The lights swirl over your head, the base beat is thumping through your veins, everybody around you is dancing all in white with no end in sight. No, this isn’t a Nyquil dream…it’s Montreal’s famed Bal en Blanc…
Even when the countdown on Bal en Blanc’s website hits zero, the party is far from over. Extending from the night and into the following day, Bal en Blanc is a circuit party for both saints and sinners. Attracting over 15,000 partiers a year, Bal en Blanc is known internationally as a wild night with a soundtrack provided by the top DJ’s in the world. This year is the 17th edition of Bal en Blanc and is going to set a fire under spring to launch us (while dancing) into a hot summer.
Taking place over Easter weekend from April 21st– 25th with the main event at Palais des Congres starting the evening of April 24th and going until last man standing. Year after year, Bal en Blanc hosts some of world’s most renowned DJs, and 2011 is no exception. Spinning this edition are Tiesto, Armand Van Helden, Freemasons, Above&Beyond, and many more. While previous year’s themes have included a “Snow White” knockoff, a “Superhero” theme and an “Environment–Green” theme. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what 2011’s theme is. Maybe someone can guess based on the poster for this year, which is too risque for me to post on this site…
The W Hotel is the official hotel of Bal en Blanc and is located in the immediate vicinity of the Palais des Congres. As the official hotel, the W is offering a special rate for all attendees (just whisper “white party” into the receptionist’s ear) The nearby Westin Hotel is also offering a reduced rate, just mention the special code “PPD22A”. Good thing these hotels are so close, they’ll need those big comfy beds after 14 hours of dancing.
In case there is some confusion over the attire required for Bal en Blanc, the dress code is ALL WHITE. Every year there is always some d-bag who thinks they’re so cool and decides to wear all red instead. That particular person is then relentlessly ridiculed by fellow partiers, so they go home early. Don’t be them. Wear white. That doesn’t mean you can’t get creative! Check out this video of the line-up of last year’s Bal en Blanc for some inspiration:
Get your tickets as soon as possible as the price increases after every 1000 is sold. This really is the party of the year, so don’t be the one not having any fun. As always, prevention is a big part of Bal en Blanc. So remember: Alcohol and your car are not friends, the best drug is you, and respect will always be the greatest dance move.
Guest Blogger: Alex Dunphy
Bal En Blanc, April 21-25, 2011