A retro-futuristic 40th edition!

A retro-futuristic 40th edition!

This anniversary edition was an opportunity to celebrate the long history of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. For four decades, the teams have been very creative to offer the public a unique experience. Between the crowd-pleasing outdoor concerts and the amazing indoor shows, the priorities have always been diversity, sharing, and outreach. The festival is proud to lend its stages to local artists and to contribute to showcasing our musical heritage.

“Since the first edition of the Festival in 1980, more than 20,000 concerts have been presented indoor and on the outdoor site. This musical diversity, this explosion of creativity, these rhythms and these colours hailing from a rich mix of cultures reflect the world of today and tomorrow.”
Jacques-André Dupont, 
Our free lineup is a unique model in the world. Montréal became the city of festivals thanks to that concept. It was clearly demonstrated that free concerts generate more tourism and economic benefits. The local and international public participates in greater numbers in the free portion. Restaurants, stores and hotels vastly benefit.”
Alain Simard, 
Founder and Chairman of the Board
 “I hope that the festival will keep its DNA, the thrill of discovery and wonder. It’s a big machine that must meet commercial and tourism expectations, but if my successors manage to keep the spark lit and to remain in touch with the present, it will be mission accomplished!”
André Ménard, 
Co-founder and Vice President of Research and Development for the Quartier des Spectacles 
Rio Tinto Grand Opening Event 
Breathtaking Charlotte Cardin!
Charlotte Cardin delivered a memorable concert in front of a huge crowd at the TD Stage. With charm and tenderness, the artist sang her greatest hits as well as several new songs.
Many guests joined her on stage: Milk & Bone, Loud and Aliocha added a touch of magic to this great concert! Charlotte Cardin’s performance on the TD Stage was acclaimed by both the public and critics.
Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker, a red-hot performance
On a warm summer evening, Nick Murphy and his musicians performed during the TD Grand Event! The artist raised the temperature even more at the Place des Festivals! He gave festival goers a groovy, rhythmic, red-hot concert.
The Funk It Up party gets the crowd dancing – TD Grand Event
The Place des Festivals transformed into a dancefloor to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Driven by Montréal funk-jazz-soul band The Brooks, this giant party thrilled the festival goers gathered downtown. That concert and their more intimate performance inVerdun will remain unforgettable moments for the public. KalmunityFred Wesley and The New J.B.’s brilliantly warmed up the crowd earlier in the evening!
The highlights of this edition!
Norah Jones hit the stage of the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier for a concert that was a real treat. This charismatic, sensible artist played piano and guitar, mesmerizing the spectators during 90 magical minutes.

Melody Gardot gave two masterful concerts. The singer-songwriter and musician charmed the audience with her timeless presence and deep voice.

Peter Frampton visited the festival to wrap up his major Peter Frampton Finale - The Farewell Tour. The artist behind the 1976 album Frampton Comes Alive! played with enthusiasm and joy each of his songs.

Appearing for the first time at the festival, alt-J delivered an unforgettable performance, beyond all expectations. The public went into a genuine musical trance during Breezblocks and Taro.

Alexandra Stréliski, the artist behind the excellent album Inscape released just 10 months ago, was more enthralling than ever. Her heartfelt instrumental performance deeply moved the audience. 

Mythical duo Rodrigo y Gabriela brought down the house with their rock beats, Hispanic harmonies and sensual energy. Their music and stage presence always thrill festival goers! 

Jacob Collier, a talented young musician and singer, creates unique musical journeys. This brilliant multi-instrumentalist offered an interactive concert, leaving the Club Soda audience fairly impressed!

Jeremy Dutcher led his public into the dreams and musical traditions of First Nation Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. His post-classical aesthetic was mixed with ancient songs in the language of his ancestors.

As part of the Invitation series, Roberto Fonseca presented three sublime concerts featuring her Afro-Cuban rhythms - with Erik Truffaz, solo, and with Joe Claussell. The public also got to enjoy her incredible talent when she played piano during the farewell concert of Omara Portuondo. An exceptional exit for that essential Cuban musician.

Great jazz trumpet player Erik Truffaz celebrated the 20th anniversary of his classic album Bending New CornersMEZZO LIVE HD, the international reference in classical music, jazz, opera and ballet, filmed and broadcast this whole performance live worldwide.

As part of Canadian Multiculturalism Day, artists from diverse backgrounds performed during the Tempo series. Notably Afrikana Soul Sister and special guests Mélissa Lavergne and Elage Diouf.
Surrounded by four musicians, composer and pianist Joep Beving visited the festival for the first time and emerged the audience in his velvety, trippy universe, mixing classical and minimalist influences. London trip-hop band Morcheeba won over spectators during an exclusive North American concert, in a jam-packed MTELUS.
R&B star PJ Morton hit the stage at L’Astral to perform songs from the album Gumbo. Saxophonist Christine Jensen, accompanied by key contemporary jazz artists Allison Miller, Helen Sung and Noriko Ueda, made the Gesù vibrate, showcasing these great ladies of jazz.
Drummer Makaya McCraven delivered a dazzling performance featuring the songs of the album Universal Beings. The presence of Christian Scott at the festival didn’t go unnoticed! Flamboyant and talkative, the artist gave a groovy, colourful, festive concert.
Forest BOYS invited the Montréal public to a great party. The six intense musicians hit the outdoor stages to make people dance. Montréal blues queen Dawn Tyler Watson thrilled us with soul, R&B, swing, blues and gospel, during an awesome concert. 
Saxophonist Yannick Rieu created magic while bringing back to life the music of the legendary John Coltrane. Thomas de Pourquery, an artist whose creativity is boundless, hit the stage with six musicians to present Supersonic, a tribute to jazz and the icons of that genre.

The Heineken sessions featured two series of jazz concerts with Liquor StoreRoyal Pickles, Manteca and Sax Machine. This place became the brand-new, excellent Club Jazz, an unmissable rendezvous for effervescent evenings of music.  
The new Verdun site: a success!
For this first edition of the Festival de Jazz in Verdun, Wellington Street and the three spaces created for the occasion exceeded expectations. Satisfied citizens, non-stop music on the Loto-Québec stage, musical entertainment in the church garden, and a band on the steps!

Susie Arioli kicked things off in Verdun, where the public was eager to enjoy this beautiful launch with a sensitive, warm-voiced artist. Rain or shine, Clay & Friends shared their infectious energy with the audience.
Among the most memorable concerts of this first edition of the festival in Verdun: minimalist Quebec band SUUNS, poetic singer-songwriter BEYRIES, and rapper/rocker Muthoni Drummer Queen, straight out of Nairobi. 

To mark the creation of this other festival hub, Rio Tinto offered the Verdun community an ensemble of musical instruments. Located in the church garden, an installation featuring a trio of Harmony Park instruments allowed festival goers to enjoy a fabulous musical experience. This installation will be permanent thanks to the priceless support of Rio Tinto. TD Bank Group continued his local involvement by showcasing a painter from the borough, Éric Santerre. The latter displayed his great talent in the church garden by creating various artwork on four giant cubes, in collaboration with four emerging artists.

Prestigious awards for talented artists!

Jacob Do wins the Oliver-Jones award and the Stingray Rising Star award 
On Wednesday, June 26, the first Oliver-Jones award was given to Jacob Do, a saxophone player from the Canadian jazz scene. He has lived in Montréal since 2017, where he just finished his second year in Jazz Performance at McGill, with Rémi Bolduc. The Stingray Rising Star award,valued at $5,000, comes with a wonderful invitation by the Festival to perform on one of its stages next year.
Other award winners
Once again this year, a rich list of local and international jazz talents won awards. The Ella-Fitzgerald Award went to Melody Gardot, who offered two praised performances during this 40th edition. The great Omara Portuondo from Buena Vista Social Club won the Antonio-Carlos-Jobim Award, as she’s about to enjoy a well-deserved musical retirement. Our partner TD bestowed its TD Grand Jazz Award to Benjamin Deschamps, a talented saxophonist, composer and arranger. The Miles-Davis Award was won by Joshua Redman, who delivered a thrilling concert with his quartet. Wray Downes is the oldest winner at 88 – he received the Oscar-Peterson Award. The B.B-King Award went to Buddy Guy, one of the most important blues artists of our era. The Montréal Jazz Festival Spirit Award was given to legendary singer-songwriter Joni MitchellThe Bruce-Lundvall Award went to the founder of German label ECM, the visionary Manfred Eicher. This award, created in 2009 during the 30th edition of the Festival, recognizes the excellence of this great jazz producer and the endurance of his label ECM, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Renewed partnerships for a brilliant future! 
As the 40th edition of the Festival international de Jazz de Montréal comes to an end, we’re proud and thrilled to announce the renewal of the deal with our great partner and sponsor: TD Bank Group. A loyal collaborator of the festivities for the past 16 years, TD Bank Group, which focuses on youth and the promotion of emerging musicians, has committed to five more years of this great jazz adventure.
“It’s extraordinary news that TD is renewing its precious collaboration with us. It is thanks to such partnerships that the Festival can offer a vast array of free activities and outdoor concerts.” 
Jacques-André Dupont, Chief Executive Officer of the Festival international de Jazz de Montréal