Igloofest: Exploring Montreal’s Coolest Winter Music Festival

Igloofest: Exploring Montreal’s Coolest Winter Music Festival

Igloofest: Exploring Montreal’s Coolest Winter Music Festival

This guest post about Igloofest Montreal (Canada) was written by Keith Holland from Montreal, Canada.

Imagine your favourite music festivals and you probably see sun, grassy hangouts, and relaxing Summer surroundings. While some places have the benefit of having Summer weather almost year-round, Montreal, Quebec certainly does not. With a Winter that demands legendary effort to survive you would wonder why anyone would ever associate outdoor festivals, Montreal, and Winter together. But, there is such a thing every year in Le Belle Province. Igloofest is Montreal’s go-to outdoor Winter festival for those who are fans of electronic and house music. To learn more about this crazy festival I spoke with the online travel company JustFly. They gave me the complete rundown on the history of Montreal’s Igloofest and what makes it so unique on the festival scene.

First things first, the festival takes place in one of Montreal’s most interesting downtown neighbourhoods. The Old Port is a time capsule of early Canadian architecture. With cobblestone streets, hulking churches, and numerous nods to the past all strewn about Montreal’s waterfront, it seems like the last place you would ever see such an event. Entering its 11th year this coming Winter, Igloofest has become a very popular and unique festival that draws people and artists from across the world to don their snowsuits and hit the streets for an all-night dance off.

Igloofest, Montreal, Canada

Igloofest, Montreal, Canada

So, when does it take place? Well, this year the festival was spread over four weekends in January and February. This year’s performers were a varied lot, with DJs from around the globe grabbing a set for the mostly sold-out dates according to JustFly’s review. What often makes the Igloofest party, or any party, is the surroundings. Icy decor, mammoth steel structures, and massive projections make the environment a hectic one, all while patrons bring the party to life in snowsuits, toques, and other warm attire. The event itself even features a winter-wear competition called Iglooswag for the most unique and creative snowsuits.

While Igloofest is still a few months off, it gives music lovers a chance to escape the general musical hibernation that takes over once the snow starts to fall. This festival, which JustFly says is one of few like it in the world, keeps the good vibes of outdoor music pumping through the Winter and gives patrons a chance to forget about snow and wind, and enjoy a festival like no other.

Disclaimer: This blog post was sponsored by JustFly. Images of Igloofest belong to Peter Ryaux-Larsen.

The Ultimate guide to Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal

The Ultimate guide to Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal

The Ultimate guide to Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal

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This guest post about Osheaga Festival in Montreal (Canada) is by Olivia Taddio who is a travel writer based in Montreal, Canada

With the lineup for this year’s Osheaga lineup announced, summer 2016 is looking to be one of the best that Montreal has seen. With scheduled performances by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana del Ray and Radiohead headlining the three-day music and arts festival, FlightHub reviews all the ways to make sure you get the most out of your weekend in Montreal.

Where to stay

If you’re from out of town, or looking to stay relatively close to the action, FlightHub recommends staying in the following neighbourhoods:

Le Plateau Mont Royal: Located just at the bottom of Mount Royal (hence Plateau), this uber trendy area is meant to encompass a true Montreal experience. From the defining architecture and spiralling outdoor staircases of Montreal homes, to delicious and local cafes and restaurants, spending your weekend in the Plateau means you’re getting a true feel for the city while also getting ready to party. This neighbourhood sits adjacent to St. Laurent Boulevard, or otherwise known as The Main, and is known for being the place to keep the party going once Osheaga turns in for the night. With countless bars and clubs, you’re bound to find a party that’s just right for you.

In addition to its proximity to the nightlife, the neighbourhood is easily accessible through public transit, meaning you can get to and from Parc Jean Drapeau (where the festival is held) with ease! The trip starting from Mont Royal metro station to the park will only take you 26 minutes, and cost you $6 for a two-way ticket!

Where to eat

Now that you’ve got your accommodations sorted out, figuring out where and when to eat is crucial when making sure you’ve got enough food to fuel you up for the day. Though Osheaga has lots of food options available to you during the festival, and is provided by famous Montreal eateries that you should try anyway, prices aren’t cheap and lineups may deter you from grabbing a bite when you really need one.

With this in mind, FlightHub really suggests grabbing a good, hearty meal before heading out for the day. Start your morning off right at Beauty’s Luncheonette, a Montreal staple, known for their amazing breakfasts and even better milkshakes. If the line is too long at Beauty’s (this is a very popular spot among locals), then hit up Bagels, just down the street! Enjoy a hearty meal featuring Montreal bagels as part of every dish on the menu.

When to get there

Osheaga Music Festival Montreal

Though Osheaga officially starts their days before noon, most folks don’t end up getting there until mid-afternoon. Depending on your schedule (and who’s playing), FlightHub suggests getting to the island as early as you can to take advantage of all the activities the festival puts on! Whether you want to take a ride on the flying swings, or make some really weird art, or even lie on some fun hammocks, beat the rush and get there early!

What to bring

Osheaga Music Festival Montreal

Your essential Osheaga survival pack should contain the following: Sunglasses, sun lotion, reusable water bottle, lock and key, rain poncho, a blanket, gum, cash and most importantly a camera! All these items will be used at one point over the weekend, so don’t be caught unaware!

Disclaimer: This blog post was sponsored by FlightHub.

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Ultimate Guide to Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal, Canada

Ultimate Guide to Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal, Canada

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