DEADBEATS TORONTO 2018 REVIEW

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There’s no better feeling than leaving work at 5 p.m. on a Friday, knowing you have a beautiful summer weekend ahead of you. So it seemed only fitting that Deadbeats started at 5 o’clock sharp, giving Toronto EDM fans the perfect way to blow off a week’s worth of steam.

The Deadbeats Tour showcases some of the best in electronic music across North America. Leading the tour are Toronto natives—and creators of the label, Deadbeats—Zeds Dead. The Toronto show had a stacked lineup of both Canadian and international artists to end the week off on a high note.

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Fans began to slowly roll into the RBC Echo Beach venue, grabbing a beer (if they could deal with shelling out $15 for a can) or snack from the various food trucks set up along the entrance. Many sought out shade to hide from the hot sun, but there were a few brave souls who were eager to get their night of dancing started ASAP.

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EDM concerts always seem to bring out the wild in everyone’s style and this show was no exception. Echo Beach looked like it turned into a district from the Hunger Games with the amount of spandex, glitter and body harnesses adorning those in attendance. 

 Nothing like a pacifier to help you decompress after a long workweek?

Nothing like a pacifier to help you decompress after a long workweek?

 A loving homage to the headliners

A loving homage to the headliners

Starting the evening off we had Calgary production duo, Chuurch, laying down their signature “lean bass.” They created the perfect atmosphere to walk into—like an omen of good tunes to come.

 Chuurch

Chuurch

Dillon Nathaniel then took to the stage with his hypnotic dance beats. Nathaniel has been referred to by many as a connoisseur of house music, so it’s no wonder that fans were dropping it like it was hot.

 Dillon Nathaniel

Dillon Nathaniel

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“The best shit doesn’t even start ‘till 6:30, so let’s just chill until then,” I overheard a guy say in line at the entrance. He was referring to the start time of the supreme b2b on the billing, Toronto boys Grandtheft and Hunter Siegel performing side by side. The pairing got the audience hyped and the beach started filling up quickly as many others decided this was, indeed, the moment to stop chilling.

 (Left to right) Grandtheft and Hunter Siegel

(Left to right) Grandtheft and Hunter Siegel

Ganja White Night started their set off with an already buzzing crowd. The Belgian duo are in the middle of their biggest tour to date after releasing their first album since 2016 (a long time for an act that averages an album a year). The crowd absorbed their high energy and fed it right back to them.

 Ganja White Night

Ganja White Night

By the time Andy C began his set, the beach was packed to welcome the English DJ. With MC Tonn Piper alongside him to hype the crowd up, this is where the night officially turned rowdy. As the sun set, he proved why he’s frequently lauded as one of the most influential DJs of all time.

 Andy C's MC Tonn Piper

Andy C's MC Tonn Piper

Finally, Zeds Dead took the stage and the crowd. went. wild.

The iconic Toronto producers did not disappoint, creating a full sensory experience with lights, smoke canons and their usual mix of original tracks and remixes (including a killer mix of “Stairway to Heaven,” which Hooks points to as the song that inspired him to learn guitar (don’t worry, he acknowledges the cliche)).

 Zeds Dead

Zeds Dead

Unfortunately, it had to come to an end eventually. As the night died down, the crowd began to exit. People stumbled out, high-fiving each other as they already began reminiscing about the crazy night they just had.

What a way to kick off the weekend.

By Robyn Bell

Robyn Bell