Montreal’s International Jazz Festival releases 2021 full lineup and schedule

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto is proud to announce the complete line-up for its 2021 edition! From September 15 to 19, more than thirty renowned artists will once again bring the heart of the Quartier des spectacles to life. True legends of Canadian and Quebec music will occupy the TD Stage (Place des Festivals) as well as the Rio Tinto Stage (Parterre Symphonique) to offer us a series of exceptional and free concerts! Here are the artists who will be part of this 41st edition.

On Wednesday, September 15, BEYRIES, Ranee Lee, Guy Bélanger and his Blues Summit 2021 gathering the greatest artists of the local blues scene, Yannick Rieu, Flore Laurentienne and Dawn Tyler Watson will launch the festivities. On Thursday, September 16, performances by the incomparable Daniel Lanois, Plants and Animals,Teke::Teke and Théo Abellard Trio will be presented and we will celebrate both the 25th anniversary of the François Bourassa Quintet as well as the release of the album Omertà with Michel Cusson. Friday, September 17, folk, soul and blues-rock fans will enjoy a great evening with Elisapie, Basia Bulat, The Brooks, Clerel, Steve Hill & the Devil Horns, and the Emie R Roussel Trio. On Saturday, September 18, festival-goers will vibrate to the sounds of neo-soul, hip-hop and R&B thanks to performances by Charlotte Day Wilson, Shay Lia, Anachnid and Vox Sambou, while Socalled and MISC’s exhilarating experiments will undoubtedly seduce the most avid music lovers.

The 41st edition of the Festival de Jazz de Montréal will close on Sunday, September 19, featuring Patrick Watson, Ghostly Kisses, an exclusive show led by Modibo Keita who will pay tribute to Marvin Gaye to mark the 50th anniversary of iconic album What’s Going On, Simon Leoza, and CODE Quartet. Coral Egan, Daniel Thouin, Yannick Rieu, Alain Caron and Paul Brochu will also perform the late Chick Corea’s album Light as a Feather.

The first four nights of the Festival will end at L’Astral and Club Soda as part of the Les Nocturnes series presented by Loto-Québec, which will allow the public to discover free and exclusive performances by Nomadic Massive, Nate Husser and Emma Beko, Fredy V & The Foundation and Snotty Nose Rez Kids.

This year, festival-goers will have to reserve their tickets online free of charge in order to have access to the outdoor stages as well as to the late nights at L’Astral or Club Soda. This new measure will allow us to keep a register of participants and ensure the safe running of the events, in accordance with the health regulations currently in effect.  Get your free tickets on September 1st at 10am on montrealjazzfest.com.

For the very first time, the Festival’s outdoor shows will be webcast live from the Place des Festivals and the Parterre symphonique. Spectators who can’t make it on site will also be able to experience these exclusive performances thanks to a real-time broadcast that will not be rebroadcast. It’s a date the same evening in your living room or even on your terrace to experience Jazz at home! Watch on the Festival’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/montjazzfest

Concerts at the Festival will be presented in compliance with the health measures currently in effect for outdoor events. In addition, as announced by Quebec Government, the vaccination passport will be required for access to the shows. For more details, please visit:  montrealjazzfest.com

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