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Montreal Jazz Festival Announces First Part of 2021 Lineup

The September 15–19 event will be held entirely on two outdoor stages

Ranee Lee at 2014 Montreal Jazz Festival
Ranee Lee, Montreal Jazz Festival 2014

The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM), celebrating its 41st edition in 2021, has announced the first part of its lineup for the September 15–19 schedule.

Canadian jazz artists Ranee Lee, the Francois Bourassa Quartet, and MISC; rockers Daniel Lanois and Steve Hill & the Devil Horns; R&B vocalists Charlotte Day Wilson and Shay Lia; and singer/songwriters Beyries and Basia Bulat will all perform as part of this year’s festival.

Waylaid in 2020 by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the FIJM is making its return in a limited form. Its usual two-week schedule in July has been truncated into five days, and will take place entirely on the festival’s two outdoor stages (sponsored by TD Bank and Rio Tinto), both erected off St. Catherine Street near the Place des Arts in the center of Montreal. The festival plans to return at full steam in 2022.

The entire lineup and schedule for the 2021 festival will be announced August 31.

Visit the FIJM website for more information.

In 2019, the FIJM celebrated its 40th anniversary, and the retirement of its co-founders Alain Simard and André Ménard. That the festival had something of a valedictory air wasn’t surprising, but the predominant mood was one of celebration.

Photo Gallery: The 2019 Montreal International Jazz Festival