The Montreal Jazz Festival is celebrating its 30th birthday and they are throwing a big party! Kicking off the big, outdoor, free concerts is one by living legend Stevie Wonder. This is a huge show and quite a coup for the organizers of the Jazz Festival. The fact that it is free and accessible to everyone is just the cherry on top of the ice cream.
The 59-year-old (hard to believe that Little Stevie is that old!) has done everything you could in the music industry. Wonder has won 22 Grammy Awards (the most by a solo artist), has 30 Top Ten (U.S.) singles, sold over 100 million albums, been inducted into the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame, been listed as the 9th best American musician ever by Rolling Stone magazine, and even won an Academy Award.
Blind since birth, Wonder was a child prodigy who mastered the piano at age 9 and taught himself how to play drums, bass and harmonica. Signed to the Motown label at the ripe old age of eleven he went on to become one of their biggest stars.
-Venue: Jeanne Mance below Ste. Catherine
-Show Time: 9:30 p.m.