Piknic Électronik, Montreal’s Weekly Outdoor Dance Party
You like to bask in the sunshine.
You like to dance to upbeat music.
You like to drink wine in a park on a Sunday afternoon.
Then you’ll like to PIKNIC ÉLECTRONIK.
Each Sunday afternoon, in Parc Jean Drapeau, Montrealers and visitors gather to enjoy fresh air and cutting edge DJs. Piknic Électronik is a weekly outdoor celebration of electronic music. Some of the famous names to spin in the past two years include MSTRKRFT, Amon Tobin, Benga, and Hercules & Love Affair. The featured artists are framed by the skyline of the city and a stunning, slow-sinking orange sun.
“The site itself is inviting and comfortable: patio furniture, patches of turf both real and artificial, trees for shade, and winding paths. All of which is crowned by a monumental metal sculpture from Expo 67. A peaceful retreat only 5 minutes from downtown, the site offers a welcome alternative to the stifling concrete jungle of the city—without really leaving Montreal.”
After almost a decade of luscious beats, Piknic Électronik has branded itself as the Sunday afternoon event in Montréal. The formula of sunshine and sweet rhythms is a clear hit, but the weekly festival is also exploring some new initiatives. To begin with, Piknic is partnering with Oshega and Pop Montréal to provide some new and exciting electronic options during these festivals.
This is what’s also new to Piknic Électronik this year:
CANADIAN CONTENT | This year, Piknic Électronik will be featuring a secondary tent each Sunday. This space will be reserved for up and coming Canadian talent. Who will be the next Kid Koala? You’ll find out here.
FAMILY INCLUSIVITY | Some people have kids. And that’s cool. Just because you’ve got a couple of tykes in tow doesn’t disqualify you from enjoying a good party. Piknic Électronik will have kid-friendly spaces and activities.
WELCOMING TOURISTS | With a new bilingual website launching next month, the folks at Piknic Électronik want you, the traveler, to know that your presence is an important part of the diversity of the weekly party. As a foreigner, you are tempting and exotic to the locals. Take advantage of this.
PIKNIC FESTIVAL | For the first time ever, Piknic Électronik will be expanding beyond its Sunday formula. The word on the street says there will be a three-day weekend festival in September dedicated to the joys of electronic music. We’re cool with that.
In conclusion, Piknic Électronik is a fierce Sunday afternoon dance party that welcomes the world to partake in beats, beer and beautiful chillaxin’. Spending your Sunday at church is so last millennium; Piknic Électronik is the new spiritual ritual. And just another stellar reason to finally take that weekend getaway to Montréal.
We’ll see you soon.
Each Sunday from 2 PM – 9:30 PM
May 23 – October 3
Parc Jean-Drapeau (map)
Metro: Station Jean-Drapeau