For its 40th anniversary, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is expanding in the city and announces a new site in Verdun
Last spring, the festival announced an ambitious development plan that will allow it to increase its presence across the territory and to meet citizens where they live. In relation with the new Cultural Policy of the City of Montréal and the new Tourisme Montréal Development Strategy, the Festival will promote the discovery of the cultural wealth of the various neighbourhoods of the city by anchoring itself in several of them. Thus, in addition to continuing to occupy its central site in the Quartier des Spectacles with large-scale gatherings, indoor shows and family activities, the global Festival will reach a local public thanks to the creation of new festival hubs.
Following a “request for interest”, the evaluation of particularly stimulating applications, as well as many discussions and meetings, the choice of Verdun was obvious for the Festival. Starting in 2019, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will also take place in the Verdun borough!
“I’m very proud that our project created so much interest. We received applications from 15 boroughs. Every proposal was very interesting and original. As such, we have inspiration for many years to come. But for the first iteration of the concept, we chose Verdun because of the dynamism of that borough and its population, the SDC Promenade Wellington and the merchants of the sector. We’ll be able to count on solid partnerships, and their financial participation in the project shows the potential of the concept. Wellington Street reminds us of the years of the Festival on St-Denis Street. We’re happy and proud that the Festival will continue its development in the service of our beautiful city.” Jacques-André Dupont, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
The new site will host original experiences created especially for the borough and the communities that live there, in collaboration with community organizations, merchants and citizens. It will be accessible for free and will offer the same artistic quality as the rest of the Festival, in addition to respecting sustainable development and eco-responsibility principles.
By further reaching communities and inviting Montrealers and tourists to visit a neighbourhood with which they are less familiar, the new site will foster citizen meetings and generate new benefits for the borough, in a spirit of inclusion and integration.
The free programming wouldn’t be possible without the commitment of major sponsors, particularly TD Bank Group, Rio Tinto and Casino de Montréal, as well as the Government of Quebec, the City of Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, the Verdun Borough and the SDC Promenade Wellington.
The 40th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will take place from June 27 to July 6, 2019.