34th Festi Jazz international de Rimouski: Let our upbeat program carry you away!

Rimouski, June 12, 2019The 34th Festi Jazz international de Rimouski—presented by Quebecor from August 29 to September 1, 2019—is offering up engaging local and international artistic programming again this year, thanks to many amazing partnerships! The expected 34,000 festival-goers will welcome musical guests from the rest of Canada, the United States, Brazil, France, Guadeloupe, as well as artists rooted in the Congolese and Jamaican musical traditions. Over Labour Day weekend, audiences will enjoy not just the jazz, but also the festive and free event site, with a bistro, outdoor bar, film screening, dancing and activities for the whole family. Tickets are now on sale at www.festijazzrimouski.com and at the Spect’Art box office.


The world of jazz comes to Rimouski

The Grands Spectaclesand Nuits Jazzseries will welcome many world-renowned artists. On September 1—some 19 years after her visit to Rimouski—Patricia Barber(United States) and her trio will perform from her new album, Higher. Bassist Christian McBride (United States) will perform from his album, New Jawn, on August 30, while the Mike Stern Band(United States) will be with us on August 31 for an evening of fusion jazz. For the 10 p.m. concerts, we’ll welcome SHPIK  (the Montréal-based winner of the Festival international de jazz de MontréalGrand Prix de jazz TD) and the Philippe Villa Trio(returning to Rimouski from France), as well as  saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart(United States/Guadeloupe), who will also be giving a master class at the Conservatoire de Rimouski.


Under the big top: Concerts for all

Free of charge and open to all, Place Festi Jazz Québecorhas a bistro-bar, two big tops and entertainment. For the 9 p.m. concerts, the Série Éclatée Québecorwill liven up the Scène Énergique Hydro-Québec, featuring the 2019 winner of the FrancouvertesO.G.B., the Quebec‑based world-touring virtuoso Anomalie, the next generation of Canadian blues artists (Justin Saladino Band, Spencer Mackenzieand Emily Burgess & The Emburys) and an inspirational evening with the Jireh Gospel Choir. Access all six concerts for just $20 when you purchase the festival wristband before August 20. After this date, tickets can be purchased directly at the event site, for $20 per concert.


All-new performances

Among this year’s new releases, Martin Roussel and Marie-Josée Cyrwill unveil the latest pieces by the Rimouski composer from their new album, Pixel.This concert will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at the Espace-Scène cabaretin Salle Desjardins-Telus.


The Festi Jazz is proudly partnering for the very first time with the Fondation du Centre hospitalier régional de Rimouski, for a concert benefiting the hospital foundation. Jazz enthusiasts and community supporters, Dr. Paul Rossy and the Sunset Hill Jazz Band,will perform in the Espace-Scène cabareton August 29. Exceptionally, tickets will be sold at $60, with charitable receipts for $20. What’s more, doctor‑musicians from Rimouski will open the show.


A wide range of free programming

Several outdoor concerts will be given under the big top and on our partners’ Escalesstages—all free of charge. Presented on the Scène Audace Hydro-Québecfrom 6 to 9 p.m., the Découvertes Hydro-Québecseries will resonate to the Jazz-au-Vent ensemble, the Carlos Jimenez Trio,Mark Nelson’s Sympathetic Frequencies, the Rimouski-based SPACE MAP, Sienna Dahlen and François Jalbert, as well as the Ligue d’improvisation musicale de Rimouski. Meanwhile, various regional venues will be jiving to Beto and Boca(Brazil/Quebec), Babaz and Nelson, Brûlez les meublesand the Riki-Dixie Bouncing Band.


The Festi Jazz is calling all children under 12 who want to stay up late! For the very first time, these youngsters may attend any paid concert for free, when accompanied by an adult. This includes the Grand spectacles, Nuits Jazzand Série Éclatée Québecorseries, until reserved seats are sold out. In partnership with Librairie l’Alphabet, thePlace Festi Jazz Québecorwill be the happening place for families on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.


Next-generation finalists

Four groups will compete before the audience and a jury, as part of the Grand Prix de la relève Festi Jazz–LOJIQ,for a chance to win the organization of a music tour, including stops in Montréal, eastern Quebec and France. This year’s contenders are the Gabriel Genest Quintet, LEAF, Carl Mayotteand the Luc Herrmann Group.


Summer jazz for eastern Quebec

Several collaborations will bring performances to eastern Quebec in the coming months. The first will be the Grand Prix de la relève Festi Jazz–LOJIQ 2018winner Razalazwith vibraphonist Olivier Salazar. Organized by the Festi Jazz, this tour includes four new venues: the Festival de jazz de Montréal, Jazz in Vienne, France, as well as stops between July 19 and 28 in Trois‑Pistoles, Rimouski, Ste-Flavie, Mont-Louis, Petite-Vallée, Percé and the Îles‑de‑la‑Madeleine.


After charming Rimouski at the 2018 Jazz sous zero, Radio-Canada’s Dominique Fils-Aiméwill bring her Révélation jazz 2019show to the Vieux-Théâtre de St-Fabien on July 13.


On August 23, as part of the Festival interculturel de Rimouski, the artist KIZABAwill be presented by the Festi Jazz and the organization Accueil et intégration Bas-St-Laurent. This artist from the Congo will bring electronics, jazz and house to the Paradis’ Salle Rouge.


On August 28, the public can enjoy a screening of the film A Great Day in Parisat the Paraloeil Cinema, with an opening performance by Rimouski guitarist Louis-Martin Ruest.


Support for the arts in Rimouski

“This great festival is, of course, a product of the work done by the Festi Jazz’s staff and many volunteers,” says Nicole Poirier, chair of the Festi Jazz board. “But an event of this size, with its international scope and many free activities, is only possible because of support from our financial partners. A most heartfelt thank you for supporting the arts and culture in our region!”



Tickets on sale now!

Tickets are now available! Get yours online at www.festijazzrimouski.com, by phone at 418‑724-0800 or at the Spect’Art Rimouski box office.

A pass for all paid concerts (from August 29 to September 1) may be purchased for $175 (price includes sales taxes).

Student discounts are available for indoor concerts, and admission is free for children aged 12 and under. Venues for paid shows will also sell tickets at the door, unless sold out.

Thank you to our partners

Festi Jazz thanks its partners: Québecor, Hydro-Québec, McAuslan, the Ville de Rimouski, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Entente de partenariat régional en tourisme du Bas-Saint-Laurent, , the Quebec Ministère du Tourisme, Musicaction, Canadian Heritage, Canada Summer Jobs, Hôtel Rimouski, C Hôtels Le Navigateur, Hôtel L’Empress, Librairie l’Alphabet, Groupe Méga-Scène, Distillerie du St. Laurent, Métronomie, Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec, Discount. The Festi Jazz also warmly thanks all the collaborators who have contributed, in their own way, to a festival activity or its organization.



Source and information:

Marianne Théorêt-Poupart

418-724-7844 / communication@festijazzrimouski.com