Bal en Blanc

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Bal en Blanc
Bal en Blanc 2014.jpg
Genre Electronic music
Dates Easter holiday weekend, May 28 (Bal en Blanc in the park)
Location(s) Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active 1995-present
Bal en Blanc Official Website

Bal en Blanc is a huge rave party that is hosted annually, during the Easter holiday weekend, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[1] It was first held in 1995,[2][3] and the first event had 800 attendees.[4] It now features headliner DJs from all over the world and attracts over 15,000 attendees. Bal en Blanc usually has two separate rooms, one catering to house music and the other to trance music. The party attracts a diversity of ravers. It usually lasts for 15 hours, from 9 pm to 12 pm. The event is produced by Produkt.

Artist Lineups[edit]

In April 2009 the party celebrated its 15th anniversary with a lineup that included Insomnia, Markus Schulz, Above and Beyond, Armin Van Buuren, Roger Shah, King Louis, Uppercut, Offer Nissim, Ana Paula, Axwell, Deadmau5 and Victor Calderone.

April 2010's edition featured Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Sander van Doorn, Infected Mushroom, Sied van Riel, David Guetta, LMFAO, David Morales, Kaskade and a special guest appearance from Godskitchen Boombox.

The lineup in April 2011 included Tiësto, Armand Van Helden, Avicii, Hardwell, Freemasons, Yinon Yahel, Above and Beyond, Markus Schulz and Sander Van Doorn.

In 2012, for Bal en Blanc's 18th edition, the lineup included Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Fedde Le Grand, Steve Angello, Jochen Miller, Danny Tenaglia, Beat Service, Markus Schulz and Ben Gold. Nadia Ali also performed live in both the Trance and House rooms.

For 2013, the artists included Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, W&W, Andrew Rayel and Cosmic Gate for the Trance room and David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, Peter Rauhofer and Sultan & Ned Shepard for the House Room. Emma Hewitt will also perform live in the Trance room.

In 2017, the festival diverted from its typical indoor format in favour of an outdoor edition of the festival, hosted at Parc Jean-Drapeau. While the festival's organizers, Produkt, stated that this event is specifically an "edition" of the annual festival, it is unclear whether the traditional indoor format that takes place overnight will return for 2018.

Year Edition Stage Artist
2009 Bal en Blanc 15 Main Above and Beyond
Ana Paula
Armin van Buuren
King Louis
Markus Schulz
Offer Nissim
Roger Shah
Victor Calderone
2010 Bal en Blanc 16 Main David Guetta
David Morales
Ferry Corsten
Infected Mushroom
Markus Schulz
Sander van Doorn
Sied van Riel
2011 Bal en Blanc 17 Main Above and Beyond
Armand Van Helden
Markus Schulz
Yinon Yahel
2012 Bal en Blanc 18 Main Armin van Buuren
Beat Service
Ben Gold
Danny Tenaglia
Fedde Le Grand
Ferry Corsten
Jochen Miller
Markus Schulz
Nadia Ali
2013 Bal en Blanc 19 Trance Room Andrew Rayel
Armin van Buuren
Cosmic Gate
Emma Hewitt
Ferry Corsten
Markus Schulz
House Room Calvin Harris
David Guetta
Nicole Moudaber
Peter Rauhofer
Sultan & Ned Shepard
2016 Bal en Blanc 22 Heineken Dreamcatcher Stage Afrojack
Aly & Fila
Emma Hewitt
Gareth Emery
Jonas Blue
Mark Sixma
Shaun Frank
Sultan & Ned Shepard
DSTRKT Stage Art Department
Black Coffee
Carlo Lio
DJ Sneak
Lee Foss
Mark Knight
Paskal Daze
2017 Bal en Blanc in the Park Heart Stage Blu J
Martin Garrix
Meaux Green*
Mike Williams
San Holo
The Him
Scène Soleil Chris Lake
Mark Fanciulli
Melanie Ribbe

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Spector, Dan (2008). "Everyone's welcome at Bal en Blanc ...unless you show up late". Fringe Arts. The Link. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bal en Blanc". GrandQuebec. Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Sherman, Michael; Parry, Pascal. "Bal En Blanc - Montreal's Great White Party - Review of 2010". Edit International. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Ballivy, Violaine (April 2009). "Bal en blanc: 12 arrestations". Actualités - Régional. Cyberpresse. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 

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