A breath of fresh air will conquer the city’s off-the-charts heat and humidity as rising R&B vocalist Jessie Reyez leads the lineup of over 350 free outdoor shows at the 39th edition of Montreal’s world renown jazz festival.

Canadian-Colombian singer Jessie Reyez is this year’s R&B revelation. Winner of the 2018 Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year for her debut EP, Kiddo, took the music world by surprise.  Her signature, tormented (preternaturally resonant) vocals powered Figures, Shutter Island, Hard to Love and Gatekeeper to the top of the charts.

Two major free outdoor concerts are part of the program: the first, on July 3 at 9:30 p.m. at the TD Stage in the Place des Festivals (Jeanne Mance and de Maisonneuve) will feature Jessie Reyez. The other major free concert will be the closing one, on July 7 at 9:30 p.m. at the same TD Stage and will feature the rock band The War on Drugs. This American quartet also has impressive credentials: they won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album for their hit “A Deeper Understanding.”