Victoria day is the day you kick off the official arrival of summer vibes in Toronto. Long weekend, warm weather, and electronic music at Woodbine beach followed by some wicked fire works is the perfect recipe for just that. With the magical absence of forecasted storms – the couple quick showers on Saturday and Sunday were hardly a bother – it was a nearly a perfect day for this concert/picnic series.
Although this festival has been growing exponentially over the last 5 years, and attracts a seemingly larger crowd every year, it has somehow sustained that small festival feel.
Electric Island has grown organically from it’s launch date in 2012, with the goal of keeping costs low and making the festival accessible for all. Despite that mission, the organizers still manage to book some awesome names, such as Ben Lock, Berghain’s golden son. Klock’s deep and hypnotic sets of meditative machine music have become increasingly popular in good ol’ OH Canada. His performances can go on for 10-15 hours, which he sustains with coffee and Champagne. If you’ve ever witnessed one of his sets you’ll surely know, once he starts the show—you have no choice but to surrender to the beat, which the dancers at the festival did once again this year. The stage was beautifully decorated similar to last year’s design of ‘futuristic forest’ vibe.
Ben has been a DJ for most of his adult life, but it wasn’t always that way. He started out handing out flyers at clubs on the street as a kid, followed by being a Santa Claus for Mars and Snickers, factory work, call center agent, baby sitting, street musician with a guitar, a bartender, and the list goes on. His deep and toxic fascination with bass is what pushed him to become a DJ.
When he arrived on stage in the evening, the crowd began to rush towards the front in order to prepare for the deep bass that is about to take over like hypnosis, and it did. Set to take place throughout the summer, Electric Island has increased its output for its fifth year by delivering events on five dates. Reminiscing on the day as I walked off to the park area of Woodbine beach, I sat on the grass, took off my shoes, and enjoyed the fireworks that draped the sky.
If you missed this one, don’t worry, here are the future dates this year:
- Canada Day: Saturday, July 1
- Civic Holiday: Monday, August 7
- Labour Day: Sunday, September 3 + Monday, September 4
Check out the gallery below provided by DED AGENCY, and visit http://electricisland.to/ for tickets.