We were provided press passes to the Thievery Corporation performance by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. All opinions are my own and are honest.

One of the things about my husband that I love the most is that he finds joy in surprising me and we both love to expose each other to new things. This time, as an anniversary gift, he took it upon himself to surprise me with a trip to Montréal so that we would be able to attend one of the biggest jazz festivals in the world: Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (Montréal Jazz Festival).

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Outdoor
©2017 Benoit Rousseau

Taking place from June 28th – July 7th, the Montréal Jazz Festival is an 11-day annual celebration of not only music from various genres of jazz but also Blues, Soul, Brazilian, Cuban, African, Rhythm and Blues (R&B), Reggae and more. With about 500 concerts both indoor and outdoor, and the lot of them are free, there are many opportunities to listen to music from veteran and newbie artists from over 30 countries. There is literally music to please the ear of just about anyone, giving you the opportunity to be exposed to new music and artists from all over the world.

 

Fun Fact:  The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal holds the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world’s largest jazz festival.

 

Most of the concerts we attended while in Montréal for four days of the festival were indoor, taking place at Place des Arts – the largest cultural and artistic complex in Montréal.

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Place des arts

We were thankful for the indoor performances as they gave us refuge from the rain. We were able to listen to and see renowned blues artist, Buddy Guy whom my husband is a total “stan” of.

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Buddy Guy

We watched and listened to one of the “dopest” keyboard players and producers around, Robert Glasper and the Robert Glasper Project, perform. Casey Benjamin is sick on the saxophone and vocoderist. Remember I said the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is an opportunity to be introduced to new music and artists?

We fell in love with Thievery Corporation, a Washington D.C. based collective of recording artist fusing the musical styles of Reggae, Indian Classical, Hip Hop, Electronica, Brazilian and more. This was the first time we have seen a concert hall stand up and celebrate for nearly an entire show.

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Thievery Corporation
Credit: Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

There were so many shows it made it difficult for us to choose, especially since the free outdoor shows, which are open to the public, were held on multiple stages and for the most part, at the same time. This only confirms two things: 1. we need to go back 2. We have to stay for the duration of the festival. We missed Anderson Paak performing!

Both during and after our trip to Montréal for the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, we had conversations related to us attending the festival next year and the subsequent years. And we also wondered whether or not a music festival of this magnitude can be pulled off in New York City. What do you think? I mean, the sheer number of people, the food vendors, the performances, and the organized way in which a portion of the core of the city’s downtown area is cordoned off to traffic for the duration of the festival does not seem like something New York City can do. Plus, there was no violence (that we saw). Everyone was there to enjoy the music and have a good time.

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Credit: Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

My husband and I are already planning our trip back for the 2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal because it was that good! This time we plan on making it a double couple’s weekend getaway by having my best friend and her husband tag along too. I have to give it to my husband for planning this weekend getaway. It was one of the best yet.

For more information on the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal visit here: http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/

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We were provided press passes to the Thievery Corporation performance by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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  • I have never been but this sounds awesome! I have never even heard of it!

  • Kasi Perkins

    That’s so cool that he surprised you with this! I’d love to visit Montreal and attend the festival, looks and sounds so fun from your pics and vid.

  • I’ve been wanting to go to Montreal for a while now. Really need to make it my business to go to the festival. Great recap. Looks like you had a great time.

  • ShaBree Henry

    I’ve never been to this festival, but it looks like you had such a great time. I’ll definitely be doing some research. Thanks for sharing!

  • Eva

    Ooooohhhh this looks like fun! I’m in Canada as we speak, but just relaxing. I’d love to come back for something like this!

  • Tiffany Heard

    I have never been to Montreal before, nor have I heard about this particular festival. This seems like a great event to attend as I love anything with the word free in it. I may have to check it one of these day.

  • I would love to go to Montreal. I’ve only been to Windsor and that was a lot of fun. Montreal looks so beautiful and I can’t wait to attend a jazz event there one day.

  • I’ve never been but this event sounds so dope. Robert Glasper is incredible and I love Anderson Paak, his energy is electric.

  • KoKoa Magazine

    I’ve never been to Canada but I definitely want to go. I hear the Carnival is great too. I will definitely check out some of this new to me music.

  • LeShelle Smith

    I’m going to look up some the artists you named. I’m always looking for new music for my iPod!

  • Ooh, I’ve never been but it sounds like a lot of fun. I hope to go to our local jazz festival this year as well.

  • Sheena Steward

    I had no clue this existed! We went to Toronto last year and LOVED it so Montreal seems like a must. Especially if we go during the time of the jazz festival. Thanks for letting me know about this gem.