Montreal Jazz Fest partners with Voivod

Canadian metal innovators Voivod are going to take a bite out of the world-famous Montreal International Jazz Festival – they have been invited to perform on June 30 at the city’s venue, Club Soda.

Specifically for this occasion, guitarist Dan Mongrain wrote an eight-minute arrangement for a brass quintet that will join the band onstage during the show for a special feature on “The End Of Dormancy” from Voivod’s Juno award-winning album ‘The Wake’ (2018). This will be a world premiere, as Voivod has not played that song live yet. Has a partnership like this – a metal band joined by a brass quintet during a performance – been done before? Highly likely. You can see a short clip of a rehearsal below.

‘The Wake’ is one of 40 albums which have made the Polaris Music Prize 2019 LongList (a list of the best Canadian albums of the last 12 months). Voivod was also nominated for the “International Artist Of The Year” award at this year’s Progressive Music Awards, which will be held on September 12 in London, England. ‘The Wake’ was released in September 2018.

Voivod will be on tour later this year, joining forces with Revocation for a North American co-headlining tour in the fall. Psycroptic, Skeletal Remains and Conjurer will join as additional support.


We are excited for Jazzfest to roll around so we can showcase the skills of our very METAL friendsTenor Sax: Francois D'AmoursTrumpet: Dominic Leveille and Maxime St-Pierre(Elvis Garneau)Bass Trombone: Jean-Sébastien VachonTenor Trombone: Renaud Gratton!Our very own Dan Mongrain 'Chewy' wrote the arrangement being played by these amazing musicians and we are very excited to hit the stage with them.

Posted by Voivod on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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