Funk It Up! A dazzling party to celebrate 40 amazing years !

Funk It Up!
A dazzling party to celebrate 40 amazing years !

Montréal, Monday, June 17, 2019 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion, the Place des Festivals, located in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, will transform itself into a huge dancefloor! To celebrate 40 years of soul, funk, and rhythm & blues in stylethe festival will highlight the talent of some of the musical icons that have performed on the stages of the festival during these memorable, colourful 40 years. On June 26, starting at 6 p.m. and at 9:30 p.m. for the main event, the band The Brooks, accompanied by several other artists, will cover a series of classic songs. Featuring hits from Aretha FranklinRay CharlesStevie WonderDiana RossEtta JamesThe TemptationsJames BrownParliamentThe CommodoresKool & the Gang and Prince, among others, this concert will be a dazzling musical explosion! On the program: lively performances, soaring vocals, brilliant songs, and most of all, an enormous party! 

Two Opening Acts to Kick Off the Party!
At the beginning of the festivities, Kalmunity and Fred Wesley & The New J.B.’s will be tasked with warming up the stage!

A grassroots gathering of poets, singers, dancers and musicians, Montréal collective Kalmunity is renowned for their unique performances showcasing rich cultural and creative crossbreeding. 

James Brown’s former musical director, trombonist Fred Wesley plays distinctive jazz with soul and gospel overtones. With his band J.B.’s Horns, he participated in the revival of jazz funk in the early ’90s.

A Dazzling Dance Party
After supporting such major musical acts as The Doobie Brothers and Kool & the Gang, in addition to touring Europe, Morocco and Mexico last year, Montréal octet The Brooks will hit the main stage of the Place des Festivals to celebrate the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Accompanied by singers Marie-Christine DepestreKim RichardsonElizabeth HanleyAlan PraterFranck Julien and Fredy V, they will make the heart of the Quartier des spectacles vibrate!


And that’s not all! DJ EPHIKS, from the band Payz Play,will also join the festivities to keep the crowd entertained during the transitions with his deft mix of hip-hop, funk, electronic music, rap and melodic vocals. This will spice up the party even more!

In short, this will be an unforgettable party with one goal in mind: making sure that the festivities of the 40th anniversary of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will galvanize the Place des Festivals! 
It’s a rendezvous, for the 40th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented from June 26 to July 6, 2019!