Photo cred - C2Montreal

There's definitely no shortage of awesome things to do in Toronto at any given time of the year, but as the weather turns warm, it's nice to escape the 416 once in a while and indulge in the outstanding events in the 514 for a memorable weekend (or two).

Montreal is notorious for hosting some seriously dope events including the massive Digital Spring festival. This world-class event brings together various artists in the industry as well as the scientific community to showcase their productions and offer a platform for digital creativity in all its forms. The 2nd edition of Digital Spring promises to attract over 100,000 people and boasts over 150 events dedicated to visual and sound performances, immersive 3D experiences, and cutting-edge EDM.

Here's our selection of top 10 events you need to attend at Montreal's Digital Spring.

Music - Piknic Électronik

WHEN: May 17 to September 20

WHERE: Parc Jean-Drapeau

WHAT: Piknic Électronik is a weekly outdoor dance party showcasing some of the best local and international talents on two different stages. Enjoy the summer weather, a stunning view of the city and quality electronic music in one of Montreal’s most beautiful natural environments.


Music - Shlohmo

WHEN: Wednesday April 15 @ 21:00

WHERE: Societe Des Arts Technologiques

WHAT: American electronic musician hailing from LA, Henry Laufer AKA Shlomo is a founding member of Wedidit and has collaborated with the likes of How to Dress Well, Robot Koch, Tomas Barfod, and LOL Boys. Shlohmo drops his new EP Dark Red April 7, and is one of the hottest DJ's spinning future beats today.


Exhibition - Yinka Shonibare MBE

WHEN: April 28th to Sept. 20th

WHERE: DHC/Art Foundation for Contemporary Art

WHAT: Shonibare has become known worldwide for his use of Dutch-wax fabric as a conceptual and formal device to evoke complex concepts such as identity, authenticity, ethnicity, representation, hybridity, race, globalization, and power. Using auto-ethnography and humour in combination with art, historical and literary references, Yinka Shonibare MBE reveals his affection and respect for British culture and institutions while simultaneously questioning class and privilege.


Media Art - Chromatic - MassivART

WHEN: May 23rd to 27th

WHERE: Espace MassiveArt

WHAT: This interactive festival showcases media art in all its forms, presented high atop Montreal's Mount Royal in the Chalet du Mont-Royal. Chromatic bridges the gap between industry, the public and the next generation of creativity in Montreal.


Photo cred - Sébastien Roy - Society for Arts and Technology

Projection - Rouge Mékong

WHEN: April 2nd to April 16th

WHERE: Societe Des Arts Technologiques

WHAT: Explores the premises of love, freedom and the inability to commit in a fragile world through the eyes of photographer and writer, Sarah Lebovitz, in her mesmerizing film presented in the Satosphere dome.  In a tale that blends fact and fiction, past and present, this hypnotic experience takes you from the quiet, dreamy atmosphere of Sarah's room to travel through Asia, revealing the people and stories at the heart of the real Sarah Lebovitz story.


Projection - Tempo

WHEN: May 20th to 24th

WHERE: Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

WHAT: Rediscover the celestial bodies that once defined the rhythms of humanity in this immersive astronomical spectacle that explores the movement of stars in real time, the temporal cycles of the solar system, and atomic time relative to the scale of human life.


Music - Électrochoc_6: Herman Klogen

WHEN: April 16th

WHERE: Montreal Conservatory

WHAT: For the last few years, Électrochoc has attracted growing crowds to partake in a unique and dynamic focus on the many facets of electronic music. This year's special guest, Herman Klogen, is internationally renowned for his mastery of audiovisual techniques.


Conference - C2 Montreal

WHEN: 26 May to 28 May

WHERE: Aresenal

WHAT: C2 Montréal is an interactive three-day event that showcases a vast array of non-traditional experiences making connections between creativity and commerce through world-renowned speakers, engaging exhibitions, and collaborative workshops in a custom-built Innovation Village designed exclusively for the event.


Conference - IGDA Demo Night

WHEN: April 21st & May 26th

WHERE: Societe Des Arts Technologiques

WHAT: IGDA Demo Night brings out Montreal's many development studios to present their latest video game titles, from big budget to indie, while giving you the chance to meet and interact with the creative minds behind them.


Visual Arts - ELEKTRA

WHEN: May 13th - 17th

WHERE: Usine C

WHAT: ELEKTRA is an international festival of digital media that combines art and new technologies, showcasing local, national and global creative talents. This year's theme of "POST-AUDIO" to be understood as "beyond" audio, ELEKTRA will offer audiovisual programming that questions the influence of sound on our psyche and explores the phenomena of sound.

Will you be checking out Digital Spring 2015?

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