July explodes with major
entertainment events

World-class events this month include the Montreal International Jazz and JFL Comedy Festivals

By Byron Toben

June 29, 2023

July is one busy month entertainment-wise. Here are some highlights in chronological order:

June 30 to July 8

George Benson

George Benson – Image: courtesy of the Montreal International Jazz Festival

43rd Montreal International Jazz Festival

The largest in the world, with shows ranging from major indoor halls to free outdoor performances.

July 5 to 16

Hudson Village Theatre Beyond the Sea romantic comedy stars Quincy Armorer and Julie Tamiko Manning.

July 5 to 30


The French version of the original rock musical, slated to end at the end of June, has now been extended to July 30 at the Théâtre St-Denis. Let the sun shine in the age of Aquarius!

July 8 and 9

July 9 is the date in 1955 when Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell and seven other scientists warned of the choice between peace and human survival. Join the International 24-hour Peace Wave hosted by World Beyond War. Free!

July 12 to 14

STARTUPFEST conference about starting high-tech projects and networking with experts, first launched in 2011, is back at Montreal’s old port, plus a new after-hours mixer at Notman House from 7 pm on July 13 to 12 am on July 14.

July 13 to August 6

Repercussion Theatre’s annual Shakespeare in the Park tour returns, this time with the rarely performed but critically acclaimed Cymbeline on Montreal island and elsewhere in Quebec (four times in Westmount Park – July 20 and 21 and August 5 and 6)

July 14 to 29

Just For Laughs Comedy Festival

Founded in 1983, this is the largest comedy festival in the world. English language acts run from July 18 to 29, and special industry PRO sessions from July 26 to 29.

July 22

Ranee Lee One Night Benefit Show

This is a new show, not a replay of her wonderful Dark Divas or Lady Day at Emerson Bar and Grill.

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Byron Toben, a past president of The Montreal Press Club, has been’s theatre reviewer since July 2015. Previously, he wrote for since terminated websites Rover Arts and Charlebois Post, print weekly The Downtowner, and print monthly The Senior Times. He also is an expert consultant on U.S. work permits for Canadians.
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