13960
Quebec

The Montréal International Jazz Festival

Dive deep into the world of jazz as you enjoy performances, lectures, demonstrations and discussions at the world-renowned Festival International de Jazz à Montréal.
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Program No. 13960RJ
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5 days
4 nights
8 meals
4 B 2 L 2 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Montreal, QC
D
SpringHill Suites Old Montreal

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 5:30-5:45 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table on the Mezzanine Level to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will also learn about highlights of this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival and receive a festival catalog and site map. There are literally hundreds of free performances during the Festival, presenting an opportunity to make the experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At a popular steak house restaurant on Rue St-Paul, the oldest street in Montréal, enjoy a 3-course plated meal with appetizer (soup or salad), choice of entrée (chicken, fish, steak), dessert of the day, and beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages are available for purchase from the bar.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. Optional. Discover the Festival's site with your Group Leader.

DAY
2
Meeting with Jennifer Bell and Discover Old Montreal
Montreal, QC
B,L
SpringHill Suites Old Montreal

Activity note: Walking up to 3 miles during the day.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of choices such as an egg dish, breakfast meats, hot and cold cereals, breakfast breads, fruit, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will gather at our hotel meeting room for a presentation by our jazz specialist for the program, noted musicologist and musician Jennifer Bell. She was the first female recipient of a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from McGill University and is on the faculty of McGill Conservatory of Music. Jennifer will tell us about the history of jazz in Montreal and provide an overview of the festival and the three indoor concerts we will attend.

Lunch: We will walk to a popular café and order from a menu.

Afternoon: We will set out with a local expert for a walking field trip in Old Montreal, focusing on history and architecture. One of the highlights will be a visit to the extraordinary Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal — Notre Dame Basilica. Beyond the primary purpose as a place of worship, the basilica is renowned for its exceptional Gothic Revival architecture as well as its music program. Luciano Pavarotti gave a concert here in 1978 that became world famous and is still sometimes broadcast during the holidays. (Please note: Availability may depend on special events that take place without advance notice.)

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: Performance. We will attend the first of our included indoor Jazz Festival concerts.6:00 pm. Django Festival, at the Gésu (reserved seats) You are welcome to continue enjoying music and the Festival ambience. There will be literally hundreds of free outdoor concerts throughout the entire Festival.

DAY
3
Jazz Improv, Inside the Festival
Montreal, QC
B,L
SpringHill Suites Old Montreal

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles; standing in crowd.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll gather again for a presentation and demonstration of jazz improvisation led by our jazz specialist and a musical guest.

Lunch: We will walk to a restaurant in the historic district of Old Montreal and order from a menu.

Afternoon: In the late afternoon, we will have a Road Scholar exclusive, behind-the-scenes look inside the Festival with a Festival representative. We will learn about the impressive security system and see the animated press room.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: Performance. We will attend the second of our included indoor concerts. 8:00 pm. Kurt Elling at Le Monument National (reserved seats) Continue to immerse yourself in music with free outdoor concerts.

DAY
4
Food-lovers Guide to Neighbourhoods, History of Immigration
Montreal, QC
B,D
SpringHill Suites Old Montreal

Activity note: Walking up to 3 miles during the day.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This is a day for food lovers. Montreal, with the largest French-speaking population on the continent, is a cultural crossroads where cuisine from around the world and different ethnicities is part of daily life. With a local expert, we’ll set out on a walking field trip along Saint-Laurent Boulevard focusing on one of Montrealers’ favorite pursuits: food. We’ll see many colorful restaurants, brought to the city by the different ethnic communities that have settled along the length of the street over time. We’ll conclude at the Marché Jean-Talon in Little Italy, one of the oldest public markets in the city and one of the largest open-air markets in North America. There are doughnuts found only in Chinatown, the famous Schwartz’s smoked meat at Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen, Portugal’s renowned egg tarts (Pasteis de nata), true Italian coffee, and an array of Quebec products at the public market.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like at the Jean-Talon Market or any of the surrounding eateries. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might also like to attend free Festival concerts. We will re-group at the hotel before going to dinner.

Dinner: At a gracious French restaurant a short walk from the hotel, we’ll enjoy a 3-course plated meal with appetizer (soup or salad), 3 choices of entrée, dessert of the day, and beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages available for purchase from the bar. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: Performance. We’ll attend the third and last of our included indoor concerts. 6:00 pm. Tribute to Bill Evans, l’Astral (general admission) Prepare for check-out and departure following our closing event in the morning.

DAY
5
Wrap-Up Session, Program Concludes
Montreal, QC
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Jennifer Bell will lead a wrap-up session on the highlights of our Montreal Jazz Festival experience. We expect to end by 10:00 a.m. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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