Igloofest just wrapped up an exceptional 11th edition, as part of the official programming for Montreal’s 375th anniversary and the Hivernales, attracting 120 000 visitors in six weeks thanks to its carefully selected musical programming and the addition of a popular new Nordik activity program. From January 12th to February 19th, this special edition of Igloofest not only made people dance and fall in love with Montreal’s winters, but was also proudly part of the first activities inaugurating the festivities that will take place during all of 2017 to celebrate our great city.
A true popular success
With 120 000 visitors dancing and participating in all the new activities proposed by this special 375th anniversary edition, Igloofest achieved a popular success that thrilled Pascal Lefebvre, CEO and cofounder of Igloofest: “We’re so proud to have welcomed so many people to Old Montreal to take part in the Hivernales festivities. These numbers confirm the bond between the public and the unique Igloofest concept, and they also crown the incredible work of our entire team who doubled down to imagine and develop so many new eccentric and appealing ideas this year.”
Incredible musical memories
This year, Igloofest welcomed 85 musical acts from 11 countries, representing the best of electronic music at home and abroad. Every festival attendee had a favourite moment, and here are a few names that we won’t be soon forgetting.
First, respect to our pioneers, starting with the long-awaited Carl Cox (GB) and Laurent Garnier (FR) who pushed our site’s capacity to the limit, as well as the stellar pair of Josh Wink (US) and Steve Bug (DE) and the festive Sonic Crew (FR) team.
Among today’s leading stars, special mentions go out to innovator Apparat (DE) for brilliantly opening this 11th edition, to Joris Voorn (NL), a leading light of soulful techno, to the unstoppable Anja Schneider (DE), to Jennifer Cardini (FR) and her funky inspiration, and of course to the masked wonder Claptone (DE).
In the field of ascending artists, we can’t wait to hear more of Oniris (FR)’s avant-guard techno, B.Traits (CA)’s eclectic selections, Snails (QC)’s hardcore sounds, Moxie (GB)’s underground flavours and Louisahhh (FR)’s irresistible grooves.
Finally, huge congratulations to all of our local artists who champion electronic music all year long, with Deadlift, Kris Tin, Zepha, J’vlyn Dark, Softcoresoft and Seychelle as just a few examples of amazing homegrown talent who made their mark on this year’s edition.