Three ways to experience JazzFest x CMHR

JazzFest x CMHR, coming June 18, is our festival within a festival.

The immersive concert experience at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is like a ‘choose your own adventure’ night. We’re programming great music in a multitude of spaces throughout the museum, which will have its award-winning galleries fully open during the event.

Get your tickets for this one-of-a-kind event here.

It’s a lot to take in, but here are few sample plans on how to maximize your experience:

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Plan A

Come early, stay late.

Do it all. See it all. #noregrets

5:45: Local jazz jam outfit trio telfær perform in the Hall of Hope. This unique space might be missed if you’re not looking carefully, so keep your eyes peeled.

6:15: Iconic drummer Brian Blade and his group The Fellowship perform in the Bonnie & John Buhler Hall.

7:15: Ready for more? Head up to the Garden of Contemplation for Beverly Glenn-Copeland.

8:15: Need a break? Take a slow wander through the museum and check out the galleries. Mandela: Struggle for Freedom explores the history of South Africa’s most iconic activist.

9:00: For a spectacular sunset, take the elevator up to the Tower of Hope to be serenaded by pianist Mike Manny.

10:00: Joshua Redman Quartet wraps up the mainstage in the Bonnie & John Buhler Hall.

11:30: Cap off the eve with a glass of wine on the patio with local duo Erin Propp and Larry Roy.

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Plan B

A little of this, a little of that.

Hop to it!

5:30: The Sean Irvine Quintet performs in the in the Amphitheatre. Sean recently performed in our NuSounds series as part of a music/art collaboration with painter Alexandra Hasenpflug.

6:15: Brian Blade & the Fellowship performs in the Bonnie & John Buhler Hall.

7:15: Hungry? Head to ERA Bistro and grab a bite before Cécile McLorin Savant’s set at 8:20.

9:15: Stretch your legs and wander the halls – ambient trio Civvie perform in the Hall of Hope at 9:20. The group blends bassoon, cello, and loom (yes, loom) to create expansive sonic soundscapes.

10:00: Laila Biali, host of CBC’s Saturday Night Jazz, performs in the 7th Floor Theatre. Laila’s recent self-titled record won the 2019 Juno for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year!

11:00: Head to Buhler Hall – if you’re lucky, you might catch the last tunes from the Joshua Redman Quartet.

11:30: Patio party!

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Plan C

Modern romantic.

Whether it’s your first date, or your I-lost-count.

6:15: For a unique vantage point of Buhler Hall, find a spot above the action on the mezzanine walkway for Brian Blade & the Fellowship.

7:15: For soft, sincere vocals, check out Beverly Glenn-Copeland in the Stuart Clarke Garden of Contemplation.

8:30: Take the elevator up to the Tower Of Hope. Overlooking the Red River, your sunset will be accompanied by pianist Mike Manny.

8:45: For a late bite, check out ERA Bistro.

9:50: Joshua Redman Quartet takes the stage in Buhler Hall.

11:15: To wrap up the night, Montreal powerhouse Dominique Fils-Aimé performs in the Garden of Contemplation for a late set.


Victoria King