Bailongo Montreal features marathon and encuentro 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 Studio Tango Montréal 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.
Last year's Bailongo was full of so many wonderful moments ......... but one of the most special, was the Friday night milonga with the live musique of Montreal's best kept secret, RADIOTANGO!
Well guess what? They'll be back and playing for your dancing pleasure again this year!
RadioTango will play two sets during the Gala-Milonga 1 on Friday, May 18th.
A true Montréal flavoured milonga, the milonga will also feature performances by Pablo Pugliese & Noel Strazza. Absolutely, but absolutely, not to be missed!
Canada's most established and largest tango community is in Montreal, and Radiotango is with no contest our tango ensemble that's sound is the most deeply rooted in the tradition tango. Montreal dancers, amateurs and professionals alike, love Radiotango for truly danceable music and contageous energy.
Radiotango was founded in 2010 by two very passionate tango musicians; Mélanie Bergeron (bandonéoniste), and Joanne Lessard, (pianiste).
Rounding out this ensemble which tours both dance halls and concert venues is violinist Chantal Bergeron, bassist Francis Palma-Pelletier, percussionist Miguel Medina, and vocalist Damian Nisenson.
BURAK OZKOSEM (ISTANBUL)
Burak Ozkosem is much admired 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 moved back to Istanbul in June of 2016 to accept a prestigeous fellowship but has managed to arrange his travel schedule to DJ for Bailongo in 2017 and this year too!
An experienced DJ who really knows the Montreal crowd and an expert in regards to the sound system at our location, we've got him playing at our opening milonga (May 16th) and on our Friday afternoon milonga on May 18th. Super talented with a very varied repertoire, we know that he'll give us a fresh take for each of the two gigs.
Burak will also give a new not to be missed conference about dancing music trends. Stay tuned for more info.
FELIPE MARTINEZ (SAN FRANCISCO)
Felipe Martinez is an accomplished DJ with years of experience. His musical selections, based on the classics, always ensures a great atmosphere for dancing and for exploring the real essence of tango.
Based in San Francisco, Felipe DJs regularly in the Bay Area. Frequently traveling, Felipe has Dj'd at most of the better known festivals and milongas in the US, as well as in Spain, Germany, and Buenos Aires, where he was invited to DJ at El Beso and Villa Malcolm Club on several occasions. He was also invited to DJ in Asia at the Seoul Tango Festival in 2012 and 2013. Felipe has Dj'd twice in Montreal, notably at Studio Tango Montreal's Global Milonga in 2009.
In addition to his Djing skills, Felipe is a very much appreciated tango teacher, giving classes regularly in the San Francisco area as well as on tour in various locations across the US and in Europe.
Felipe will Dj on Thursday night (May 17th)
AVIK BASU (ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN)
A much sought after Dj on the North American Tango Festival circuit, Avik is influenced primarily by the music and atmosphere of the milongas in Buenos Aires and is able to seamlessly weave an evening of music that really does justice to the tremendous range of emotions that tango expresses. In doing so, he hopes that the milonga will have something for everyone :) and that dancers will float home late, very late at night with music still playing in their heads.
Some of Avik’s notable tango adventures include two month-long immersions in Buenos Aires, DJing Monday night at Salon Canning, teaching tango to a Bollywood actress in Mumbai, India, and touring the U.S. with tango band Trio Folias.
No stranger to Montreal, Avik has been a featured dj at many of our most prestigious events: The Fling, Abrazo Marathon and Bailongo amongst others. One of our dj's in 2016, we are super happy that Avik will djing for us at this year's Bailongo!
JAY ABLING (ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND)
After having lived in Seattle, Portland, San Diego, and Phoenix, AZ, Jay is now based in Annapolis, Maryland where he teaches weekly classes. A well known and greatly appreciated tango teacher Jay often travels to give workshops in other U.S cities.
A much sought-after DJ, Jay possesses an incredibly astute awareness of a dance floor’s changing energies, and is known to keep a good party going by hand-picking choices of music to inspire dancers all night long.
A DJ at major tango festivals, Jay has DJ’d all over the United States, including Portland, Seattle, Maui, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, Denver, Austin, Houston, Washington, DC, and New York City.
This is Jay’s third visit to Montreal. (He dj'd at Bailongo in 2015 & 2016)
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.
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 Montreal regulars.
We are super thrilled that Cenker will Dj again this year at our closing milonga on Monday afternoon (May 21st) in 200-A of 7755 boul. St-Laurent.