Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, BADBADNOTGOOD, Orville Peck Set for Montreal Jazz Festival 2023

Thundercat, the Weather Station, Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, black midi, Pierre Kwenders and TEKE::TEKE will also perform

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Apr 4, 2023

Summer is on the horizon, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival organizers are ready to bring the sunshine in a big way with a stacked lineup for the long-running fest's 43rd edition.

Taking place June 29 to July 8, it's certainly going to be a hot one when the poster font gets so small that you have to squint your eyes to read the names of the many, many artists scheduled to perform. And apparently the programmers still have some surprise announcements up their sleeves!

Among the flurry of acts scheduled to descend on Montreal this summer, there's Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, BADBADNOTGOOD, Orville Peck, Thundercat, the Weather Station, Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, DOMi & JD Beck, Buddy Guy, black midi, Pierre Kwenders, TEKE::TEKE, Christine and the Queens, Snarky Puppy, Moonshine, Jean-Michel Blais, Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily, Tank and the Bangas, Mereba, Ghostly Kisses, Emilie-Claire Barlow and SYML — and nothing short of oodles more.

Over 10 days, Montreal Jazz will put on a total of 350 concerts — two-thirds of which are available to attend free of charge — across indoor and outdoor stages, which will see exciting newcomers rub shoulders with world-renowned greats.

"It sounds cliché in the festival world, but it's worth saying because it's so true: we are incredibly proud to present a truly balanced program that is jam packed with gems!" said Maurin Auxéméry, who recently took up post as the festival's director of programming. "With the full backing of the big Festival family, each member of the programming team passionately defends their vision of jazz, which has sparked engaging discussions and a program that embodies what the genre is today. Jazz from the 21st century is changing and mutating, drawing on other musical styles, and our programming reflects this refreshing change."

Tickets for festival concerts go on sale Thursday (April 6) at 10 a.m., with newsletter subscribers able to access an exclusive presale for 12 hours tomorrow (April 5).

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