PHOTOS: Week one of the Montreal Jazz Fest

Soul queens, pop showmen, rappers, alt-rock and chamber pop ensembles, fusion figureheads and more from week one of the Jazz Fest.

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Soil & Pimp Sessions. Photos by Cindy Lopez

It’s been a wild week in the city’s downtown streets and concert halls, with musicians of all stripes and sounds packing in to play the one and only Montreal Jazz Fest, which continues through Sunday, July 9.

(For show reviews and recommendations, keep an eye on our daily festival coverage by Darcy MacDonald.)

Here’s a stage-side view of the hottest action we’ve witnessed so far: