A TRULY INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: The Festival draws 2.5 million spectators who come to hear 3,000 artists from 30 countries perform an assortment of jazz, blues, Latin-jazz, Brazilian, Cuban, African, soul, reggae, electronica and more. “Wow, what a Festival!” said the New York Times. DownBeat Magazine says “Montreal Best of the Fests Bigger! Better! Best, actually” while Playboy Magazine says it’s “the best urban music festival in North America.” And artists like Diana Krall, Pat Metheny, Tony Bennett, Charlie Haden, Al Jarreau and B.B. King have all said “It’s the best jazz festival in the world.”

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A RANGE OF MUSIC FOR EVERYONE: The Festival which boasts a wide array of talent. Shows announced so far include Regina Carter, Robert Plant, Youssou N’Dour, Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman, Pter Frampton, Angélique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright performing in Sing the Truth; Paco de Lucia, Milton Nascimento, Pink Martini, Madeleine Peyroux, Holly Cole, George Wein and the Newport All Stars featuring Randy Brecker, Anat Cohen, Lew Tabackin and Howard Alden, Return to Forever IV with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Leeny White, Jean-Luc Ponty…as well as the now-classic Battle of the Bands, with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and a first solo concert series by Diana Krall. Many more concerts will be announced in the coming months.

GUITAR LOVERS FESTIVAL: We also welcome the 5th edition of the Montreal Guitar Show, July 1 – 3 with over 150 acoustic and electric luthiers as well as concerts to be announced soon.

GREEN FESTIVAL: The Festival has also played a leading role by recovering on-site waste for over 25 years and has been carbon-neutral ever since 2008. Over the last years, the Festival successfully reduced on-site waste by 9% annually and collects 34 tons of recycled material. The Festival was rewarded with an Ulysee Trophy in the new “Sustainable Tourism” category in 2009.

FAMILY FESTIVAL: It’s also a great place to bring your family with a series of free activities centered around an 11,000-square-foot musical park with two play areas that feature a giant piano and other musical instruments such as a trumpet slide, guitar ladder, clarinet tunnel, drum blackboard and a xylophone. Other activities take place throughout the day including concerts by La petite école du jazz (The Little School of Jazz), face painting, and arts and crafts as well as “learn an instrument” hours.

TICKETS are available from Admission (www.admission.com, 514 790-1245 or 1 800 361-4595), excluding those concerts presented at Place des Arts, which will be available at 1-514-842-2112, at 1-866-842-2112 or at http://www.laplacedesarts.com.

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