In recent years, the Toronto music scene has been buzzing. Between Drake repping “The 6” and countless electronic DJs dominating the charts- it was time to experience the action for myself!
The swift 90 minute flight from NYC made me wonder why I’ve waited so long to visit our neighbor up North. We arrived to gloomy weather and rain that was pouring past the start time of the fest. I was anxiously checking the event page to see if we would get rained out like so many recent festivals such as Electric Zoo and Governor’s Ball.
By the time we got to the ferry, the rain had miraculously subsided and the clouds opened up to grace us with sunshine. Partiers took in the gorgeous city views as the ferry transported us to Halan’s point. What makes the Toronto skyline so unique and iconic is the CN Tower. It was the tallest structure in the world until Dubai built the Burj Khalifa.
Chi-town native, Honey Dijon, was grooving and spinning familiar jams as we walked into the festival grounds and began to explore. The vibe was very much like a backyard BBQ with food trucks, picnic tables and pop up shops filling the space. Attendees ate, danced, played ping-pong and even sampled free alcoholic beverages to the sound of techno filling the space.
The dance floor filled as far as the eye could see as Apollonia and Tale Of Us took us on a musical journey of minimal house and tech. Dancers, acrobats and pulsating visuals complimented the experience. The unique DJ booth was made up of reflective diamond-shaped glass and red-n-white flowers that represented Canada Day colors.
One of the most memorable moments was thousands of people dancing in synchronicity to Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann under the golden light of the sunset. They played back to back into the night with suspenseful drum bangers like “Drift” by Jay Clark and dark ambient tracks like “Escape” by Dettmann. You could hear the excitement of the crowd when they announced the after-party at Coda. The end of the night felt magical with fireworks filling the sky as we embarked on the ferry ride back to reality.
The next edition of Electric Island will be on August 1st and feature Paul Kalkbrenner, Guy Gerber and many more!