Ah, Montreal. A city of culture, fun, beauty... and parties! Epic parties, nonetheless.
It's no secret that Montrealers know how to have a good time, and the good vibes only get amplified during the summertime. There are quite literally hundreds of festivals that go down every summer in Montreal; from food to music and everything in between, there isn't anything this beautiful place won't celebrate!
But one of the most hype festivals in the whole city? The Montreal Jazz Festival, of course! Celebrating jazz music in the outdoor landscape of a gorgeous city, the Jazz Fest is in its 40th (!) year. Honestly, if you've never attended, now's a pretty good time to do so.
This year, the festival features more than 500 concerts - and many are free to attend. Running from June 26 to July 6, the festival boasts world-renowned artists, great food, spectacular art installations, and fun swag. Can't forget the amazing crowds and the absolute best ambiance, either!
And if you're wondering which free shows you can attend while enjoying those infectious vibes, no worries. We got you!
1. Black Pumas
When: July 5, 7:00 PM
Where: Loto-Quebec Scene - Verdun, corner Wellington and Galt
Spearheaded by Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada, Black Pumas are performing live, hot off the heels of their first self-titled album. If you're in love with the soulful vibe of the 70s, then you're going to fall in love with this Texas band!
When: July 3-4-5-6, 5:00 PM
Where: Departure, corner of De Maisonneuve Boulevard and St. Urbain Street
Hailing from Montreal, these musical mavens know how to get the party started. So much so, in fact, that they'll be showcasing their brass/hip-hop fusion tunes throughout the festival by way of parade, starting at 5:00 PM every night of the Jazz Festival!
3. Sue Foley
When: June 6, 9:00 & 11:00 PM
Where: Hyundai Stage Clark Esplanade, corner of Clark and De Montigny Streets
Born in Ottawa, Sue Foley has made a huge name for herself on the blues scene. A singer-songwriter with over 15 albums under her belt, Sue Foley is an actual treat to hear live, so you'll want to make sure not to miss this show!
When: July 6, 8:00 PM
Where: Rio Tinto Stage
This Toronto singer-songwriter boasts a lively and melancholy voice. With songs of love and desire, her heart-wrenching ballads will definitely give you all the feels (in the best way possible, of course).
5. U.S. Girls
When: July 3, 9:00 PM
Where: Corner of Wellington and Galt Street
A project launched by Meghan Remy in 2007, U.S. Girls combines feminist discourse with experimental pop. Currently based in Toronto, her latest album combines disco with glam. Talk about fun and sassy!
When: July 6, 10:00 PM
Where: Petit Parterre, corner of De Maisonneuve Blvd. and Clark St.
After appearing on La Voix (AKA, the Quebec version of The Voice), Liana has proven herself to be one seriously smooth, soulful artist. She's releasing her first-ever album this fall, so be sure to catch her live at the Montreal Jazz Fest!
When: July 2 & 3, 11:00 PM
Where: Place Heineken
This group serves up some serious sounds with a mix of funk, jazz, and hip-hop. In fact, they’re pioneers in future-soul, and total experts when it comes to improvisation. Simply put: Get ready to groove, friends!
Montreal's 2019 Jazz Festival is going down from June 26 to July 6, and honestly, it's shaping up to be the most awesome one yet. Make sure you don't miss your chance to be a part of their 40th year!