Montreal is poised to be festival central this summer, recession or not.
There will be music and comedy and much more in the city, which will also see the anniversaries of several of its most successful events.
The Montreal International Jazz Festival is turning 30. The Cirque du soleil, the international fireworks festival and the Montreal Bike Fest, which culminates with the Tour de l'ile cycling event, all turn 25. But that only scratches the surface of what's going on.