Sonic-weather Alert! Fans of polar sensations and electronic music will be pleased to learn that Igloofest is announcing the imminent arrival of a massive BPM storm front that is poised to engulf Montreal from January 16th to February 8th. Presented by Sapporo in collaboration with Solotech, the 9th edition of Igloofest offers twelve unique evenings over four weekends on the Jacques-Cartier Quay, during which Montrealers will be able to dance under the stars to a soundtrack of the best electronic music from the global scene. With a new schedule that runs from Friday evening to Sunday evening, a larger dance floor, a revamped version of its popular one-piece snowsuit contest and two Iglooboutiques, Igloofest has put together the necessary package to make each evening even more memorable than before. Of course, it all starts with a carefully developed program to satisfy scene experts and fun-lovers alike.
Global Club Culture’s Biggest Movers and Shakers, Right at your Doorstep
If much of the 2015 line-up reads like the biggest concentration of legendary house and techno DJs to be found anywhere west of Ibiza, that’s because it most probably is. No less than four elder statesmen of the international club circuit will be touching down in Montreal during our coldest four-week stretch. Cadenza founder Luciano, a pioneer of Latin-infused minimal techno, leads a A-list collection of artists who, taken together, have reshaped international nightlife over the past two decades. Big-room techno mastermind Loco Dice, a frequent collaborator of Richie Hawtin’s, returns to our fair city for the first time since 2012. Tech-house pioneer Dubfire takes his turn at the Old Port, just one year after his Deep Dish partner-in-crime, Sharam, graced our stages and enthralled thousands. Progressive house originator turned atmospheric techno kingpin John Digweed is also set to get heartbeats pounding to his particularly emotive rush of BPMs.
Those artists who followed in their shoes are also amply represented in Igloofest 2015’s program. Montreal has always had a soft spot for Brazilian producer and Kompakt star Gui Boratto, who makes his Old Port debut at this year’s festivities. On the second offenders’ list, Get Physical co-founders M.A.N.D.Y. are poised to electrify once more the night sky with the brand of propulsive house music. And this year we celebrate the most forward-thinking element of European club culture with Panorama Bar resident Cassy and Swiss producer Deetron, both of whom are currently riding high on the backs of stellar installments in the infamous Fabric mix series.
The festival also shines a light on the thriving American electronic music scene. Leading the pack is none other than DJ/producer The Gaslamp Killer, who has worked alongside Flying Lotus and the Brainfeeder crew over the past decade to transform Los Angeles hip-hop culture back into one of the most eclectic and adventurous communities on the planet. Meanwhile, Chicago duo Flosstradamus, who channel EDM’s stadium-rockin’ excesses like no one else, are sure to be one of the audience favourites. Filling out the wealth of talent coming out of the U.S. at the moment are house-music mavensJustin Martin and J. Phlip, who return to Montreal as ambassadors for San Francisco’s much-loved Dirtybird collective. The latter, one of the highlights from this past season’s Piknic Electronik, will be tag-teaming with new roster addition Kill Frenzy, who has never performed in Montreal before. Likewise, New Jersey veteran DJ/dancer Joey Anderson will be making his Montreal debut after nearly three decades of productivity.
The bench runs deep this edition, with some of the most exciting names making up the must-see discoveries list of emerging international talent. Alongside the house-music evolutions offered up by Paul Woolford and Aus Music’sMidland, who appear here in a tagteam, Igloofest also features a strong Dutch house contingent in producers Detroit Swindle and Oliver Heldens. Those who prefer their beats overflowing with bass and swagger should look no further than Night Slugs mainstay Girl Unit, whose productions have been redefining electro in recent years. Meanwhile, Spanish techno producer Paco Osuna, a resident at Ibiza’s Amnesia club, will surely satiate those in the mood for the island’s signature soundtrack.
Of course, Igloofest has always stood proudest on its local selections, and this year sees Montreal crews growing stronger than ever. Showcases celebrating Montreal tastemakers such as Lazy Days, La Famiglia, Neon, Saintwoods,Samourais des Jungles Urbaines, and Beaux Dégâts promise to introduce audiences to the sheer wealth of talent rising up from the 514. Meanwhile, we also tip our hat to the many Canadians who have gone on to conquer their worlds, among them Fred Everything, Graze, Prison Garde, Blond:ish, and EEKKOO. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as they say.
New Schedule: Sunday Night Fever!
Our Sunday best will be back on display in 2015 because for this 9th edition, Igloofest is trading in its Thursdays for Sundays, in order to savor every weekend to its final moments. In addition to the Friday night, frostbite-tempting electronic music fans will now have two full days, Saturday and Sunday, to indulge in the many playful rituals they organize with friends before joining the hordes at the Jacques-Cartier Pier in the evening. The new schedule will also give more freedom to the tourists who travel to Montreal from all over and have, so far, often missed Thursday evening. The possibility is even there now for people who return to Montreal on Sunday night and who want to enjoy Igloofest and finish their weekend with music.
More Space for Dancing and a New Terrace Closer to the Action
Every year, Igloofest rethinks the configuration of the site. “In terms of size and duration, it seems that the event has reached a perfect balance,” says Nicolas Cournoyer, General Director and co-founder of the event. “Our mission now is to continuously improve the experience of the festival site.” Concretely, this time it is the main stage that moves back a little to make more room for the dancers and to facilitate movement between the large dance floor and the Igloo village. Similarly, in response to growing demand, a new terrace will be added to the sides of the main stage to open up a new perspective on the Igloofest experience. Hence, a new VIP package is available for festivalgoers who want to get close to the action, alone or in groups.
Always at the Forefront of Style and Good Taste
A bona fide anthropological phenomenon that greatly contributes to the magic of the event, the infamous Igloofest one-piece snowsuit contest changes its name this year. Now called the “Sapporo Iglooswag” contest, this new challenge invites festivalgoers to dress in their finest and/or most improbable winter fashions and come to be photographed at the “Sapporo Photo Caribooth”. Themes per weekend will direct and encourage participants’ creativity, which will be evaluated by a handpicked jury. There will be one winner per weekend, and twelve finalists will have a chance to win the ultimate grand prize: a southbound winter getaway.
This year, in partnership with Videotron, we’ll have two Iglooboutiques to better meet demand. The Iglooboutiques Plateau (4201D St-Denis) and Downtown (1192 Ste-Catherine West), both respectively located in Vidéotron stores within walking distance of Metro Mont-Royal and Peel. As of December 10th, dedicated members of the Igloofest team will be on site to answer all questions, help people choose the right package or the event that will suit their tastes best, and of course help customers select the Igloofest tuque colors that best reflect their personality. Now it’ll be easier than ever to show up to Igloofest with a ticket in hand or make people happy with original gift ideas this holiday season.
Arriving Prepared Changes the Whole Evening
With the use of new technologies, access to the Igloofest site has become quick and easy. But as capacity is limited, it’s strongly recommended that festivalgoers purchase tickets in advance. Here are the details for the Igloofest box office:
On-sale date: December 10th at noon – at Iglooboutiques and Ticketpro.
Igloopasses (12 nights/quick entry):
Pre-sale from December 2nd to 9th inclusively: $95 all-in (limited quantity).
December 10th to January 18th: regular price of $120 all-in (limited quantity).
Iglooweekends (3 nights/quick entry): $45 all-in
In Iglooboutiques: $20 all-in
On the Web (Ticketpro): $20 + service charge
VIP Package – Igloolounge access and VIP terrace access + quick access: $75 all in at Iglooboutiques // $75 + service charge on Ticketpro
Tickets at the door (from 7pm only):
Individual tickets: $25 all-in
VIP Package – Igloolounge access and VIP terrace access + quick access: $80 all in.
Reminder: NO re-admission to the site throughout the evenings.
Igloofest is an 18+ event. No refunds.
Partners who share the same vision
Even a crazy idea can’t be achieved without partners who are also crazy and who see the same wonderful potential. Igloofest wishes to thank all those who contribute to its success, starting with the Old Port of Montreal, with whom the idea grew and took shape in 2007. And thank you with our hearts to Sapporo, Solotech, Bacardi, Jägermeister,Videotron Mobile, STM, Red Bull, Tourism Québec, Tourism Montreal, SRM via le Fonds d’initiative et de rayonnement de la métropole, Musicaction, Barefoot, Landr, Moose Knuckles, W – Official Hotel of the artists,Mega Stage, Simplex, MOOG Audio, Écorce, La Vitrine, Zone Festival, Ticketpro, Interstude, Uber, Nightlife.ca,Dose.ca, Thump, CISM, Exclaim!, UB Media, Happening Gourmand, Auberge du Vieux-Port, Hotel Zero 1, Hostel HI Montreal, VIA Rail, Osheaga, MUTEK and all our many collaborators.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Jan. 16-17-18 // Jan. 23-24-25. // Jan. 30-31- Feb. 1 // Feb. 6-7-8 2015
At Jacques-Cartier Quay, Old Port of Montreal
7:00pm to 12:30am / Midnight Sunday
Tickets: $20 in stores // $20 + fees at Ticketpro // $25 at the door
VIP Package – $75 all in at Iglooboutiques // $75 + service charge on Ticketpro // // $80 at the door
Igloopasses: $95 / $120