Montreal Jazz Festival 2017

Le Festival International de Jazz de Montreal: A 2017 Profile

Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 dates are June 28 to July 8, 2017.
••• Montreal Jazz Festival dates for the 38th edition are June 28 to July 8, 2017. Here are some of the Montreal Jazz Festival's 2017 lineup highlights. Rick Friedman / Corbis / Getty Images

Montreal Jazz Festival 2017: The Largest Jazz Festival in the World

Named the largest jazz festival in the world in 2004 by the Guinness Book of World Records, Montreal Jazz Festival organizers claim the fest attracts roughly two million guests at every edition, offering attendees the choice of hundreds of concerts spread out over 10 or 11 days. In 2017, the Montreal Jazz Festival runs from June 28 to July 8, 2017 with pre-opening shows anticipated on June 27 and post-closers on Jul 9, 2017.

The best part? Most of those shows are FREE. There are also special activities geared towards kids and the whole family, also generally free.

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Montreal Jazz Festivals: Years Past

An eclectic bunch of A-listers, up-and-comers and jazz icons have passed through Montreal over the last few years. 


All That Jazz? It's a Bit of a Stretch

Covering the gamut of jazz genres since its debut edition in 1980, the fest also features related genres such as blues, Latin jazz, soul, Brazilian, Cuban, African, R'n'B, reggae and electronica.

Rock, pop and every other genre you could possibly dream of end up on the roster too, to the ire of more than a few jazz purists. Ironically, it's the non-jazz shows that have arguably made the Montreal Jazz Festival as big as it is. The astute-minded might also point out that crowds wouldn't be in the seven figures without all of those free, taxpayer-funded shows coupled with the festival's auspiciously central location.


Free Outdoor Shows: A Montreal Jazz Festival Tradition

A blessing to music fans on a budget, hundreds of free shows are held at the Montreal Jazz Fest's downtown hub. This list of top free concerts at the Montreal Jazz Festival will be updated when this year's free concerts lineup is announced in June.


Top Talent

The Montreal Jazz Festival consistently attracts top international talent. Notables such as Diana Krall  and Charlie Haden have dubbed it the best jazz fest in the world, a jazz fest that's greeted the likes of:

Consult the Montreal Jazz Festival's official website for the full lineup.

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