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Bal en Blanc

Year founded: 1995 Dress code: White attire
Organizer: Productions Playground Cost: Tickets start at $100
Location: Palais Des Congrès, 1001 Place Jean Paul Riopelle, Montréal Past DJs: Armin Van Burren, Danny Tenaglia, Markus Schulz, David Guetta, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk
Public transit: Place-d’Armes Metro Website: www.balenblanc.com
Dates: Easter Weekend (Thursday to Sunday) Follow on:    
Music: Trance, house, progressive

About the Festival

On a weekend usually reserved for family gatherings, Bal en Blanc offers party goers a whole other reason to worship on Easter weekend in Montreal. Since 1995, Bal en Blanc’s White Party week has been gathering thousands of partygoers to downtown Montreal for 5 days of cultural events including music, fashion, dance and design. Every year, Bal en Blanc concludes with a 15 hour main event on Easter Sunday (into the wee hours of Easter Monday): The White Party. Drawing crowds of 15,000 all dressed in white, Bal en Blanc’s White Party has become one of the biggest EDM events in North America with people traveling from outside Quebec, the United States and Europe to attend the event on an annual basis.

In recent years, the main event of Bal en Blanc has been held at Palais Des Congrès (one of the two convention centers located in downtown Montreal) and features both a “House” and “Trance” room. Over the course of its existence, dozens of internationally renowned DJs have graced the decks of the main event. The likes of Danny Tenaglia and Armin Van Buuren have played multiple times over the years making Bal en Blanc not only a fan favorite, but a must stop show for top DJS too. DJs who have played the main event of Bal en Blanc include: Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Tiësto, Danny Tenaglia, Peter Rauhofer, Deep Dish, David Guetta, Roger Sanchez, Bob Sinclar, Victor Calderone, Offer Nissim, David Morales, Sander Van Doorn, Second Sun, Above and Beyond, Infected Mushroom, Benny Benassi, Erick Morillo, Dave Clarke, Juan Atkins, Ferry Corsten, Derrick Carter – Misstress Barbara, Cevin Fisher, De La Soul, Cesar Bass Romero, Junior Sanchez, Baby “Hec” Romero, Sandy Rivera, Joe Claussell, Kevin Yost, Manny Lehman, David Knapp, Abel, Maya, Dimitri From Paris, Q-Bert, DJ Clue, Stacey Pullen, Mac Quayle, Oba Frank Lord’s, Eddie Amador, Cash Money, Kid Capri, Junior Vasquez, Laflèche, Nic Fanciulli, DJ Dan, Menno De Jong, Cedric Gervais, Avicii, Ben Gold, Sied Van Riel, Markus Schulz, Roger Shah, Deadmau5, Cosmic Gate  and many others.

The 2009 theme song for Bal en Blanc “Dressed in White – feat. Yan Lavoie” was produced by local DJ and producer Steve Aries (aka Jester). Markus Schulz later remixed the track and played with live vocals from Yan Lavoie during the 2009 edition of the White Party.

In 2010, Bal en Blanc made history when it featured the legendary Godskitchen Boombox for the first time ever in North America.

Since its inception, Bal en Blanc has held close ties with another long-standing EDM festival in Montreal: Divers/Cite. Over the years, partial proceeds of the event have been donated to Divers/Cite who organizes the Gay Pride events in Montreal. Although Bal en Blanc has its roots in the Gay community, it now draws almost equal amount of gays and straights, which only strengthens the events mission to promote diversity and open mindedness.

Festival Event Lineup

Date Event Venue
April 20th 2013    Bal en Blanc 2014 (20th Edition) Palais des Congres
March 31st 2013    Bal en Blanc 2013 (19th Edition) Palais des Congres
April 8th 2012    Bal en Blanc 2012 (18th Edition) Palais des Congres
April 24th 2011    Bal en Blanc 2011 (17th Edition) Palais des Congres
April 4th 2010    Bal en Blanc 2010 (16th Edition) Palais des Congres
April 12th 2009    Bal en Blanc 2009 (15th Edition) Palais des Congres
March 23rd 2008    Bal en Blanc 2008 (14th Edition) Palais des Congres
April 8th 2007    Bal en Blanc 2007 (13th Edition) Palais des Congres
April 16th 2006    Bal en Blanc 2006 (12th Edition) Palais des Congres