A History of Jazz


Jazz Festivals - Montreal

Recognized as Canada’s city of festivals, Montreal, Quebec, is home to the world-famous Montreal International Jazz Festival. Established in 1979, the popular music festival has been drawing tourists and locals to its downtown streets for the past 24 years.

The hot summer air is filled with the sounds of jazz, blues, salsa, and swing, while the crowded streets are filled with enthusiastic jazz lovers.

The two music-drenched weeks entertain audiences with some 400 shows and 2000 performers from noon to midnight.

When? Although dates differ from year to year, the festival occurs annually during the last few days of June through the first week of July.

Where? About 5-square blocks in the heart of downtown Montreal are closed to traffic as dozens of stages adorn the streets of St. Catherine Street West. Ticketed evening events are also a part of the Montreal Jazz Festival. An impressive line-up of musicians plays in different clubs and venues throughout the city.

Who? The festival has featured the sounds of:

  • Bourbon Street
  • Michael Buble
  • Monterey Jazz Honor Band
  • Dave Holland Big Band
  • Diana Krall
  • Ray Charles Big Band
  • Holly Cole
  • Joe Sullivan Big Band
  • The Blues Berry Jam
  • Aces of Dixieland
  • Le Dixieband
  • Elvis Costello and the Imposters
  • Hot Pepper Dixie

…Amongst many, many more names including international and local talent.

For more information on the Montreal International Jazz Festival visit the official web site.