With some 30 DJs, including headliners Hardwell, New World Punx, Carl Cox and Deep Dish
To celebrate its 20th anniversary with a party that lives up to its reputation, Montreal’s White Party Week will be presenting a powerhouse edition of its main event. Held on Sunday, April 20, 2014, Bal en Blanc will take place once again at Palais des congrès de Montréal, laid out in a new configuration this year to host three theme rooms. Big international names will of course be legion, with much-anticipated performances by Hardwell (#1 on DJ Mag’s Top 100), New World Punx (Markus Schulz & Ferry Corsten), Carl Cox, Deep Dish, Nervo, Andrew Rayel, Nicole Moudaber, Carnage, Nic Fanciulli, Dyro, Omnia, Solarstone, Dannic and Giuseppe Ottaviani, not counting vocal sets by Betsie Larkin and Adina Butar. The roughly 15,000 participants will also get to dance to the sound of such well-known figures from the local scene as Paris & Simo, Monitor, Raneem, Paskal Daze, Jesse Zotti, Kärl K-Otik, Malek & Jeremy Sky and Domeno.
A few DJs remain to be added to this 20th edition, which will run for 13 hours straight – from 9 p.m. Sunday to 10 a.m. Monday – in an otherworldly atmosphere inspired by the visual “Alice in Wonderland” theme. A golden opportunity, for anyone willing to undergo a transformation, to be in the running for one of the three grand prizes of the 2014 Costume Contest, presented in association with NIGHTLIFE.CA. As is the case every year, a series of related events will take place in a number of clubs in Quebec and Ontario, rounding out the programming for the 20th White Party Week.
Triple your pleasure: 3 rooms, 3 musical directions
Thanks to a new use of available space, Bal en Blanc this year will be offering three rooms dedicated to different musical styles. Electro-House (EDM) and progressive House will have pride of place in Arena 1 with Hardwell, Deep Dish and Nervo topping the bill; the more underground forms of house and techno will reign in Arena 2 – Carl Cox and Friends; while trance will hold sway in Arena 3 with New World Punx, Andrew Rayel and company. Meaning there’s enough on the menu to satisfy the appetites of the most fervent dancefloor devotees.
A unique event, and a showcase for Montreal
Staged for the first time in 1994 at the after-hours club Playground, Bal en Blanc has enjoyed remarkable growth, rising from an evening with a few hundred people to a mega-production that draws over 15,000 spectators every year. Today the biggest annual indoor event of its kind in North America, Bal en Blanc is unique in its longevity, in its formula and in the values that have inspired it since its inception. Based on diversity and openness, it is also one of the rare North American events of this type (if not the only one) to unfold over an entire night, paying homage in this way to the roots of the electronic dance music movement born in the early 90s. Its wild ambiance, its spectacular costumes and its organizational qualities have earned it a reputation for excellence that reaches well beyond our borders. That success, reflecting as it does the creativity and festive feeling particular to Montreal, helps spread a positive image of the city on several continents. And here’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate it!
Reserve your places right away
Tickets for Bal en Blanc are on sale at a price of $149 (taxes, $2 box-office fee and $5 police fee included + service charge) on balenblanc.com via the site wantickets.ca and at the usual network of boutiques and promoters. But hurry, they’re going quickly.