MONTREAL - Eleven days of music and entertainment will get under way June 26 as the 29th annual Montreal Jazz Fest begins.

The celebration starts at noon each day and continues until midnight, ending July 6. Several city blocks are closed to traffic for the event. An art gallery, street performers, and a musical park for children are part of the program, along with performances of jazz, Latin, African, reggae, and other types of music from around the world.

Scheduled headliners include Aretha Franklin, Woody Allen, Leonard Cohen, Return to Forever, Abbey Lincoln, Dianne Reeves, James Taylor, Lee "Scratch" Perry, the Wailers, David Murray, Michel Donato, Guy Nadon, Ravi Coltrane, Coral Egan, Steely Dan, Yael Naim, Al Green, and Lizz Wright.

New series include

En voix

("in voice"), featuring Buffy Sainte-Marie and Gino Vanelli, and Cine-Jazz, which will offer live performances during film screenings.

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