April 29, 2016
2501 CANADA (Quebec) - Montreal International Jazz Festival
The Montreal International Jazz Festival takes place at 10 free outdoor stages and 10 indoor concert halls, and holds the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world's largest jazz festival. Every year, at the end of June and beginning of July, it features roughly 3,000 artists from 30-odd countries, more than 650 concerts (including 450 free outdoor performances), and welcomes close to 2.5 million visitors as well as 400 accredited journalists.
A major part of the city's downtown core is closed to traffic for ten days, as free outdoor shows are open to the public and held on many stages at the same time, from noon until midnight. Shows are held in a wide variety of venues, from relatively small jazz clubs to the large concert halls of Place des Arts. The first edition was in 1980, with funding from Alain de Grosbois of CBC Stereo and Radio-Québec. In 1982 was established also the Concours de Jazz, a competition which takes place between Canadian groups.
About the stamps
The first stamp is part of a series of five definitive stamps, Baby Wildlife, about which I wrote here.
Three of the stamps are part of the series Haunted Canada 2 - Domestic stamps, illustrate by Sam Weber, designed by Lionel Gadoury and Kammy Ahuja, and issued on September 14, 2015.
The other three stamps are part of the series Beneficial Insects, about which I wrote here.
Montreal International Jazz Festival - Official website
Sent from Montreal Airport (Quebec / Canada), on 22.09.2015