Who: Steve Amirault, Afrikana Soul Sister, Kandace Springs, George Benson
Where: Place des Arts, Montreal QC
When: July 1st 2019
Day 6 of the Montreal International Jazz Festival took place on Canada Day, and if anything the day showed us that Jazz never takes a day off! We started our evening over at the main stage, with Nova Scotia pianist Steve Amirault and his E.C.O (standing for East Coast Orchestra) project.
Next, we checked out part of the Canadian Multiculturalism Day festivities with a performance from Afrikana Soul Sister, with special guests Mélissa Lavergne and Élage Diouf. The collective had the crowd dancing to their quite unique electro-house sounds deeply steeped in African influences.
We then made our way to Salle Wilfrid Pelletier for one of the biggest names on the lineup, but first treated ourselves to the sounds of the opener Kandace Springs, Blue Note’s latest revelation. Sat at the piano in a gorgeous red dress, Kandace’s sweet and sultry voice charmed every spectator.
Finally, the man of the evening, the legendary George Benson made his appearance on stage! Despite having recently turned 76 years old, the world-famous artist brought funk, groove, and his incomparable guitar skills to the stage, to the pleasure of a packed audience.
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