Montreal, Monday, June 13, 2011 – What luck-right at the very last minute, the brilliant and unpredictable Prince asked if he could perform two late-night shows during the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. The Festival had a one-word answer: YES! This incredible performer, last with us 10 years ago, had visited Métropolis and liked the venue. This time, he’s happy to deliver two out-of-the-blue impromptu shows, June 24 and 25 at 11:30 p.m., at the Métropolis. A complete and multi-talented artist, his every concert only enhances his legendary stature. The performances are even more exciting because of the intimacy of the venue: a capacity of 2000, for a performer more accustomed to playing arenas 10 times that size! Better yet, the star has asked us to transform the venue into a massive dance floor for the occasion. Therefore, the parterre will be reserved for dancing, with only 300 reserved seats in the balcony. Tickets for these surprise concerts go on sale tomorrow at noon.
Some changes have been made to the program to accommodate this surprise: The Unsettlers will perform four free concerts: June 26 to 28 in the Savoy du Métropolis at midnight and one show exclusively in Club Soda on June 25 at 7 p.m., replacing the Jolly Boys. Also, the Florence K concert (June 25) will be rescheduled for 7:30 p.m., still in Métropolis.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday at noon
Tickets for this show go on sale Tuesday, June 14, at noon. They will be available from L’Astral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 305, Ste. Catherine Street W.), from Métropolis (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.), or from Admission and Ticketmaster (admission.com and ticketmaster.com, 1 855 790‑1245).
The 32nd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will run from June 25 to July 4, 2011.