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International jazz fest hits Montreal

Posted by Paul Kandarian  June 8, 2012 07:47 AM

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The 33rd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal comes to life June 28 to June 7, with a program of not just jazz, but hip hop, soul and more. Some pretty upscale hotels are offering packages for the festival, which include the Hyatt Montreal, a four-star hotel and official hotel of the festival, with packages starting at $304 per person; the Delta Montreal, a four-star stay, with packages starting off at $284; Square Phillips Hotel & Suites, a four-star hotel, rates starting at $247; and L'Appartement Hotel, a three-star lodging, rates from $203.Prices are in Canadian dollars, taxes not included.

Those packages include: Two nights; two breakfasts; one ticket for a concert in the TD Jazz d'ici La Presse series (subject to availability); one ticket for a concert in the Rythmes series (subject to availability); 15 percent off any indoor concert ticket (subject to availability); one accreditation offering free admission to the jam sessions at Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan and to the Montreal Guitar Show; a festival t-shirt, shoulder bag with logo, souvenir book, three hours of music to download and a $10 rebate on a culinary walking tour.

There are a number of activities connected with the festival, including a jazz dinner cruise aboard the Bateau-Mouche, $136 per person; a culinary walking tour of Little Burgundy, birthplace of Oscar Peterson and the first jazz and blues bars in Montreal, $55 per person; and Star Wars Identities - The Exhibition, at the Montreal Science Center, $23 per person.

For info on all activities, packages and specials, check out www.montrealjazzfest.com

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