Montreal's Jazz Festival currently holds the world record for World's Largest Jazz Festival, and it's pretty clear why. The Jazz Fest runs for 11 straight days, this year starting today, June 28th, until July 8th! 

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That's pretty impressive if you ask me. At first they started out playing exclusively jazz, but recently they've begun to branch out into other genres of music in order to expand their fan base. They now feature mostly jazz, but also R&B, electronic, blues, singer song writers, and indie alternative artists and so much more as well. 

The artists featured in this festival are unparalleled and lucky for us a bunch of them are playing free shows this year. They offer an equal amount of paid shows and free shows giving you the option of how much you want to dish out. 

This list features all the best artists playing free shows in the jazz, rock and blues, electronic, and alternative and rap genres! Hopefully this will help you plan out all the shows you want to see in the next 11 days. 


Free Shows You Can See If You Like Jazz Music ­čÄĚ

Free Shows You Can See If You Like Rock Music ­čÄŞ

Free Shows You Can See If You Like Electronic Music ­čĹż

Free Shows You Can See If You Like Alternative & Rap Music ­čÄĄ


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If You Came For The Jazz Music, Click "NEXT" 


If You Came For The Jazz Music: 

Most people come to Jazz festival for the jazz, because it's obviously the star of the show here. If you're looking to take in some amazing jazz shows for free this summer, check out these! 

1. Mark Leclerc Quintet 

When: July 1st, 1pm and 5 pm 

Where: Place Heineken and Grand-Place of the Desjardins Complex


2. Souljazz Orchestra

via @szyguy_


When: June 29th, 9pm and 11pm 

Where: TD Scene 


3. Only A Visitor 

via @only.a.visitor


When: July 2nd, 5pm

Where: Montreal Club Jazz Casino at SNC Lavalin Place 


4. Beth Mckenna Jazz Orchestra

via @bethmckennajazz


When: July 2nd, 6pm 

Where: TD Scene


5. The Johnny Max Band

via @johnmcaneney


When: July 3rd, 7pm

Where: Bell Scene 


6. Blue Moon Marquee 

via @bluemoonmarquee


When: July 4th, 5pm and 7pm 

Where: Heineken Square


7. Franky Selector 

via @frankyselector


When: July 4th and 5th, 11:59 pm 

Where: Savoy of the Metropolis 


If You Came For The Rock Music, Click "NEXT" 


If You Came For The Rock and Blues Music: 

The Jazz Festival is starting to branch out into different genres and this year they have tons of Rock and Blues shows to choose from. So take your pick! 

1. Joel DeSilva

When: July 7th, 9pm and 11pm 

Where: Bell Scene 


2. Brody Buster's One Man Band 

via @brodybuster


When: July 7th, 5 pm and 7 pm 

Where: Heineken Square


3. Two Timer 

via @a_kizielewicz

When: June 30th, 9 pm and 11 pm

Where: Bell Scene 


4. Godboogie 

via @starlightsocialclub


When: July 3rd, 9 pm and 11 pm 

Where: Bell Scene


5. Jacob Deraps 

via @jacobderaps


When: July 7th, 7 pm

Where: Bell Scene 


If You Came For The Electronic Music, Click "NEXT" 


If You Came For The Electronic Music: 

Although there usually isn't a lot of electronic music featured at the jazz festival, this year they have some unique artists that mix this type of music into their work. These shows will definitely be special to watch! 

1. A-Wa

via @a_wa_official


When: July 3rd and 4th, 10 pm 

Where: Hyundai Scene


2. Brisa Roche

via @brisadayroche


When: July 5th, 8 pm and 10 pm 

Where: Stage Rio Tinto


3. Fwonte 

via @safety_promo


When: July 1st and 2nd, 10 pm 

Where: Hyundai Scene


4. Speakeasy Electro Swing 

via @speakeasymontreal


When: June 29th, 30th, and July 5th, at 10 pm

Where: The Astral (Festival House)


If You Came For the Alternative And Rap Music, Click "NEXT" 


If You Came For The Alternative And Rap Music: 

This year jazz fest is pulling out the big guns, they've got some great artists lined up in the alternative and rap genres. Lucky for us a few of them are going to be playing free shows, so don't miss out!

1. Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

via @anderson._paak


Big Closing Show! 

When: July 8th, 9:30 pm

Where: TD Scene 


2. Meryem Saci 

via @meryemsaci


When: July 7th, 8 pm and 10 pm

Where: Stage Rio Tinto


3. Milk & Bone 

via @milknbone


When: June 28th, 7 pm 

Where: TD Scene


4. Coeur De Pirate 

via @beatricepirate


When: June 28th, 8:50 pm

Where: TD Scene 


5. Half Moon Run

via @halfmoonrun


When: June 28th, 10:30 pm

Where: TD Scene 


6. Walk Off The Earth

via @walkofftheearth


When: July 4th, 9:30 pm

Where: TD Scene 


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