Saturday, 20 May 2017

Montreal International Jazz Festival

Summer in Montreal. There is nothing like it, especially when the Montreal International Jazz Festival is in town. The city comes to life as they close Rue St.Catherine and the rest of the Montreal's core for 10 days. Thankfully Montreal has a solid transit system to help when it is too far to walk.

The festival in Montreal is the worlds largest jazz festival. If you don't believe me just check out your copy of the 2004 Guinness Book of World Records. Every year more than 3,000 artists put on just over 650 concerts, with 450 of those concerts being free and open to the public. The one day I attended in 2015, I saw a variety of street performers, large bands, rock bands and even a theatre production all in one epic day. The entertainment doesn't stop there as Montreal has more to offer the 2.5 million visitors that attend the jazz festival every year. In 2017, Montreal is celebrating the city's 375th anniversary of it's founding, mix that in with a half of a dozen other festivals going on throughout the city and you will have no shortage of things to do.

This year the Montreal International Jazz Festival runs June 28,2017 to July 8,2017 it should be the best one yet.

I experienced the jazz fest first hand with my blogger buddy Kashyap Bhattacharya from the Budget Traveller. He documented our experience in the film below.

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