A Review of the 2016 Festival in Photos
Some favourite photos from the 2016 edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. The Bell Blues stage was one of my preferred venues, featuring great blues artists and shows every night of the festival. The Festival featured Artists ranging from Angel and Anthony Gomes to Monkey Junk, Noel Gallagher and The High Flying Birds, Kenny Blues Boss Wayne, David Gogo, Poppa Chubby, Florence K, Brian Wilson and Adam Karch, plus many more.
Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016
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6 Montreal Jazz Festival Facts
The first notes ever heard at the festival were played by Ray Charles at the Expo Theatre on Île Sainte-Hélène. Tickets to this 1980 concert cost a whopping $7.
In 2004, the festival got the Guinness World Record for the largest jazz festival after attracting almost two million visitors over the course of the festival’s run.
Incredibly, about two-thirds of the events at the festival are free and open to the public every year.
The festival touts that 60,000 litres of beer and 2,500 kilograms of fries are consumed on a yearly basis.
The festival’s first edition in 1980 was put on in part through the help of CBC’s Alain de Grosbois, a producer who sweetened the deal for international artists by offering them money to do live recordings at the festival that were later aired on radio.
Pat Metheny has appeared at the festival a staggering number of times over the years. Montrealers love the guitarist, famously coming out in droves for his outdoor concert on McGill College Avenue in 1989. Metheny has since referred to that gig in front of more than 100,000 people as “the scariest night of [his] life.“