Montreal's L'OFF Jazz Festival Details Hybrid 2020 Edition

Organizers will split their 21st edition between live shows and livestreams
Montreal's L'OFF Jazz Festival Details Hybrid 2020 Edition
Montreal's L'OFF Jazz festival is gearing up for its 21st edition next month, and organizers have now detailed a retooled concert-going experience for 2020.

With Quebec's provincial government now allowing small crowds to gather in venues, the 2020 edition of L'OFF Jazz features a program of socially distanced shows that will also be broadcast via livestream.

From October 1 through October 3, festival performances will take place at Montreal's Bourgie Hall and Cabaret Lion d'Or, and will be streamed live and free of charge through L'OFF Jazz's Facebook page. COVID-19 concert guidelines for the former venue can be viewed here, while the latter venue will cap its crowd at 85 people maximum, with masks compulsory.

Led by New Zealand-born trumpeter Lex French, the Lex French Quintet will open L'OFF Jazz 2020 at Bourgie Hall on October 1, with subsequent festival evenings featuring two performances. French's performance will not be livestreamed.

October 2 will bring the Gentiane MG Trio to the stage, with Canadian pianist Gentiane Michaud-Gagnon, bassist Levi Dover and drummer Louis-Vincent Hamel performing selections from last year's Wonderland album. Their set will be followed by fellow Montrealers in the Simon Legault Trio, performing pieces from the guitarist and bandleader's 2019 effort Liminal Spaces.

On October 3, L'OFF Jazz will lead off the evening with a "Carte Blanche" performance from Montreal vocalist/pianist/composer Sienna Dahlen, who will present guest-laden nu jazz project Dóttir & Amies. The fest's final evening will be closed out by Montreal quartet Lawful Citizen, who meld electro and acoustic soundscapes influenced by electronic music, metal, rock, free improvisation and more.

Two-concert evening ticket packages are available for $45, with discounts available for students ($20) and concert-goers over 65 ($35). Further ticketing details for individual shows are available through L'OFF Jazz's official website.