Montreal International Jazz Fest Special Digital Edition

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Montreal International Jazz Fest 2020

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto and with the support of our public partners is thrilled to announce an exciting and varied line up of artists who will perform unique sets that fans can watch from the comfort of their homes. From June 27th to 30th, 2020, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presents a special edition of the Festival on the Festival’s Facebook Page.

The digital edition of the Festival includes a takeover of Montreal’s iconic L’Astral, on the ground floor of La Maison des Festivals in the heart of Quartier des Spectacles (home of the Festival), which has been transformed into a bespoke broadcast studio for this unique series of performances. For 4 days, some of the Festival’s favourite local artists will perform special sets that will be available for FREE online, which can be viewed by fans from the comfort of their own homes!

Starting June 27th, on Canadian Multicultural Day, and for the duration of this special edition, the Festival will be celebrating once again this year with a dynamic lineup of artists showcasing the diverse talents and cultures that make up our country. Performances will take place every evening starting with the Apéros SAQ – a series of unique performances courtesy of some of the Festival’s favourite artists, broadcast LIVE from L’Astral. There will then be exclusive sets, the Sessions TD and the Rythmes Rio Tinto, which are sure to please music fans of all ages, also filmed at L’Astral. This will be followed by a gem from the Festival archives of legendary concerts from past editions of the Festival. What’s more, the opening night will wrap up with a party, the Fin de soirée Loto-Québec, which everyone is invited to join. This special edition of the Festival on our digital platforms will feature the same high standard of production quality that attendees of the Festival have come to expect with a multi camera setup, helmed by director Maxime Théoret-Bissonnette (Bonsoir, Bonsoir — Radio-Canada). Of course, all of this will be done while respecting all the public health guidelines established by the government for everyone working in the venue.

Musical magic will be made and presented in an innovative initiative that will see a series of unforgettable performances filmed at L’Astral by a top-tier production team.  This virtual edition of the festival kicks off on Canadian Multiculturalism Day, June 27th at 6 pm ET with the first of the Apéros SAQ series, a live performance at L’Astral courtesy of Malika Tirolien who recently picked up a Grammy for her collaboration with members of Snarky Puppy. The evening continues with the Sessions TD and the Rythmes Rio Tinto series featuring performances from Afro-Cuban pianist Rafael Zaldivar, Mali-born Juno nominee Djely Tapa, soulful singer-songwriter Clerel, and Brazilian-born songbird Bïa. Following those performances, jazz fans will get a special treat as the programming team selected one of the most legendary performances from the archives of the Festival, Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones performing together in an iconic 2004 performance as part of the Les trésors du festival présentés par TD & Rio Tinto series. This will surely bring back memories for a lot of fans. As a special treat to celebrate this digital edition of the festival, the first night will wrap up with the Fin de soirée Loto-Québec, in which everyone is invited to virtually join the always amazing Pierre Kwenders for an unforgettable after party broadcast live from L’Astral.

Day 2 of the festival will feature another incredible array of performances, starting at 6 pm with the Apéros SAQ series live from L’Astral – this time, fans will be wowed by the versatile and virtuosic guitar stylings of Jordan Officer. After that, the Sessions TD and the Rythmes Rio Tinto series continue with performances from Radio-Canada’s 2020-2021 winner of the Artiste Révélation prize, Mateo,  followed by a performance from the Marianne Trudel Trio featuring Juno winner Morgan Moore and former Patrick Watson drummer, Robbie Kuster. That is followed by a set from indigenous performer and musicologist Jeremy Dutcher, and then one of Quebec’s most celebrated musical forces, Charlotte Cardin. Day 2 wraps with another gem from the archives, this time the inimitable bass virtuoso Jaco Pastorius’ electrifying performance at the 1982 Montreal jazz fest for the trésors du festival présentés par TD & Rio Tinto series

Day 3 kicks off at 6 pm with the Apéros SAQ series live from L’Astral featuring a performance by funk and soul saviours, Fredy V. & The Foundation. Next up is the Sessions TD and the Rythmes Rio Tinto series which starts with a set by Carl Mayotte (recently named Révélation Radio-Canada in jazz for 2020-2021), followed by a performance from the new master of the slide guitar, Jack Broadbent. The evening continues with pure fire, in the form of sets by Inuk singer and Felix Award winner Elisapie, and then instrumental piano wiz Jean-Michel Blais. The gem from the archives on day 3, as part of the trésors du festival présentés par TD & Rio Tinto series is the stuff of legends, the 1985 festival performance by the one and only Miles Davis.

The final day is another doozie, starting with the Apéros SAQ series live from L’Astral at 6 pm with a performance by Juno-nominated jazz trumpetist, Jacques Kuba Séguin. After that is the Sessions TD and the Rythmes Rio Tinto series which kicks off with Ethiopian-born, Montreal-raised hip-hop artist Naya Ali. Following that is a set by former Uzeb bassman Alain Caron with his trio, featuring Uzeb stickman Paul Brochu and jazz pianist John Roney. That is followed by a set courtesy of Polaris Music prize-nominated singer-songwriter Dominique Fils-Aimé. Next up is the critically acclaimed and award-winning blues rock outfit The Barr Brothers (who played the big Festival outdoor blowout show to an adoring crowd in 2015). Wrapping up this special digital edition of the Festival is an absolute must for jazz fans, a 1983 performance by the incredible Sarah Vaughan from the Festival archives as part of the trésors du festival présentés par TD & Rio Tinto series.

We are thrilled that the power of music is there to unite us once again! From June 27th to 30th 2020, Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal’s special edition on our digital platforms is coming! Jazz is in The Air!

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