Well Toronto, this weekend definitely put a bit of a damper on festival-goer’s spirits — literally and figuratively. With the cancellation of Digital Dreams and the perpetual drizzly, grey skies above, “karma” seemed to be the word of the weekend. But let’s not allow that to discourage our plans for Canada Day. This Wednesday for the third year in a row, many of Toronto’s techno and house music lovers will be heading over to the Island for the Canada Day edition of Electric Island.
After a very successful season opener this past Victoria Day, we couldn’t be more excited to see what Wednesday will bring! Having already experienced the new location at Hanlan’s Point for both the Electric Island season opener and the debut of Bestival Toronto, we’re thrilled to be making our way over to this stunning setting for another full day of music and Island vibes. Previous festival-goers will tell you that Hanlan’s Point is a mystical sanctuary with a breathtaking view of Toronto’s iconic skyline. And in past years, the Island proves to be the perfect place to watch the remarkable display of Canada Day fireworks!
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With that said, what truly attracts thousands of people to each Electric Island is of course, the music. The impeccably curated stage proves time and time again to deliver some of the most memorable sets from the industry’s biggest names. As stated by Electric Island co-founder, Joel Smye in a previous interview, “it’s all about finding balance between classic guys and up and comers.” Wednesday’s bill will do just that.
Attendees will be able to enjoy a combination of deep house and techno from Hot Creations label boss Lee Foss, who will undoubtedly bring the island to life with colours of sexy vocals and massive basslines. Best known for incorporating a raw American New York vibe to real deep house music, Objektivity owner and legendary house-chief Dennis Ferrer will surely get the crowds moving!
As always, there will be a healthy dose of techno, as German techno virtuoso, Marcel Dettmann takes over the decks. Dettmann’s music can best be described through his description of techno as a product which “draws its tension and momentum from a historically grown tradition and the conscious decision to break the rules.”
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Last but certainly not least, a true leader in forward-thinking music and producers, Sasha headlines this year’s Canada Day edition. Sasha and his label Last Night On Earth have made a significant impact on the electronic music scene. His authentic progressive house sound ensures a set that will continually grow, leading you through a magical experience. The perfect soundtrack to play out over Electric Island’s mystical setting!
We can’t forget to mention the solid line-up of local Toronto talent that will be there to greet attendees as they make their way over from the main land. The day will commence with local support from Jeff Button, Jonathan Rosa and Greg Gow. It’s these familiar faces and exceptionally talented individuals who continually make us proud, and put our city on the map as a hub for electronic music… despite what some may say.
We look forward to celebrating our great country’s birthday alongside you all! See you on the island.
Doors will open at 1pm on Wednesday. Tickets are still available for purchase here.
Get into the mood with this exclusive Electric Island Canada Day mix courtesy of Jeff Button: