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Page 22 of 77 21 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL M O N T R E A L New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz. Kansas City added some swing, and Chicago brought its own style to the genre. But Montreal is home to the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the largest jazz festival in the world. The 38th annual festival will be June 28 to July 8, 2017. More than 12,000 people showed up to the fi rst festival in 1980 to hear the likes of Ray Charles, Chick Corea and Gary Burton. Since then, the festival's numbers have landed it in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest jazz festival: Three thousand musicians from 30 countries will perform 800 concerts for 2 million festivalgoers. Along with many free outdoor concerts, the festival also features miniparades and other entertainment. Guided walking tours through downtown tell the story of jazz and highlight its connection to the city dating back to the 1920s. A guide uses historic photos and old music recordings while discussing important sites, such as former jazz clubs, before ending at the festival's year-round center, La Mai- son du Festival, which features a museum, a music venue, a lounge, a bistro and a gift shop. Visitors can also board the Bateau-Mouche for a three-hour jazz dinner cruise on the St. Lawrence River that features a live jazz per- formance by Paul Ramos. Small groups can arrange to take basic French classes that also include an aperitif — a small pre-meal cock- tail — and dinner. W W W . M O N T R E A L J A Z Z F E S T . C O M By Fernando Maia, courtesy Riotur Courtesy City Hall of Bunol By Francesco Yates, courtesy Montreal International Jazz Festival World's largest jazz festival in Montreal Elaborate costume from Rio Carnival La Tomatina festival food fi ght Courtesy Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek 800.638.4877 We're not just any small town. We're the most beautiful small town in America, according to Rand McNally and USA Today. Journey to the Bourbon Capital of the World ® , where bourbon flows from everywhere but the kitchen faucet. Tour one of seven distilleries, learn about bourbon history, and dine on world-class, bourbon-inspired cuisine.

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