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''Montréal, it feels good! " - Socalled

Montréal, QC - September 19, 2021 -- The 41st edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, will end in style tonight with a moving performance by Patrick Watson and Modibo Keita’s tribute concert to mark the 50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On album, presented as a premiere at the festival! In fact, this show will be the subject of a special program on ICI MUSIQUE.

The almost summer-like weather was the perfect setting for the return of jazz downtown! From September 15 to 19, the Festival presented more than fifty renowned artists who were finally able to reconnect with a "real" audience and share precious moments with their fans.

This edition also marked the first time in the history of the Festival where the public was able to vibrate in unison throughout Quebec but as well as in Canada, United States, France, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, thanks to free real-time webcasts of live performances from the TD stage and the Rio Tinto stage.

It should be noted that nearly 50% of the artists were women, including three out of five headliners, and more than 40% of the artists were from the diversity.

We must also recognize the sustained work of the valorous teams of the Festival, which in this particular year, knew how to make the artists shine and offer a friendly site for the festival goers.

"Over the past five days, we have seen nothing but beauty. Beautiful smiles, beautiful people listening to beautiful music.

We saw these beautiful smiles everywhere: behind the stage, on the stage and especially in front of the stage!"

- Laurent Saulnier

Vice-President, Programming, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal


We have seen and heard:

The soothing beauty of BEYRIES

The classic beauty of Théo Abellard Trio

The eclectic beauty of Teke :: Teke

The improvised beauty of MISC

The crude seductive beauty of Charlotte Day Wilson

The tragic beauty of Elisapie

The raw beauty of Dawn Tyler Watson

The angelic beauty of Basia Bulat

The bold beauty of Flore Laurentienne

The collective beauty of Guy Belanger's Blues Summit

The festive beauty of The Brooks

The gentle beauty of Clerel

The wild beauty of Steve Hill


For those who want to relive some of the musical moments, several exclusive videos have been specially prepared to keep the party going. View them for free on the Festival’s website.

Cartes Postales de Montréal: Les Cartes Postales de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group will bring music to the four corners of the city! From the Old Port to Mount Royal and Mile End, you'll be treated to exclusive performances by local artists - Kid Koala, Leif Vollebekk, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Zach Zoya and Léonie Gray.

Molécules Musicales with François Chartier : The Festival invites you to discover a unique concept developed by François Chartier, Creator of Harmonies, presented by the SAQ and recorded in Barcelona. The main idea of the "Molécules Musicales" concert is to transpose the vibratory acoustic imprint of food, wine and beverages into music. For the occasion, three great musicians have lent themselves to the game of this world premiere.

L’Accès Blues Rogers: A Rogers premiere takes you backstage for an intimate and exclusive meeting with Guy Bélanger, accompanied by the best bluesmen and blueswomen. Witness the energy of the many guests at the Blues Summit 2021 presented on September 15 during the Festival.

Les Nocturnes presented by Loto-Québec: The Festival's legendary late-night concerts were also back this year! Thanks to Loto-Québec, see everything you can't usually see. Follow the artists backstage and experience with them the excitement of the minutes leading up to the shows of Nomadic Massive, Nate Husser, Fredy V & The Foundation and Snotty Nose Rez Kids.

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We would like to thank the Festival's presenting partner, the TD Bank Group and the co-presenter Rio Tinto for their renewed support. Thanks also to Rogers, Loto-Québec, the Société des Alcools du Québec and §.

Moreover, the Festival acknowledges the constant backing from: the Government of CanadaCanadian Heritage, Canada Economic Development, the Fondation Musicaction, the Government of Québec — the Ministère du Tourisme, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine and the SODEC, as well as the City of Montréal and Tourisme Montréal.

And thank you to our media partners: Radio-Canada / CBC, La Presse, Montreal Gazette and 98.5.

The Festival will be back from June 30 to July 9, 2022!

#FIJM | @FestivalJazzMtl

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Source: Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

CHRISTINE MONTREUIL | Manager, Media Relations, L'Équipe Spectra

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PHILIP VANDEN BRANDE | Vice President & Partner, annexe

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MARIE PIER LÉTOURNEAU | Publicist | + 1 514 692-6873



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