Montreal Jazz Fest is an annual jazz festival held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Jazz Fest holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s largest jazz festival.

Montreal is also home to many recognized cultural, film and music festivals like Just For Laughs, Just For Laughs Gags, Montreal World Film Festival and others.


Montreal Jazz Fest

It is also home to one of the world’s largest cultural enterprises, the Cirque du Soleil.

Every year Jazz de Montreal features roughly 3,000 artists from 30-odd countries, more than 650 concerts. This includes 450 free outdoor performances.

It welcomes close to 2.5 million visitors, 34% of whom are tourists, as well as 400 accredited journalists.

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal takes place at 10 free outdoor stages and 10 indoor concert halls.

A major part of the city’s downtown core is closed to traffic for ten days, as free outdoor shows are open to the public. They are held on many stages at the same time, from noon until midnight.

Attendance at some shows is over 100,000 people, and occasionally exceeds 200,000.

Shows are held in a wide variety of venues, from relatively small jazz clubs to the large concert halls of Place des Arts.


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Some of the outdoor shows are held on the cordoned-off streets, while others are in terraced parks.

Montreal Jazz Fest has been synonymous with a passion for music for over three decades. 

Every year, North America’s French-speaking metropolis welcomes global music fans to 10 days of jazzcentric celebration. 

Fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of the genre in its purest form. The Montreal Jazz Fest hosts some 30 countries, 3,000 musicians and public entertainers, 1,000 concerts and activities in 15 concert halls and on 8 outdoor stages.

Welcoming more than 2 million visitors to the city, from noon to midnight!

And it all happens on a unique site designed to meet festivalgoers’ every need, in the heart of Montreal’s downtown core, in an area off-limits to car traffic!

There’s no doubt – Montreal is the heartbeat of Planet Jazz!

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