Montreal Jazz Festival Kicks Into Gear

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Montreal Canada comes alive this weekend, as one of their summer’s hotbed music festivals kicks off. Starting back in 1980, Ray Charles et al were the cats meow of the day with 12,000 music lovers and fans. Montreal’s Jazz Fest now sees more than two million attendees pass through the city for the event and 2,500 musicians from over 20 countries.

Montreal’s downtown area Quartier des Spectacles will dive into its 33rd year with more than 800 concerts around the city which will range from outdoor (free) concerts to inside venues where you need a ticket to attend.

There’s a Battle of the Bands event as showings by Norah Jones, James Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Seal, CéU, Esperanza Spalding (the one who beat out Bieber at the Grammys), Chris Botti, Ziggy Marley, Janelle Monáe, Meshell Ndegeocello, Billy Bragg, and electronic sensation Tangerine Dream.

As for planning your logistics, here are Fodor’s top picks for where to eat and where to stay: (see our comments on some of these picks as a few were included in our own write-ups when we did restaurant reviews of Montreal last summer).

Eating in Montreal:

Sleeping in Montreal:

Photo credit: ©FIJM/DenisAlix

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