Black and Blue Festival

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Black & Blue Festival
GenreElectronic dance music, techno, etc.
DatesCanadian Thanksgiving weekend
Years active1991-present
Founded byBad Boy Club Montréal
Attendance70,000 (2010)
WebsiteBlack and Blue Festival Official Website
Black and Blue Festival dance festival

The Black & Blue Festival is the world's largest gay-benefit dance festival, attracting thousands of tourists to Montreal every Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, which raises money for HIV/AIDS and the gay community. It is organized annually by the Bad Boy Club Montréal (aka BBCM and Fondation BBCM). The various events attract up to 70,000 participants as at 2010.[1]

Main events[edit]

In its current format, the five main events are raves which usually run from late in the evening to the next morning. While the main event takes place on the Sunday of Canadian Thanksgiving, it is preceded and followed by events as follows:

Event Day of Week
Jock Ball Thursday
Leather Ball Friday
Military Ball Saturday
Black & Blue Main Event Sunday
Recovery Party Monday

Other events include the President's Ball, Closing Party, Art Exposition and various sporting activities. All of the events occur in establishments located in the Greater Montreal Area.

Events, venues, themes and featured DJs by year[edit]

Year Series # of events Main Event Participants Venue Theme Main featured DJs
1991 Black & Blue I 1 800 Ancien Hotel des Encans Mark Anthony
1992 Black & Blue II 1 2,500 Metropolis Billy Carroll, Ronnie Ventura
1993 Black & Blue III 4 7,000 Bell Amphitheatre Susan Morabito, Stephen Wallace, Performance by Captain Hollywood Project
1994 Black & Blue IV 9 8,000 Bell Amphitheatre Junior Vasquez, Luc Raymond
1995 Black & Blue V 11 10,000 Montreal Olympic Stadium Junior Vasquez, Mark Anthony, Robert Ouimet
1996 Black & Blue VI 18 11,000 Montreal Olympic Stadium Danny Tenaglia, Mark Anthony, Eddie X.
1997 Black & Blue VII 27 12,000[2] Palais des congrès de Montréal Danny Tenaglia, Mark Anthony, Brent Nicholls
1998 Black & Blue VIII 36 15,000 Palais des congrès de Montréal Superheros of our World Victor Calderone, Mark Anthony, Rob Davis
1999 Black & Blue IX 50 17,000[3] Montreal Olympic Stadium Cosmos 1999 Mark Anthony, Victor Calderone, Abel
2000 Black & Blue X 50 18,000[4] Montreal Olympic Stadium Mark Anthony, Peter Rauhofer, Tom Stephan, Laflèche, Saeed & Palash, Stephan Grondin
2001 Black & Blue XI 50 11,000 Montreal Olympic Stadium Manny Lehman, Satoshi Tomiie, Saeed & Palash, Alain Vine, Stephan Grondin
2002 Black & Blue XII 50 10,000 Montreal Olympic Stadium Humanité The Human League, Tracy Young, DJ Paulette, Tom Stephan, Mark Anthony
2003 Black & Blue XIII 50 9,000 Palais des congrès de Montréal Nu Mat Ste-Marie, DJ Paulette, Ted Patterson, James Andersen, Mark Anthony
2004 Black & Blue XIV 50 8,000 Palais des congrès de Montréal Louis XIV Cirque du Soleil, DJ Gilles Massicotte, Michael Kaiser, DJs Chus & Ceballos, Roger Sanchez, Mark Anthony
2005 Black & Blue XV 50 10,000 Montreal Olympic Stadium X-Treme Ball Danny Tenaglia, Chus & Ceballos, Mat Ste-Marie, Eloi Brunelle
2006 Black & Blue XVI 50 7,000 Montreal Olympic Stadium SuperSonic Antoine Clamaran, Chus & Ceballos, Charles Poulin, Mark Anthony
2007 Black & Blue XVII 45 7,000 Montreal Olympic Stadium Power Trip Clubtrotter (aka Mat Ste-Marie), D-Formation, Gabriel & Dresden, Mark Anthony, Michael Kaiser, Misstress Barbara, Peter Rauhofer, Robert de la Gauthier, Stéfane Lippé
2008 Black & Blue XVIII 45 8,000 Palais des congrès de Montréal Digital Paradise Miguel Graça, Dave Seaman, Peter Rauhofer, Mark Anthony, D-Formation
2009 Black & Blue IXX 7,000[5] Palais des congrès de Montréal Lite Switch Franco Fabi, Dave Seaman, John Digweed, Sasha
2010 Black & Blue XX 8,000 Palais des congrès de Montréal 20 ans (20 Years)
2011 Black & Blue XXI 6,000+ - Metro Montreal / 8,000 - Radio-Canada[citation needed] Montreal Olympic Stadium BlackJack The Cube Guys, Dj's Rosabel, Dj Vibe, Mark Anthony, D-Formation, Hernan Cattaneo, Scott James, Offset, Artento Divini, Marcus Schossow, Max Graham, Super 8 & Tab, Andy Moor, W&W, John O'callaghan, Leon Bolier, Arnej, Ummet, Ozcan, Mark Sherry, Hollow Earth
2012 Black & Blue XXII 8,000 Palais des congrès de Montréal SuperSonic
2013 Black & Blue XXIII TBD Arsenal Re-Inventing the Wheel

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Montreal Tourisme: Black & Blue Festival
  2. ^ Hays, Matthew (October 7, 2010). "Tripping the light fabulous". Montreal Mirror. Retrieved 3 April 2011.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Hays, Matthew (October 7, 2010). "Tripping the light fabulous". Montreal Mirror. Retrieved 3 April 2011.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Burnett, Richard (October 9, 2008). "They're all grown up". Retrieved 3 April 2011.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Hays, Matthew (October 7, 2010). "Tripping the light fabulous". Montreal Mirror. Retrieved 3 April 2011.[permanent dead link]