Published Mar 09, 2011For 32 years now, Quebec has hosted the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and each year, they bring out the big guns. While the fest's name implies a heavy jazz focus, and with good reason, the talent they bring to town isn't always easily defined. A preliminary lineup for the 2011 edition, which runs June 25 to July 4, has been announced, and it looks as if this year's festival will pack its fair share of variety.
The biggest non-jazz name so far is Robert Plant, who will be taking the stage with his Band of Joy. Considering the response to his recent Toronto gig, the show should be a transcendent wash of folk, rock and blues as performed by a host of seasoned vets.
Another rocker added to the lineup is Peter Frampton, but there are a lot of non-rock artists as well. Also scheduled to perform are R&B singer John Legend, Sade, Youssou N'Dour, Diana Krall and more.
You can check out the still budding schedule here, as well as head to the festival website for ticket information.