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Montreal's Igloofest 2021 will be the world's coldest virtual festival, and it's completely free

Montreal's annual electronic music festival is going online this year, and they promise 100% free programming.
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JP Karwacki

The world's coldest electronic music festival is now the world's coldest virtual electronic music festival: The 2021 edition of Montreal's Igloofest is going completely digital this year, and as a result, they're making performances completely free.

The announcement came on December 9, and the organizing body behind the festival have either incredible foresight or just plain luck: The Quebec government is expected to not only announce a second complete lockdown for Montreal and beyond, but there's supposed to be a likely 8pm curfew as well.

The lineup for the festival hasn't been announced yet, but if you want a taste of past years at Igloofest and the calibre of the artists it hosts, the winter festival has posted sets from its 2017 and 2018 editions in the 'Igloomix' section of their website.

Normally the source of an annual shortage of vintage snowmobile suits and weird snowy raves in Old Montreal, it looks we will just have to party at home this year.

The latest from Time Out Montréal

- Quebec's upcoming second complete lockdown for Montreal could have an 8PM curfew

- Where to find all 26 of Montreal's winter relaxation stations from local designers, architects

- There are plans to open a free illuminated winter playground next week south of Montreal

- Parking is free on weekends in downtown Montreal this month for your essential lockdown prep

- This is the last week to see the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' virtual exhibits online for free

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