Winter Raving at Igloofest

For most people, winter is a time where you stay at home and hibernate until spring comes around. Not in Montreal.

Every winter, Piknic √Člectronik hosts Igloofest, an outdoor rave held in Montreal over multiple weekends in January and February. Here, some of the most talented local and international electronic artists throw down the best house and techno beats.

I attended Igloofest two years ago and loved every minute of this unique festival. That's why when the organizers invited The Chronicles of Wanderlust to check out the festival this year, I packed my bags and immediately fled to Montreal.

Montreal knows how to keep the partying going, even in -20 degree weather. Housed at the Old Port on the Jacques-Cartier Quay in downtown, Igloofest is an event that dazzles all your senses.

Intricate ice sculptures, alluring architectural projections, and neon lights bombard your vision from every corner. Sleek ice bars served up Jagermeister hot chocolate and other fancy concoctions.

Marc got a little too chilly and had to stay by a bonfire for a few minutes to warm up. I on the other hand, had a better way to get warm.

When the beers got me toasty, I continued exploring the venue.

Even if you aren't a huge fan of electronic music, Igloofest offers a ton of fun activities to take part in. People battled it out with their friends on the ice hockey tables while others took silly photos in the indoor photo booths. Sapporo also hosted an interactive drum game and there was even an ice slide so festival-goers could unleash their inner child.

People were also decked out in their coolest costumes and snowsuits. I loved the creativity and how people didn't let the cold get in the way of their self-expression. I saw a girl in a Charmander onesie and now I'm dying to buy one too!

Thumping beats and rhythmic tunes lured us to the main stage. Grooving to the music and packed in a throng of partiers, I quickly warmed up and couldn't believe how fast the cold disappeared.

Oliver Heldens played the closing set of the night and did a superb job. I didn't wanted the night to end!

What I love about Igloofest is that it doesn't need big EDM headliners to be successful. It's a a great environment that showcases amazing talent from all around the world. It's also a nice break from the overplayed EDM stuff we're all used to hearing at festivals or on the radio.

If you're interested in partying at Igloofest, tickets can be bought online or at the door for a measy $20 per night. The festival is still on-going and will return on January 30- February 1 and February 6-8. Happy raving!


I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

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