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Canada: Montreal jazz fest to feature Michael Buble and Diana Ross

Canada: Montreal jazz fest to feature Michael Buble and Diana Ross
Michael Buble and Diana Ross are among the stars who will perform at the Montreal jazz festival in June and July. (Michael Buble photo by Alejandro Garcia / EPA; Diana Ross photo by Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Michael Buble and Diana Ross will be among the music world's biggest names converging on Montreal this summer for the popular Festival International de Jazz.

The festival, now in its 35th year, is expected to draw 2 1/2 million people to Canada's second largest city during its 11-day run in late June and early July.

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This summer's lineup includes Buble (July 4 and 5), Keith Jarrett (June 28), Bobby McFerrin (June 30), Dianne Reeves (June 27) and Ross (July 3).

The festival, which runs June 26-July 6, takes over several square blocks in downtown Montreal. Several streets are closed to vehicles throughout the celebration.

The family-friendly event provides plenty of activities for youngsters, including opportunities to build their own musical instruments and tickle the ivories on a giant piano.

Besides the scheduled concerts, which begin at noon each day and continue until 3 a.m., buskers wander the streets entertaining visitors. Food and souvenir vendors abound.

Details on tickets to various performances are included in the festival's calendar of events.

Info: (888) 515-0515. Press 9 for English.

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