles, yesterday and today.

Jazz dinner-cruise aboard the Bateau-Mouche

Imagine the best Montreal has to offer: the backdrop is a stunning view of the city; your eyes feast upon the inventive gastronomy of the Bateau-Mouche, while your ears are filled with the musical delights of Paulo Ramos.

Jazz Cruise with Paulo Ramos — It’s been a good while since we hosted him at the Festival, so we’re especially happy to present Paolo Ramos for not one but six evenings on board the Bateau-Mouche! Every time he performs here, the Brazilian-born songwriter, singer, guitarist and percussionist sets off a musical fiesta!

$137 per person including cruise, show, 4-course menu and tip.
Taxes and bar service not included.

Dates: June 26, 27, 29 and 30, and July 1 to 4, 2014
Departure: 7 p.m.
Duration: 3 hrs
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

Festival basic French class

Souper-croisière jazz à bord du Bateau-Mouche

(A minimum of 6 persons required for this activity)

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 an amusing and relax atmosphere, first around an “aperitif “to conclude by a good meal in a french jazzy ambiance!

Dates: June 28, and July 1 to 3, 2014 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Meeting point:Maison du Festival (305 Ste-Catherine St. W.)
Price: $49 per person, including taxes.

This price includes:

  • French speaking animator (3 hrs)
  • An aperitif
  • Diner




Jazz Petite-Bourgogne

The story of jazz in Montreal: Guided walking tours

This two-hour guided walking tour, offered in partnership with Catbird Productions, starts out from the old Windsor Station, near the neighbourhood where Montreal’s black community first settled. You’ll hear stories of wild nights spent in such famed Downtown clubs as Rockhead's Paradise, before continuing on to Ste. Catherine St. W., once home to the city’s legendary Uptown clubs. The visit ends up at the Maison du Festival in the heart of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, created in 1980. You’ll be in the right place at the right time to plunge into all the activities on the menu!

Dates: June 27 to 30 and July 1, 4, 5 and 6
Time: English, 10 a.m. to noon; French, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Meeting point: 1100 Ave. des Canadiens-de-Montréal (in front of the old Windsor Station)
Please show up 15 minutes before the beginning of the tour.

$20 per person

Jazz Petite-Bourgogne St-Henri

Rhythm and Jazz in Little Burgundy and St-Henri
(A minimum of 6 persons required for this activity)

Come discover the rich history of the districts surrounding the Atwater Market. With multiple development projects on the banks of the Lachine canal, the neighborhood is attracting a new generation of Montrealers and a wind of change. The neighborhood is now home to great chefs, trendy restaurants, bars and boutiques. In addition to learning about the evolution of the area, the stroll in between Little Burgundy and St-Henri will bring us back to the origins of the neighborhood, to Montreal’s first jazz bars and to the birthplace of Oscar Peterson. You’ll hear about the crazy nights of Rockhead's Paradise, which were all the rage until the early 60’s. Along the way, stops are included to enjoy a few culinary delights.

Dates: Saturdays, June 28 and July 5, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Meeting point: Patrice Pâtissier (2360 Notre-Dame St. W.)
Price: $59 per person, including taxes.

This price includes:

  • Guided tour (duration: 2 hrs 30 min) with a professional culinary guide
  • 4 tastings
  • Taxes

This price doesn’t include:

  • Gratuities for the guide


D'un bar à l'autre dans le Vieux-Montréal

Bar hopping in Old Montreal!
(A minimum of 6 persons is required for this tour)

This cocktail hour tour is the best way to have a great time with friends, meet people and discover 3 great locations in the Old Montreal. Walk through the narrow cobblestone streets of this vibrant neighborhood as your guide will entertain you with juicy anecdotes about the local food scene. You will visit bars and restaurants while enjoying tapas and signature drinks that will awaken your senses and truly open your appetite for the evening!

Date: Fridays, June 27 and July 4, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Meeting point: Boris Bistro (465 McGill Street)
Price: $69 per person, taxes included

This price includes:

  • A 2-hr visit with a professional culinary guide
  • 3 drinks
  • 3 tastings
  • Taxes

This price doesn’t include:

  • Gratuities for the guide



Musical exhibition: Music – Quebec: From Charlebois to Arcade Fire

Jazz Petite-Bourgogne

Explore history through songs – the lyrics, costumes and performances. Discover how song has been intimately linked with social movements in Quebec since the 1960s and how Musicians have become, willingly or not, the standard-bearers for peoples’ dreams and the driving force behind popular passions. From Harmonium to Oscar Peterson, from Oliver Jones to Loco Locass, not to mention Patrick Watson and Leonard Cohen, immerse yourself in the soundtrack of Quebec.

McCord Museum
From May 30 to October 13, 2014
Adult: $16.15
Seniors: $12.75
Information and reservations: 514 398-7100 or mccord-museum.qc.ca

702999 Quebec permit holder.

Information and reservations: 1 855 299-3378