Piknic Electronik 2017: Inside Montreal's Best Outdoor Rave

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    The Scoop on Piknic Electronik

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    ••• Montreal's Alternative to the club scene, Piknic Electronik is Montreal's family-friendly outdoor rave in the park, is held almost every Sunday, May through October. Photo © Evelyn Reid

    Piknic Electronik: A Montreal First

    Piknic Electronik started in 2003 courtesy of four gentlemen bent on bringing their favorite electronic tunes out of the dark recesses of a pricey, sketchy, even creepy afterhours scene and into the open, fresh, sunshine filled air of an environment that suits not only teens, twenty and thirty somethings, but families as well.

    In 2017, Piknic Electronik runs most Sundays and the occasional holiday Monday (like opening weekend and Labour Day) May 21 through September 24, 2017. 

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    Parc Jean-Drapeau's lookout section, crowned by legendary artist Alexander Calder's gigantic L'Homme statue, became the indisputable location of choice and so began Michel Quintal, Nicolas Cournoyer, Louis-David Loyer and Pascal Lefebvre's new Sunday tradition in the park, one that mixes A-list DJs with up-and-comers on the same bill. In 2017, the...MORE locale is moved to a different spot in the park called Plaine des Jeux due to construction around the Calder statue.

    Special appearances include sets by Tiga (May 22), Jesse Rose (June 18), Chus & Ceballos (July 16), Seth Troxler (August 27), The Black Madonna (September 10), and Josh Wink (September 24).

    Past guests include:

    • Maya Jane Coles
    • Damian Lazarus
    • James Holden
    • Josh Wink
    • Dominik Eulberg
    • Claude VonStroke
    • Dillon Francis
    • Louisahhh!
    • Dubfire

     

    Who Goes to Piknic?

    Families with small children, teens too young for the club scene, college hipsters, sophisticated professionals, strung-out afterhours types... it's rare to see such an eclectic mix of people attending the same event. And getting along. The vibe of Piknic is generally peaceful and accepting. For more information, read my review of the experience and check out this clip of Piknic in action. Here's another.

     

    When is Piknic?

    Generally, Piknic Electronik is held almost every Sunday, May through September and sometimes October, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. (cancelled if heavy rain). In 2017, Piknic Electronik runs every Sunday, with the occasional holiday Monday editions May 21 through September 24, 2017.

     

    How Much is Piknic?

    Admission $13 before 3 p.m., $17 after 3 p.m, less if purchased online in advance. Free for kids 12 and under. Season passes available on a first come, first-served basis.

     

    Can I Have a Picnic at Piknic?

    Yes! Bring a picnic if you want. Food and alcohol are sold on location. Alcohol brought from outside Piknic grounds is strictly prohibited.

     

    Where is Piknic?

    New directions in 2017: due to ongoing construction around the Calder statue, Piknic Electronik is held in Plaine des Jeux,a different part of Parc Jean-Drapeau

    You can reach it by car. Parking rates vary. Or use public transportation. Just get off at Jean-Drapeau Metro.

    Upon exiting the subway station, you would usually walk almost straight ahead (the path is a few paces to the left), following the dirt path, moving in the opposite direction of a giant landmark, the conspicuous Biosphere. But in 2017, head towards the geodesic dome to get to Piknic's new temporary outdoor location. Or just use your ears and follow the direction of the beat.

     

    Who is Spinning at the Next Piknic?

    Find out who's next on deck by visiting Piknic Electronik's website.

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    Exiting Jean-Drapeau Metro and Heading to Piknic Electronik

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    ••• Montreal's Alternative to the Club Scene On the way to Piknic Electronik, Montreal's only family-friendly outdoor rave in the park, held every Sunday May through September. The water spray park shown above is located just in front of Jean-Drapeau Metro. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Piknic Electronik: Chiseled People

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    ••• Above: Piknic Electronik, Montreal's family-friendly outdoor rave in the park, is held almost every Sunday, May through September, attracts its fair share of super fit bodies. Photo © Evelyn Reid

    Piknic Electronik attracts not just big crowds, but a lot of skin. Even though folks can't swim in the waters, some dress like they can. It's a Piknic thing.

     

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    Piknic Electronik: When Dogs Were Welcome

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    ••• Montreal's Alternative to the Club Scene Dogs are welcome to join in the fun, as long as they're leashed, at Piknic Electronik, Montreal's only family-friendly outdoor rave in the park held most Sundays, May through September. Photo © Evelyn Reid

    Folks used to be free to bring their leashed dogs, but Piknic Electronik has become so popular in recent years that only identified MIRA assistance dogs are allowed on the premises now.

     

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    Piknic Electronik: First Glance Inside

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    ••• Montreal's Alternative to the Club Scene Piknic Electronik, Montreal's family-friendly outdoor rave in the park, is held almost every Sunday, May through September. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Piknic Electronik: Montreal's Best Outdoor Rave

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    ••• Montreal's Alternative to the Club Scene Piknic Electronik, Montreal's family-friendly outdoor rave in the park, is held almost every Sunday, May through September. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Piknic Electronik: Montreal's Best Outdoor Rave

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    ••• Montreal's Alternative to the Club Scene Piknic Electronik, Montreal's family-friendly outdoor rave in the park, is held almost every Sunday, May through September. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Piknic Electronik: Piknic at Piknic

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    ••• Montreal's Alternative to the Club Scene Piknic Electronik, Montreal's family-friendly outdoor rave in the park, is held almost every Sunday, May through September. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Piknic Electronik: Greenspace Galore

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    ••• Montreal's Alternative to the Club Scene Piknic Electronik is not just about dancing. Loafing around on the grounds is commonplace. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Piknic Electronik: Green Space Plus Waterfall

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    ••• Montreal's Alternative to the Club Scene Another gorgeous green patch at Piknic Electronik, Montreal's only family-friendly outdoor rave in the park, held most Sundays, from May through September. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Piknic Electronik: Just for Kids

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    ••• Montreal's Alternative to the Club Scene Piknic Electronik, Montreal's family-friendly outdoor rave in the park, is held almost every Sunday, May through September. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Piknic Electronik: Calder's L'Homme

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    ••• Alexander Calder's Sculpture for Expo 67 Famous American Artist Alexandre Calder created L'Homme, a statue over 21 metres high, the focal point of Piknic Electronik, Montreal's only family-friendly outdoor rave in the park, held most Sundays May through September. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Piknic Electronik: Statements

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    ••• Montreal's Alternative to the Club Scene Piknic Electronik, Montreal's family-friendly outdoor rave in the park, is held almost every Sunday, May through September. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Piknic Electronik

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    Piknic Electronik

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    Piknic Electronik

    piknic electronik piknik electronick picnic electronic montreal rave outdoor parc jean drapeau
    ••• Montreal's Alternative to the Club Scene Piknic Electronik, Montreal's family-friendly outdoor rave in the park, is held almost every Sunday, May through September. Photo © Evelyn Reid