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The Spalding Society

To some, she'll always be known simply as the "upstart" who bested Justin Bieber at the Grammy Awards, but the jazz world - from fans to critics to fellow musicians - knows that Esperanza Spalding is so much more.

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5 à 7 cocktail: Strawberry daiquiri

Juicy Quebec strawberries and Fragoli liqueur combine to make an extra intense slushy daiquiri.

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Sandwich Club: Good morning!

A refined alternative to McDonald's Egg McMuffin, from De Farine et L’Eau Fraiche on Amherst St.

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Open House, open late

An eclectic roster of local and international DJs takes centre stage at Open House, the Montreal International Jazz Festival's adventurous late-night program, which  serves as a showcase for some of Montreal's finest underground DJ talent.

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Dance-pop stars Scissor Sisters perform at L'Olympia, 1004 Ste. Catherine St. E. Tickets are $27.50 in advance (via; $30 at the door.

Japan kicks off this year's L'International des Feux Loto-Quebec at 10 p.m.


Montreal's acclaimed Barr Brothers play their biggest hometown show yet at Metropolis, 59 Ste.Catherine St. E., as part of the Montreal International Jazz festival. Tickets are $33 (via

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