Igloofest 2011 Preview

A common rebuttal by those fatigued and jealous of Montrealer's constant evangelizing on the vibrancy and community of their home is the assertion that the island goes dead during the brutal winter months. If that's truly how the rest of the world sees the city, consider Igloofest Montreal's extended middle finger, an outdoors electronic music fest that shows a joie de vivre in subzero temperatures most cities couldn't manage in perfect conditions. With too many acts to count packed into the fest's three weekends, here's our guide to what's worth seeing.

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Week 1

Thursday, Jan. 13:

Start the fest off easy and pace it right by checking out Rilly Guilty at the Virgin Mobile Igloo at 8.

Saturday, Jan. 15:

Saturday night definitely has the heaviest concentration of Montreal's own sons and daughters and it's probably the night we're most excited about. For a constant stream of Montreal's best artists, start the night at the Main Stage to catch the Night Trackin DJs' 6:30 set, then head over to the Igloo for SHAYdakiss & A-Rock's set at 8, before sprinting back to the Main Stage at 9 for Lunice's epic swagfest.


Week 2

Thursday, Jan. 20:

The smart move is to sharpen your elbows and mob the Main Stage for all the night's best shows. Kid Sister, Terror Danjah, and Eskmo will definitely be worth staking out some valuable territory.

Friday, Jan. 21:

One of Igloofest's absolute-can't-miss-shows is Toronto native and Night Slugs warrior Egyptrixx. Do whatever you can to be front and center at his 8:00 Main Stage set.

Saturday, Jan. 22:

The shows at Igloofest don't run too late, but MTL native Hatchmatik's 10:00 Igloo set ought to capture the late night loft aesthetic to a T.


Week 3

Thursday, Jan. 27:

The safe bet for a great show is to stake out the Main Stage all night for Jordan Dare and the legend Carl Craig. Those more daring, or perhaps desperate for a change of scenery, might take a chance on venturing to Robyn's 10:00 show at Metropolis. Either way, there are no losers at Igloofest.

Friday, Jan. 28:

Let it never be said that fest isn't going out swinging. Once again, stake out the Main Stage all night for climactic sets by Ikonika and MTL's natural born riddim killer, Poirier. Miss any part of the night at your own peril.

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Ed Banger Night w/ Busy P & So Me

A full decade after the release of ‘Homework’, and 8 years after Oizo broke through, Busy P (Pedro Winter) is the head of one of the most exciting record labels in the business. But for 11 years (and counting) Busy P has been working as Daft Punk’s manager while handling Ed Banger and Headbanger, his management/media company. Oddly though, Busy explained that the method behind starting Ed Banger Records was fairly straightforward. “I had no plan when I created Ed Banger records,” he told us, “I just wanted to share what I’ve learnt with Daft Punk. I wanted to [work with] new kids and their contemporary music.” As an understudy of Daft Punk, Winter was certainly taught well.




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An Evening With Last Night’s Party

Bronques of Last Night's Party is tearing up The Belmont this Friday, September 25. Exhibitionists and voyeurs alike: get your game faces on! I'm already practicing my own pout in the mirror... This is bound to be an outrageous soirée, and plus, you'll be able to replay all the extravagance over and over again once the photos hit lastnightsparty.com.


Last Night's Party is a notorious nightlife photography website shot by Merlin Bronques. Bronques chronicles parties anywhere and everywhere from New York to Brazil to Italy, and snaps everyone from Madonna to Kim Kardashian to that girl you know from down the street. Sometimes controversial, due to his raw and nude photographs, Bronque's work is just plain rock 'n' roll. In 2006, Bronques released the book, "lastnightsparty: Where Were You Last Night?", and has recently delved into video shorts with www.lastnightsparty.tv.



Banana Split Sundae is NîGHT TRACKîN’


It's Sundae and we're getting fully splitted like NANA NANA NANA. Get to Blue Dog early, drink from the free keg and get down with baddest owners/residents ever in their own house!

Nighttrackin' comes together like Voltron on steroids! Composed of individual DJs Hovatron, Duvall, and Mofomatronix, Nighttrackin' brings together some of the most influential emerging artists in the 514. Anyone who's been to one of their insane Turbo Crunk parties knows what's up. When those three get sewn together like Frankenstein in the booth an angry, pants-shakin' mob appears on the dancefloor every time. Come check it out at Blue Dog Banana Split Sundae!