An all virtual Jazz Fest is coming to Montreal this month

Jun 18 2020, 7:20 am

This summer, there will be live music from the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

It’ll just be delivered in a completely different form.

The 41st edition will be presented of the digital variety from June 27 to 30. Jazz Fest will offer “unique and dynamic musical content” featuring many of the festival’s favourite local artists performing live through the festival’s digital platforms.

Filmed with “extremely high-quality production value, worthy of the festival standard,” Jazz Fest 2020 aims to create “unique and memorable moments” for loyal Montreal Jazz Fest fans.

Having had taken place every summer since 1980, Montreal Jazz Fest, the world’s biggest jazz musical festival, traditionally takes place across 20 venues — both indoor and outdoor — around the Quartier des Spectacles every June.

One of the city’s landmark festivals, Jazz Fest averages more than two million spectators annually and features over 3,000 artists from 30 countries around the world, totalling more than 650 concerts over a two-week span.

The physical version of the 41st edition was cancelled in early April because of you-kn0w-what.

“The digital shift for 2020 allows the Festival to maintain its role as a prominent platform for jazz music by continuing to reach more communities while adhering to the government’s safety guidelines during the COVID-19 crisis,” says the Festival International de Jazz de MontrĂ©al website.

The digital edition will take over downtown’s iconic L’Astral in the heart of Quartier des Spectacles. For four days, some of the Festival’s favourite local artists will perform special sets that will be available for free online, where fans can tune in to jazz from the comfort of their own homes.


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While the full schedule will be announced in the coming days, a bevy of Quebec stars will be lending their talents to the digital edition, including:

  • Charlotte Cardin
  • Piano wiz Jean-Michel Blais
  • Indie rock and blues duo The Barr Brothers
  • JUNO and Polaris Music prize-nominated singer-songwriter Dominique Fils-AimĂ©e
  • Inuk singer, the soulful Elisapie
  • Festival favourite Jordan Officer
  • Pierre Kwenders
  • Alain Caron trio avec Paul Brochu et John Roney
  • Jeremy Dutcher
  • Jack Broadbent
  • Fredy V. & The Foundation
  • Clerel
  • Malika Tirolien
  • Jacques Kuba SĂ©guin
  • BĂŻa
  • Rafael Zaldivar
  • Marianne Trudel
  • Naya Ali
  • Djely Tapa
  • Carl Mayotte
  • Mateo

“It is of the utmost importance for us to continue to bring the Jazz Festival to the people,” says the Festival’s General Manager, Jacques K. Primeau. “And despite the challenging circumstances this year, we are thrilled to be able to offer an innovative solution to get the music out to the fans! We are also extremely proud to offer artists a chance to do what they do best, perform for all of us!”

All the exclusive live performances will be available on-demand on all the Jazz Festival digital platforms right after the live broadcast each night.

Jazz is in the air, Montreal.

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