September 5, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Montreal lives, breathes, and loves jazz every July, when millions of fans and hundreds of acts take over the city - and so does WBGO, especially Singers Unlimited and Blues Hour host Michael Bourne, who has attended the Festival International du Jazz de Montreal on our behalf every year for the past two decades.
Bourne was in Montreal once again this year, along with Simon Rentner and David Tallacksen, to deliver previews, day-by-day reports and more than two dozen behind-the-scenes interviews with the festival's music makers and organizers.
Miss something? You can relive WBGO's best moments in Montreal right here, and read some "bonus entries" to Bourne's Journal. And just as we did this year, WBGO Travel will take us to Montreal next year, and we hope fans and listeners will join us then as well. So enjoy the very best of FIJM 2013 - and FIJM 2014 - with WBGO!
WBGO's FIJM 2013 Interviews
Bourne's Montreal Journal
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July 11, 2013. Posted by Michael Bourne.
Montreal is the City of Festivals -- 108 through the year.
Festival International de JAZZ de Montreal is the biggest and best-known, although the Juste Pour Rire comedy festival is getting bigger and better-known.
While the jazzfest was happening, also happening was a circus festival. I'd like to have seen a troupe called Gandini Juggling, nine Brits juggling 80 apples in a show characterized as "Downton Abbey Meets Monty Python."
Meanwhile, an international fireworks festival happens every summer. Also a world choir festival in suburban Laval. Also a festival of First Natives, celebrating the Algonquin and other peoples here long before the British fought the French and Indian War. Not to forget the African Nights festival and the Francofolies, celebrating French culture in very French Quebec.
None of the other festivals contributes as much to the Quebec economy as FIJM does -- $64 million annually -- or generates as much media interest as FIJM does. Altogether this year the festival accredited 400 journalists and broadcasters representing 135 media outlets from 16 countries.
This year was our ninth broadcasting from Montreal.
Next year will be the 35th anniversary of WBGO and the 35th anniversary of FIJM. We will celebrate together wonderfully.
To paraphrase the iconic song of Robert Charlebois:
nous reviendrons a Montreal ...
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July 10, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Frank Alkyer, publisher of Downbeat Magazine, talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne to share impressions of this year's Festival International du Jazz de Montreal, as well as their experiences in past years. Enjoy!
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