Due to a last-minute heads-up, I spent the latter part of my Friday evening at Résonance Café to check out one of my favorite Jazz Fest discoveries of 2011. A Montreal guy no less. Jon Day. It's a mystery to me local village media haven't snapped out of their slumber and noticed him. He's got that world class something. Check out a video of his work below.
Can't say the venue was entirely appropriate for his gospel-tinged soul jazz though, with the loud buzz of patrons talking throughout the room. Day's music requires a certain amount of intimacy and silence to be truly appreciated but by the same token, I'm rather fond of this new joint.
It's called Résonance Café and it's located in the Mile-End, on du Parc at Fairmount (map).
Having first opened a few weeks earlier, Résonance lives up to its name. It's not so much a jazz club as it is a jazz café that books local acts most evenings. And it's so down-to-earth. And affordable. My beer was only $3.50 and there was zero cover charge. As for the menu, it's more on the snacky side -- corn bread, chili, veggie sandwiches -- and entirely vegetarian. You can even get a café au lait made with vegan milk. And the most expensive item on the (visible) menu was only $6. Lovely vibe too. A cross-section of twentysomethings, thirty-ish types and a couple of seniors spread out through the place. Overall, a nice alternative to bar land and one of the more relaxed environments to experience Montreal's jazz scene.