Get ready for Sessions 375, four experiences by Montreal music festivals


Get ready for Sessions 375 — four experiences created for Montreal’s 375th anniversary by popular local festivals.

The Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival, ÎleSoniq and POP Montreal are each organizing a free day of activities this summer.

“In this historic year of celebration, our goal is to offer unique experiences where diversity and artistic individuality are centre stage,” said Alain Gignac, the executive director of the Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary.

The four events:

June 28, Place des Festivals, Metropolis

The Montreal International Jazz Festival will bring together a selection of Montreal artists, including The Franklin Electric and Plants and Animals for an open-air show at Place des Festival. That night, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Apashe and Karluv Klub will perform at Metropolis. More details are to be announced on Thursday, June 22.

July 22, Van Horne Overpass

Organized as a block party, this Osheaga event will be a “multidisciplinary experience based on the traditional hip-hop block parties that were all the rage in New York neighbourhoods in the 1970s and 1980s,” organizers said.

Aug. 10, Lachine Canal

The ÎleSoniq electronic-music festival will set up two giant dance floors and showcase performance art on the banks of the Lachine Canal.

Sept. 16, Rialto Theatre

The POP Montreal festival is promising “amazing music and art at the Rialto Theatre complex and the area surrounding the old École des Beaux Arts,” organizers said.

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