18 Artists To Check Out At Montreal's Jazz Fest If You Hate Jazz

It's not always about all that jazz.
Staff Writer
Montreal Jazz Fest

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal officially begins today, June 27th, 2019 and so far, the artists that we'll get to see are incredible! 

People adore the Jazz Fest because it's a celebration of everything that's great about Montreal. The city gets to enjoy a range of amazing music for free along with some ticketed shows as well. The Festival has attracted some huge names in recent years and 2019 is no different! 

Though we call it the Jazz Fest and even though jazz is the predominantly featured genre, there are plenty of artists at the festival who don't play jazz at all. I get it, jazz isn't for everyone. 

You're in luck though, because there are plenty of great artists that you can check out even if you hate jazz!


The hugely popular British indie rock group are coming to the Montreal Jazz Fest for the first time ever! You can catch them for two nights on July 2nd and 3rd at Salle Wilfred Pelletier in Place-des-Arts.

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Black Pumas

Coming from the deep heart of Texas, this soul band will keep you dancing all night long. As part of Verdun's series of Jazz Fest shows, Black Pumas will appear at the Loto-Quebec Stage on rue Wellington on July 5th at 7pm!

Free to attend!


Featuring huge synths and catchy hooks, CHVRCHES is one of the most popular bands to ever come out of Glasgow. They'll be playing at MTelus on July 6th!

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Pink Martini

Inspired by classic Hollywood musicals, Pink Martini is a tiny orchestra that arranges an eclectic and exciting mix of Latin rhythm, cabaret, and movie music for one unforgettable experience. They're playing three shows in two days at the Maison Symphonique de Montreal on July 6th and 7th.

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A fast-rising star of Montreal's indie music scene, local girl KALLITECHNIS will be playing her Jazz Fest debut at Casino de Montréal / CBC/Radio-Canada Stage on July 4th!

Free to attend!

Connan Mockasin 

Connan Mockasin's eclectic and wildly original take on indie pop comes through in his new album Jassbusters. After a world tour with Radiohead, Mockasin and his smoky voice will be at Club Soda on July 4th.

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Formed in the early 90s, Morcheeba achieved acclaim as one of the best and most original trip-hop groups coming out of London. They'll be at MTelus on July 2nd!

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The Canadian indie musician is bringing his Juno-nominated chops to the Jazz Fest for an intimate evening of music. He'll be at Theatre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts on July 5th!

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Thus Owls 

Thus Owls has explored the potential of sonic energy since 2009. The Swedish-Montreal love/music connection comes to Montreal's Jazz Fest for two nights at the M2 in MTelus on July 2nd and 3rd.

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Yungblud is a new artist from the UK who brings fresh energy to the somewhat stale world of rock. With catchy hooks and a recent collab with Halsey, Yungblud is a rising star. Catch him at Club Soda on July 6th!

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Nick Murphy AKA Chet Faker

Achieving world fame after his awesome cover of "No Diggity," Nick Murphy AKA Chet Faker is coming to Montreal Jazz Fest for FREE! Catch him on the big TD Stage at Place des Festivals on July 2nd.

Free to attend!

Blue Rodeo 

Blue Rodeo is one of the biggest Canadian country-rock groups ever! Spanning 35 years, the group is coming to Montreal's Jazz Fest on June 28th at Salle Wilfred Pelletier at Places des Arts.

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SUUNS is an acclaimed Quebecois electronic group that fuses the best elements of indie and dark-synthy ambient sounds. Catch them for FREE at Verdun's Loto-Quebec Stage on July 1st!

Free to attend!

Steel Pulse 

UK Reggae legends Steel Pulse have been fighting the power for over 40 years. They'll be coming to Montreal's Jazz Fest to showcase their first album in over 15 years and play some of their best hits. Steel Pulse is playing at MTelus on July 28th!

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Rodrigo y Gabriela 

Legendary Mexican acoustic duo, Rodrigo y Gabriela are bringing their fiery sound to Montreal, showcasing their first album in over 5 years. Catch them at the Maison Symphonique de Montreal on July 3rd.

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Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy's over 60-year career as a blues guitarist has seen him rubbing shoulders with some of the genre's most influential artists such as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. He's cited as one of Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page's inspirations. You know this will be a can't miss event. Catch Buddy Guy at Salle Wilfred Pelletier on July 6th!

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Legendary Quebec metal group Voivod is bringing their 30 years of sonic fury to Montreal's Jazz Fest at Club Soda on June 30th!

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Bryan Adams  

Everyone loves Bryan Adams right? Arguably one of Canada's biggest icons, Bryan Adams is coming to Montreal Jazz Fest to play a sure to be incredible show at the Bell Centre on July 2nd.

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Bon festival, Montreal!

For the complete 2019 Jazz Fest program, refer to the festival website here!

Teddy Elliot
Staff Writer
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