From July 22 to 24, you can celebrate Creole music and culture at Parc Frédéric-Back in Saint-Michel. For its ninth edition, the International Mizik Kreyol Festival of Montreal invites Montrealers of all ages to come and listen to tropical tunes… for free!
This year’s lineup includes well-known artists from the Creole music industry, including Nu-Look, Djapot, Fly, Katel Mizik, Ekip, 911 Konpa, Florence El Luche, and more. In addition to the concerts, the outdoor site will include food kiosks, on-site entertainment, inflatable structures and face painting for children.
Up to six food stalls will serve traditional Creole dishes, such as Haitian griot, galettes, sticky rice and fried chicken. Thirsty festival-goers will find alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the bar, including Caribbean rum cocktails, beers and cognac. Prices vary between $8 and $15 per meal.
Laurraine Leblanc, organizer and spokesperson for the event, told MTL Blog that this new free format makes it especially accessible to the entire community. She also hopes the event will inspire young people who aspire to work in the entertainment industry.
“This is the first time that a three-day festival will take place at Frédéric-Back Park. It was important for us to stay in Saint-Michel, home to a large Haitian community living in Montreal.
Visitors are encouraged to use public transport as the park has limited parking spaces.
Those who want to keep the party going after the shows can purchase tickets online and attend four after-parties at Complexe La Providence. Tickets will be available at the door if not sold before the event.
The International Mizik Kreyol Festival of Montreal
2019 edition of the Montreal International Mizik Kreyol Festival.Courtesy of the International Mizik Kreyol Festival of Montreal
When: July 22-24, 3-10 p.m. (9 p.m. on the last day)
Where: Frédéric-Back Park, 8400 2nd Ave, Montreal, QC