Electro Parade at the MEG Festival 2017
The first Électro Parade in North America makes its way from the streets of Paris to the streets of Montréal to party, giving local and international DJs free reign from Mont-Royal to downtown's Quartier des Spectacles.
This Labour Day Weekend, Électro Parade not only affirms the city's ever-present festival spirit but celebrates Montréal's 375th anniversary, combining a high-energy parade with electronic music and a free outdoor dance party. A brand new addition to this year's Montréal Électronique Groove festival, the parade brings together several key players in the local and French electro scenes, with DJs playing pulsing rhythms on high-tech mobile sound systems all afternoon and into the night on September 2.
Music for floats
Électro Parade is the newest addition to Montréal's digital arts scene, joining the city's Digital Spring events, summer-long Piknic Électronik, August's ÎleSoniq and MUTEK, MEG in September and winter's ice-hot Igloofest. Among the colourful parade floats sending beats into the streets on Saturday, you'll find Belgian drum and bass producer Netsky on the ÎleSoniq float with Ronin and Cherise, locals favourites Misstress Barbara, Kris Tin, Lebaraon and Pfreud on the Piknic Electronik & Igloofest float celebrating 15 years of Piknic antics, and more amazing local talents riding the MEG float: Ryan Playground, Clyde P, Robert Robert and Omni.
The upcoming Ancient Future Festival brings Or Room, Boho Soundsystem and special guests on board its float, Toddy Flores and more hop on the Bud Light float, while French festival Garorock features Romulus, Esteban and Milu Milpop, Beachclub represents with Kleancut, Stef Agostino and other dancefloor draws, and Montréal promoters Neon rock their float with Anti-Anti, Hicky & Kalo and The Holy. Électro Parade wraps up as night falls with a Grand Finale party at Place des Festivals, with music by German producer Paul Kalkbrenner, French producer Agoria and Prince Club.
After all that fresh air and dancing, burn off the rest of your energy at the official Électro Parade afterparty at MTelus starting at 10:30 p.m., with MAUS, Clyde P and Kris Guilty. And get ready for more electronic music and art in September at Ancient Future in the Old Port, KM3 interactive public art in the Quartier des Spectacles as part of the city's 375th anniversary celebrations, and Eastern Bloc's Sight + Sound.
Robyn Fadden, blogger
Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.
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