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The Montreal International Jazz Festival

Program Number: 13960RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/26/2014 - 6/30/2014; 6/25/2015 - 6/29/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Price starting at: $1,275.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Festivals; Music Appreciation
Meals: 8; 4 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

We’ve got your ticket to the Festival International de Jazz à Montréal — one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world. Meet with a renowned jazz specialist and performers from Canada and around the world. Discuss jazz with musicologists, and choose from an amazing line-up of performers, as fellow jazzophiles converge in the idyllic, cultural city of Montréal.




Highlights

• Attend two outstanding indoor concerts in the Jazz Fest’s prestigious concert hall, meet musicians and experience late-night jam sessions.
• Go behind-the-scenes with musicians, performers and experts, and choose from more than 300 outdoor free concerts.
• Experience the rich history of the old district, the European feel, and French culture in Québec’s premier city of creativity, cuisine and music.



Activity Particulars

Walks up to two miles; stairs and cobblestone; standing at concerts.




Montreal

Montreal is an intoxicating blend of Old World charm and big-city excitement, from the cobblestone streets of the Old Port to the concert halls and theaters of the Place des Arts. The second-largest French-speaking city after Paris, Montreal hosts world-class museums and galleries alongside centuries-old basilicas and family-owned restaurants.



Accommodations
Modern, all-suite hotel in heart of Montréal's Old City.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Sylvie Nadeau

Born and raised in Montreal, Sylvie Nadeau loves Quebec's largest city, the province's vibrant, creative multicultural hub, which she has been exploring her whole life on foot, by subway and on her bike. A professional in the travel industry for over 30 years and a recipient of several awards honoring the quality of her work, Sylvie hosts and coordinates the activities of Road Scholar groups with competence and enthusiasm. Her funny French accent and infectious joie de vivre give all her programs and tours a very personal color. A sports enthusiast, Sylvie is offering a new series for active travelers in addition to the many programs she already coordinates, all highlighting the many colors of Quebec as presented by passionate Quebecers dedicated to sharing the richness of their unique Canadian Province.
 
Andree Girard

Andrée Girard has been an active figure on the arts scene in Québec and in Canada for over 25 years. She worked as a broadcaster for CBC radio and television before becoming programming director for CBC French radio’s Chaîne culturelle for several years. She was also a founding member and director of the Conseil québécois de la musique. Over the course of her career, she has been associated with the creation of the Opus Prize, as well as the development of the Canadian Conference of the Arts.
 
Jennifer Bell

Introducing Jennifer Bell on saxophone. Jennifer was the first female recipient of a bachelor's in jazz studies from McGill University. She has made her home in Montreal since 1981 and is an active member of the thriving jazz scene there. She founded the group Streetnix in 1987 and has appeared at every edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal since. She has been an instructor of jazz combos, saxophone and jazz history at the McGill Conservatory of Music since 1985.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal
  Montreal, QC 4 nights
 Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal
Type: Hotel
  Description: This all-suites hotel is situated in the heart of historic Old Montréal. It is within walking distance of Notre Dame Basilica, museums, and some of the finest restaurants in the city. The rejuvenated Old Port of Montréal is just a few steps away. The underground Metro is close by to whisk you through the city, as is the lively area of Chinatown. .
  Contact info: 445 rue St-Jean Baptiste
Montreal, QC H2Y 2Z7 Canada
phone: 514-875-4333
web: www.springhillsuites.com
  Room amenities: The hotel provides complimentary in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, microwave fridge and self-laundry facilities. complimentary wireless highspeed internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call or book online - Code SNU Call the Marriott SpringHill Old Montreal Office: Local number (514) 875-4333 or 1-866-875-4333 or E-Mail: shsreservations@marriott.com . Use code SNU for your individual reservation to get SN Tourisme/Road Scholar's rate. You could also book on line at www.springhillmontreal.com/en, 1. Click on Marriott.com. 2. Put your date request 3.Click on special rates. 4.Click on senior discount box or use the special SNU in the corporate/promotional code box and confirm your reservation. Thanks.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call or book online - Code SNU Call the Marriott SpringHill Old Montreal Office: Local number (514) 875-4333 or 1-866-875-4333 or E-Mail: shsreservations@marriott.com . Use code SNU for your individual reservation to get SN Tourisme/Road Scholar's rate. You could also book on line at www.springhillmontreal.com/en, 1. Click on Marriott.com. 2. Put your date request 3.Click on special rates. 4.Click on senior discount box or use the special SNU in the corporate/promotional code box and confirm your reservation. Thanks.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Montreal - 5:30 PM at the hotel (mezzanine level) for registration You will be staying at Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal that night.
  End of Program:
Montreal - Program ends after breakfast and final discussion 10:30 You will be staying at Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Passport is required for all air travel to and from Canada. January 2008 a valid passport or original birth certificate along with a valid driver’s license or a state issued photo ID card will be required for land and sea border crossings to and from Canada. Passport requirement for land and sea entry is subject to change. Visit www.cbp.gov for up-to-date information.
  Parking availability:
$26,00 cdn per day
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Montreal, QC
  Nearest city or town:  Dorion, Longueil
  Nearest highway: Highway 10 or Highway 15
  Nearest airport:  Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport (Montreal, QC)
  From End of Program
  Location: Montreal, QC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Montreal - YUL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
747 Express Bus

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10.00 (it's 24 hours pass, good for bus or metro)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

You could buy your ticket at the vending machine (credit card) right after you pick up your luggage.The 747 will bring you to the central bus station and from there, you could take a taxi to the hotel (8-9 minutes/ $8-9). Or you could stop at St-Laurent blvd and from there take a taxi to the hotel (5 minutes). Or you could walk South 4 blocks (last block is uphill). After crossing Notre-Dame St, you will turn left on Le Royer St. (small street) and you'll see the hotel entrance.

 

Montreal - YUL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40.00 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Montreal

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$9.00 - $11.00 cost can be share
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

7-8 minutes 

 

Montreal

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$9-10 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 
Driving Directions
  From New York State From New York State: Take Highway 87 North to border / After the border you will be on Highway 15 North / Exit at Champlain Bridge / Cross the bridge to Montreal / Follow directions to Highway 10 (Centre-ville) / Take Exit 1 Notre-Dame/Rue Wellington / Keep right and go straight on Duke Street / At the fourth traffic light turn right on Notre-Dame St / Then turn right again on St-Jean-Baptiste St (1st street after St-Laurent St).Time of travel from the border: 1 hour. Quebec road are in French, and speed limits are in kilometres (100 k/h equals about 62 m/h).
  From Ottawa From Ottawa: Take Highway 417 East to Highway 40 East and to 15 South / Then take the 720 East / Take exit 6 (Vieux-Montreal, rue Berri / Blvd. St-Laurent.) / At the first traffic light make a right on Bonsecours St / Then make another right on Notre-Dame St / Finally make a left on St-Jean-Baptiste St. Time of travel: 2.5 hours.
  From Quebec City From Quebec City: Take Highway 20 West to Highway 132 West / Exit at Champlain Bridge / Cross the bridge to Montreal / Follow directions to Highway 10 (Centre-ville) / Take Exit 1 Notre-Dame/Rue Wellington / Keep right and go straight on Duke Street / At the fourth traffic light turn right on Notre-Dame St / Then turn right again on St-Jean-Baptiste St (1st street after St-Laurent St). Time of travel: 3 hours
  From Toronto From Toronto: Take Highway 401 East to Highway 20 East and to the 720 East Take exit 6 (Vieux-Montreal, rue Berri / Blvd. St-Laurent.) / At the first traffic light make a right on Bonsecours St / Then make another right on Notre-Dame St / Finally make a left on St-Jean-Baptiste St. Time of travel: 6 hours.
  From Vermont State From Vermont State: Take Highway 89 North to the border / After the border you will be on Highway 133 North / Then 133 North merges into 35 North / Exit at Highway 10 West (Montreal) / Drive until Champlain Bridge / Cross the bridge to Montreal / Follow directions to Highway 10 (Centre-ville) / Take Exit 1 Notre-Dame/Rue Wellington / Keep right and go straight on Duke Street / At the fourth traffic light turn right on Notre-Dame St / Then turn right again on St-Jean-Baptiste St (1st street after St-Laurent St). Time of travel from the border: 2 hours
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation and Welcome Dinner
(Thursday, June 26)
   
 Afternoon: 5:30 to 5:45 pm Registration (Mezzanine level) follow by Orientation Meeting including Introductions to the program. Meeting with the Festival de Jazz de Montréal's representative who will give you the highlights on the 35th festival edition and your Privilege Pass to the Festival.
 Dinner: 6:30 pm Welcome dinner at French restaurant Chez Queux in Old Montréal.
   
Accommodations: Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Meeting with Jennifer Bell and Discover Old Montreal
(Friday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture with musicologist and musician, Jennifer Bell your jazz specialist. Learn about the history of jazz in Montreal. Overview of the programming and introduction to the three indoor concerts we will attend. One concert been added it to the program.
 Lunch: Lunch in Old Montreal, in the French brewery Les Trois Brasseurs.
 Afternoon: Walking guided tour of Old Montreal, focusing on its history, architecture and street art. Discover the Notre-Dame Basilica.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own - participants can choose from a wide variety of restaurants to sample the local cuisine. Restaurants and food kiosques on the Festival outside site.
 Evening: First indoor concert (assigned seat) at 8:00 pm. Grand concert featuring Dianne Reeves, jazz singer recipient of 4 Grammys, at Place des Arts - Théâtre Maisonneuve. After this first indoor concert, experience the Festival and its numerous free concerts all night long. At 11:00 pm you could attend the Jam Session with your privilege pass.
   
Accommodations: Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Exclusive Behind the scene.
(Saturday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Presentation and demonstration of jazz improvisation with our two specialized musicians, Jennifer Bell (saxophone) and Cordell Henebury (guitar).
 Lunch: Lunch in the Theater district.
 Afternoon: Inside look of the festival: the impressive security system and the animated press room. An exclusive behind the scenes with a Festival representative.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
 Evening: Indoor concert featuring The Jacques Kuba Seguin, polish-canadian trumpeter & composer. Concert at 6:00 pm at L'Astral in La Maison du Festival. After the 2nd indoor concert with the group, enjoy a selection of outdoor free concerts on the site and Jam session at 11:00 -11:30 pm. Also Fireworks International Competition Opening at 10:00 pm - Old Port. A bloc from the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Montreal Public Market - 3rd Indoor concert
(Sunday, June 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Experience a subway-ride and visit at the Jean Talon market, appreciated by Montrealers. You will be invited to sample mouth-watering products, specific to Québec.
 Brunch: Farewell Brunch in Old Montreal.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Montréal (our exclusive list of suggestions will be handed to you) or to attend free concerts on the Festival's site.
 Dinner: Farewell concert. We added ticket for a third indoor concert. Concert featuring Montreal pianist Vic Vogel & Jazz Big Band at 6:00 pm at Maison du Festival.
   
Accommodations: Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch

Day 5: Final discussion on your Montreal Jazz experience with Jennifer Bell.
(Monday, June 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Final discussion on your Montreal Jazz experience with Jennifer Bell.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Montreal, QC Infotouriste Centre
Infotouriste Centre. The best source for Quebec tourist information. Free tourist information on Montreal as well as the rest of the Province of Quebec. 1 877-266-5687. For additional information, visit www.bonjourquebec.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A People’s History of Quebec


Author: Jacques Lacoursière


Description: A People’s History of Quebec is a lively guide to a little-known part of North American history. It tells of the settlement of the St. Lawrence Valley, but also of the Montreal and Quebec-based explorers and traders who travelled, mapped, and inhabited most of North America, and embrothered the peoples they met.



A short history of Quebec


Author: John Alexander Dickinson and Brian J Young


Description: A Canadian classic, A Short History of Quebec offers a concise yet comprehensive overview of the province from the pre-contact native period to present-day constitutional struggles. The authors bring a refreshing perspective to the history of Quebec, focusing on the social and economic development of the region and its diverse peoples.





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