Genevieve PM Roy
Beat winter blues in Montreal: Igloofest and Montreal High Lights FestivalAre you suffering from a case of winter blues? Wishing you could find fun activities that would get your heart pumping and your feet moving while spending quality times with family and friends? Come on down to Montreal. The city is bustling with fun activities and festivals for all.
Are you suffering from a case of winter blues? Wishing you could find fun activities that would get your heart pumping and your feet moving while spending quality times with family and friends? Come on down to Montreal. The city is bustling with fun activities and festivals for all. Here are a few of my favorites:
IGLOOFEST, January 16th to February 8th
For this year’s eight edition, over the course of 12 electrifying days, Igloofest welcomed over 85 000 dancers and party goers dressed in the most colorful winter one piece snow suits and outlandish costumes to its two featured icy dance floors conveniently located on the piers of the Old Port of Montreal. Offering the best of electronic music as well as numerous heart pumping activities in the adjacent igloo village, participants got to try their skills at Taiko drumming, team racket racing and mini puck curling – all activities run by various national sponsors such as Sapporo, STM, Jägermeister, Vidéotron Mobile, GuessNight, MOJO, Tourism Québec, Pioneer DJ and Car2Go. In case the need of a little warmth arises, dancers could head to one of the “all you can eat” marshmallow stations where circular fires warmed up not only the hands, but also the hearts of Igloofest goers.
This year’s line up of celebrity DJ’s included Sharam (US), Adam Beyer (SE), Pete Tong (GB), Breach (GB), RL Grime (US),Foreign Beggars (GB), Hot Since 82 (GB), Just Blaze (US) and even international star Misstress Barbara !!!
MONTREAL EN LUMIERE, (Montreal High Lights Festival) February 20th to March 2nd
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is the largest winter festivals in North America. This annual celebration is now in its fifteenth year and welcomes over 900,000 visitors to experience the joys of Montreal wintertime through a unique program combining performing arts, high gastronomy, numerous free outdoor on-site family activities, and a full night of exquisitely original discoveries! This year’s edition features 65 prestigious guests - from international icons such as violinist Joshua Bell to emerging artists from home and abroad such as singer – songwriter Thomas Fersen, singers Florence K and Catherine Major.
High gastronomy is on the menu with Montreal finest chefs collaborating with the greatest culinary masters from five continents to present a series of workshops, classes and tasting evenings. Festival goers can select favorite activities among the multitude of attractive propositions offered in the gastronomy program. Among one of the highlights is the opportunity to discover more than 60 Quebec cheeses alongside a vast selection of wines and beers at the Grand-Place atrium of Complexe Desjardins center from February 20 to the 23rd.
NUIT BLANCHE, March 1st – all night long !
To close the Montreal High Lights Festival, on March 1st the city will not sleep as this exciting evening proposes a series of various free musical, artistic and culinary activities all night long. Family and friends gather to explore a transformed Montreal. This cultural and artistic blitz of over 200 mostly free activities will sweep across several of Montreal’s “neighborhoods” : From the “Quartier des Spectacles” and Centre-ville (Downtown), Vieux-Montréal (Old Montreal), Plateau-Mont-Royal and Mile-End, all the way to the Olympic park and the brand new Pôle Ligne Bleue ( Blue Line Pole) !
A night certainly not to be missed!