Get your snowsuits ready! The iconic winter festival Igloofest confirmed that it'll be back in action in 2022 — and better than ever.
"How do we make a festival of this magnitude even more legendary? Easy! By inviting true music royalty. So get ready to bust a move with some of the planet's finest during this year's Thursday Hip-Hop Nights," the festival wrote.
Whether you can't wait to drink hot chocolate and skate with your besties or to enjoy evening light shows, you'll be happy to know the Old Port skating rink is on again in Montreal this year, and we finally know its official opening date.
Located on the Bonsecours Basin in Old Montreal, this skating rink is a must for Montrealers and tourists as it is located at the foot of the Ferris wheel and offers a magnificent view of the city and the river.
For the 2021-2022 season, the site will be open to all starting December 11, when a special opening night is organized. After that, the site will be open every day until March 6.
Skating will be possible Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Christmas holidays. December 31 and February 26 will be special evenings when skaters can enjoy the ice until 1 a.m.
On the program, there are DJ nights every Thursday starting January 6, special "skate dating" days, "karaoke on ice" nights on January 28 and February 26, and other special events.
It costs $8.05 for admission, but a season pass is also available. If purchased before December 11, the pass is discounted by 25% for a total of $24 for the winter.
You can rent equipment for an additional cost, like a pair of skates for $10.45, but you can also rent a lock, helmet or walker for $4.35 each. Use of the on-site lockers is free.
And, you can always end the day with a good coffee and a meal at the Bistro de la Grande Roue. The perfect recipe for a perfect day!
Winter is just around the corner and even if you're lamenting the loss of warm sunny days, you can't deny that Montreal knows how to do winter right. From our Christmas markets and extreme weather to our snowy slopes and outdoor rinks, winter in the city is truly magical.
But even though we'relooking forward to winter, we really wanted to hear what you all think. So, we took to Instagram and asked "what are you looking forward to the most about winter?" And you folks didn't disappoint!
We collected close to 200 replies and even though we asked for serious answers only, a lot of you gave us some silly ones. But we forgive you, because one of you reminded us of the simple, yet chaotic pleasure of watching cars slide down an icy hill.
EPIC! Crazy Car Pileup in Montreal. Bus Police and Snowplow!
Here's what Montrealers just like you are looking forward to the most this winter.
An overwhelming number of you were most excited about Christmas and all Christmas-related things. We're talking twinkle lights, we're talking jingle bells, we're talking holiday markets, gift-giving, elves and even Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Montreal LOVES Christmas. And is it any wonder why? This city bloody knows how to do Christmas right and goes all out on the holiday cheer.
Love it or hate it, you're gonna see some snow in Montreal this winter (you might even be seeing some right now!). But honestly, it seems like most of you quite enjoy the snow and all the snowy activities that you can enjoy.
A few newcomers to the city said they're looking forward to seeing it covered in white for the first time.
Some of you seem to only hate snow because it makes you look cool.
So our suggestion is to embrace the fluffy stuff and take full advantage of it. Up for a bit of sledding?
While you could theoretically do it all year round, there's something special about ice skating in the winter.
It's one of the most quintessential winter experiences and makes for a perfect date. Montreal is silly with beautiful outdoor skating rinks too, which is probably why so many of you picked skating as your favourite winter activity.
The people behind Igloofest seem just as excited as us about its return.
"Over four weekends, this abominable snow gang invites all Igloosapiens to enter its den in the heart of Montreal's Old Port to celebrate their 15th anniversary—the perfect opportunity to unleash all that pent-up energy to electro and hip-hop beats. It's the hottestparty in town featuring the famous Igloofest yetis," a press release reads.
And just take a look at all those artists making their way to Montreal this winter. Diplo? Gunna? High Klassified? Ben Böhmer? It's bound to be one heck of a festival.
General tickets go on sale Friday, November 5 at 11 a.m. — don't miss out! You can also already purchase an Igloopass for $170 plus tax, which gives you access to all the festival's shows.
In a Facebook post announcing festival dates for 2022, îLESONIQ also announced that it was expanding from two days to three days. That means festival-goers get a whole extra day of DJs and dancing this August.
The popular electronic music festival is set to take place at Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 5 to 7, 2022.
Plus, there's also an "îLESONIQ EN VILLE" event scheduled for August 4.