Sonic Sundays in the sun at Piknic Électronik
If you're a dancer, an electronic music fan or simply love relaxing in the park among friendly Montrealers, then Piknic Électronik is a must. For 15 years, the weekly outdoor event has brought in some of the world's biggest DJs, giving crowds all the right reasons to spend the afternoon smiling, dancing and stretching out under the sun.
Party park life
Piknic Électronik's location is one of the most beautiful places in the city, but this year it gets an organic upgrade. The whole event moves into a greener, more expansive space among the trees in Parc Jean-Drapeau, just steps from the metro station on Île Sainte-Hélène. Every Sunday afternoon from May 21 to September 24, listen to music, dance, play volleyball and hang out with friends and family – there's even a kids' activity zone.
DJs and dancing
To celebrate its 15th anniversary, Piknic welcomes some major electronic music talents to the park. Among the international electro stars, see: UK house master Jesse Rose on June 18; Spanish duo Chus & Ceballos on July 16; the soulful techno and house of Germany's Motor City Drum Ensemble; US house superstar Seth Troxler on August 27, The Black Madonna on September 10, Josh Wink on September 24, and dozens more stand-out producers. In keeping with its friendly, community vibe, Piknic highlights incredible local artists too, including: Misstress Barbara, Nicole Moudaber, Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts, crews from local collectives 64Hz, All Good, Big Tooth, Bolting Bits, Elusion, NVA and Trash Family, and artists chosen by festivals MUTEK, MEG and FME. For all the details, check out Piknic Électronik's full program.
If you're going to spend the day in the park, naturally you'll need plenty of cold drinks (with or without alcohol) and energy-providing snacks. Piknic's food and beverage options range from healthy whole foods to classic burgers and poutine, so go with whatever your gut is telling you at the end of a weekend spent in Montréal... And while bringing your own alcohol isn't allowed on site, packing a picnic is encouraged!
Since its beginnings 15 years ago, Piknic Électronik has committed to sustainable development and reducing its carbon footprint. Steps away from the Parc Jean-Drapeau metro station, it's easy to take public transit to Piknic – and there's plenty of bike parking too. On site, you'll find reusable cups and recyclable or compostable dishes, a compost bin, and a water fountain for refilling (non-glass) water bottles. And when buying your ticket, you'll have the opportunity to donate to an ecological project of your choice.
While Piknic Electronik transforms Sundays in the park, there's even more going on in Parc Jean-Drapeau all week. You'll find entertainment and games of chance at the Casino de Montréal, thrills and family fun at La Ronde Six Flags amusement park, intriguing Québec and international history at the Stewart Museum, and the Buckminster Fuller-designed Expo 67 architectural wonder Biosphère Environment Museum. And throughout the summer, festivals and major events fill the park, from the F1 Grand Prix in June to family-friendly Week-ends du Monde in August and three-day music festival Osheaga.
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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