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By Kris King
The 29th Montreal International Jazz Festival has to rank as my personal favorite festival of the year ?€¡° ANY year. The world?€?s largest musical event transforms the heart of Montreal into Festival central for 11 days and nights with so many concerts my head was spinning just trying to keep up and see as much as humanly possible in the six days that I was there. Truth be told, I wish I could be there for every minute of the 11 day festival.
What makes this festival one of the worlds largest and most brilliant programming events is the cooperation of the city of Montreal. Every year for 29 years Montreal throws its doors wide open and shakes off the welcome mat for the hundreds of thousands of people who cram into the many indoor and outdoor concerts on schedule. Several main arteries in a large section of downtown Montreal are closed off, allowing for the kind of staging and pedestrian traffic that comes with an event of this magnitude. Continue reading