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The 41st edition of the Montreal Jazz Fest is filling downtown with tons of free shows

Running this week from September 15 to 19, the Montreal Jazz Fest has a lot of free shows indoors and outdoors to see.

JP Karwacki
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September 15 marked the inaugural day for the 41st edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival, a truncated version of the normal festivities that will last until September 19.

International travel may be impeding the organizers' ability to bring in all kinds of acts from around the world, but that hasn't stopped them from booking a wide range of shows, many of which are free and outdoors for anyone who wants to book a spot for themselves. A lot of shows, it seems, are still up for grabs in both outdoors venues and indoors venues like Club Soda or Diese Onze and Upstairs, some of the best jazz bars in Montreal.

Altogether there's more than thirty acts to check out, some of which are coming to the TD Stage (Place des Festivals) and Rio Tinto Stage (Parterre symphonique) for free. Shows are also being broadcast online for the very first time for spectators who can't or won't make it on site on the festival's new YouTube channel.

So far, we've only seen the scheduled performances of Fredy V & The Foundation, Nate Husser, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Nomadic Massive, and Patrick Watson 'sold out', but all others have slots to see shows for free or on the cheap.

That includes artists like Shay Lea, Basia Bulat, Plants and Animals, and all kinds of other artists alongside solid jazz performances. The full program can be found here.

The 41st Montreal Jazz Fest is happening downtown and at select venues from September 15 to September 19, showtimes vary.

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