Igloofest Montréal announces 2020 season lineup, including RÜFÜS DU SOL, REZZ, Zeds Dead, and more

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Igloofest makes its imprint on the international music festival scene with its signature, trademark characteristic—embracing the arctic climate known as Canadian winters. The Montréal-based festival has just announced its 2020 season lineup, amassing a proudly diverse selection of male and female artists to top each of the four weekends of its outdoor winter series.

For its upcoming 14th edition, Igloofest welcomes a new slate of headliners over each weekend, held from Jan. 16 – Feb. 8, 2020. The opening weekend kicks off performances from headliners THE BLAZE, ANNA, Reinier Zonneveld, and curated stage takeover from Anjunabeats—with a lineup to be announced. Over the remaining three weekends, the festival’s headliners include REZZ, Nina Kraviz, RÜFÜS DU SOL, ZEDS DEAD, and Charlotte De Witte to close out each chilly night of the series.

Among the headlining performances, Igloofest welcomes an abundance of varied local and international support from artists like i_o, VNSSA, Jeremy Olander, Honey Soundsystem, Robert Hood, and many others. Held in the charismatic grounds of the city’s Old Port, the festival will debut a redesigned layout to increase their capacity, filled with handfuls of activities, treats and vendors within the magical Igloovillage and increased heated IGLOOVIP areas.

Tickets and more information on Igloofest can be found online here.

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Martin Garrix carries on performance following bee sting in throat

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Martin Garrix carries on performance following bee sting in throatMartin Garri Breach

It seems Martin Garrix can take on an extraordinary amount of pain when it comes to giving his fans a good performance. The most recent example of this happened over Labor Day Weekend in Montreal, where the DJ sustained a bee sting inside his throat just 10 minutes into his set at Beachclub and continued to perform anyhow.

Garrix didn’t only push himself until he couldn’t stand the pain anymore—right after seeking medical care for the sting, according to a post from the club owner, he apparently proceeded to get right back on stage. He ended up giving his fans a bonus half hour of tunes.

“The story is just incredible…this is Martin Garrix back on stage after he got stung directly in the mouth by a bee”. He said to me, “Fuck bro – I’m going back; it’s too extraordinary here not to!” – Olivier Primeau [translated]

The bee sting incident comes just after the artist recovered from an ankle sprain earlier in the summer season that happened during a show in Vegas. This was where fans first got to see just how much Garrix had been willing to endure for them, as he moved forward with his tour dressed with an ankle boot and crutches.

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A walk through Montréal’s Piknic Électronik – photos by Ashutosh Gupta

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îleSoniq commemorates sixth anniversary on Montréal’s île Sainte-Helene – photos by Susan Moss, Pat Beaudry, Pierre Bourgault

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Montreal’s Piknic Électronik welcomes Loco Dice, Öona Dahl and more for its 17th season

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Montreal’s Piknic Électronik welcomes Loco Dice, Öona Dahl and more for its 17th seasonPiknic Electronik

Tucked away within Montreal’s parc Jean-Drapeau is the seasonal infrastructure to Piknic Électronik, familiar terrain to the city’s steady events landscape. The series is no stranger to the area, returning for their 17th summer takeover on the island. The weekly Sunday sessions fulfills a variety of purposes, combining the facets of small-scale outdoor music festival with the appeal of a casual, and undemanding date in the park for many. On the other hand, those looking to continue their weekend festivities have found their calling, as they’re joined by thousands of like-minded individuals with the dancefloor in mind.

Running from May 19-September 29, Piknic combines their weekly curated programming with a handful of standalone “Off-Piknic” events to prime their selection of seasonal bookings. Each Sunday throughout the season welcomes thousands of attendees to the dancefloor in the airy openings of parc Jean-Drapeau. The 2019 summer lineup has thus far seen a diverse arrangement of artists, allowing visitors to discover and embrace local and international talent. The first three weekends brought out the musical prowess of Öona Dahl, the return of Hernan Cattaneo, and Loco Dice—three renowned artists within the community. 

Closing out with their season finale on September 29, attendees have the opportunity to attend a varied selection of events like the return of Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream series, and a co-hosted Piknic x Boiler Room event amidst their regularly scheduled events.

Tickets and season passes are available for purchase here.

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îleSoniq Festival adopts île Sainte-Helene as home for 2019 edition

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Montréal hosts a steady stream of premier musical talent at all times of the year. During the summer months in particular, the city welcomes individuals from all corners of the world for back-to-back festival weekends and one-off events held throughout the city’s quarters. Approaching the second weekend of August, event promoter evenko gear up for îleSoniq Festival, their third and final musical event of the season.

Returning back to their initial homebase on the city’s île Sainte-Hélène from August 9-10, îleSoniq boasts a world class selection of electronic artists across three uniquely curated stages dedicated to representing the best in house and techno, bass, and main stage festival talent. After last year’s edition brought the festival to a new section of the island, locals and festival veterans have been quick to express their excitement over the venue switch.

To round out their weighted lineup, the festival introduces a bevy of hip-hop performers in an effort to match the increasing trend of multi-genre electronic music festivals. Ahead of the impending weekend, attendees can expect to see a wide variety of talent—spanning from hometown heroes Adventure Club and Snails, to embracing main stage steadfast KSHMR’s momentous debut in Quebec.

View the festival’s daily schedules below.

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GA and VIP wristbands are available for purchase online.

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A-Trak and Chromeo’s Dave1 star in new MLS ‘Our Soccer’ campaign spot, ‘Like That’

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Major League Soccer has steadily been on the rise in North America over the last decade. In the spirit of bringing incredibly passionate fan bases and a diverse array of cultures together, MLS has launched a new addition to the ongoing “Our Soccer” campaign, with a national spot featuring the Macklovitch brothers, Chromeo frontman Dave1 and Fool’s Gold co-founder, A-Trak.

In the new spot, titled “Like That,” highlight clips flash by as A-Trak’s voice over reads, “Our soccer is a vibe. Everybody’s welcome. We pull up. Laced up. Link up. And get down. When we make it happen. Move how we move. Like that. Our way. Our Soccer.” The new ad’s behind-the-scenes footage features the two Montreal-natives delving into what soccer means to them, and how growing up in Quebec exposed the two to things that hadn’t necessarily caught on in the United States. Says A-Trak,

“Montreal is already up on certain things before the rest of North Americans caught on. I saw it as a DJ with electronic music. It’s the way of the future. It’s the way forward. We’ve got to keep embracing that.”

MLS debuted the “Our Soccer” campaign back in 2018. Previous campaign spots have featured 2 Chainz, Miguel, and TOKiMONSTA. See the new campaign spot and behind-the-scenes visual below.

îleSoniq reveals phase one lineup for Aug. 9-10 takeover: Above & Beyond, Marshmello, Kaskade, and more

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îleSoniq has commemorated their sixth anniversary with the anticipated reveal of their phase one lineup, giving festival-goers an idea of the explosion of artists in store. As previous years have found success in fusing the hip-hop and electronic music spheres together, the 2019 edition returns to parc Jean-Drapeau over Aug. 9-10 for the return of the annual event. 

Headliners Above & Beyond and Marshmello are scheduled to close out festivities throughout the weekend, and will be accompanied by main stage selects Alesso and Kaskade to light up the weekend, in addition to by sets from fan-favorites across the electronic spectrum. For the first time in îleSoniq history, attendees can expect to be immersed with the sounds of its inaugural underground house and techno stage, complete with sets by Nicole Moudaber, Lane 8, Yotto and Claptone.

In addition to the influx of house and techno artists, bass fans will witness the return of head-banging dignitary Excision, along with the likes of Mastadon, Peekaboo, Midnight T, G. Jones and Montréal native, Snails amidst the weekend.

Two-day festival passes available for purchase here.

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Montréal emblazons their incomparable fiery spirit at Igloofest, the self-proclaimed world’s coldest music festival

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What does it take to convince thousands of attendees to venture out in bone-chilling, glacial temperatures, bearing umpteen layers of clothing to join thousands of like-minded individuals in an outdoor winter dance party? Citizens of Montréal will scoff at the question, put on their winter attire and head out their door with a sense of pride and voracity, not looking behind. What may seem like a challenge and an instant rejection for some, this city says otherwise.

Illuminating the quaint and charismatic Old Port neighborhood for their 13th edition is the infrastructure of Igloofest Montréal, the self-proclaimed, “coldest music festival in the world.” Shipping containers artfully adorn their way into the festival’s framework, paying homage to the nature of the location whilst introducing a notion of industrial comfort to the ambiance. Attendees flock gracefully in packs, a true talent due to the limitations of wearing multiple layers. Dressed with poise in the brightest of colors, Igloofest hasn’t just thrown a festival, but instead fostered their own winter movement.

“It comes with the vibe, no one comes to Igloofest to be posers or just attend because it’s not worth just to be standing there when it’s -15 and you’re gonna die. Everyone’s in a good spirit, and everyone’s having fun” – Robert Robert

The 2019 edition of Igloofest Montréal spanned the course of three weekends, with the opening night hosted on the evening January 17, followed by the closing ceremonies on February 2. For the first time in Igloofest history, the outdoor festival sold out two separate nights ahead of their annual opening ceremonies, headlined by electronic mass moguls Diplo, and Above & Beyond. During the opening weekend, temperatures dropped to an astonishing low of -31 degrees Celsius, enough to freeze the Sapporo cans in the hands of attendees, but not enough to keep guests from dancing. Held over the course of nine evenings, local and international talent was far from few, welcoming headliners from each end of the electronic music spectrum. Akin to the city’s open-minded musical interests, headliners of the house, techno, trap and trance realms took the stage, attired in their own brightly flashing jackets and signature Canadian tuques.  

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Igloofest first came to fruition in the winter of 2007, yielding a mere 4000 attendees for their first edition of the festival. With years of cultivation underway, the winter event series has imprinted their existence into a principle component of the city’s winter lifestyle. Each year, artists from all corners of the world are continually shocked at the frigid temperatures that encapsulate the event, yet are met with the warm reception from thousands of attendees flashing their smiles, unbothered by the elements working against them. As their recent edition year has accrued almost 65,000 fervent attendees over three weekends, it bears the question, “How has Igloofest succeeded in attracting people to come party in extreme polar temperatures?”

Nymra & Sofisticated speak to the lively spirit behind Quebec’s festival culture, referring to the “joie de vivre”, or zest for life, that makes Igloofest special. 

Familiar to the Montréal electronic music scene are female duo and Igloofest second-time performers Nymra & Sofisticated, though their fondness of the event runs deeper than their performance history. When asked about their most memorable experience from the festival, the two named Pascale and Sophie speak with unfaltering enthusiasm, drawing energy from each other as they recount their past, “During one of the coldest Igloofest’s, it was like -40 and was cold as hell. We’re playing in the dome, there was a lineup to come in, and it was a huge party. It was perfect because we’re playing all night like six hours in the dome…people were dancing on the bar, the vibe was wow.” Fresh off the raw adrenaline of opening the secondary Videotron stage, it’s clear that this festival occupies a soft spot in their hearts.

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Montréalers aren’t unfamiliar to the blustery, sub-zero conditions that can characterize their winter. In fact, the temperature itself has become a pawn in an unspoken challenge of ‘who can one-up each other in partying the hardest’. The chill seems to bring out the crowd’s cheeky antics, composed of individuals dressed in astronaut helmets and spacesuits and matching the weekly #Iglooswag theme, “Space Odyssey”. Co-founder of Igloofest and seasoned festival maven Nicolas Cournoyer boasts about the pleasure of witnessing the festival’s impact on Montréal’s music scene, though it wasn’t apparent overnight. Reflecting back on the process of conceptualizing an outdoor winter festival, he says “At first we laughed about it and thought it’s not a good idea, but the afterthought was, ‘why not?’Apart from family events, there’s no events for youngsters, for people who like electronic music and nothing outside…We thought, give them a good reason to go outside, and what’s the best reason? Throw a party! That was our challenge at first because we didn’t know if people would jump in the idea. Once we started, we knew we had something because there was no competition, nothing to compare to Igloofest.”

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Referring to the usage of the shipping containers as a staple addition to the festival’s aesthetic, he continues, “It was special to have that warehouse feeling, to be in a rave but outside with your winter jacket, tuque in -10, -20 degrees Celsius. It’s not only about the music and going to see a show, you go there for the DJ and music. The scenography is really important for us to be in an immersive experience, but the fact that we’re in winter levels up everything, because you can really feel it. You can feel the ambiance between the people when it’s cold and everyone’s packed together.”

Complete with testimony from Tony McGuinness, one of the three faces behind Above & Beyond, he states “Igloofest is like Burning Man in the snow, unique and totally life affirming.” Arctic temperatures be damned, as festival-goers triumph through with nothing less than unadulterated joy painted across their face. The succession of the 13th edition has affirmed if not many, but one outstanding assertion- Igloofest has cultivated and upholds a burgeoning festival scene unparalleled to any other in the world. 

Photo credits: Charles Prot and Sylvain Granier

Igloofest Montréal to return for 13th edition of the winter event series, including headliners Diplo, Above & Beyond and RL Grime

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Montréal is no stranger to icy Canadian winters, but that doesn’t stop the local troops from getting down in the snow. Returning for the 13th edition of the winter event series, Igloofest has announced their annual three-weekend takeover at the city’s Old Port, welcoming all as they embark on nine evenings of frosty festivities.

As the outdoor festival officially commences Jan 17 and comes to a close Feb 2, attendees have the ticketing capabilities to frequent one, or all nights of the multi-weekend frenzy. With previous years of success establishing Igloofest as one of the most prominent electronic events in Montréal, the 2019 edition continues to impress with a large-scale list of headliners, including the likes of Diplo, Above & Beyond, and Maceo Plex as notable billings for each respective weekend. Alongside the aforementioned acts, Igloofest boasts nights that bring out a double-dose of headliners such as longstanding techno masterminds Chris Liebing and Mind Against, and heavyweight trap heads RL Grime and Baauer over the course of two nights.

While some may shy away from the idea of an outdoor winter dance party, previous years have seen as many as 120,000 bundled-up attendees flock to the venue over a single season. Winter may not seem the preferred season for festivals, but Igloofest is here to disprove that narrow notion.

GA and VIP passes for Igloofest 2019 are available for purchase here.

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