Canada Day!2016!149 Years Young!@Ottawa+TD Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

By A.J.Lam

It’s the 149th Birthday for Canada and the city of Ottawa is one year away from the big celebration of 150 years old in 2017. All the hotels, restaurants and streets were filled to capacity as Canadians came from all across Canada to celebrate the festivities. A fun filled weekend with activities all over Ottawa’s downtown area and surrounding suburbs. It looks like the 150th celebration will really try to top this year’s celebration and we look forward to attending many of the celebrations next year. Happy Birthday Canada!

The 37th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto from June 29 to July 9, welcomes 175 indoor concerts spread over 15 series. From the most intimate showrooms to the most prestigious concert halls, Montreal is ready to welcome a vast array of major musical names: young stars on the rise—Joey Alexandre,, Taylor McFerrin, Tal Wilkenfeld, to name just a few—artists at the peak of their plentiful powers like Melody Gardot, Rufus Wainwright, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Brian Wilson, and jazz legends including Chick Corea, Marcus Miller and Steve Coleman. And there will be two very special moments this year from artists who have been with the Festival since its inception and are now bidding us farewell: Oliver Jones and Guy Nadon, who’ve written their very own chapters in Festival history! All in all, there will be 11 days and nights of celebration at the crossroads of continents and genres, a brilliantly colourful musical voyage that promises to be equally eclectic and joyous! Toronto and Montreal Jazz Festival had their musical line up stacked to the MAX!Both cities had some amazing artist and the jazz tradition continues in Montreal for another week !

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