DJ'S & ORCHESTRA
Bailongo festival is a festival with marathon quality milongas. Wonderful atmosphere, great rooms and only the best dj's!
Please note that all the milongas except the Saturday and Sunday night milongas are held at the shared Tango Social Club - Studio Tango Montreal location at 7755 boul. St-Laurent.
The Saturday and Sunday gala milongas will be held at the Salle Polyvalente of the Sherbrooke Pavillion of UQAM at 200 Sherbrooke St. West.
XAVIER VANIER (NEW YORK)
Originally from Montreal, Xavier has been living in NYC for a number of years. An experience tango dancer and teacher, Xavier has an extensive background in music and martial arts that spans nearly two decades. Xavier dj's regularly in NYC and was until very recently the host of the popular weekly practica ''Xangria''. He has been invited as a DJ in some of the most sought to festivals and marathons such as Valentango, Tango Element, East Coast Tango Marathon and the New Year's La fête festivities in Montreal.
Xavier will Dj at the Wednesday night milonga (May 17th) in room 200-B at 7755 boul. St-Laurent.
DHRUV SINGH (ALBANY, NY)
Dhruv Singh has been avidly dancing tango since 2010 and is completely enraptured by the spontaneity and nostalgia of Argentine tango. Dhruv started dancing in the Argentine Tango club at Purdue University and was fortunate to move to Portland, Oregon where he was thrilled to discover one of the strongest tango communities in North America. Dhruv can be found dancing at festivals all across North America and even occasionally in the office aisles! He believes that a great experience on the dance floor simply originates from a burning desire to dance. As a DJ, his main aim is to keep dancers fueled until the host has to go home! We are thrilled to welcome him to this year's Bailongo.
Dhruv will Dj on Thursday night (May 18th) in room 200-A at 7755 boul. St-Laurent.
BERENICE GONSEN (TORONTO)
Since 2007, Berenice has been inspiring dancers at milongas in Toronto and beyond. A long-time fan of tango music, her vast knowledge, intuitive approach and careful selections combine to create unforgettable dance experiences that keep her in high demand. DJ Bere is also a highly accomplished tango dancer who understands her audience; she is able to read a floor and keep it moving. Considered one of the best DJs in Canada, she is in constant demand at both new and established milongas in Toronto & Montreal, and has acted as house DJ for various local milongas in Toronto and has DJ'ed at high profile events, including the Toronto Tango Festival, Toronto Tango Marathon & Toronto Tango Experience. A favourite dj in Montreal, Berenice has been a featured Dj at The Fling, the La Fete New Year's activities and of course at Bailongo Montréal. We are thrilled to welcome her back this year.
Berenice will dj at the Friday afternoon milonga. (May 19th) in room 200-A at 7755 boul. St-Laurent.
BURAK OZKOSEM (ISTANBUL)
Burak Ozkosem is much appreciated for his capacity to supply great music and his ability to bring a real party atmosphere every where he plays ! When Djing, Burak seems to make time stand still, creating a vortex of buena onda that keeps everyone on their feet until the wee hours.
A tango Dj since 2003, Burak has guest DJ'ed at many festivals and marathons in the U.S, Canada and Europe.
Burak is co-founder of Tango Social Club in Montreal and has been a Bailongo DJ since our very first year. He recently moved back to Istanbul to accept a prestigeous fellowship so we are thrilled that he is able to come back and DJ for Bailongo again this year!
An experienced DJ who really knows the Montreal crowd and an expert in regards to the sound system at the TSC location, we've got him on the Friday evening milonga (May 19th) and know that he'll be able to perfectly balance the energy of the night playing before and after the live music of RadioTango (see below). The Friday milonga will be held in the adjoining rooms at 7755 St-Laurent. Please enter via 200-B.
Burak will also give a not to be missed conference about dancing music trends on Monday, May 22nd at 1:30 pm!
MAX STASI (MILAN, ITALY)
We are super happy and proud to introduce Max Stasi from Milan!
Max is an avid dancer and music collector since 1999 and a Tango DJ since 2006. He Dj's regulary in the Milan area and is often invited to the most prestigious festivals in Europe. Known for keeping dancers on the floor until the wee hours, his method is based on continuous proposal and observation of the dance floor, always aiming to reach a positive energy exchange between the musical selections and the dancers.
Max believes that a Tango DJ's set should be like an important wine: Intense, Complex, Powerful, Elegant, Spicy and Harmonic … and after each sip (tanda) … you should immediately want another."
Max will Dj at our Saturday night Gala milonga at 200 Sherbrooke West which features performaces by Pablo and Corina.
EDMOND BARDHI (ANN ARBOR, MI)
Edmond began DJing to improve his dancing and musicality, but he never expected to become so passionate about it.
Early exposure to great tango music allowed him to develop a rich style full of rhythmical presence and lyrical complexity. He manages the flow of energy to enhance the dancers' connection by being versatile and attentive while keeping the crowd energized with playful cortinas and milongas so fast that they will make your feet hurt.
Edmond is the creator of the Ann Arbor Alternative Milonga (A3M) and the house DJ for a monthly milonga in Ann Arbor. He is frequently invited to DJ at various festivals, marathons, and milongas where he continues to hone his knowledge of tango. Super popular with the Montreal crowd, Edmond has dj'd at each of our Bailongo Fests.
Edmond will Dj at our Sunday night Gala milonga held at at 200 Sherbrooke West which features performances by Maria and Gianpiero.
CENKER UZUN (MONTREAL)
An up and coming dj on the Montreal tango scene, Cenker dj'd for many years in Europe before moving to Canada.
One of the dj's at Tango Social Club, Cenker really knows how to balance and pace his tandas so as to keep everyone on their feet all night long. He has quickly become a favourite Dj amongst the TSC regulars.
We are super thrilled that Cenker will Dj at our closing milonga on Monday afternoon (May 22nd) in 200-A of 7755 boul. St-Laurent.
RADIOTANGO - Tango Orchestra
If Montreal is Canada's Tango capital then RadioTango is without exception our orchestra most deeply rooted in the traditional Argentine Tango styles. The ensemble is much loved by tango dancers for their personal and very dynamic interpretation of the classics from the ''Golden Age of the 30's - 50's up to Piazzolla compositions from the 70's.
Radiotango was founded in 2010 by two musicians both incredibly passionate about tango: Mélanie Bergeron bandonéoniste, and Joanne Lessard, pianiste.
Completing the ensemble are violonist Chantal Bergeron, bassist Francis Palma-Pelletier, percussionist Miguel Medina, and the Argentine vocalist, Damian Nisenson.
Our Friday night milonga will feature two sets of live music of RadioTango. Dj Burak (see above) will play before and after.