White Party 2017: Montreal's Bal en Blanc
In 2017, Montreal's White Party would have theoretically been held on April 16, 2017 at Palais des congrès, on the same Easter Sunday it's been held on for 22 years. But on April 3, 2017, to the confusion of thousands of fans, organizers announced the following date: Sunday, May 28, 2017.
But that was all they announced. It wasn't clear whether May 28, 2017 is the date for Bal en Blanc's 23rd edition or if it's the date they'll announce new details, including whether Bal en Blanc is transforming into a new event altogether. That is, until it was announced that, contrary to every single Bal en Blanc edition since its inception, Bal en Blanc in 2017 will run Sunday, May 28 at Parc Jean-Drapeau during the day, from noon to 10 p.m. with producers Martin Garrix, Slander, Thehim, Blu J, San Holo, and Borgore on decks, a complete departure from the usual trance talent known to headline the event. Whether all future Bal en Blancs will follow the same daytime outdoor theme remains to be seen.
2016's headliners included Art Department, Gareth Emery, and Afrojack. And for the first time in the history of the event, a theme was proposed: hippie chic.
In effect every year since 1995, the first edition of Bal en Blanc brought in a humble 800-some crowd. Roughly 20 years later, Bal en Blanc easily attracts over 15,000 dance music enthusiasts. In recent years, Bal en Blanc's headquarters has been at Palais des congrès, Montreal's largest convention centre. In 2015, that venue was temporarily swapped for that of the Bell Centre.