This summer has not been a cooperative one on many fronts – but that certainly has not stopped Toronto from dancing. We are now more than halfway through the 2017 Electric Island season, and the Civic Holiday edition, despite threats of thunderstorm, a headliner cancellation and venue relocation (hopefully, the last of the season), still proved to be one of the best parties yet.
Weather reports of major thunderstorms kept most of the crowds away until the mid afternoon, but it has been proven time and time over that dedicated Torontonian music lovers will dance through pretty much anything (remember Brrrrr?). The second stage hosted an impressive roster of locals including Jeremy Stott, Addy, Greg Gow and Nature of Music – all of who, as always, remind us why we love our locals so damn much. Alongside headliner Deetron, the significantly smaller area was not big enough to contain the incredible energy.
Dam-Funk was relocated to the main stage after Jackmaster’s cancellation; he warmed up the crowd with a certainly funky live performance as the rain clouds started to clear. Mano Le Tough followed, with a heavy set transitioning from a slower and eerie brand of techno, perfectly matching the few lingering storm clouds, to one that set the mood for a night of full-fledged concrete-stomping.
KiNK’s live set was everything we expected and more. An eclectic, super-charged collection of a number of genres, sampling everything from 90s RnB to DJ Zinc’s ‘Show Me’, the crowd was kept guessing in the best way. Finishing with his explosive classic ‘Cloud Generator’ was the perfect cap to an incredible performance. And finally, Nina. Ahhhh, Nina. Ms. Kraviz truly knows how to command a stage and a make a crowd move, and several thousand of parking-lot-goers can confirm that. Her distinct brand of no-nonsense techno closed out the night, and only the promise of the after party at CODA persuaded dancers to relocate – Mano Le Tough was on AP duty and brought his A-game once again.
There is only way to top three killer non-island-island day parties: with a two-day island party, ON the island! The final instalment of Electric Island goes down on September 3 and 4 at Hanlan’s Point. Headliners include Chris Liebing, Sven Vath, Mall Grab and Dusky, and many more.
For tickets and more info, head to http://electricisland.to
Words by Charlotte MacPherson