As part of the Montreal International Jazz Festivalâ€™s 40th anniversary edition, the festival will start to take it to the boroughs; the Verdun borough, in particular.
On May 21, jazz festival Jacques-Andre Dupont, along with borough officials and municipal councilors as well as major sponsors TD Bank and Rio Tinto, held a press conference to announce the line-up of the festivalâ€™s first foray into satellite versions that will increase its presence across the island of Montreal, as they will introduce regular festival programming into these new hubs in various boroughs over the next few years.
Jazz Festival in Verdun
For the inaugural festival hub in Verdun, which will run from June 27 to July 6, the nerve center will be located on Wellington Street between De lâ€™Eglise and Gordon streets, with easy access via the De lâ€™Eglise Metro station. The nucleus of the site will be the Loto Quebec Stage, which will be situated on the north side of Wellington, with more entertainment for the entire family taking place in the garden and on the steps of the Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs Church. The site will feature food concessions, rest areas, and plenty of exploration games and activities and will be open throughout the 10-day period from 4:30 to 11 p.m. There will also be a regularly scheduled three-kilometer walking tour of Verdun and a local artisansâ€™ area.
But the main attraction of the 1st annual Jazz Festival in Verdun is the series of free concerts that are going to be presented on the Loto Quebec Stage three times a night at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. that will feature a wide selection of world renowned and emerging jazz musicians. It all starts on June 27 with Susie Arioli, Clay & Friends, and The Brooks. Other artists scheduled to perform in Verdun include Forest Boys, Misses Satchmo, U.S. Girls, Newen Afrobeat, Devon Gilfillian and the Jireh Gospel Choir. For more information on the new Verdun Jazz Festival, go to www.montrealjazzfest.com.