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The Montreal International Jazz Festival is a gigantic summer music celebration that features 11 days of non-stop entertainment and tunes, from noon to midnight, right in the heart of downtown Montreal.

The Festival International de Jazz de Montr?al / Montreal International Jazz Festival is an annual event held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Jazz Fest holds the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world's largest jazz festival.

Every year it features 3,000 artists from 30 countries, more than 650 concerts (including 450 free outdoor performances), close to 2.5 million visitors (including 34% of tourists and excursionists), as well as 400 accredited journalists.

The festival takes place at 10 free outdoor stages and 10 indoor concert halls.

Many parts of the city's downtown core are closed to traffic for ten days as outdoor shows are free to the public and on many stages at the same time, from noon till midnight. Attendance to some shows is over 100,000 and sometimes over 200,000.

Shows are held in a wide variety of venues, from relatively small jazz clubs to the large halls of Place des Arts. Some of the outdoor shows are held on cordoned-off streets while others are on terraced parks.

Several city blocs are closed to traffic, as right of way is given exclusively to pedestrians, creating a festive, safe and secure spot with caf?s and bistros, an art gallery, street performers and a musical park for children.

It?s the summer celebration par excellence for people of all ages and origins, a cultural breath of fresh air, and a place music with influences such as JAZZ, BLUES, LATIN-JAZZ, BRAZILIAN, CUBAN, AFRICAN, REGGAE, CONTEMPORARY, ELECTRONICA and pretty well everything else under the sun.
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