When do ÎLESONIQ passes go on sale?

ÎLESONIQ 2018 2-day General Admission & Gold Passes will go on sale Saturday, February 24th at 10am EST.

Passes are issued to ONE PERSON for the duration of the festival and are non-transferrable.

Single-day passes will go on sale at a later date, subject to availability following the sale of 2-day passes.

How do I purchase ÎLESONIQ passes?

ÎLESONIQ passes can be purchased online at or by phone at 1-855-310-2525. Subscribe to our #ILESONIQFAM newsletter to get exclusive offers! 

What is the virtual waiting room?

ÎLESONIQ believes in offering fans an equal opportunity to purchase ÎLESONIQ passes. This is why the sale of passes takes place through a virtual waiting room, which uses a random process to ensure that all fans within the waiting room have an equal chance at purchasing passes. 

Can I buy my passes through a reseller?

It is strongly advised that you purchase via and avoid buying from a reseller considering we cannot ensure the validity of the passes they sell. There is no way to guarantee the validity of a pass purchased from a vendor other than evenko or ÎLESONIQ until the first day of the festival, when we scan your pass at the entrance of the site.

When will my passes be mailed to me?

Passes purchased prior to June 15th will tentatively ship beginning July 1st, 2017.

Passes purchased later than July 15th will have to be retrieved at the “will call” tent of Parc Jean-Drapeau, located at the entrance of the site.

A place in the waiting room does not guarantee access to passes.

When the sale begins, the system cuts access to the waiting room. A draw amongst all users within the waiting room determines the order of access to passes. The virtual waiting room displays a message that randomly advises users when it is their turn to purchase passes. In the event of a sell-out, those users who were not selected will receive a message advising them that the sale is over.

General FAQ


ÎLESONIQ 2018 takes place at Parc Jean-Drapeau on August 10-11. Doors open at noon, and performances begin at 1:00 PM. Performances end at 11:00 PM. 

Where is ÎLESONIQ?

Located on Île Sainte-Hélène from the beginning, ÎLESONIQ will temporarily move its 2017 & 2018 editions to Île Notre-Dame, only a ten minute walk away from Parc Jean-Drapeau metro and our traditional site. This temporary site change is due to the refurbishment and modernization work being done by the City of Montreal on Île Sainte-Hélène before our return to a brand new site in 2019. The ÎLESONIQ team is incredibly excited to be able to present the experience in an entirely new and unique environment that promises to meet our highest standards!

Ilesoniq Map

When does ÎLESONIQ announce the schedule?

The ÎLESONIQ daily lineup is usually announced early June. The exact schedule is usually released 2-4 weeks prior to the festival weekend, but will be subject to change. Festival headliners are the last to play on each given day, and hit the stage between 9:00pm and 9:30pm (subject to change). Artists perform anywhere from 30 minute sets to 90 minute-plus sets for the festival headliners.

Please join our newsletter in order to be the first to know when the schedule is made public.

Can I work/volunteer at ÎLESONIQ?

Please note that ÎLESONIQ is not currently accepting work or volunteer applications.

I would like to be an artist performing at ÎLESONIQ, can I send my submission ?

We always look for upcoming or local talent so that ÎLESONIQ is as diverse and exciting as possible.

However, the 2018 edition of the festival line-up is now complete and we will no longer be accepting submission. 

How can reviewers and photographers get accredited for ÎLESONIQ?

ÎLESONIQ is not processing accreditation requests at the moment. Please check back soon! 

What if an Artist cancels their performance?

All Festival performers, including headliners, are subject to change or cancellation at any time without notice. No refunds will be issued if a festival performer is changed or canceled.

Safety & Accessibility

Keep ÎLESONIQ clean and safe

While fun and entertainment are a definite priority at ÎLESONIQ, it is important to be respectful of your surroundings, other festival goers and festival staff to ensure that everyone has the time of their life. That being said, please follow these guidelines while attending ÎLESONIQ:

1. Please make an effort to recycle/compost/dispose of all litter. No one likes a dirty festival site!

2. Please be polite to festival staff and festival-goers. Though crowds congregate around the stages, please do not push your way through crowds, cut into lines, etc.

3. Respect Parc Jean-Drapeau and the festival site. Please leave the site as you find it upon entering ÎLESONIQ. Do not remove signs, banners, or posters from the festival site. Do not climb or damage trees, sculptures, etc.

4.Respect the art. Several pieces of art are displayed throughout the festival site. Do not touch or move the art! Those who tamper with the art may be ejected from festival grounds.

Items ALLOWED on the festival site

  • One (1) plastic water bottle (water fountains on site)
  • Beach towels and blankets
  • Waterproof ponchos / small umbrellas
  • Small backpacks and bags / purses (please note: all bags will be searched)
  • Sunscreen (except sunscreen in flammable aerosol cans)
  • Lighters and cigarettes
  • Digital cameras (except professional cameras with lenses over 2.5” or any other type of detachable lens)
  • Disposable cameras
  • Baby strollers
  • Flags/banners or handmade signs (no metal or wood flag poles)

Items NOT ALLOWED on the festival site

  • Outside alcoholic beverages
  • Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Glass bottles and cans
  • Hard-sided coolers
  • Megaphones
  • Musical instruments
  • Fireworks
  • Beach balls, soccer balls, Frisbees, etc.
  • Large sports umbrellas
  • Folding chairs
  • Skateboards
  • Animals (except guide dogs)
  • Large backpacks (camping style)
  • Tents
  • Laser pointers
  • Water squirt gun or mist
  • Professional video / audio recording equipment
  • Items intended for sale / promotion
  • Firearms, knives, or weapons of any kind
  • Any object that can be used to cause bodily harm
  • Selfie sticks or similar monopods
  • Drones
  • First Nations headdress and other feather headdresses.*​

*The First Nations Headdresses have a spiritual and cultural meaning in the native communities and to respect and honor their people, ÎLESONIQ asks fans and artists attending the festivals to not use this symbol as a fashion accessory.

Items that are on the disallowed list will be confiscated. We recommend not bringing them to the event site at all to save you the extra hassle. Some items on the disallowed list (backpacks, folding chairs, etc.) may be left at the paid coat check. See below for more information.

Is there medical staff at ÎLESONIQ?

Medical staff are constantly present on site. Please be sure to bring all prescribed medication you may need and avoid putting yourself in harm’s way. While it’s important to have fun, please monitor your consumption of alcohol and be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and juice throughout the day. Make sure to take breaks from the sun if needed. There are plenty of trees for shade on the ÎLESONIQ site, so please take advantage of them.

Is ÎLESONIQ accessible for people with reduced mobility?

The ÎLESONIQ site has numerous gravel paths that are navigable by wheelchair. ÎLESONIQ offers a platform reserved for concert goers who use wheelchairs near the 2 main stages. Those with access to the Reduced Mobility Viewing Platform may be accompanied by one (1) guest. A wheelchair accessible restroom is reserved at this location for those on the platform. Every person admitted to this area must hold a Wheelchair Chair Admission pass.

Due to the loud nature of the event, we do not recommend bringing guide dogs or service animals to ÎLESONIQ.

Is ÎLESONIQ an all-ages event?

ÎLESONIQ is an all-ages event, except for the ÎLESONIQ Terrasse area which is strictly 18+. Children aged 10 years and younger are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult with a valid ÎLESONIQ ticket. Due to the limited amount of space available in the ÎLESONIQ Terrasse area, every person admitted to this area must have a valid Gold Pass and must be at least 18 years old. Please note that there is no kids zone at ÎLESONIQ.

The legal drinking age in Quebec is 18 years old. If you are planning on consuming alcohol at the festival, please bring two (2) valid pieces of ID and be sure to drink responsibly.

Survival Guide

What is there to do after the show?

ÎLESONIQ ends at 11:00 PM each night, but don’t let that stop you! Keep the party going at one of the official afterparties and check out all that Montreal has to offer! Saint-Laurent Boulevard (known as “The Main”) or rue Saint-Denis are always a fair bet. We suggest asking some locals where the best watering holes are, or what restaurant to hit up for a tasty post-festival treat. Poutine, bagels and smoked meat are among the must-have food for any visitor seeking a real Montréal experience.

What if it rains?

As the saying goes, "The show must go on!" ÎLESONIQ takes place rain or shine. Please check the weather prior to coming to ÎLESONIQ and if there’s a high chance of rain we suggest bringing a pocket-sized poncho and a sweatshirt or windbreaker.

Please note that severe weather conditions may temporarily interrupt some concerts / activities. We invite you to stay tuned on our social media for up-to-date information. Please note that as indicated in our purchase agreement, the ÎLESONIQ policy is that no exchange or refund will be provided following your purchase. Finally, please be advised that the ÎLESONIQ festival lineup is subject to change without notice. If you require additional information, or if you have other questions, do not hesitate to contact us by calling us at 1-855-310-2525.

What is Montreal's weather like during the festival?

August in Montreal is usually warm and sunny, so bring plenty of sunscreen and some shades to protect yourself from those rays. Keep an eye on the forecast, and if the weather is less than ideal, please do come prepared.

Venue & Amenities

Parc Jean-Drapeau

ÎLESONIQ takes place in Parc-Jean Drapeau on Île Notre-Dame; an island of tranquility set in the middle of the bustle of one of North America’s most exciting cities. Île Notre-Dame is located just off the island of Montréal. This beautiful site is a mixture of rolling pasture and forested areas accented by flowerbeds and open-air artwork brought to the island for Montreal’s Expo ’67. ÎLESONIQ's 3 stages are spread out against this unique and beautiful backdrop!

How to get to ÎLESONIQ?

We encourage you to bike to ÎLESONIQ - it's a fast, practical and ecofriendly transportation mode! Upon arrival to the festival site, roll into The Terminus: a secure and dedicated bicycle parking lot, steps away from the festival’s entrance.

We also recommend taking the STM’s Metro system, but if you must travel by car please be sure to carpool. Driving directions and parking information can be found on Parc Jean-Drapeau’s website.

What amenities can I find at ÎLESONIQ?

  • Many choices of food vendors
  • Water and other refreshments
  • Beer and other alcoholic beverages
  • Clean toilets located conveniently throughout the site
  • Recycling and compost bins
  • Phone charging stations
  • Lockers available for rent

What can I eat at ÎLESONIQ?

Many kiosks and the city’s famous food trucks will be on site at ÎLESONIQ to offer fans a variety of delicious festival food, including burgers and poutine, subs and sandwiches, pizza, sushi and much more!
Beverages from water to beer and other spirits can be purchased on site. The legal drinking age in Quebec is 18 years old. If you are planning on consuming alcohol at the festival, please bring two (2) valid pieces of ID and be sure to drink responsibly.

ÎLESONIQ festival goers may bring a clear plastic water bottle with them on site, and water refill stations will be provided. Festival goers may be asked to empty their bottle before entering the festival. No alcohol may be brought in from outside.

Festival goers are allowed to bring food for personal consumption (ex: a sandwich, a fruit and a granola bar). Coolers or lunch boxes are not allowed on the site.

Is there a Lost & Found at ÎLESONIQ?

During the festival :

Our lost and found service point is located near the information kiosk, close to the site's main entrance. It will be a pleasure for us to return any and all lost items. However, if your belongings have not yet been recovered, you may contact us at  [email protected]. Please be sure to include a detailed description of the lost items and a member of our customer service team will be in touch. 

Outside of festival dates :

Customer Service :

514 872-6120

[email protected]

Can I rent a locker?

Yes, it’s possible to rent a locker to drop your stuff and party without a worry! We highly recommend you reserve your locker prior to the event to ensure the availability.  You can reserve one HERE!  
Volunteer Program

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Minimum age is 18 at the start of the festival, August 10, 2018.

What is required to volunteer?

All volunteers must be bilingual (French and English), are asked to work a minimum of 9 hours over the two days - with at least one evening shift, attend one of our orientation and preparation sessions before the festival, and pay a refundable deposit.

What do I get for volunteering?

In addition to the reward of being part of a fantastic event, meeting new people, and making new friends, volunteers will also receive an ÎleSoniq t-shirt, and the opportunity to enjoy the festival while not on duty on the days you volunteer.

How long are shifts?

Most are 4.5 hours

When are the orientation meetings? How long are they?

These meetings will be hosted on the festival site August 8, 9 and the morning of August 10 and are one hour long. Select the one you will attend when you fill out the application (you can update if necessary).

What happens after I apply?

It will take us some time to receive and review applications. Soon after you apply you will be sent a link to the online volunteer hub. This is where you will log in for news, information, and updates, and where you will log in to self-schedule once accepted into the program. Applicants not accepted into the program will be notified.

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