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Piknic Electronik

Year founded: 2003 Dress code: Casual
Organizer: Piknic Electronik Cost: $12 entrance
Location: Parc Jean-Drapeau, Ile Sainte Helene Past DJs: Dubfire, Joris Voorn, Richie Hawtin, James Holden, Ricardo Villalobos
Public transit: Jean-Drapeau Metro Website: www.piknicelectronik.com
Dates: Every Sunday (May to September) Follow on:    
Music: House, techno, tech-house, progressive

About the Festival

For those who live in Montreal, the promise of warmer weather come spring isn’t the only thought that gets us through the bitter Canadian winter. In a city that comes alive during the summer months with endless festivals, parties and events, Piknik Electronik has carved out a much loved and cherished place in many people’s hearts. Every Sunday (2pm-10pm) from May to September, thousands of people from all walks of life (EDM fans, families, and people who are just looking to have a good time) gather at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Ile Sainte Helene to bask in the heat, eat, drink, and dance until the sun goes down to the blaring beats of house, techno and almost everything in between.

For a modest $12 entrance fee (season passes are also available), partygoers are invited to pack their own “picnic” lunch (alcohol is permitted too, but the amount you can bring in is regulated per person) making it a very affordable and fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Montreal. Food and drinks can also be purchased on site at reasonable prices (each beer is $1 cheaper if you re-use your glass). There’s even a play area for children which includes inflatable attractions and sometimes mini-put (it’s not uncommon to see adults enjoying the games as well).

Founded in 2003, Piknic Electronik is still in its infancy. However, in the short time since its inception, its popularity and support from the community has exploded. In recent years, there have been days where crowds surpassed 6,000 for big headliners such as Dubfire, Joris Voorn and Misstress Barbara (a local fan favorite among those who frequently attend Piknic).

Since Day 1, Piknic has always pushed the boundaries of electronic music booking many unknown and underground acts from around the globe that play a wide variety of music including house, techno, tech-house, progressive, minimal, dubstep, drum n’ bass, funk, and disco as well as sounds that refuse to be pigeon holed into any genre at all. On the flip side, some of the hottest international DJs & producers in the world have played at Piknic, including: Fred Everything, Bonobo, Richie Hawtin, Steve Bug, Josh Wink, James Holden, MSTRKRFT, Ricardo Villalobos, Lee Burridge, Joris Voorn, Amon Tobin, Green Velvet, Popof, Dubfire, Sebastien Leger, Alan Fitzpatrick, and Christian Smith.

Piknic can be accessed by metro (Jean-Drapeau station on the yellow line), by car, by ferry (from the Old Port at Jacques-Cartier Quays) and by bike or rollerblade via the Jacques-Cartier bridge.