Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM), Canada'a largest music festival, was established in 1980 by Alain Simard and André Ménard. From modest beginnings (7 concerts, 12 ensembles), it has developed into one of the world's most celebrated jazz events; in 2001, it offered more than 500 concerts over 11 days, featuring some 2000 musicians from 20 countries in a wide range of jazz, blues and WORLD MUSIC
styles. The FIJM has used concert halls and street stages on east-end St Denis street (1982-89) and downtown St Catherine street (beginning in 1986), its outdoor activities drawing comparisons to celebrations at Carnival in Rio and Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Beginning in the mid-1990s attendance exceeded 1.5 million annually.
Outside stage of Festival international de jazz de Montréal, Canada's foremost jazz festival (courtesy Festival de jazz de Montréal).
Links to Other Sites
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
The website for the annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Information about programs, performers, and much more.
National Jazz Awards
A story about the demise of the National Jazz Awards. From the Ottawa Citizen.
A great collection of music videos featuring performances by international and Montréal / Québec jazz artists. Peruse this site for the latest news about Québec's lively jazz scene. From the website Sortiesjazznights.com.
Robert Fulford: Jazz, on the record
Robert Fulford chronicles the lively history of jazz in his National Post column.