May 10, 2016

Piknic Électronik unveils its 14th season of programming today, a clear sign that summer is in the air for thousands of excited Montrealers. Because the best moments are the ones we share with good company, everyone is invited, every Sunday this summer, to dance under the Calder at Parc Jean-Drapeau, from May 22nd to October 2nd.

Global Headliners from Opening Day right through the season

Piknic prides itself on bringing world conquering artists to Montreal, and our 14th season features a truly international line-up. Our inaugural double weekend kicks off Sunday, May 22nd with a live set of gear-heavy House and Techno by Bulgarian innovator KiNK (BG) at the Solotech stage. The very next day, May 23rd, Four Tet (GB) brings an eclectic mix of bass and broken beats to the Calder, twisting GB dance music into new shapes, and we'll top off the month with a sterling set of Berlin techno by Berghain resident Len Faki (DE) on May 29th. Things will only get wilder when we team up with MUTEK on June 5th for a two-stage takeover featuring Philly dance legend Josh Wink (US) before following it up with Kill The DJ Records' Chloé(FR) on June 12th. We're also thrilled to announce that Crew Love willhelm our main stage to present Soul Clap (US) and Wolf + Lamb (US) on June 26th, highlighting the deeper side of US dance music.

Rolling through July, Cologne's Lena Willikens (DE) will join Paris-based LOUISAHHH(US) for a day of raw outsider house and bumping techno on July 3rd, and tINI's (DE) breezy Ibiza vibes will make Montreal dance on July 10th. In the spirit of cooperation, we'll then be partnering with MEG on July 24th for a two-stage collaboration featuring, among others, jackin' house don Huxley (GB). Rush Hour veteran San Proper (NL) will bring the sound of Amsterdam to our shores on August 21st and we'll be closing the month with a set of soulful techno by Deetron (CH) on August 28th, but don't think the party's over just yet! We've got House trendsetters George Fitzgerald (GB) and Bicep (IE) presented by our friends at NEON on September 5th, rave legend DJ Harvey (GB) on September 18th, and plenty more to come. From start to finish, Piknic Électronik's 14th season is one you won't want to miss!

Local Flavours and Colours

Every year, Piknic gives local talent an opportunity to shine and they often provide the summer's brightest moments and biggest surprises. For our 14th season, local collectives Anoma Records, Awsum Kulture, DJ Luv's Records, Moto Made, Samouraïs des Jungles Urbaines and Trash Family will be highlighting all-Quebec talent throughout the summer, while 8Day, Multi Culti and Raw Moments present stages pairing international leading lights RULS (MX), Peter Power (IE) and Cinthie (DE) with Montreal's own.

What's more, this year, two of our events are completely local, providing expanded opportunities for our talent. First, minimal institution Eresys will be celebrating their 10th anniversary on June 19th with a deep and dubby journey under the Calder, while Roux Soundsystem keeps it jackin' over at the Videotron Mobile Stage. Of course, Piknic wouldn't be Piknic without the one and only Misstress Barbara, and this local hero will be bringing her banging techno on September 4th, in what's sure to be one of the season's highlights. With line-ups like these, Piknic's 14th season will once again prove that Quebec talent bows to no one.

Free Piknics are back!

Following the instant success of last summer's series, Piknic returns to make the crowds dance for three more free Thursday events at Les Jardins Gamelin on June 16th, July 28th and August 25th. And once again teaming up with Week-ends du monde, Piknic is brewing two Saturdays of free fun for July 9th and 16th at its Parc Jean-Drapeau site - watch this space for more details.

Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for September and our October 2nd grand finale: we've got a few more secrets in store to make sure this summer's Sundays are the best ones yet. See you under the Calder!

Thank you to our valuable partners

Piknic Électronik raises its glass to its partners, without whom these amazing Sundays would be impossible. A sincere and hearty thanks to our official collaborator Videotron Mobile; our institutional partners, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Tourism Quebec, Tourism Montreal, Destination Canada and the SRM via le Fonds d'initiative et de rayonnement de la métropole, for their unshakable confidence and support; our sponsors, Solotech, Sapporo, Apéritif à la française, Boris Cool, TOPSHOP TOPMAN, Tito's Handmade Vodka and Red Bull; our media partners, NIGHTLIFE.CA, Ton Barbier, CISM, Exclaim! and UB Média; our support partners, Landr, La Vitrine and Zone Festival; our tourism partners, Hotel W, HI-Montreal Hostel, Hotel Zero 1 and Via Rail; and our event partners, Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, MUTEK, lesWeek-ends du monde, MEG, Osheaga and Printemps numérique.

See you on Sunday, May 22nd and Monday, May 23rd for the traditional double Piknic season opener.