Montreal, Thursday, June 26, 2008 [Press Release] - Singer and Brazil’s Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil will today be honoured by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal with the awarding of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award. The prize will be presented to him by Laurent Saulnier, vice-president of programming of the Festival, at a press conference which will be held this afternoon at 1 p.m. in the Salon Mont-Royal of the Hyatt Regency Montréal.

Gilberto Gil is the 5th laureate of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award. Created in 2004 on the 25th anniversary of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, each year the award is given to an artist distinguished in the field of world music whose influence on the evolution of jazz and cultural crossover is widely recognized.

A national hero to Brazil and the country’s current Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil has led a brilliant career for over four decades, redefining Brazilian popular music and becoming its global ambassador, leaving a lasting impression on millions of fans-and some very influential artists including Paul Simon and David Byrne. With over 30 albums and 5 million in sales to his credit, Gil remains a man of conviction and a gifted singer-guitarist, weaving rhythms as complex as they are deeply seductive. Gilberto Gil as part of the Grands concerts TD Canada Trust séries, Thursday June 26, 9:30 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA.

As the winner of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award, Gilberto Gill follows in the footsteps of Angélique Kidjo (2007), Salif Keita (2006), Khaled (2005) and Ibrahim Ferrer (2004).


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