Igloofest Celebrates 10 Years In Chilly Montreal In 2016

January 5th, 2016


Igloofest, the wintry celebration held in Montreal, blends rising electronic acts with blockbuster names for a month of outdoor delight during the coldest time of year. Returning to the Old Port of Montreal for its tenth consecutive festival at Jacques Cartier Pier this year, Igloofest runs each weekend from January 14 to February 6 for a total of 12 days. The chilly outdoor affair brings tourists from around the world to dress in their outdoor best and warmest — as the temperatures in Montreal range from -5 °C to -20°C in January, festivalgoers are encouraged to keep all skin covered with several layers. This has spurred a large kitsch style showcase over the past ten years, with a wardrobe competition dubbed “Iglooswag” developing out of attendees’ tendencies to go all out with the winter gear.



To incorporate the wintry theme, Igloofest bedecks Jacques Cartier pier with ice sculptures, a wintry playground, architectural projection displays, and more, brightening up the usually bland winterscape with an assortment of sights and activities for all. Plus, the festival has its own IglooSnack shack, a food hub with Montreal delights like hot dogs and poutine, and a goods store named Iglooboutique, where the famed Igloofest toque is sold alongside branded merchandise, hand warmers, and more.
Techno reigns supreme at Igloofest, bringing acts like Gina Turner, Carl Craig, Debbie Døe, Brodinski and Heidi together for an overall chill vibe to fit the chilly weather. Of course, darker and heavier sounds fit the bill, as Scuba (playing b2b with Jimmy Edgar), Modeselektor, Bonobo and The Martinez Brothers warm things up for the harder-hitting crowd. Fresher faces like Alicia Hush, DJ Mini, Sleepy Tom, and Odd Parents give an opportunity for those looking to explore new sounds, and the rest of the lineup follows suit. By keeping the lineup balanced, Igloofest ensures that music fans of all kinds will return year after year.



For those traveling to Montreal, the festival offers travel packages which range from upscale hotels with a VIP pass to $18 hostel/ticket combos, leaving no budget behind and making this one of the most accessible festivals in North America. Amenities aside, tickets are currently available for purchase online: individual day passes can be purchased for $20, with weekend passes bumping up to $50, four-day “mix and match” tickets at $70, and full-festival Igloopasses for $120. VIP packages are also available for individual days for $50. VIP access includes expedited entry, a separate VIP area, an indoor heated lounge and bathroom, a private main stage overlook, bottle service, and a VIP bar. Those traveling in packs can purchase an IglooVIP package for five people at $450 or an IglooParty package for ten at $875, both of which include all aforementioned VIP perks as well as a bottle of spirits per every five members and Igloofest toques for each guest.


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1/14 – Bonobo, Wyln, Lunice, Rue De Bois B2B MLB & more
1/15 – Paul Kalkbrenner, Lexis & Dr. Love, Kim Ann Foxman & more
1/16 – Dave Clarke, Maus & Soundshaper & more

1/21 – The Martinez Brothers, Grandtheft, Guy Gerber & more
1/22 – Scuba, Jimmy Edgar, Cherokee, Rone & more
1/23 – Maceo Plex, Pierre Kwenders, Shall Ocin & more

1/28 – Mr. Oizo, Vakkuum, Black Tiger Sex Machine & more
1/29 – Carl Craig & Al Ester, La Fluer, Heidi & more
1/30 – Sebastien Leger, Poirier, Gina Turner, Mr. Toure & more

2/4 – Modeselektor, Benjamin Damage, Siriusmodeselektor & more
2/5 – Tale of Us, Maher Daniel, Ostrich, Michael Mayer & more
2/6 – Brodinski, Traumer, Swindle, Stefny Winter & more


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With a love of dance music stemming from countless years of dance lessons and bass-thumping car rides with her music-obsessed father, Sarah Ribeiro is a Hartford-raised music addict who moved to Boston in the pursuit of a supportive and open nightlife scene. A passion for learning and a willingness to grow has pulled her out of her trancehead sphere and exposed her to a crazy variety of music and introduced her to some of the most amazing people (and events) Boston has to offer. A writer and social mediac, her main interests are music, literature, technology, art, and her first love: the city of Boston.

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