2- Mondial Des Cultures De Drummondville http://mondialdescultures.dr.qc.ca/
From July 7th to 16th. Always a popular feast for all senses and all ages: musical parades, traditional arts workshops, many games to discover different cultures for the whole family, international gourmet treats. Including the big events indoors: music and dance showstoppers from at least 20 different countries: Poland, Spain, Scotland, Ukraine, Republic of China, Polynesia, Guinea, Argentina, Switzerland to name a few. Canadian celtic group Leahy is featured in the opening gala. This festival is tutored by the folk troupe Mackinaw from Drummondville, Québec.
3- Festival International De Jazz De Montréal http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/
From June 29th to July 9th. The 2000 edition will likely make you go mad with its savory mix of international luminaries and eclectic Canadian and Québécois breed. «Trumpet Summit» with Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis and Nicholas Peyton among others. «Echoes of Ellington» featuring Scott Hamilton, among several tributes to the Duke. Vocal group Manhattan Transfer's tribute to Louis Armstrong. Daring vocalist Shirley Horn with our chamber music ensemble I Musici de Montréal. John Zorn's «Masada»: actual jazz renditions of Jewish folk music. Québécois musicians Lorraine Desmarais, James Gelfand, Vic Vogel and François Bourassa together. Intimate «chanteuse» Holly Cole from Toronto. Dazzling improvising singer Jeri Brown from Montreal. Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band. Saxophonist Charles Papasoff (musical collaborator for the adventurous Karen Young). Songstress Sylvie Tremblay with vocalist-arranger Monique Fauteux. Soul songstress Meshell N'dgeocello. And Michel Cusson (brilliant fusion musician of TV's «Omerta» fame), Guy Nadon (our most eccentric drummer), percussionist Mino Cinelu, Ray Brown, Yannick Rieu, Al di Meola, Dave Holland, Sonny Rollins, Al Jarreau with our lounge singer Johanne Blouin, John Lee Hooker and other blues giants, Ray Charles!!! Last but not least, the festival integrates Sting on tour on the Fourth of July (at Molson Center)...
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