Piknic around the world
A group of electronic music fans—Pascal Lefebvre, Nicolas Cournoyer, Michel Quintal and Louis David Loyer—were still just twenty when they decided, in 2003, to launch Piknic Électronik. Their stroke of genius was to convince Parc Jean-Drapeau to let them hold their event on Saint Helen’s Island, which in those days was a little overlooked by Montréalers.
The first edition had 2,000 spectators. Last year’s had 100,000—it’s safe to say that this regular Sunday event is now a fixture of summer in Montréal! Piknic Électronik lets people meet in a verdant island location by the river, in a friendly environment where they listen to music, eat, dance and relax.
In light of their great success here at home, the Piknic team has taken this festive and friendly concept overseas, to charm new music fans in major cities all over the world. In 2012, Barcelona enjoyed its first Piknic Électronik, to be followed by Melbourne, Paris and Dubai in the years to come. Cities in South America, Central America and the United States are also on the list of future stops. It seems that when Montréalers put their ideas and know-how in motion, all the world’s their picnic basket!