JAZZ FILLED THE AIR FOR THE ALL DIGITAL EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL PRESENTED BY TD BANK GROUP IN COLLABORATION WITH RIO TINTO AND ITS PUBLIC PARTNERS.
FANS ARE INVITED TO WATCH AND SHARE THE MAGICAL PERFORMANCES ONLINE DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH OF JULY. THE EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCES FROM THIS DIGITAL VERSION OF THE FESTIVAL ARE AVAILABLE FOR FREE ANYTIME OVER THE NEXT 30 DAYS AT MONTREALJAZZFEST.COM.
For the past four days, the special online edition of the Festival has filled the souls of music lovers with a dose of much-needed live music. It was such an important initiative for the Festival team to, once again, bring the music to the people, allowing fans from around the globe, to #jazztogether from the comfort of their own homes (and wherever else they chose to watch from).
The Festival kicked off in style on June 27th, which coincided with Canadian Multicultural Day, and the lineup of artists highlighted the Festival’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, with performances from local luminaries, many of whom hail originally from locations all over the globe. The first day kicked off with the ApérosSAQ series featuring a beautiful and haunting performance from Grammy-nominated powerhouse performer, Malika Tirolian, who was born in Guadeloupe. That was followed by a very deep jazz exploration courtesy of pianist Rafael Zaldivar, who was born in Cuba. Other countries represented by the lineup included Colombia, The UK, Mali, Nunavut, Brasil, Poland, and many more.
Some of the biggest highlights of the festival included Jean-Michel Blais playing the award-winning music he composed for Xavier Dolan’s film, Matthias & Maxime. Djely Tapa proved to be a major revelation for many fans, some of who know her as the voice of Afrikana Soul Sister, but she played more traditional music from her Malian roots for the Festival, and her dance moves and energy put her in a category all her own. Brazilian-born Bïa delivered a set of gorgeous samba and bossa-nova infused songs, while Clerel, who hails originally from Cameroon, was a fantastic new discovery for many viewers with a soulful acoustic performance reminiscent of acts like Bill Withers and Al Green.
The Sessions TDand the RythmesRio Tinto series also featured a powerhouse performance from Elisapie, who introduced a new song, a cover version of Inuk country-folk artist Charlie Adams’ iconic love song, Asuguuq, which she felt was very apropos for these times. Montreal’s own Charlotte Cardin also put on a memorable set that was both delicate and bombastic at different moments, and Congolese-born artist Pierre Kwenders’ opening night party, the Fin de soiréeLoto-Québec, was relevatory, demonstrating his relentless pursuit of the ultimate party vibes.
The Festival continues through this evening, with the incredibly talented DominiqueFils-Aimée, who will undoubtedly prove why she is one of Canada’s brightest young stars with what will surely be a soulful set. Tonight, will also be a chance for fusion lovers to catch former Uzeb bassman Alain Caron reunite with Uzeb stickman, Paul Brochu – these two always have the biggest smiles on their faces when they play together, and tonight their enthusiasm for playing live music (finally) will be electric as they are joined by brilliant Canadian pianist John Roney. The Barr Brothers will also demonstrate why they are among the best bands to come out of Montreal with an almost mystical set showcasing the amazing guitar stylings of Brad Barr and the incredibly intuitive drumming of his brother, Andrew.
The festival wraps up tonight with a 1983 performance by the incredible Sarah Vaugh from the festival archives. That is part of the trésorsdu festivalprésentéspar TD & Rio Tinto series, which was fan favourite featuring a carefully curated collection of vintage shows chosen by the programming team from Jazz Festivals past, including performances by Jaco Pastorius, Miles Davis, and Montreal’s own Oscar Petersonand Oliver Jones, all of which has been soothing for the soul and full of inspiration.
All performances were captured live at L’Astral, which had been transformed into a bespoke TV studio for this special occasion, so once again, the Quartier Des Spectacles was the centre of the jazz universe for a few days. It was incredibly important for festival organisers, fans, partners, and the general public that the Festival doesn’t take a break, even despite the special conditions brought on by Covid-19. It was also paramount for the Festival to offer a platform for artists to continue to play and perform and share their craft with the world at large. Mission accomplished! These performances are available now on the Festival’s social media platforms.
“We are so thrilled that we were able to pivot to create an unrivalled online experience for our fans here in Montreal, and all over the world”, says the Festival’s General Manager Jacques K. Primeau, “It was always our intention to bring a bit of magic back to our collective lives with the power of music, but seeing the look on the artists faces while they played onstage, and reading viewer comments from the four corners of the globe has been extremely rewarding for all of us, and we can't wait to live it in person with everyone next year!!”
THANK YOUS! The Festival would like to extend a huge thank you to its collaborators, TD Bank Group,Rio Tinto, the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec and the city of Montreal for believing in the project and for making this digital version of the Festival possible.
The Festival would also like to extend its gratitude to all public and private partnersand collaborators for supporting theFestivalover the past 40 years:
Thanks to the Festival’s presenting sponsorTD Bank Group and our co-presenting sponsorRio Tinto and its government partners for their renewed trust. As well as, Loto-Québec, laSociété des Alcools du Québec,Molson Coors,Hyundai, Les Producteurs de lait du Québecandothercollaborators.
The Festival would also like to thank the three levels of government and to the organizations for their constant support: theGovernment of Canada—Canada Economic Development, the Department of Canadian Heritage andthe Musicaction Foundation—, the Government of Québec—the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, the Minister of Tourism, and the SODEC —, as well as thecity of Montréal andTourisme Montréal.
The Festival would also like to highlight the support of its media partners: Radio-Canada, La Presse, 98.5FM & The Montreal Gazette.
It is because of all of these organizations coming together that Montreal was the shining star of the jazz world once again this year.
A warm and big THANK YOU to the artists whose collaboration in making this Festival so unique is tremendously appreciated, and above all, thanks to the fans, who will help the FestivalInternational de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto with to shine again in 2021 and for many years to come.
There is already much anticipation for next year, when we can all see each other in person! For now, there is plenty of music available on the Festival’s online platforms, so for those that missed it live, there is still a month to catch all the performances.
SEE YOU IN 2021 FOR THE 41ST EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL! Next year’s edition of the Festival will be taking place from June 25th to July 3rd 2021, and we can’t wait to see everyone in person!! The lineup for 2021 is already top notch, with confirmed performances from Jack DeJohnette with Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison; John Scofield & Dave Holland Duo, Joss Stone and Macy Gray; Marcus Miller; Al Di Meola; The Bad Plus, Tommy Emmanuel; KokoRoko; The Brubeck Brothers; The Barr Brothers with Les Filles de Illighadad; and much more. All the details are available at MONTREALJAZZFEST.COM.
Jazz is in the air, and online!
ALL PERFORMANCES FROM THIS YEAR’S SPECIAL ONLINE EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL CAN BE FOUND ATMONTREALJAZZFEST.COMFOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS!