Why go to Igloofest
Igloofest has earned a special place in the hearts of Montrealers over the past 10 years. True, the city may be famous for its festivals and especially its music festivals, which are the envy of much bigger cities, but Igloofest is one of the rare music festivals (if not the only music festival) that takes place in winter. While this fact may turn off a few people, there’s no denying that the scenery adds a true sense of wonder and challenge. The impressive architectural structures, the lighting, the ice bars and the igloos create a fairytale setting. And what better occasion to dress up in your warmest winter duds and who knows, maybe even make peace with the most maligned season of the year?
The best of Igloofest
If you’ve never attended this festival, a word to the wise: there’s an Iglooswag contest every year, where prizes are given to festival goers with the kitschiest snowsuits, so here’s your chance to take out that ugly turquoise and purple one-piece snowsuit that your mother put in the attic in 1988!
Besides checking out what everyone is wearing, Jägermeister shooters also make Igloofest memorable (or forgettable if you have one too many of them!). In fact, I’ve come to associate Igloofest with the taste of black liquorice because of the liqueur company that co-sponsors this event. These shooters sure go down easy when you’re ordering them from the outdoor ice bar and holding them with mittens!
What you don’t want to miss on the first weekend
On January 14th, the first night of the festivities, DJ Bonobo, a Montreal favorite, will get the party started and have you busting your best moves. Lunice will also perform the same night for hip hop fans. Montrealer Ryan Playground, another local favorite, is also on the line-up, followed by Paul Kalkbrenner, hot new DJ from Berlin, on January 15th.
Igloofest 2016 will be held January 14th through February 6th, 2016 at its usual location, the Old-Port of Montreal. Tickets are already on sale so get yours before they sell out!