The Jazz All-Year Round program, presented by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and TD, has added seven new concerts, including a special free evening:

Emeli Sandé rocketed her critically acclaimed first album, Our Version of Events, to the top of the UK charts. The singer who draws inspiration from Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell just wowed the world by performing at the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympic Games. Emeli Sandé will be headlining Métropolis on November 14. Tickets are on sale now from the Métropolis box office (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.), or on the Admission or Ticketmaster networks ( and, 1 855 790 1245). For info call 514 871 1881, toll-free at 1 85JAZZFEST, or visit

At l’Astral

Fixtures of the Festival and the Jazz All-Year Round series, “Queen of Montreal blues” Dawn Tyler Watson and guitar virtuoso Paul Deslauriers are back after an impressive opening set for fellow Montrealer Adam Cohen at Métropolis last summer. This past summer Dawn and Paul were featured performers at the Tremblant Blues Festival. This year, they will perform at L’Astral on October 17.

Eleni Mandell, an American singer-songwriter, roams the borders of folk, blues, jazz and country; and ventures in a more pop music direction on her brand new album I Can See the Future. After a three-year absence, Mandell returns to Montreal, performing at L’Astral on October 18.

Zachary Richard, the Louisiana-born troubadour and Montreal fan favourite, returns with the Montreal premiere of a cross-Québec tour that promises old favorites and new songs from his upcoming October 9 album. He will perform at L’Astral on October 19.

Four years after their first Festival performance, Montreal-based sextet, Sagapool are back, fresh from their recent tour across North America and Europe. Alexis Dumais, Guillaume Bourque, Luzio Altobelli, Marton Maderspach, Zoé Dumais and Dany Nicolas will perform songs from their new self-titled album released last March. Expect a display of virtuosity and creativity, between Nu-Jazz and world music, with a cinematographic feel at L’Astral on November 14 at 8pm.

Almost 60 years after his death, the great Django Reinhardt is still considered the king of Gypsy jazz, a style more in vogue than ever. Two years after their successful three-night residence at L’Astral, some of the finest Manouche players are back for two consecutive evenings of irresistible swing and romantic melodies. Welcome Django disciples Dorado Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard, Francko Mehrstein and Xavier Nikq at L’Astral on November 21 at 8pm.

A free evening of “Revelations” at L’Astral

October 4, 8 pm – Presented by Stanley Péan, the Radio-Canada jazz “Révélations” from the past five years of the radio program will unite to play pieces from their respective repertoires together, as well as some of the grand standards of the genre. All combinations are possible between pianists Chantale Gagné and Rafael Zaldivar, double bassist Brandi Disterheft, saxophonist Samuel Blais and trumpeter Jacques Kuba Séguin! This event, celebrating the 5th anniversary of Révélations Radio-Canada jazz, is produced and will be recorded by Espace musique. Free with pass available from Espace musique.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now from the L’Astral box office (305 Ste. Catherine St. W.), or on the Admission or Ticketmaster networks ( and, 1 855 790 1245). For info call 514 871 1881, toll-free at 1 85JAZZFEST, or visit

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