Welcome to IglooFest , a uniquely Canadian experience. Launched in 2007, the Montreal festival draws thousands of people to the docks of the city’s old port, where the cutting windchill this year sent temperatures as low as -31 degrees. In their parkas, “toques” and scarves, they seem to barely feel it.
Igloofest attracts big names in the techno and electronic music scene from both sides of the border, including past performances from Guy Gerber and Misstress Barbara. This year’s festival is being headlined by A-Trak & Tiga, whose smash ‘What You Need’ is currently getting a lot of radio play. The DJs on the main stage spin under the intense glow of heat lamps, which allows them work without being bundled up like the Michelin man.
It’s a trope amongst Canadians that, when travelling overseas, they’re frequently asked whether they live in an igloo back home. For once, the stereotype is true – carved ice houses and sitting areas dot the terrain around the central stage and dance floor.