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IGLOOFEST 2015 IN REVIEW

Thibault Carron

The ninth edition of Igloofest ended February 8th with a new record in hand, that of the coldest edition in the festival’s history. The grueling temperatures did not get the better of the 74,000+ enthusiastic visitors who joined the party to make this latest edition a memorable one. While the famous Igloofest toques still color the Montreal streets and the international guests have gone back home with their heads filled with great memories, it’s time for Igloofest to take stock of this polar vortexed edition.

Celebrate Winter!
With the mercury dipping below normal lows throughout the months of January and February, the Igloofest name has never made as much sense as it did this year. "We never experienced so many consecutive nights that were so cold at Igloofest,” says General Director and co-founder Nicolas Cournoyer, “but it's also why we chose this time of year. To create an event that wants to celebrate winter and invites people to take the season back. And when more than 74,000 people answer the call and come to dance in such conditions, that tells us that the gamble wasn’t so crazy and that people are ready to go out when we give them a good reason to do so.”

Topping the List of Most Impressed and Impressive
Counting all VJs and DJs and various formations, Igloofest hosted more than 100 artists from here and around the world for this edition. Among the guests DJs who delivered remarkable performances, according to both the public and the Igloofest team, were Cassy (GB), Detroit Swindle (NL), Dubfire (US), EEKKOO (QC), Flosstradamus (US), Girl Unit (GB), Gui Boratto (BR), Joey Anderson (US), John Digweed (UK), Justin Martin (US), Keys N Krates (CA), Kölsch (DK), Loco Dice (DE), Luciano (CH), Midland (UK), Oliver Heldens (NL), Paul Woolford (UK), Gaslamp Killer (US), and Will Saul (GB). A very special mention goes out to our very own Tiga (CA) who brought honor to his reputation. As for the visual artists who illuminate our evenings, Igloofest was pleased to have the dazzling work AFP7, BBBlaster, Chocobeets, Diagraf, Hugues Clement, Tetsouille and Ma”.

Partners who Braved the Cold with Us
Igloofest is proud of its fantastic team (over 550 employees across the entire event, with 280 on the ground every night), which worked for months to prepare these twelve magical evenings. But it goes without saying that the festival’s success is also a result of the sustained involvement of our golden partners, chiefly among them the Old Port of Montreal, with whom the original idea formed nine years ago. Our friends at Sapporo, our official sponsor for the fourth year, also deserve a Kampaï from the bottom of our hearts. And few words wouldn’t suffice to describe our official collaborator Solotech, whose incomparable technical expertise makes it all possible. A big bow also goes out to the presenters of each weekend: Bacardi, V, Jägermeister, and Videotron Mobile. Finally, the organization is grateful for the valuable contributions of Tourism Québec, Tourism Montreal and SRM via the Initiatives and Development Fund of the Metropolis, all of whom contribute to the international reputation of the event. Overall, Igloofest would like to thank all the other precious key partners, without whom the magic never would take place: STM, Red Bull, Musicaction, Barefoot, Nightlife.ca, Dose.ca, Thump, CISM, Exclaim!, UB media, Ton Barbier, W - Official hotel of the artists, Landr, Moose Knuckles, Mega Stage, Simplex, MOOG Audio, Écorce, Zone Festival, La Vitrine, Ticketpro, Interstude, Uber, Whiteface, Sunwing, Strøm Nordic Spa, Eska, Questology, Happening Gourmand, Le Petit Hotel, Hotel Zero, Hostel HI-Montreal, Via Rail, Osheaga and MUTEK.

... And of course: the artists, the Igloofest team and all 74,261 igloofesters!

That's a wrap for Igloofest 2015. Make the most of winter. See you again on May 17th and 18th for the official opening of the 2015 edition of Piknic Electronik.

To be continued...

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