Montreal’s International Jazz Festival starts this Wednesday, and goes until Saturday, July 6! This year marks the 40th anniversary of the festival, and there’s an action-packed lineup to go with it! Here are a few of the things you don’t want to miss at the 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival.
This year also marks the first time ever that the Jazz Festival will have an alternate site. Not only will the usual festivities take place at Place-des-Arts, but a second Verdun site will also host shows and events in the Jardin de l’Église, directly adjacent to De l’Église station on the green line.
Funk It Up! 40th Anniversary Party
June 26 at Place des Festivals
The opening party for the Jazz Fest’s 40th edition promises to be a dace-heavy celebration of the festival’s roots, headlined by The Brooks, along with various guests.
June 27 at Place des Festivals
Model-turned-singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin has been making waves with her hit song Main Girl. The Montreal native is headlining the first night of the 2019 Jazz Fest at the main stage (TD Stage) on the Place des Festivals.
Clay and Friends
June 27 at Scène Loto-Québec (Verdun)
If you’re going to check out any shows at the Verdun site, we highly recommend Montreal group Clay & Friends, from… Verdun! With their funky, groovy sound, they’re sure to get the crowd hopping as they present their latest album, ‘La Musica Popular de Verdun’.
June 29 at Club Soda
She made her début at the Jazz Festival at the young age of 12, and she was amazing back then… Now, Nikki Yanofski is 25, and her musical style has evolved! Audiences will love her pop/jazz style in the intimate setting of Club Soda. Tickets are $40.25.
July 1st at Scène Rio Tinto (de Maisonneuve/Jeanne-Mance)
This South-African jazz singer will leave you breathless with her amazing voice and the sheer variety of what she brings to the stage. Singing in multiple styles and languages, her colourful and eclectic set is sure to please those looking for something new and fresh.
July 1st at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Jazz guitar legend George Benson is right up there with the best guitarists of all time. His impressive career includes work with Niles Davis, The Beatles, Gorillaz and, of course, dizzyingly excellent solo albums. His tasteful, improvisational and precise technique will please even the most demanding listeners. Tickets start at $78.70.
Nick Murphy, formerly known as Chet Faker
July 2 at Place des Festivals
Australian artist Nick Murphy began performing under the stage name of Chet Faker in homage to one of his inspirations, Chet Baker. Now performing under his real name, he will be performing in support of his most recent release, ‘Run Fast Sleep Naked’.
July 2 at MTELUS
Haunting, hypnotizing and enchanting might all describe the effect of trip-hop group Morcheeba’s music. Skye Edwards’ now-legendary voice lends itself perfectly to the sonic landscape created by brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey. Tickets start at $58.50.
July 2 & 3 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Osheaga veterans alt-J return to Montreal with their mind-bending brand of alternative, electronic-infused rock. They’ll perform two nights at the wonderful-sounding Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier with Drama as their opening act. Tickets start at $54.65.
Rodrigo y Gabriela
July 3 at the Maison symphonique de Montréal
Jazz/classical guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriels bring latin influences and rocking energy to their live shows. In the splendid acoustic setting of the Maison symphonique de Montréal, this show is sure to be a treat! Tickets start at $92.80.
July 4 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Alan Parsons made his name as the sound engineer on legendary records such as The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ and Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. He then made hits of his own with the wildly successful prog-rock Alan Parsons Project. Tickets start at $66.10.
July 4 at Scène Loto-Québec (Verdun)
Montreal-native Beyries will enchant you with her soft, captivating voice.
Peter Frampton Farewell Tour
July 5 at Salle-Wilfrid-Pelletier
Musicians Hall of Fame inductee Peter Frampton is best known for his legendary live performances, as immortalized on his album ‘Frampton Comes Alive!’, which sold over 17 million copies. He has also worked with all the greats: George Harrison, David Bowie, Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), Lynyrd Skynyrd and many, many more. Tickets start at $88.40.