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Friday, June 6, 2014

Free outdoor program of the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Montreal, Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - Thirty-five years-already! Well, for an occasion like this, it'll be Party Time every dayfrom June 26 to July 6 during the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan! The 2014 free outdoor program offers concerts for every taste, in every possible genre related to or descended from jazz, from new discoveries to major names to festive events. The Festival is a genuine engine for the social, economic, cultural and tourism development of Montreal, inviting the entire world to plunge into its oasis in the heart of the du Quartier des Spectacles, the perfect place to surrender to a musical celebration in complete security on a people-friendly site packed with free music and activities, with all of your worries left at home! With that magic formula, it's no wonder that our event annually draws 2 million entries!

For this 35th edition, fans will note a plethora of new additions, especially on the outdoor site. The TD Stage, the main stage of the Festival, has had a beautiful makeover, with a new look and an even larger format! The Loto-Québec Stage has also been remodeled, and the Radio-Canada/CBC Stage relocates to the corner of De Maisonneuve and Jeanne-Mance while the Lounge Heineken faces the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, corner of De Bleury and Ste. Catherine Streets. Meanwhile, parents will be happy to discover the new Rio Tinto Alcan Family Club, a brand new area offering menus and activities specially conceived for children, located "above" the Place des Arts marquee. Finally, the Bistro SAQ can now be found in the heart of the Place des Festivals, while the Grande Boutique returns to the southwest entrance to the site (Ste. Catherine and De Bleury Streets), next to the Lounge Heineken. Incidentally, all Festival souvenir boutiques (both on-site and online) will also be dressed to the nines with brand new clothing collection Griffé Jazz, signé Dubuc, created exclusively by major designer Philippe Dubuc specially for the 35th edition. But you'd better hurry, because there'll be a very limited supply of these items!


Four major free outdoor Events


This year, the Festival presents 4 majorly massive free outdoor gatherings on the TD Stage on thePlace des Festivals, each of them at 9:30 p.m. First, here's THE great gift of this anniversary edition: Diana Krall, who goes mega with her first free outdoor concert, the TD Grand Event presented in collaboration with SiriusXM. It's the utterly elegant way for the great Canadian jazzwoman to mark her 20-year love story with the Festival where she was born-artistically speaking! OnSunday, June 29, downtown Montreal falls in love anew!

The Festival launches this 35th edition onJune 26 by calling on the French sensation who blew everyone away last year in Métropolis: Woodkid, who takes on the Bell Opening Event, promising us an incredible evening, unfurling his peerless cinematic pop, accompanied by 7 musicians. Next, mid-Festival, comes the Rendez-Vous Loto-Québec presented in collaboration with Sony Canadaon July 1, part of the Festival's traditional mission to unveil a genuine musical discovery: Vintage Trouble-a California quartet formed in 2010 and championed, among other things, for a lead singer who ranks as the most explosive onstage performer seen in ages! How great? The group has caused a commotion everywhere they've played, including having been chosen to open for both the Rolling Stones AND The Who and hitting most of the major American talk shows (Letterman, Leno, ConanŠ). Finally, on July 6, the Rio Tinto Alcan Special Closing Event presents a wild final bash with Deltron 3030, the premier trio in hip-hop (Dan The Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala) who celebrate the occasion big-time with a super orchestra adding to the crazed ambience!

A brief look at the program, stage by stage

TD Stage (Place des Festivals)
In addition to these major events, the Place des Festivals hosts the prestigious Performances TD series at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.On June 27, Québec's Bobby Bazini seduces with R&B accented with soul, blues and folk from his latest album, More Than Words Can Say. On July 4, Susie Arioli offers a special concert, featuring her own repertoire and the standards of the Great American Songbook, accompanied by 7 musicians and a horn section. The following evening, charismatic German DJ Shantel, a star of border-bounding musical gatherings, joins forces with the Bucovina Club Orkestar and powers up his latest album Anarchy + Romance, remixing the standards of Balkan music and sending the crowd into a dance frenzy.

The same stage hosts more action at6 p.m. with the artists of the Gammes TD series. Considered one of the most brilliant stars in contemporary jazz, young singer, pianist and composer Laila Bialiperforms July 2. On July 3, Alberta combo Hutchinson Andrew Trio, winners of the 2013 TD Grand Jazz Award, make their 3rd visit to the Festival with the contemporary acoustic jazz of their latest album, Prairie Modern. And the 13-17-year-old future stars of our very own local blues scene burn up the stage July 5 after their intensive week of training in the Blues Camp.

Rio Tinto Alcan Stage (corner Ste. Catherine and Jeanne-Mance)
Located on Ste. Catherine St., the Rio Tinto Alcan Stage welcomes a range of very impressive artists. The Soirées jazzy Rio Tinto Alcan series, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., hosts Franco-Dominican Cyrille Aiméeon June 29 (exclusively at 8 p.m.), bringing us the acoustic jazz, bossa nova and gypsy music of new album, It's a Good Day. On July 3, Montreal's Coral Egan, a Festival regular, charms us with her recent release, The Year He Drove Me Crazy. The members of Lake Street Divemake their Festival debut July 4, showcasing ultra-impressive instrumental technique and spontaneous energy.

Grande-Place Stage, Complexe Desjardins
With school vacations about to start, the entire family is invited to La Petite école du jazz, presented by Rio Tinto Alcan every dayat 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., from June 27 to July 6. Join Les Zélèves, a vocal harmony quintet led by Victor-Jacques Ménard, James Gelfand and his quartet, and Festival mascot Ste-Cat, who've prepared their traditionally wonderful jazz lesson for young and old alike. It's a dynamic, interactive and fun-filled musical initiation! At3 p.m. onJune 28 and 29, and July 5, fans can keep the celebration rolling by joining in the Samajam Family Music Workshops, a playful percussion-packed workshop presented by Rio Tinto Alcan, principal partner in the Samajam stay-in-school program since 2011.

Loto-Québec Stage (Parterre, Maison symphonique de Montréal, corner De Montigny and Clark)
At7 p.m., the Spectacles blues Loto-Québecseries trains a brighter-than-ever spotlight on the blues! On July 2, the Katy Guillen & The Girls trio treats us to incandescent blues-rock that draws inspiration equally from Heartless Bastards and Jimi Hendrix. The following evening, Fred Lebel & the Hard Times Band uncork the convincing sound of their album Hard Times Band. Then, Jon Adessky & 3rd Degree fire up the stage to bring the series to a perfectly hot close.

At 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., the blues bash continues w

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