The Montreal International Jazz Festival was founded in 1979 with the purpose of bringing the best musicians in the world to Montreal. It has been a non-profit organization since 1981 with a mandate to popularize jazz and its related musical forms with free outdoor shows and wide distribution.
The Montreal International Jazz Festival is one of the major Montreal summer tourist attractions, along with the Montreal Formula 1 race, and has been a springboard for musicians from all over the world. The editors at iMontreal.ca love the Montreal International Jazz Festival and have been attending for over 30 years. It is by now a ritual to review the show schedule and plan out our visits to see various amazing artists, many at free amazing outdoor concerts.
Ranked by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest jazz festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival has been delivering exciting and unique shows for nearly 40 years. Every year for 10 days Montreal becomes the venue where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of pure jazz.