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.
PAME BRAVO (BUENOS AIRES)
Pame Bravo began tango dancing in 2014. Her love for tango music inspired her to become a DJ DJ. She quickly became one of the most popular DJ's in her city of Cordoba, Argentina. The acclaimed Dj Mario Orlando, her mentor of tango music taught her the basics and the art of building beautiful milongas. Last year, she moved to Buenos Aires where she became DJ at Club Fulgor one of the most well known clubs of the Tango Capital.
Pame will DJ on Wednesday, May 16th
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)
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)
He will dj on Friday, May 18th.
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!
Avik will Dj on Saturday, May 19th
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.
A versatile Dj, we've got Edmond on two shifts, Friday afternoon and at the Gala on Sunday, May 20th.
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.
RAHUL PADMANABHAN (MONTREAL)
Rahul moved to Montreal one year ago and has quickly become one of our most popular Dj's
He draws his inspiration from European trends and is not afraid to take a few risks :)
The TSC house DJ on Monday nights, he'll be djing our Monday, closing after party.