People crowd Montreal streets to enjoy free concerts during Montreal's International Jazz festival in this 2007 photo. Montreal is poised to be festival central this summer, recesssion or not. The Montreal International Jazz Festival is turning 30 this year. (JEAN FRANCOIS Le BLANC / The Canadian Press / File)
The Chronicle Herald:
MONTREAL — Montreal is poised to be festival central this summer, recession or not.
There will be music and comedy and much more in the city, which will also see the anniversaries of several of its most successful events.
The Montreal International Jazz Festival is turning 30. Cirque de soleil, the international fireworks festival and the Montreal Bike Fest, which culminates with the Tour de l’ile cycling event, all turn 25. But that only scratches the surface of what’s going on.
Marie-Josee Pinsonneault, a spokeswoman for Tourism Montreal, reels off a list of attractions, including an exhibition on pirates, an avant-garde music festival and a beer festival where more than 400 types of brew can be sampled.
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