Igloo Festival in Montreal – Interview with Co-founder Nicolas





With Montreal just now slipping into its winter colours, Igloofest is proud to reveal the details of its eighth edition, to be held from January 16th to February 8th, 2014. Presented by Sapporo in collaboration with Solotech, Igloofest 2014 offers what could very well be its most accomplished program to date. The winter wonderland festival promises to surround its global talent pool in dazzling new dimensions, starting with an entirely new and immersive second outdoor stage that’s three times larger than the retired Igloo dome and drastically improves the dynamic of the site. This edition also marks the grand opening of the Iglooboutique in the heart of Plateau Mont-Royal, which will serve as the main box office when tickets go on sale December 10th, and for the duration of the event. Add to that another pioneering green initiative and you’ll understand why the Igloofest team is so pleased that winter has finally arrived!



Bold Programming Invites Audiences to Rediscover Artists

Though braving the freezing temperatures in your flashiest one-piece during the coldest weekends of a Montreal winter is what makes the Igloofest challenge such a badge of honour, what truly warms the thousands of feet that come out night after night is dancing to the best electronic music the world has to offer. In this respect, Igloofest 2014’s programming is as generous as they come. “Altogether, I believe that this year’s program is truly the most ambitious and most well-rounded we’ve ever managed in the history of the event,” affirms Michel Quintal, Igloofest’s Director of Programming. Working with the theme of rediscovery, longstanding giants of electronic music who you thought you knew arrive to Montreal ready to defy expectations and showcase new directions.


Front and centre is legendary UK producer Skream, who has radically reinvented his signature low-end sound as of late and will be looking to take audiences on a wide-ranging journey of exhilarating left-turns. Similarly, US deep-house pioneer Sharam, formerly one-half of Deep Dish, steps away from his Grammy-winning role as a hit-making collaborator with Coldplay‘s Chris Martin and Shakira, and returns to the club sounds that first brought him prominence. Similarly, seminal hip-hop producer Just Blaze, who’s made his name on tracks for Jay Z and Eminem, steps into the limelight to showcase the kind of fiery beats that set his world aflame.


Other Igloofest performers have made a point of continually reinventing themselves. American techno auteur Matthew Dear, who drops in this year for a much-anticipated DJ set, has veered from the Enoesque art-pop of his albums to fleshy club-smashers as Audion. Germany’s Âme have raised the bar for techno as part of the much-heralded Innerversions label, while Stephan Bodzin pushes the very same genre to its avant-garde limits. Levon Vincent helped return New York City back to the tough lovin’ house-music destination that it rightfully deserves to be, while UK’s Scuba has evolved post-garage bass music with his hotly tipped label, Hotflush.Igloo-fest montreal


And then there are those artists who excel at giving audiences the memorable times they want, every time out. To that end, Igloofest 2014 welcomes San Francisco’s Claude VonStroke, who’ll play back-to-back with Dirtybird labelmate Justin Martin; a Circus Company showcase featuring French party animals Nôze, dOP, and Sety; and Adam Beyer‘s singular Drumcode techno nights, featuring the Swedish hard-techno prodigy himself, as well as Ida Engberg and Montreal producer Mateo Murphy. And what Montrealer doesn’t revel in the love-in that has become Misstress Barbara‘s semi-permanent home at Piknic Electronik and Igloofest events?


New discoveries are part of the Igloofest package, and this year doesn’t disappoint. The cast of UK discoveries features Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Hot Since 82, Foreign Beggars, and Breach; while the selection of new Americans includes RL Grimes and MiM0SA. Meanwhile, Montreal is ably represented with label showcases from Eresys Records and Mile End Records (who’ll be launching their Chez Nous 5 mix), a special Lost Heroes night led by veteran DJ Christian Pronovost, and so much more.


>> Click here to download the full program on a single page.

>> Click here to explore full program online.


New Videotron Stage: Another Party in the Heart of the Festival

To really grasp Igloofest’s scale, it must be seen and experienced at least once in person. The sheer size of its scenography is equal to the madness of creating such an event in an extreme climate. Once again this year, the Sapporo stage will no doubt impress. However, the biggest news of this edition is to be found on the other side of the village. Igloofest is setting up a brand-new space worthy of his dimensions. We’re leaving behind the small igloo and moving to more than just a second stage – we now have a second immersive universe. Presented by Videotron, who join the party for the first time, this new giant igloo made of brick-like containers is also a nod to the original vocation of the Old Port.  The space, the lighting as well as the projections that will be aired every night were all conceived by 4U2C, a new player in the large-scale production and associated with our long-time partner Solotech.  “The idea of a new second stage had been simmering for a long time and the combined new partnerships with Videotron and the 4U2C team arrived at the right time to help us realize the project” says Nicolas Cournoyer, Igloofest’s General Director. For audiences, this massive nest in the heart of the festival will offer three times more space than previously available to dance to the Igloofest experience. For the invited artists, 90% of whom are local, this beautiful set-up will in many cases be the first chance to play in front of such a massive crowd.


Iglooboutique Is Now a Storefront

In another exciting new development for the 2014 edition, the Iglooboutique has moved to the city and become the main box office of the event. Located at 4523 St-Denis St, steps from the Mont-Royal metro station, the boutique will launch on December 10th at 4pm and remain open until the end of the festival. In addition to Igloofest’s friendly staff, who’ll be happy to answer any of your questions, visitors will be able to purchase Igloopasses and tickets for any and all events, take advantage of promotions, and pick up a 2013-edition toque while waiting for the new model, which will always be sober and discreet, attuned to tradition. Whether it’s to ensure that you arrive at Igloofest with a ticket already in hand, or for a truly original holiday gift, the Iglooboutique is the perfect destination.


Igloofest Takes Steps in the Direction of Eco-responsibility

Working tirelessly to reduce the ecological footprint of its events, Igloofest continues the winning partnership undertaken with Ecocup at Piknic Electronik this past summer, which garnered a Coup d’Éclat! prize from the SATQ-Festival Événement Québec in the category of Sustainable Development Endeavours. Returnable and reusable Eco-cups were an instant success at Piknic and helped replace the disposal of 23,000 regular cups this summer. Proud pioneer of this concept in North America, the Igloofest team is looking forward to renewing this green initiative and hopes that its success will inspire other events to follow suit.


Good News for Frequent Travelers and Fine Palates

With each new edition, Igloofest always welcomes more foreign visitors from North and South America, Europe and even Asia. This year, thanks to generous financial support from Tourism Québec, travelers in search of new discoveries, as well as local gourmets and gourmands, can indulge in several new promotions. Hotel packages for all price ranges are available on the event website. Similarly, Igloofest has renewed its partnership with Happening Gourmand, whose 7th edition takes place in several Old Montreal restaurants from January 9th to February 2nd. A “dinner & dancing” combo ticket will be available at an appetizing price.


First Suggestion for a Successful Evening: Advance Tickets

By making use of new technologies, access to the Igloofest site has become quick and easy. But as the number of spaces onsite is still limited, and we strongly recommended buying tickets in advance. Here are the details for Igloofest access:


On sale: 4pm on December 10th at the Iglooboutique, Ticketpro, and local shops.


>> Click here for all box office details.


Igloopasses (12 nights / rapid entry):

– December 10th to 24th: Earlybird price at $95 all-inclusive (limited quantity).

– December 25th to January 19th: Regular price at $120 all-inclusive (limited quantity).

Iglooweekends (3 nights / rapid entry): $40 (all inclusive)

Regular tickets in local shops:

– December 10th to January 10th: $15 (+ $1 fee) = $16.

– January 11th to February 8th: $17 (+ $1 fee) = $18.

Regular tickets online:

– December 10th to January 10th: $15 (+ service charges).

– January 11th to February 8th: $17 (+ service charges).

Tickets at the gate (from 6pm): $ 20 all-inclusive.


Reminder: NO readmission to the site once you leave.

This event is reserved for 18 years old and over. No refunds.


Partners Who Share the Same Vision

A crazy idea can’t be achieved without the support of crazy partners who see the same wonderful potential. Igloofest would like to thank all those who contribute to its success, notably the Old Port of Montreal with whom the idea first took shape in 2007. A heartfelt thank you goes out to Sapporo, Solotech, Videotron, V Télé, Jägermeister, STM, Tourism Québec, Tourism Montreal, SRM via le Fonds d’initiative et de rayonnement de la métropole, Musicaction, Consulate General of France in Montreal, the French Institute, Bacardi Oakheart, Guess Night, MOJO, Smart Set, Pioneer DJ, Barefoot, Van Houtte, Simplex, Méga Stage, MOOG Audio, 4U2C, W Hotel, Avant-Garde Solutions, Écorce, Musitechnic, Ticketpro, Zone Festival, Touché PHD, Nightlife, Osheaga, MUTEK and all our many collaborators.


Igloofest 2014


Jan. 16-17-18 // Jan. 23-24-25 // Jan. 30-31 & Feb.1 // Feb. 6-7-8, 2014

Jacques-Cartier Quay, Old Port of Montreal

7pm to midnight/12:30


Tickets: $15 / $17 (+ fees) at Ticketpro // $16/$18 at local shops // $20 at the gate

Iglooweekends: $40

Igloopasses: $95 / $120