Among the various adventures on my someday list is a music-lover’s festival that occurs once a year in Montreal, Quebec. Attending the Montreal International Jazz Festival has been on my list of things to do since I was a teenager…almost 10 years ago! It is held in Montreal every summer at the beginning of July. It is attended by approx 2 million people every year, with 10 days of more than 500 concerts.
This past weekend was a long one because Monday was Canada Day (July 1), so we decided to (FINALLY) go to Montreal. To my delight, the festival was even better than I had expected. Here are some of the highlights:
- Outdoor concerts are free – all 350 of them!
- You don’t have to speak French to attend – everyone working at the festival speaks both English and French
- Every genre of jazz is represented, as well as other types of music
- New and up-and-coming artists are featured, so it’s a great way to hear all sorts of new artisits
- Famous artists attend and offer live concerts – most for a nominal fee
- It’s family-friendly (lots of kids activities and events)
And because it was Canada Day:
“Canada must be a country of freedom”