Campbell Concerts: Free shows in Montréal’s parks all summer long

Last updated June 13, 2024
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From late June to August, the city’s parks come alive with the music of the Campbell Concerts. Discover musical groups, contemporary brass bands and local artists in a variety of styles, from classical to pop to jazz.

A special edition 

The Campbell Concerts are celebrating their 100th year. To mark this special edition, the concerts will present a double program to the public. Each show will be preceded by a performance by a brass band. La Fanfare de l’Île, the Burning Brass Band, the Sumak Brass Band, and many others are sure to liven up your summer evenings.   

The program kicks off with Michel Rivard at the Théâtre de Verdure (reservations required). Head to our neighborhood parks for shows featuring Barka, Orchestre Métropolitain, Maghreb-influenced Marseille trio Zar Electrik, singer Valence, children’s group Les Petites Tounes, musician and rapper Waahli, and Wendat and Guinean multi-instrumentalist and hip-hop creator Joseph Sarenhes.

100 years of musical performances 

Upon his death, lawyer by training Charles S. Campbell chose to leave a substantial endowment to fund free concerts in outdoor venues accessible to the general public.   

The Campbell Concerts began in 1924, presenting military bands such as the Fusiliers Mont-Royal and the Black Watch Association Band. Over the years, the program has been tailored to reflect the changing tastes of the public, and to reflect the diversity of the Montreal population.  

The Campbell Concerts are made possible by the estate of Charles S. Campbell. 

Learn more about  Charles S. Campbell and the history of the Concerts Campbell (in French) on the MEM - Centre des mémoires montréalaises’ Web site.