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JGH Jazz Festival Celebrates 20th anniversary at the Jewish General Hospital

Unique festival will run weekdays from June 11 to 20

Montreal, June 6, 2019 – The Jewish General Hospital (JGH) is thrilled to stage its 20th anniversary Jazz Festival with a variety of performers who will showcase their musical talents free of charge! The festival will feature JGH staff, as well as local and international musicians, and the festival’s founder, former JGH Music Therapist Bryan Highbloom.

“I’ve always wanted the community to know how therapeutic music can be,” says Mr. Highbloom, who was the hospital’s Music Therapist for 33 years. “It’s important to me that it continue, because it’s a wonderful thing. It’s cool that the festival is 20 years old.”

There will be eight outdoor concerts for the 2019 edition of the festival. Each concert begins at noon in the picnic area near the hospital’s Côte-des-Neiges entrance.

“The JGH is a special hospital,” says Music Therapist Sam Minevich. “We are really patient-centred and music helps our patients.”

In case of rain, the performances will be held in the hospital’s Pavilion K food court.

“This event has a history going back now two decades and those who live and work in the area have come to really appreciate the beautiful music that our festival provides,” says Alan Maislin, President of the Board of Directors of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, of which the JGH is a member facility. “There’s a terrific display of talent and it’s great for the morale of patients and staff.”

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This special summer concert series is presented, in partnership with Suoni per il Popolo, an annual not-for-profit Montreal music festival that is committed to showcasing new artists and engaging communities in the thriving independent Montreal music scene. This partnership renews both organizations’ commitment to reaching out into the community and promoting the shared idea that music is, in fact, healing.

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