For the third time this summer, Electric Island has turned Hanlan’s Point into the ultimate party destination.

The legendary Embrace, CODA and Platform event has built a gleaming reputation over the years as one of Toronto’s hottest summer festivals, bringing thousands of Torontonians to Centre Island for a day of music, dancing and great food.


The August instalment this year was no different, bringing a jam-packed lineup of both international and local DJs to turn up the party last Saturday.

Getting to the island was predictably frustrating—the lines were long and the ferry was loaded with people. But upon entry, the day only got better.


The weather was a perfect 25°—no chance of rain. The food was stellar and, more importantly, there was an abundance of booze options. This fest even had a general store for fans to buy necessities like sunscreen, hair elastics and the most important necessity of them all: munchies.


We arrived as underground techno staples (and Ontario natives!) Sydney Blu and Greg Gow took the stage. Blu was playing on the main stage to an already packed crowd, while Gow’s set took place at the more intimate Moog stage, serving up his classic Detroit-meets-Toronto techno (check out our interview with Gow here).

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After Gow’s set, Canadian favourite, Noah Pred, brought his futuristic dance beats to the Moog stage.


English legend, Archie Hamilton, took  the stage after Blu, infusing his dreamy, house-meets-techno sound onto the scene.


Shiba San took the Main stage, filling the air with his soulful house music while fans went nuts, dancing up a storm for the famous French DJ.


Those at the Moog stage were treated to a double whammy, with Detlef and Latmun working side by side to create some sweet, sweet tunes.


When Green Velvet began his set on the main stage, the crowd seemed to double in size, with thousands there to see him—not unusual for the famous Chicago DJ who often plays sets for tens of thousands.  


Despite the massive crowd for Green Velvet (AKA Cajmere), there were still many heading over to the Moog stage—enough that there was barely room to squeeze in and watch Toronto mainstay, Addy, perform his set.


As the night wrapped up and people began to pile onto the ferry back to the city, the countdown to September 2nd—the next and final instalment for 2018—began. We can’t wait to do it again.

By Robyn Bell



Robyn Bell