September 29, 2011

Piknic Électronik 2011: Recapping a memorable 9th season!


It was in ideal, almost dreamlike weather that Piknic Électronik ended its 9th season last Sunday with its second biggest attendance ever : 6113 piknicers. The season ended as it started on May 22nd, when the absolute record of attendance was broken to start the year with 6895 entries. In total this summer, more than 56,000 music enthusiasts came dancing under Calder’s famous L’Homme statue and the enchanting Jardin des Floralies of Parc Jean Drapeau. It is also more than 110 invited artists, veterans and new blood, who came and testified to the electronic music world’s vigour and effervescence. Here’s a recap.

Programming: pleasant visits from nearby and elsewhere
Piknic’s raison d’être remains to broadcastthe richness of the world of electronic music. Between the established currents and the newest explorations of this constantly mutating universe, our programming strikes the perfect balance to satisfy acquired tastes as well as curious appetites. Alongside the veterans and invited favorites of the Montreal crowd (Dubfire (US), Terry Lee Brown Jr (DE), Misstress Barbara (CA), Sébastien Léger (FR) et Dominik Eulberg (DE), to name a few), Piknic also makes room for the new arrivals, instigators of mutating currents, as well as long-awaited names (Julio Bashmore(GB –canadian premier), Luke Abbott (GB –north american premier, live), Untold (GB –montreal premier) and Maceo Plex (ES – rare live performance)). That being said, although Piknic does host guests from all over the globe, it always counts on its local talent, which represents 75% of the programming. Hence, the GURU stage, whose popularity clearly confirms its necessity, allowing crowds to discover and pay homage to exclusively local talent, including Recife, Footprintz, Simon Called Peter, LOL Boys, EP Bergen, Botnek and Leboeuf & Laviolette.

Happy collaborations
Throughout the season, the event collective known as Le Regroupement has allowed numerous collaborations between Piknic and its festival friends. Thanks to the traditional double Piknic at MUTEK, Piknic’s visit at Fringe, and the grande finale in company of Pop Montreal, thousands of hungry minds have bridged the gap between different cultural spheres. In addition, for the second year, Osheaga (another important independent festival) has given Piknic a chance to give a taste of electronic music to tens of thousands of music lovers, most of which were not seasoned listeners.

Piknic roams around and spreads its seed
Once more this year, Piknic went west to celebrate la St-Jean Baptiste in Vancouver in June and was present at the charming FME in Rouyn in September. Overseas, the developing project of Piknic in Barcelona has made an involuntary pause but maintains its move forward. Meanwhile, closer from here, Piknic in Gatineau has experienced a beautiful first edition (July 10th to September 11th) with promising numbers reminiscent of Montreal’s early Piknic days. Let’s not forget the success of the 2nd edition of Piknic@Canal-de-Lachine presented in collaboration with Parcs Canada. And last but not least, at the main site at Parc Jean-Drapeau, Piknic innovated and reviewed its formula with its first PikniCubik festival which celebrates artistic creations in all its forms.

We smile at them from ear to ear!
Thanks to our partners, without whom this event would not be possible. Thanks to the artists, to the Piknic Team, and of course, all the piknicers!

Enjoy the fall season. We’ll see you very soon in January for Igloofest 2012!


Morgan S.