PREVIEW: Bal en Blanc 2013 (19th Edition) – Palais des Congres, Montreal, QC by Monika Sobota


Every year on the Easter long weekend, from Thursday to Monday, Montreal holds Bal en Blanc (translated into The White Party). The city welcomes five nights of celebration that reach the ultimate peak with a massive music event on Sunday night. This event has become Montreal’s most important social and cultural spring event, which includes various activities related to the new urban culture. Music, fashion, dance, and design are at the forefront during Bal en Blanc and celebrate diversity and openness of mind.

The Bal en Blanc information site itself describes the main event as:

“Rhythm that reaches new heights. As far as the eye can see a gigantic, immaculately white crowd is frantically alive around you. Images are moving, lights are flashing… gradually, your soul frees itself and time seems to stop. Welcome to another realm, that of the White Party.”

For the past fifteen years, the greatest names in Electronic music have appeared at Bal en Blanc to make the all white-attired crowd dance in an atmosphere and environment that you will not find anywhere else. With its spectacular setups, cutting-edge technical facilities and the professionalism of a dedicated team, the event has built such an incredible and unique reputation amongst people dedicated to electronic dance music in North America and now constitutes the most important event of its kind in terms of attendance in Canada.

Last year’s 18th edition of Bal en Blanc in 2012 was a sold out event with roughly 15,000 people in attendance. Split into two rooms the Palaise des Congres de Montreal included fifteen uninterrupted hours of music and dance with an epic list of talent that included: Armin Van Buuren, Ben Gold, Steve Angello, Ferry Corsten, Fedde Le Grand, Markus Schulz, Jacques Lu Cont, Arty, Jochen Miller, Beat Service, Omar El Gamal, Kindom, Danny Tenaglia, and the duo Paskal & Vesselinov. Staged in collaboration with DJ Mag Canada, there was also a new costume competition which invites participants to compete against each other all in good, daring fun.

Where Bal en Blanc is located and what time does it start?

The main event which brings over 15,000 people into two rooms for a massive electronic dance party will be located inside the Palais des Congres.  It starts at 8:00pm on Sunday, March 31st and runs non-stop through to 12:00pm Monday April 1st.

Which artists will be at Bal en Blanc’s 19th Edition Main Event?

For those who attended Bal en Blanc 18 last year and don’t think the lineup could possibly get any better, there’s a surprise for you; This year has an undeniably impressive lineup to show up last year.  Here is a breakdown of who will be performing during the main event on March 31st:

Main Room: – Stef Agostino – Franco Fabi – Sultan & Ned Shepard – David Guetta – Calvin Harris – Peter Rauhofer – Nicole Moudaber – Shaded Live – Dubfire

Trance Room: – Armin Van Buuren – Markus Schulz b2b with Ferry Corsten – Cosmic Gate featuring special guest Emma Hewitt – W&W – Andrew Rayel

What can you expect during the main event?

When I asked people who attended the event last year their first impression walking in for the first time, was the size of the venue. Not only is it very wide, but the ceilings are also massive. The atmosphere and energy of the crowd was consistent throughout the entire night; just an incredibly energetic and happy crowd. The stage in both rooms had an impressionable setup. It was described as ‘very unique and flashy’, with many L.E.D lights surrounding the stage and always a great view of the DJ no matter where you stood. With how large the venue is, there is ample space to move around and dance the night away freeing your soul alongside a beautifully, white clad crowd. Regardless of the weather, no one will have to wait in line outside as the waiting is entirely indoors. Come early if you wish to avoid waiting in line and as a tip of advice from party goers last year: If you do not want to miss your favourite artist performing, plan your washroom breaks very well due to the large amount of participants attending.


Tickets went on sale for Bal en Blanc the 19th edition on Saturday November 17th, and VIP tickets have since sold out, but Regular access tickets are still available for $149 (taxes, $2 box-office charge, $5 police service charge included + service charge).

Tickets are available online at , , , or from any authorized outlets. For detailed information, check out the events main website .

Check out a video clip of last year’s Bal en Blanc 18th Edition to get an idea of how unforgettable the main event will be here:

Monika SobotaEDM TOR


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Adele Desloges

Adele is the owner of Tranceported. She also heads up the social media as well as the photo and video teams, and was a promoter of events across the Toronto area for years. She has been a fan of Trance music since the mid-90s and has been shooting Trance events since 2011..

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