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Aretha Franklin Leads Montreal Jazz Festival Lineup

Montreal International Jazz Festival

You could be forgiven for forgetting that in 1980 12,000 people taking in jazz in Montreal, was if not novel, at least somewhat unexpected. Come 2008, the 29th Montreal International Jazz Festival is expected to attract over 2 million visitors, 500 performers, 100 venues and 12 days, and somewhere amongst this orgy of toe-tapping, finger-snapping jazz mavericks will be none other than the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Leonard Cohen and Aretha Franklin

From the 26th of June to July 6, beatniks, rastas, yippies and nu-ravers alike will descend on Montreal taking in what is widely regarding as the Jazz Festival to end all Jazz Festivals.

The Monkey knows not all our Quebec bound guests are familiar with where to get tickets, which artist are playing, which songs they’re famous for or even what they look like. But hey that’s what we’re here for.

Enjoy the Monkey’s guide to the festivities.

Montreal International Jazz Festival 2008 Lineup:

Aretha Franklin

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Performing at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier July 3 and July 4

The second most honored Female singer in Grammy history, Aretha has not only won twenty Grammy Awards including the Living Legend and Lifetime Achievement awards, but is now, as she will always be, renowned as the Queen of Soul.

If by some fluke of nature you are not aware of sheer unadaulturated genius of Ms Franklin, you could do worse that starting right here.

National Woman mp3

Chain of Fools mp3

Don’t Cry Baby mp3

Leonard Cohen

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For an indepth story on Leonard Cohen see our earlier article

Steely Dan and Ladytron

Steely Dan

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Performing at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier July 1 and July 2

Walter Becker and Donald Fagen finally bring their Grammy-Award winning jazz-fusion to Montreal bound to have the older generations minds clicking back to a carefree 70’s that was captured in Steely Dan’s complex harmonies.

For the younger amongst you the name may be a mystery but I’ll bet dollars to Donuts you’ll remember these am radio staples.

Rikki Don’t lose that number video

Reelin in the years video

Do it again video

Ladytron

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Playing the Metropolis July 2nd

One of the few bands to escape the early noughties Electroclash backlash (Fisherspooner anyone?) Ladytron is an electronic pop band originally from Liverpool, England, that have taken robotic, detached vocals and 80’s synth further than the Pet Shop Boys could ever have imagined.

If somehow you missed the ubiquitous club anthem ‘Seventeen‘ and return to form ‘Destroy Everything You Touch‘ cower not my unfashionable friend, you can blag it here care of the Monkey.

Destroy Everything You Touch mp3

Seventeen (Soulwax Remix) mp3

Sugar mp3

The Glenn Miller Orchestra v the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

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Playing two shows at
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier July 6th

The Jazz Fests’ first ever battle of the bands between swingtime jazzcats The Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, promises to be a barn burner.

While I’m partial to the Glenn Miller troupe one imagines Jazz will be the winner on the night, so go along or check out what all the fuss is about, and choose your gladiator.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

In the mood video

Moonlight Serenade video

The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

Marie Video

Opus One video

Battle of the Bands - Glenn Miller v Tommy Dorsey

Other acts announced so far include:

James Taylor

Katie Melua

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Return to Forever with Chick Corea

Stanley Clarke

Al Di Meola

Lenny White

the Saxophone Summit featuring:
Joe Lovano,
Dave Liebman and
Ravi Coltrane.

Charlie Haden

Coral Egan

Omara Portuondo

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Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen in Hall of Fame

Leonard Cohen Hall of Fame 2008 Inductee Photo

It’s been a long time coming but Leonard Cohen, one of Canada’s most celebrated poets, has finally been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

The legend behind such writerly odes as First We Take Manhattan and Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye was celebrated by such noted luminaries as Lou Reed and Damien Rice.

Lou Reed, of Velvet Underground fame, said of Cohen “You wrote a song called I’ll Be Your Mirror and it made me want to keep writing songs,” high praise indeed from the man that brought “head” into common parlance. Damien Rice followed with a much coveted, but thankless task, of covering Hallelujah – a fitting tribute to a man beloved by so many.

Jon Landau’s often quoted quip “I have seen the future of rock ‘n’ roll, and he is not Leonard Cohen,” may finally have had its comuppance but those longing for a walk down history lane can catch Leonard Cohen at his first Montreal shows in 15 years at the Montreal International Jazz Festival at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier June 23, 24, 25.

Buy Tickets for Leonard Cohen – on sale Thursday March 13th.

If you can’t make the show why not enjoy a video of Leonard circa 1976…

2008 Juno Award Nominees from Montreal, Quebec

Arcade Fire Chromeo Patrick Watson

Montreal bands have proved once again that when it comes to producing great music you needn’t leave the island. Arcade Fire and Patrick Watson lead the way with nominations in the dubiously titled ‘ Alternative Album of the Year‘ category Chromeo bust it out with their gay for miles funk, and er…other notable Quebec originators Avril Lavinge and Celine Dion illustrate you dont have to be innovative to be a recipient.

The 2008 Juno Awards on Sunday, April 6th, marks the 37th celebration of the best of best of Canadian music by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and will broadcast from Calgary Alberta on CTV.

Below is the list of Quebec’s 2008 Juno Award nominees:

Arcade Fire capped of a successful 2007 with nods for Group of the Year and Alternative Album of the year for Neon Bible. If you have been listening to Nickleback for the entire noughties it’s not too late to save your ever living soul by checking out the cathartic Barrack-Obama-Supporting Montrealer’s ethereal pop orchestrations

It’s also been a great year for fellow Polaris Award nominees Patrick Watson who’s Close to Paradise LP will duke in out with their more esteemed compatriots in the Alternative Album of the Year category. If you’re late to the party for these navel-gazers it’s well worth checking out

More 80’s than Paula Abdul, urban-funksters Chromeo unleashed the biggest blackest bass line in all of 2008, and non-unexpectedly, Fancy Footwork has been nominated for the Dance Recording of the Year accolade.

Other Quebecois nominees included:

Amon Tobin Foley Room for Instrumental Album of the Year, sample his haunting drum n’ bass infused Back From Space mp3

Skratch Bastid for Jack Richardson Producer of the Year, but his own stuff is worth a look see too The Dirty Dirty mp3

Corneille The Birth of Cornelius for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

And you will be happy to note that such cultural luminaries as Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne and Claude Dubois will slug it out for you trifling affections, 3 Quebecois enter the cage – one dubious reputation exits. Celebrate as the Juno Fan Choice Awards reflect your innermost self-loathing.