Electro and urban sounds under the sun at ÎleSoniq

Robyn Fadden

Montréal club culture has always been hot, from the days of disco to afterhours extravagance – ÎleSoniq boosts EDM clubbing like never before. This year, the festival brings superstars Tiësto, Porter Robinson, Afrojack and dozens more to Montréal's sunny shores.

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Electro park life

Pulling out all the stops for its fourth edition, ÎleSoniq keeps festival-goers dancing August 11-12 among the forests and flowers of Parc Jean-Drapeau on beautiful Île Notre-Dame – and throws two major parties in the city! On the heels of indie-rock heavyweight weekend Osheaga, ÎleSoniq doesn't miss a beat with over 50 artists on three outdoor stages, from early afternoon to well past sunset, plus interactive games, art and other fun activities.

Dance all day

There's a sound for everyone at ÎleSoniq, whether you're there to dance or simply soak up the good vibes. Among the festival’s high-energy electronic and urban music creators sits long-time anthemic producer Tiësto, evocative melody maker Porter Robinson, Grammy award winning DJ and producer Afrojack, Georgia-based rap trio Migos, L.A. house and techno producer Claude VonStroke, the psytrance of Infected Mushroom, French born Miami remix master Cedric Gervais, Rezz's fusion of industrial and bass music, German club success Robin Schulz, Chicago duo Louis the Child, KSHMR's blend of Indian music and electro, hardtrap ruler Saymyname, and dozens more artists.


Eat and drink

Let your cravings lead you to flavour town at ÎleSoniq, where all kinds of food kiosks and several of the city’s gourmet-level food trucks are on site. Indulge in mouthwatering burgers and classic poutine, subs and sandwiches, made-to-order pizza, sushi and more – or bring a picnic of your own. Quench your thirst with water and speciality soft drinks or beer and spirits (bring two valid pieces of ID to prove you're 18!) Stay hydrated by bringing your own (empty) clear plastic water bottle and filling it at water refill stations. For more info on amenities and the best ways to get to the site, check out ÎleSoniq's FAQs.

Sounds of the city

Right before ÎleSoniq kicks off, the festival presents a one-of-a-kind Montréal experience:  Sessions 375 X îleSoniq En Ville. The free outdoor event transforms the Peel Basin alongside the Lachine Canal into two giant, sparkling dance floors on the evening of Thursday, August 10. And on Friday night after the last confetti canons fire off ÎleSoniq's main stages, British ambient house legends The Orb play a late-night show at intimate downtown venue L'Astral. Get ready to rave!

Robyn Fadden

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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