A man on stilts amusing the crowd during Montreal's annual International Jazz Festival, widely acknowledged as the best in the world. The 11-day festival -- the French Canadian city's 35th -- wrapped up on July 6.
There are free and ticketed performances 12 hours a day outdoors, in clubs, and in small and large concert spaces. This group gave a free concert of New Orleans jazz.
Every style of vocal and instrumental jazz, blues and funk can be heard at free concerts, such as this one by a big band.
Lefevre also performed as part of a jazz trio. On July 1, I heard jazz pianist Brad Mehldau in a solo concert at Maison Symphonique.
Jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves wowing the audience on June 27 in Theatre
Maisonneuve, one of the major concert halls grouped together on the Place des Arts, similar to Lincoln Center in Manhattan.
Ty Tyler, vocalist with the soul band Vintage Trouble, is the reincarnation of James Brown, and he packed them in for a free outdoor concert on July 1 that saw him leave the stage and climb one of the light and camera towers in the plaza.
A free concert and an appreciative audience on a mild evening in Montreal's Place des Arts, above and below, as seen from the terrace of the Hyatt Regency, the headquarters hotel for the annual festival.
|Bistro SAQ is one of the pop-up restaurants on festival grounds.|
|Bicycle lanes downtown carry two-way traffic, in contrast to those in Manhattan. The island of Montreal is larger than Manhattan island, but fewer people live there and traffic congestion never approaches the nightmarish proportions in New York.|
|This 1985 sculpture, called "The Illuminated Crowd," draws a lot of attention from pedestrians in downtown Montreal.|
|Want Chinese roast duck for dinner?|
|One of the many Vietnamese restaurants in Chinatown, below.|
|Montreal's Jean Talon Market is the only one I know that offers free samples of fruits and vegetables, but no toothpicks.|
|Prince Edward Island oysters on the half-shell are $2.50 to $3 Canadian each, if you want to eat them at this counter in Jean Talon.|
|Across from the oyster bar, a fish market offers live lobsters for $10.99 Canadian a pound and also sells fried smelts and other seafood that can be eaten at picnic tables.|
|Restaurants, charcuteries and other food shops line streets surrounding Jean Talon.|
|Hanging flower pots and street signs in Montreal's Outremont section, near Vanhorne, a restaurant with "cuisine du marche" or "cooking from the market."|
|A Vietnamese restaurant outside of Chinatown.|
|One of two large electric fireplaces at a McDonald's in a service area on Route 15, not far from Saint Sauveur, Quebec.|
|A World Cup-themed Big Mac, which contains mystery meat in any language. McDonald's is the "official restaurant" of the FIFA World Cup, the international soccer competition.|
|Travelers line up to order at McDonald's.|
|Hotel de Ville or City Hall in Old Montreal.|
|Old Montreal slopes down to the Saint Lawrence River, below.|
|From Old Montreal, tourists can see the island where a Formula 1 race is held every June. It can be reached by Montreal's Metro or subway.|
|Metro cars run on rubber tires, making them quieter inside and out than Manhattan's subway, though Montreal's system isn't as extensive. A single ride costs $3 Canadian.|
|Eaton Center downtown is one of the city's enclosed malls linked by the subway.|
|A valet parking attendant in the Complexe Desjardins, which has a multilevel garage with about 1,000 spaces.|
|The KPMG Tower in downtown Montreal.|
|A church spire reflected in glass sheathing an office building.|