Date published: November 1, 2011
As we enter another long, dark winter, memories of the Montreal International Jazz Festival last July are welcome around the office. The weather was incredible and the festival featured over 750 free outdoor concerts at multiple stages around the central city area in addition to 250 indoor concerts starring legendary acts like Chick Corea, Lean-Luc Ponty, Stanley Clark Lenny Whitem and Frank Gambale.
But things are already brewing for next year's installation. Visitor's can look forward to a completely new site thanks to Ste-Catherine Street's new design as the Festival's main corridor. A new venue, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra's La Maison Symphonique, will welcome many events. Fans will also have a chance to browse a hall of fame with artefacts and Len Dobbin's archives at La Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse, which houses thousands of documents and jazz magazines. The bistro Le Balmoral also plans to transform itself into a jazz club Thursdays through Saturdays after 9 p.m. And of course, the festival will boast a performing line-up that will spread in every direction of jazz's diverse world. Visit www.montrealjazzfest.com for updates.