All that jazz, the Montreal International Jazz festival is back in town


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Did watching "La La Land" reignited your passion for Jazz music? If yes, then get your dancing shoes on and head to Montreal's world famous festival.

Free outdoor concerts

Free outdoor concerts
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From the 28th June until the 8th July, officially the world's largest jazz festival will welcome musicians from all corners of the globe to play into the early hours of the morning.

Millions of people flock to Montreal's festival each year, which for over a decade has held the Guinness world record for the largest jazz festival in the world. Some of the acts to have graced the stage in the past include Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Charlie Haden, B.B King, and Stevie Wonder.

Since its humble beginnings in 1980, the event grown and now hosts hundreds of acts across multiple stages spread through downtown Montreal. The festival has since become such an important cultural event in the city's calander that local government happily turns large swathes of downtown into pedestrian only zones during the festival's 11 day run.

If you are not a fan of jazz you should know that despite its name the festival is not reserved only for jazz acts, you will also get a chance to see soul, Latin, blues, Cuban, electronica, reggae and R'n'B.

The festival features nearly 3,000 acts from over 30 countries. This year's headliner is is international icon, songwriter and Nobel prize winner Bob Dylan.

This year the festival will host international stars the likes of blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy who has a career spanning 60 years and has influenced musicians from Jimi Hendrix to John Mayer. The event also showcases emerging talents like Xenia Rubinos who recently released her album, Black Terry Cat, which covers weighty subjects like identity politics, racism and police brutality all encapsulated in catchy tunes.

There are 10 free outdoor stages which will be playing music throughout the day and well into the night. However, then the bigger name acts, like Bob Dylan, are ticketed and will play in one of the 10 indoor concert halls.

Other acts that comprise this year's line up are Thievery Corporation, Charles Bradley, and Walk off The Earth. Walk off the Earth are making waves in the music industry with their catchy and original music that fuses rock, ska, and reggae.

Another act worth checking out is Feist, the indie pop singer who is back with new material after her last album was released in 2013.

Outside of music, there are also a range of activities for children, Parc Musical at L'esplanade de la Place des Arts has been refurbished. The revamp this year features new games for children with added background music and a new outdoor musical playground with slides.

At the same location in Places des Arts is The Family Club which includes activities, workshops and picnic tables as well as a new art workshop organized by Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC).

For those wanting to explore the city and it's musical past, there are walking tours on offer where visitors can learn about the city's jazz history - from its birth in the 1920s all the way to the present day.

For further details visit the festival's official site.

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