MONTREAL -- If
the best of jazz often seems ahead of its time, it is only fitting
that this summers International Festival de Jazz de Montreal is
already hawking accommodations in the dead of winter.
The festival, an
indoor and outdoor celebration of jazz scheduled for June 30 to
July 10, features a number of performances in concert halls, clubs
and other venues in and around the main festival grounds as well as
a full schedule of free shows.
performers already lined up are Bobby McFerrin, Roberta Flack, Al
Jarreau, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Dave Holland Big
participating in the Montreal Jazz Festival, as it is more commonly
known south of the U.S.-Canada divide, include the Hyatt Regency
Montreal, the official headquarters of the festival and the prime
location when it comes to easy access to all festival
The special rate
at the Hyatt, $255 Thursdays to Sundays and $211 Mondays to
Wednesdays, includes breakfast and taxes and represents 25% off the
properties offering similar deals through the run of the festival
Montreal Center, $176
Montreal Downtown, $155
Queen Elizabeth, $210
In addition to
accommodation plans, visitors can buy a Jazz It Up Festival Fun
Pack, which includes a T-shirt not sold on site; a ticket for the
Jazz dIci series, which spotlights home-grown musicians; preferred
access to reserved seating for indoor concerts; a Casino de
Montreal certificate worth up to $27; and a Friends of the Festival
Card that features a jazz compilation CD, a daily bottle of water,
daily sunscreen, chair massage service and access to jam sessions
at the Hyatt Regency.
The Festival Fun
Pack, which costs $54, and the accommodations deals are both
available through Alio, the official travel provider for the Jazz
Alio, which is
offering travel agents an 8% commission, can be contacted by
calling (800) 280-9967, by e-mail at [email protected] or on the Festival Web site at www.montrealjazzfest.com/packages.
Executive Editor Joe Rosen, send e-mail to [email protected].