Our programmers' picks

The 15 must-see concerts according to our programmers

It’s not easy to choose between 150 concerts! Here are the must-see concerts according to…


Gabrielle Rémillard

Rodrigo Amarante: This leading figure of Brazilian song perfectly applies the principle of “less is more”. A melancholy folk music that weaves a gentle, languorous spell with much more to offer than his theme song to TV series Narcos (which is nonetheless quite lovely).

Siv Jakobsen: A revelation! There’s no surprise in why the Web has fallen for her – this gal is quite simply magical! Solo, the lovely Norwegian transports us into the weave of her secrets, beguiling us with a voice that recalls. Delicate, intimate and darned genuine. If you make one folk discover at this year’s Jazzfest, make it her.

Blick Bassy, Tribute to Skip James: Signed to the prestigious No Format! label, the Cameroon native delivers the songs from his latest album Akö, coloured by the style of Delta Blues giant Skip James. A deeply moving work that transcends genres and eras.

LA LA LAND IN CONCERT: This vinyl is constantly spinning on my turntable at the moment, a way to re-experience the film that left me completely enchanted. The soundtrack, composed by the young Justin Hurwitz, is utterly magnificent and hugely deserved all the awards it won. In this symphonic version, with the Orchestre Métropolitain simultaneously accompanying a large-scale screening of the film, fans can expect an experience that’s equally spectacular and romantic.  

KROY / Geoffroy: There’s a genuine buzz around these two artists, and I’m right there with them: one a little darker, the other more sensual, transporting the listener into a reverie of sunny beaches. They’re the proof that our very own electropop scene is thriving, and can hold its head high next to any other.

Maurin Auxéméry

Jacob Collier: At just 23, British prodigy Jacob Collier has already opened shows for Hancock and Corea, joined the great Quincy Jones’ stable and won two Grammys. a unique show, with technology at the service of his impressive virtuosity!

UK Marathon, Gwilym Simock, Phronesis Binker & Moses and Portico Quartet: A special event uniting the finest players on the effervescent English jazz scene!

Charlotte Day Wilson: Opening for Feist, Toronto singer Charlotte Day Wilson and her languorous R&B pop.

Shabaka & The Ancestors: After sharing the stage with The Comet Is Coming last year, Shabaka and his three Ancestors arrive with The Wisdom of Elders, an album they describe as Afrofuturist.

Colin Stetson: In a double bill with Tigran Hamasyan, American saxophonist Colin Stetson opens this evening with a formidably post-rocking neo-classical sound. His live performances mainline a fearsome intensity with one goal: to utterly floor the audience.

Frédéric Lamoureux

BROS: With their new project BROS, the Currie brothers of Saskatoon rock band Sheepdogs briefly punch for a loving shout-out to catchy pop, the funk stylings of legendary Sly & The Family Stone, and Brazilian tropicália. Joyous, groovy and irresistibly contagious!

Tony Allen, Tribute to Art Blakey: Former drummer and musical director for Fela Kuti, Tony Allen has a very particular style that developed equally from African sources as from rhythmatists. A unique opportunity to catch the co-inventor of Afrobeat as he pays tribute to one of the most iconic drummers in the history of hard bop.

Matt Holubowski: Accompanied by 4 exceptional musicians, Holubowski presents a show that is the measure of the artist: at times delicate and introspective, at times spirited and passionate, but always utterly genuine.

The O’Jays | The Four Tops: It’s a golden Old School double bill celebrating ’70s soul-funk.

Buddy Guy | Steve Hill and Matt Andersen duo | Charlie Musselwhite: A triple dose of true blues: a unique event featuring successive sets by four of the greatest names in blues!