Fort York encompasses such a deep and vital story that is unique to every patriotic Torontonian that resides in this lovely city. It was within this park that Fort York’s soldiers and their families resided and defended the town of YORK (which eventually became Toronto) in 1812. Toronto literally began here. Fast forward to August 20th, 2016. I stumble into the event wearing festival gear and a black choker. I get in line with the other festival dwellers and began my journey by waiting for the washroom, because we were too belligerent to hold it in any longer. It’s 7:30 pm. And the old war zone of pride and prejudice has been turned into a giant music festival endeavor. Thousands of short shorts and muscle shirts walk around aimlessly while they wait for their favourite acts to come on and bless them with a mixture of sounds that create a high from within their souls.


Not the first festival to be held on these grounds. I live near by the park and from time to time step out on my balcony to see what’s going on. Most of the festivals I've seen on this park via my balcony (in my PJs drinking a glass of wine with ‘Who’s line is it anyways’ playing on the TV) have been kept simple and respectful. This festival was no different. If I had to describe it in a few words, they'd be: simple & to the point. We got bathrooms, we got bars, and we got food trucks. Nothing else. No crazy costumes. No crazy light shows. No over the top decorations, or activities, or games. Nothing. Just you, and the music.


The lineup was sick, and you can’t expect anything less considering that the headliner Diplo is the Founder of the festival. We got Bishu, Grandtheft, Louis The Child, Marshmello, NGHTMRE x Slander, Sleepy Tom, and Slushii.

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The only downfall was the sound, I was halfway between the front of the stage and the back of the crowd and I could barely hear anything. Am I deaf? I don’t know. Every beat that dropped would have been so much more dope if I could feel the actual drop. It was like…. listening to some big tunes on dollar store headphones.

All in all, it was what I expected it to be: A strong focus on the actual music, and not on the entertainment aspect that most festivals deliver.

All photography by: Brandon Newfield

Did we mention that photography is by Brandon Newfield?