Concierge.com's insider take:
Montréal is famous for its summer Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, held in late June through early July. The free shows are great, but check out the website well in advance to pick up tickets to the gala events; they sell out briskly. The programming includes a very broad definition of jazz: Bob Dylan, Angélique Kidjo, and Harry Connick, Jr. are all part of the 2007 lineup (www.montrealjazzfest.com). Of course, fans can get their fix year-round at the House of Jazz, an elegant Louisiana-inspired restaurant and entertainment venue downtown. Expect to hear the finest in live Canadian jazz from performers such as Oscar Peterson (2060 Aylmer St.; 514-842-8656; www.houseofjazz.ca). Nearby, Upstairs jazz bar hosts a revolving roster of young Montréal and Toronto jazz singers and musicians—check out the jam sessions here during the Jazz Fest (1254 Mackay St.; 514-931-6808; www.upstairsjazz.com).