Montreal is a city with a packed music calendar. From the Montreal International Jazz Festival to Pop Montreal to Francofolies, the city has something for every kind of fan. While Jewish bands and artists have cropped up at all of these events, until now the city has been missing its own full-fledged Jewish music festival.
Recently, however, the city’s Jewish music scene has been coming into its own. Last year, the Ghetto Shul, a student-oriented synagogue in downtown Montreal, started its “Nights at the Ghetto Shul” series in collaboration with the Jazz Festival and KlezKanada. This year, that event is joined by the first ever Montreal Jewish Music Festival, which runs from August 29 to September 2. Sponsored by KlezKanada and organized by harmonica maestro and Shtreiml bandleader Jason Rosenblatt, the festival’s lineup ranges from Montreal stalwart SoCalled to Moroccan cantor Aaron Bensoussan to Israeli jammers the Moshav Band. The Arty Semite talked to Rosenblatt about why it took so long for Montreal to get a Jewish music festival and what this event adds to the city’s festival line-up.
It seems like this festival has been a long time coming. Have you been working on it for a while?
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