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The Coolest Winter Music Festivals In Canada


Igloo Festival in Montreal. photo credit: Peter Ryaux-Larsen

Just because the weather is getting colder, doesn’t mean that your social life needs to go into hibernation. It’s time to put on your brightest parka, warmest toque and celebrate winter with some of the hottest music festivals.

From DJs to local songwriters, we’ve found some of the best parties from all over Canada to help you keep you dancing all winter long.


Contact Festival

December 26-27, 2016

Hosting some of the best DJs for a two-night party, Contact Festival adds some excitement to your holiday season. The event will be hosted at BC Place to create an unforgettable EDM experience that’s bigger and better than ever. This year, headliners include crowd favourites like Flume, Zeds Dead and Disclosure.


Solaris Winter Music Festival

December 26-27, 2016

The fourth annual Solaris Winter Music Festival helps warm you up even on the coldest of evenings with some the hottest DJs. Held at REBEL Nightclub in the Lower Donlands, this year the festival welcomes headliners Zedd, Marshmello and many more for two nights of electronic music held in three rooms at the nightclub. Solaris will also be returning with a state of the art light show to accompany upbeat DJ sets.


Igloo Festival

January 12 – February 19, 2017 (weekends only)

Igloofest is an annual outdoor music festival that brings together some of the best underground DJs from all over the world to the Old Port in Montreal. Festivalgoers pull out their warmest and brightest snowsuits for a weekend filled with electronic music. The stages are decorated with ice decor to become a giant outdoor playground. This year, Igloofest is celebrating Montreal’s 375th birthday by extending the festival to run for six weekends in January and February.


In the Dead of Winter Music Festival

January 19-22, 2017

Held on the last weekend in January, the In the Dead of Winter Music Festival brings together a diverse range of acoustic musicians to Halifax. This festival is an exciting opportunity for Canadian and international musicians to join together to preform and interact in a creative and professional environment. The festival has also expanded to a separate event in Wakefield, Quebec on for a week in February.


Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

February 17-26, 2017

Bringing together some of the quirkiest activities in the northern territory, the residents of Whitehorse have been celebrating winter since 1945 when the festival was first born as Yukon Carnival Week. This year, the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday and the 17th anniversary of the Alaska Highway with the theme Rendezvous Connecting Canada, includign a full program of special cultural activities and traditional fare.

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