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.
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.
Thursday, Jan. 20:
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.
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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Montreal's resident R&B robot and Night Trackin' loc Hovatron is the latest to craft together a mix for the Lookout series. The R.Kelly-themed cover art belies it's bubblegum sheen, but don't get it twisted, this mix is as dirty it gets. From the raunchy bedroom tales of Lil B and Nicki Minaj to the dubbed out garage fury of UK producers like Kingdom, Ramadanman, and Doc Daneeka, Hovatron's take on the Lookout mix is required listening heading into the big POP MTL Lookout showcase featuring Hudson Mohawke, Machinedrum, Lunice, and big Hov himself. Mix and tracklist below, peep game!
Read More ↓ Tracklist: Lil B - Birth To Life
The Bangz & The New Boyz - Found My Swag (instr)
Lunice - Hip Pop
Traximillion ft. Smitty Grands - Get'cha Ass Up
Hovatron - Super Soaker
R Kelly - Club To A Bedroom
Timbaland - Try Again (Bass version instr)
Lazer Sword ft. Turf Talk - I'm Gone (Low Limit remix)
Mosca - Tilt Shift
Lil B ft. Stunnaman - Wet
Hovatron - Young Blood / Bad Blood
Sean Kingston ft. Nicki Minaj - Letting Go (Kingdom dub ft. Nicki mix)
Mosca - Nike
El-B - Express
Ramadanman - Work Them
Breach - Fatherless (Doc Daneeka's MRR SNRZZ remix)
Millimetrik - Jackafire (Hovatron remix)
The-Dream - Yamaha
Velour - Booty Slammer
Keri Hilson - Slow Dance
Noaprie - La Casa De Todd
T-Pain ft. Young Jeezy - Reverse Cowgirl
Lil B - Birth To Life
One of Montreal's finest and a founding member of Nighttrackin', Hovatron just dropped a mixtape full of his own originals and reworkings over at Lowriders Collective. The mix is full of unreleased gems and represents the evolution of one of MTL's brightest young minds from his days as a Turbo Crunk co-conspirator to his more recent, relentlessy eclectic production style.
1. Hovatron – Max Headroom – INTRO
2. Hovatron – Everything Always
3. Hovatron – The Drip
4. Hovatron – Gold Star Radiation
5. Hovatron – Gold Star Radiation (Cryptical remix)
6. Dopplereffekt – Plastiphilia (Hova remix)
7. Hovatron – One Handed
8. Hovatron – Blaptop
9. Hovatron – Delorean Reprise
10. Hovatron – Super Soaker
11. Cassie – Long Way to Go (Hova remix)
12. Hovatron – Born Under Punches (interpretation of Talking Heads)
13. Hovatron – Already Know
14. Hovatron – Gypsy Trader
15. Hovatron – Case of the Doomsdays – OUTRO
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!