For the 375th anniversary of the city, Montreal is taking its gigantic yearly rave out into the open. On May 28th, Parc Jean-Drapeau is hosting a very special edition of BAL EN BLANC—Canada’s longest-running electronica festival.
In its 23rd edition, EDM titan MARTIN GARRIX is headlining the fest, straight off a sold-out tour with Justin Bieber. “His team really likes that our event isn’t limited to music, but that it’s also artistic. Garrix really wanted to be there,” said Alex K., the founder of Produkt, noting that Garrix is performing in Mexico and Las Vegas the same weekend before jetting to Montreal.
Usually held indoors at Palais des Congrès, Jean-Drapeau’s natural setting—the home of esteemed musical escapades Osheaga and Piknic Electronik—will make for an ultra-unique atmosphere to commemorate the city’s big year. “We want to be close to nature, in the woods, in the forest,” explains Alex K. “Like we have in the past, we’ll be featuring numerous artistic instillations. We aim to showcase the work of local and established artists on site.” Once night falls over the Saint Lawrence River, festival attendees will be be able to gaze out upon the shimmering Jacques-Cartier bridge and revel in world-class techno beats.
Techno’s youngest superstar, Martijn Garritsen was discovered by Tiësto in 2012 and signed a contract with Sony Music International last year. His biggest claim to fame yet has been “Animals,” the 2013 monster hit that topped charts worldwide.
Other special guests booked to light up the main stage include Israeli producer BORGORE, L.A. duo SLANDER, and Dutch DJ SAN HOLO. A sidebar program entitled “We Are Montreal” will highlight an array of local talent.
Produkt’s BAL EN BLANC (IN THE PARK) will be held on Sunday, May 28th, from 12PM—10PM. General Admission and VIP Experiences tickets are released Wednesday, April 19th at noon.