The Montreal International Jazz Festival (Festival International de Jazz de Montréal) is the greatest jazz festival on earth, a festival that captures the hearts and minds of music lovers from around the world for ten delightful days. Entertaining more than 2.1 million spectators annually, the Montreal International Jazz Festival is the meeting place for all things Jazz music as well as for anybody who loves music. Every summer, the International Jazz Festival presents over 650 shows, with some 280 indoor and 370 free shows on 25 different outdoor stages. This represents more than 3,000 musicians from thirty or so countries.
For over 30 years, the Montreal International Jazz Festival has celebrated all forms of Jazz music and offered an exceptional showcase of musician from across the world. During the International Jazz Festival, fans can stroll through an area of Montreal’s downtown core that is closed to vehicular traffic, and the only concern is how you can possibly manage to get to every outdoor stage and pack in as many musical discoveries as possible. And the most incredible thing about the Montreal Jazz Festival is that most of the entertainment is absolutely free! The formula of free concerts is utterly unique to Montreal’s International Jazz Festival. No other Jazz Festival in the world features such an impressive concentration of free shows, presented with such high quality and consistency, year after year. That is why the Jazz Festival attracts over 2 million visits every year.
Known internationally as the World’s Biggest Jazz Festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival features hundreds of free outdoor mega-concerts and shows . For over 40 years, the Montreal International Jazz Festival has had some of the most iconic artists participating. International names like B.B. King, Prince, Ray Charles, Leonard Cohen, Muddy Waters, Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder have all had shows at the Jazz Festival. Ranked as the world’s largest jazz festival by Guinness World Records, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is synonymous with a passion for music.
Many consider the Jazz Festival to be the pinnacle of Montreal’s summer festivals. Every year, for about ten days and nights, a part of Montreal’s downtown core – the Quartier des spectacles – is transformed into an idyllic urban village where Jazz music is king! During the Jazz Festival, Montrealers and tourists alike flock out to feed their appetite for Jazz music, most of which is free of charge.
The Montreal International Jazz Festival (Festival International de Jazz de Montréal) was created by Alain Simard, André Ménard and Denyse McCann. Over 30 years later, the festival continues to position the city of Montreal as a jazz capital and an internationally renowned city of festivals