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Jazz fest: Walk Off the Earth brings the hits to free outdoor blowout

The Montreal International Jazz Festival’s free outdoor blowouts are all about the party this year. Of course, they try to be so every year, some years more effectively than others.

Last Wednesday, Montrealers were treated to an all-star roster of our best homegrown indie talent, from Coeur de pirate to headliners Half Moon Run, as part of the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations.

On Saturday, Place des Festivals was turned into a giant Discothèque with beats by DJ Champion and the services of Men Without Hats, Carly Rae Jepsen and then some.

So what do they do for Tuesday night’s festival-anchoring midway bash?

“This is the 38th Montreal International Jazz Festival,” VP of programming Laurent Saulnier reminded the swelling crowd by way of introduction, amid perfect weather and clear skies, “and the 30th Tuesday night Grand événement.”

For the occasion, a party band tailor-made for good times. Walk Off the Earth has been around for more than a decade, but came to world fame only over the past five years through a seemingly endless array of viral covers of mainstream pop hits.

Wacky instrumentation, great voices and elaborate, highly creative videos saw the Burlington, Ont., foursome’s breakout 2012 rendition of Gotye’s Somebody I Used to Know reach 175 million views. Say what?

They opened the night with an energetic version of Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You, their YouTube performance of which is chilling at a modest 9 million views.

“Alright! We have some singers in the house tonight,” said very pregnant member Sarah Blackwell, to rowdy cheers from the audience, in a break between songs.

A singalong erupted during one of the band’s own tunes, the peppy Gang of Rhythm, from their 2013 album R.E.V.O. But it paled in comparison to the celebration that accompanied their take on Pharrell’s Happy.

“Alright Montreal, we came here to dance!” beckoned bandleader Gianni Luminati as they dropped into the chart-topping hit. People had no trouble keeping up with the double-time handclaps, while the band tweaked their basic pop-rock instrumentation with Kazoos, ukelele and trumpet.

Was it jazzy? Not even close. Did anyone care? Not even a little bit. This was no time for grumpy old men. It was all about silly summer fun.

In lieu of the elaborate choreographies and offbeat arrangements of the band’s videos, we got simple yet effective choreographies, such as Luminati trading swings with a ninja during their latest single, Taekwondo.

The biggest singalong of the opening stretch, en français no less, came for the swinging Champs-Élysées, which had the Montreal crowd on-board from the opening notes.

If the jazz fest has learned one thing, after all these years, it’s how to show everyone a good time. It’s why throngs (generally estimated in the 100,000 range) come down, year-in, year-out for outdoor blowouts headlined by artists they barely know.

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When it’s a Canadian band playing chart-topping hits they know by heart, it’s a no-brainer.

“Can we take one second to acknowledge the sea of people, which just goes on and on for what seems like f—in’ forever?” Blackwood asked at one point, to cheers.

Reaction was subdued (or perhaps enrapt) during Adele’s Hello (7,400,000 views), which got a solid cheer that turned to general euphoria when the song switched into the Chainsmokers’ Closer, complete with four-way kazoo jam.

There were flames for the rockin’ Fire In My Soul, and as everyone clapped along to the pumping dance beat, it was a safe bet that Pharrell would have the last word on this night: no one was going home unhappy — not even Natasha Luttrell, the blind woman who was left frustrated after requesting that the jazz fest provide a sign language interpreter for the performance of her favourite band.
After initially refusing, the festival came through Tuesday night. Spotlit sign interpreters accompanied the entire performance.”

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