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Ranked as the world’s largest jazz festival in the Guinness World Records, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has been synonymous with a passion for music for nearly 40 years. Every year for 10 days, the French-speaking metropolis of North America becomes the venue where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of jazz in its purest form. All on a unique site designed to meet festival goers’ every need, right downtown in an area off-limits to car traffic! Montreal is without a doubt the true heartbeat of Planet Jazz!
The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal was founded in 1979 by Alain Simard in association with André Ménard, Denyse McCann and Alain de Grosbois, with the purpose of bringing the best musicians on the planet to the public. A non-profit organization since 1981, its mandate is to popularize jazz and its related musical forms thanks to its free outdoor shows and its wide diffusion, in addition to being a major tourist attraction for Montreal and a springboard for its musicians.
Each year, the Festival is...
Over 2 million visits
400 activities and events
3000 musicians from 30 countries
130 street artists performing non-stop
300 accredited journalists
An area of 760,000 ft2/70,060 m2
Over 60,000 litres of beer
Over 2,500 kilos of fries
977 temporary employees hired, including 832 for the outdoor site
Over 100 video clips viewed 344,000 times
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