Let’s go for the Rimouski Festi Jazz

The 34th International Festi Jazz of Rimouski was officially launched Thursday night. The largest jazz event east of Montreal will feature world-renowned artists such as pianist and singer Patricia Barber, bassist Christian McBride, OGB Francouvertes, guitarist Mike Stern and Guadeloupe saxophonist Jacques Schwarz- Bart.
The program, which runs until Sunday, also allows to discover many other musicians, all as prodigies as emerging, during more than 60 shows given on several stages located in the heart of the maritime technopole of Quebec.

The Festi Jazz opened on the show of Dr. Paul Rossy, accompanied by the Sunset Hill Jazz Band of Montreal. For the first time, the organization has partnered with the Rimouski Regional Hospital Foundation, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary. A jazz craftsman known for his community involvement, especially with sick children, the pediatrician performed songs from his second jazz album, Oasis: The Music of Paul Rossy. Unusually, a group of doctors specially created for the occasion, the Bic Band, took the first part of the philanthropic concert.

As a novelty, the Festi Jazz has proposed a pre-festival with the performances of Beto and Boca, Louis-Martin Ruest, Martin Roussel and MJ Cyr as well as OGB

The Golden Heron

The organization took advantage of the opening ceremony to award Le Héron d’or to Jean-Pierre Roger for his significant contribution to the Festi Jazz, as much as a music lover or as a long-time volunteer. “Passionate about jazz, Mr. Roger listens and appreciates many artistic proposals from the jazz world,” said Philippe Cousineau Morin, General Manager. An avid volunteer for more than a decade with Festi Jazz, we benefit from his extensive knowledge of the jazz world and his valuable contacts with producers and broadcasters in Europe and America. It provides avenues for inviting both internationally established and promising artists early in the career. During his stays on the old continent, he regularly attends festivals and opens doors to our Quebec artists. ”

The Festi Jazz has been awarding the Golden Heron annually since 2002 to a person or organization who, through his dedication, contribution and involvement, contributes greatly to the development of the festival and jazz in the region.

“Festi Jazz has gone green,” said Cousineau Morin. Initiatives to reduce the environmental footprint of some 34,000 festival-goers include smoke-free toilets, cigarette butts recycling stations, reusable glasses, bicycle parking and a bicycle taxi.

Also, to offset the emission of carbon emitted by artists’ transport, the organizers commit to planting 73 trees.

For info: festijazzrimouski.com

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