Montreal, a city of festivals has really been missing its favorite, International Jazz Festival. That’s right friends: there will be a jazz festival this year after all even though it arrives 10 weeks late and will be vastly reduced in size.

The iconic music festival is happening from Wednesday, September 15 to Sunday, September 19.

There will be shows! Real, live, free shows with real crowds of 2,500 people (physically distanced of course) presenting performances on two outdoor stages at the Place des Festivals. There will also be a number of late-night events at L’Astral and Club Soda.

At the time of writing this article, tickets for many of the shows were still available but this may change soon as the capacity of extremely limited, so make sure to reserve your tickets online in advance!

Claimed to be the world’s largest jazz festival, Montreal Jazz Festival has brought some of the best jazz acts to Canada for over 40 years. Spanning over 10 days, the festival includes free outdoor concerts at both indoor/outdoor venues. Because of its location in French-speaking Montreal, the festival maintains strong ties to France and features French artists along with a diverse lineup of jazz acts from across North America.

In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including outdoor festivals, restaurants, bars, and sporting events.