Our Guide To The Summer Festivals Of 2012

Summer is festival season in Montreal.

Music fans get the

Montreal International Jazz Festival,

Osheaga Music and Arts Festival,

FrancoFolies,

ÎleSoniq and

Suoni per il Popolo, Montreal Folk Festival

Heavy Montréal and

’77 Montreal. Comedy fans can see both the giants and the up-and-comers with

Just For Laughs, and theatre and dance buffs get the Montreal Fringe Festival

and

Festival TransAmériques. If you just want to stroll around Montreal, the city’s many street and sidewalk sales offer something for all ages.

Here is your guide to the biggest festivals coming to the city.

Clockwise from top left: 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival performers Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Seal, Jann Arden, George Thorogood. Montreal Gazette files / Marie-France Coallier, Vincenzo D'Alto, Graham Hughes, Kevin Winter

Montreal International Jazz Festival (June 28 – July 7)

The jazz festival offers both indoor ticketed concerts and free outdoor blowouts. Of the more than 300 free outdoor shows, highlights include rising Toronto R&B vocalist

Jessie Reyez (July 3) and

The War on Drugs (July 7). Indoor performances include 

Seal (June 28), 

Jann Arden (June 29) and 

Ben Harper (July 3).

Tickets available at montrealjazzfest.com.

 

Trevor Noah performs at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal on Wednesday July 22, 2015. Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette

Just for Laughs (July 11 – 29)

Some of the big names coming to the comedy festival are Dave Chappelle with his buddy 

John Mayer

(July 28), 

Jimmy Carr (July 21 to 29) 

Trevor Noah (July 28), 

Tiffany Haddish (July 28) and

Kevin Hart (July 27). This is the first year the festival is under new ownership, which includes 

Howie Mandel. He’ll also perform at the festival. 

 

Full lineup and tickets available at hahaha.com.

 

The Dead Obies perform during the 375th concert at the Bell Centre called Bonne Fête Montréal in Montreal, May 17, 2017. Christinne Muschi / MONTREAL GAZETTE

Les Francos de Montréal (June 8 – 17)

Previously known as Les Francofolies, this festival marks the start of outdoor concerts at the Quartier des spectacles, showcasing some of the biggest musical acts from the Francophonie. This year includes pioneering Montreal rap crew

Alaclair Ensemble (June 8), grizzled rocker

Éric Lapointe (June 9); enchanting indie-pop chanteuse

Klô Pelgag (June 10), 

Kevin Parent (June 11),

Daniel Bélanger (June 12), 

Marjo (June 13) and local hip-hop heroes

Dead Obies (June 15). See more picks from music critic Bernard Perusse here.

Tickets available at francofolies.com.

Osheaga (August 3 – 5)

Travis Scott performs at the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Okeechobee, Fla. He’ll be at Osheaga’s 2018 edition. Amy Harris / Amy Harris/Invision/AP

Travis Scott,

Arctic Monkeys and

Florence and the Machine will headline this year’s Osheaga Music and Arts Festival at Parc Jean Drapeau. Other acts playing the festival include indie superstars 

The National and

Yeah Yeah Yeahs and hip-hop acts 

Anderson.Paak

Tyler, the Creator and 

Post Malone.

Weekend and day passes are available at osheaga.com.

 

Giant magic mushrooms are seen at the 2017 edition of Ile Soniq.

Giant magic mushrooms are seen at the 2017 edition of Ile Soniq. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette

Île Soniq (August 10 – 11)

The weekend electronic dance music party at Parc Jean Drapeau features

DJ Snake,

Diplo,

French Montana and 

The Chainsmokers.

Weekend and single-day passes are available at ilesoniq.com.

 

Tim McIlrath of Rise Against in concert at the Bell Centre in Montreal, on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette files

77 Montreal (July 27)

Montreal’s outdoor punk rock festival is back for a second year with headliner

Rise Against. Other performers include

Suicidal Tendencies,

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes,

The Planet Smashers and

Crass.

To get yourself in the mood, read Brendan Kelly’s oral history of the 1977 punk scene.

Tickets available at 77montreal.com.

 

Rob Zombie is one the headliners for Heavy Montreal’s 2018 edition. Chris Pizzello / AP

Heavy Montréal (July 28 – 29)

The weekend of heaviosity continues with a pivot to metal at Parc Jean-Drapeau. The fest is back after a one-year break with headliners

Rob Zombie,

Avenged Sevenfold and

Marilyn Manson.

Weekend and single-day passes are available at heavymontreal.com.

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How to make the most of your festival experience

Leave the car at home. Walk, bike, take public transportation or cabs to avoid struggling to find parking in downtown Montreal. Most of the festival events are downtown, where free parking is scarce.

Stay hydrated. Montreal makes up for frigid winters with hot, humid summers. If you’re travelling around downtown be sure to bring a hat, sunglasses and a bottle of water. Osheaga allows you to bring one plastic bottle to fill with water from their on-site fountains.

Plan ahead. Not all venues are close together. Don’t be caught off guard by the 30-minute walk from the Bell Centre to Olympia, or the chance of a long line to pick up your will-call tickets. If you’re going to Osheaga, get the app (for iPhone or Android) to keep track of when your favourite band is playing and any last-minute schedule changes.

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