Canada’s biggest action sports festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. JACKALOPE is a mixed sport and cultural event, featuring some of the world’s most iconic athletes in skateboarding, bouldering, BMX, breakdancing, and more.
The mission of the event is to shine a light on action sports by creating opportunities for communities across the world to come together, celebrate their passion, and reach the next level.
Here’s are 10 reasons why JACKALOPE is oh-so cool.
1. It’s Homegrown
The festival was born and raised right here in Montréal. It’s the only place in Canada where you’ll meet so many adrenaline junkies in the same place at the same time — and it’s the melting pot of all these people that makes JACKALOPE so special. Made in Montréal but going global.
2. Fresh sports, high adrenaline
At JACKALOPE you can expect to see some 500 athletes from 20 countries in action for skateboarding, bouldering, and breakdancing competitions, as well as freestyle motocross, BMX, and BASE jump demonstrations. We’re talking about sports so fresh that the Olympic committee is still scratching their heads.
3. Live music and artists (and artisans)
JACKALOPE is so much more than a sports festival. It’s also a cultural event. You’ll see DJs spinning, you’ll watch breakdancing, and you can support local producers (which is perfect if you’re looking for a Montréal souvenir). Also: great food. Which leads us to our next point…
4. You’ll eat well
Actually, you’ll eat better than “well” — you’ll eat the best darn street food that Montréal has to offer. With food trucks lining up like a heavenly calorie caravan, you can choose from plenty of options: tacos, sushi, pizza, sweets, vegan, and more. See nine food truck options at this year’s event.
5. The awesome setting: Olympic Park
The events take place at one of Canada’s most iconic venues: the Montréal Olympic Park. Constructed for the 1976 Summer Olympics, this site is oozing history. The Esplanade — where JACKALOPE takes place — also hosts a multitude of events ranging from the First Fridays Street Food Festival, to outdoor performances by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and more. Plus, look up and towering over it all, The Montréal Tower is the world’s tallest inclined tower.
6. You can BYO skateboard
This is not the type of sporting event where you sit in the stands and perfect your golf clap. Participants are invited to skate and learn. It’s an atmosphere where bailing is simply part of the process.
7. You can BYO dog
It’s true. Just keep Fido on a leash.
8. Kids love it
In the most literal sense of the word, it’s a playful atmosphere. We’re all attending JACKALOPE to play or watch other people play. And with global protégés attending — such as Reese Nelson, Gavin Bottger, and Joaquim Costa — it’s an opportunity for kids to be inspired by other kids!
9. It’s streaming
10. It’s reinventing what a sports festival can be
It’s a new model of event organizing. Sure, there’s a traditional “competition” element to it. But it’s so much more. It’s about organizing live events where legends are born. And at this stage of the game, we all know the importance of live events. They’re where the magic is made.
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