Sunday, July 12, 2009

Montreal Jazz Festival Revels In New Venue And A New Sponsor

From The Toronto Star:

Montreal–The debuts of a permanent public space and year-round multiple-use building, along with the announcement of a new title sponsor, defined the 30th edition of Festival International de Jazz de Montréal which closes tonight with Ben Harper and Relentless 7.

Sure, there were the usual crowds – about 2 million people over 13 days – high-profile performers such as Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis and Ornette Coleman, and the eclectic, inspired programming which has earned the event both popular and critical acclaim and a ranking as the world's biggest jazz festival. But these latest initiatives have cemented the festival to the city, which has benefited from $100 million annually in economic spinoffs for the last decade.

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