AIM Electronic Music Festival Spotlights Art, Innovation, and Movement in Canada
May 5th, 2015Sarah Ribeiro
Imagine three full days of non-stop house music in a campground setting right by a river: AIM Festival, just 45 minutes from Montreal, offers just that. AIM, which stands for Art, Innovation, and Movement, respectively, celebrates the convergence of all forms of art in a festival setting. Throughout three days, AIM provides 32 straight hours of music alongside activities and workshops specialized in the digital arts. This year, from June 26th to 28th, AIM takes over Quebec City’s Parc Carillon, situated right by the Ottawa River.
Being a Canadian festival, AIM mainly highlights local acts, such as Tiga, Nymra & Sofisticated, Alicia Hush, Paolo Rocco, Mightykat, Electro Acrylique, Shash’u, Nature of Music, and Shaydakiss. But sprinkled in the mix are some American artists, including Kevin Saunderson, The Martinez Brothers, and Wolf + Lamb, and more international acts, like Jamie XX, Chaim, and Edu Imbernon. With no frills, no gimmicks, and pure techno and house, AIM isn’t messing around with this lineup.
Since AIM runs for 32 non-stop hours, the festival does allow for camping at Parc Carillon: for $15 a day, basic passholders are allotted space for one tent, and access to showers. Gold camping passes can be purchased at double the price, with private campground access and space for motor campers. Silver camping is a semi-private campground with limited space, and bronze camping denotes public, unlimited camping.
VIP passes are currently available for either all three days or two days (Saturday and Sunday), including silver camping, a private festival entrance, VIP viewing, private bar, private restrooms, and a souvenir lanyard and VIP pass. Basic Early Bird and Special Edition passes are also available, which include silver camping. For those traveling by subway, shuttle passes are also available from the Montmorency metro station.
AIM directs a portion of its annual proceeds to local charities supporting various causes such as young musicians, Canadians with AIDS and the Ottawa River Institute.
Green & Lateez
Nathan Burns & Soundshaper
Nature of Music
Nymra & Sofisticated
The Martinez Brothers
Thomas Von Party
Wolf + Lamb