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"Molly Ringwald is a jazz singer now, which is probably the greatest next step once you've ticked Cultural Icon off your to-do list."

Top Picks for Montreal Jazz Fest, Including Feist for Free, Rhye, A Tribe Called Red, She & Him and…Molly Ringwald?

A tiny sampling of the relentless celebration of music that is the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, on all over the city from June 28th to July 7th.

June 28
Who: Feist
Where: Scene TD de la place des Festivals (corner Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance)
When: 9:30 pm
Cost: FREE! 

While most Canadians know all the words to at least two Feist songs, her live show is always surprising and memorable. 

June 30
Who: Rhye
Where: Métropolis, 59 Ste-Catherine St. E. 
When: 8:30 pm
Cost: $39-43

Anyone who saw Rhye’s amazing (faux) candelit set at Cabaret du Mile End in the spring knows the sultry sounds of this new R&B band translate to a very sexy live show. 

July 2
Who: A Tribe Called Red
Where: Club Soda, 1225 St-Lauren Blvd
When: 11 pm 
Cost: $24-27

These Polaris long-listed DJs mix world music with hip hop and First Nations beats for a unique, infectious, danceable sound. 

July 3
Who: Camera Obscura and She & Him
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier -PdA, 175 Rue St Catherine O
When: 7:30 pm
Cost: $52-62

Much-loved UK indie and much-loved US ingenue. 

July 3
Who: Austra
Where: Club Soda, 1225 St-Laurent Blvd
When: 11 pm
Cost: $24-27

Witchy, new-wave newness from Katie Stelmanis and crew, whose new album dropped in June. 

July 5, 6, 7
Who: Leif Vollebekk
Where: Musée d’art contemporain, 185 Ste Catherine O
When: 8 pm
Cost: $18-22

The folk balladeer will play three shows in his adopted home city. 

July 5
Who: David Lynch Presents Chrysta Bell
Where: Club Soda, 1225 St-Laurent Blvd
When: 11 pm 
Cost: $20-22

David Lynch has found his new muse, so everyone probably needs to this. 

July 6
Who: Soweto Gospel Choir
Where: Maison symphonique de Montreal, 1600 St-Urbain St. 
When: 3 pm and 7 pm
Cost: $60-70

The Soweto Gospel Choir are world-renowned for a reason. This is a show you won’t ever forget. 

Who: Molly Ringwald
Where: Club Soda, 1225 St-Laurent Blvd. 
When: 7 pm
Cost: $35-37

Yes, that Molly Ringwald! She’s a jazz singer now, which is amazing and probably the greatest next step once you’ve ticked Cultural Icon off your to-do list. 

July 7
Who: Mother Mother
Where: Club Soda, 1225 St-Laurent Blvd
When: 7 pm
Cost: $30-31

The Vancouver cult folk band have taken a more upbeat influence on their latest record. 

July 7
Who: Amadou and Mariam
Where: Scene TD de la place des festivals (corner Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance) 
When: 9:30 pm
Cost: Free

Malian duo who have been weaving magic together for years.

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