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Photo Gallery: Chilly Highlights from Igloofest 2013

posted by Safa Jinje on January 30, 2013

  • Igloofest Village
  • Warming Up/Dancing by a Block of Lights
  • Jägermeister Igloo
  • Gliding Down the Igloofest Slide
  • One of the many bars
  • Marshmallows Queue
  • Fire Pit
  • Igloofest Toques
  • A Boisterous Crowd Dances to TNGHT
  • A Feast of Festival Lights
  • Front and Center
  • Love by the Igloo
  • Bar Queue
  • Electric Neon Ski Bunny Chic
  • Igloofest Village

    As we made our way into the festival I felt my excitement pooling into my numbing toes, so I started to prance my way into the Igloofest Village, where thousands of individuals danced the night away.
    But luckily, we soon discovered there are a number of warm(er) places scattered around the venue.

    Photos by Karolyne Ellacott

  • Warming Up/Dancing by a Block of Lights


  • Jägermeister Igloo

    With the weather well below zero, why not chill (literally) in an igloo?

  • Gliding Down the Igloofest Slide

    If only I wore my snow pants! And then I too would have dared to slide down the icy slope of the Jägermeister igloo.

  • One of the many bars


  • Marshmallows Queue

    Festival goers gathered close to collect marshmallows before making their way to the fire pit, where a crowd had already encircled the fiery warmth.

  • Fire Pit

    One of the warmest places on site was also my favorite places to hang out and listen to TNGHT and Schlachthofbronx. The downside is that I spent most of the next day smelling like a camp fire.

  • Igloofest Toques

    These braves souls did not let the biting cold thwart their fun. Two of the girls sported Igloofest toques, which were available on site and came in an array of vibrant colours.

  • A Boisterous Crowd Dances to TNGHT

    The key to staying warm on the coldest nights? Gather your closest thousand or so friends and dance until the snow melts at your feet.
    But here is a word of advice given to me from a friend who attended Igloofest in the past: bring plastic bags to cover boots because things are a sure to get wet and messy.

  • A Feast of Festival Lights

    Igloofest takes pride in their lights; and each night of the festival the Sapporo stage features an audio visual performance that emulates that of the live acts.
    VJs BRILLE2 and Chocobeets brandished a stunning selection of projections off the Sapporo stage and into the crowd. The result was lazer-like lights synchronized with sound and brightly colored visuals that were nothing short of amazing.

  • Front and Center

    These guys gathered as close to the stage as possible to listen to Lunice play his TNGHT set. Hudson Mohawke's unanticipated absence (purported to be due to the flu) did not seem to deter any of the fun.

  • Love by the Igloo

    Just another way to warm up during Igloofest.

  • Bar Queue

    Mulled wine and spiked hot chocolate were the most coveted beverages of the night. Pipping hot was definitely the way to go. But to my bewilderment, we saw many beers freeze mid-sip.

  • Electric Neon Ski Bunny Chic

    The most notable fashion trend of the evening was one that left me with an uncanny feeling of having stumbled upon the set of an 80's ski movie. Everywhere I looked I saw one piece ski suits in the most shocking shades of neon.
    It wasn't until the night was over that I found out about Sapporo's One Piece Contest, where each weekend of the festival, one lucky winner donning the brightest and most textured one piece ski suit wins a Sapporo prize pack that includes 2013 Piknic Electronik season tickets.

    Photos by Karolyne Ellacott

    See Also:

    Igloofest Returns to Montreal for 12 Starry Nights
    Cultivora's Guide to Winter Festivals
    Survival Guide: Cold Weather Festivals