An unusually un-summery summer is quickly drawing to a close, but we live in Canada. We were all prepared for this.
After five years, we have come to know that a Toronto summer is not properly sent off without a two-day love-fuelled dance-fest. And, the cherry on top – improving weather conditions will see the finale take place at its original location, Hanlan’s Point on the Toronto Islands. So, in a way, this edition of Electric Island is the first of the summer! That’s what I’m going to keep telling myself, anyway. So lace up your dancing shoes and hop on that water taxi with your best dance troupe, because it’s official: we are heading back to the island.
The two-day closing session has an impressive and varied lineup, on both international and local fronts. Day One hosts Australian beatmaker Sonny Fodera, the ever-fantastic duo Dusky, techno heavyweight Chris Liebing and Dirtybird boss Claude VonStroke on the main stage, with local favorites Brian Johnson and Simon Jain warming up the decks. It’s an all-Canadian affair on the second stage, with Toronto’s Sam Haze, Montreal’s CRi, a duo that makes both aforementioned cities proud – My Favorite Robot, All Day I Dream favourite Gab Rhome and No. 19’s Nitin all showing us why Canada has become a force to be reckoned and danced with.
Assuming you don’t go too hard at the afterparty, Day Two is boasts an equally as banging roster. Jamie Kidd and Terrence Kissner will set the mood for the main stage, a job they have both become comfortable doing. Following the locals are Anjunadeep’s Yotto, Chicago powerhouse The Black Madonna, Innervisions label boss Dixon and the techno papa himself, Sven Vath. Everyone’s favourite pineapple, Koki, returns from Japan to warm up the second stage, followed by Toronto’s Jeff Button, groove experts Soul Clap and a name that has quickly become hot on everyone’s lips, Mall Grab.
I think I speak for many when I say that Electric Island is a special kind of party, and we couldn’t be happier to dance there one (or two) last times before the summer wraps. See you on the island!
Electric Island: Labour Day happens Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4, 2017. Two-day or single-day tickets can be purchased at http://electricisland.to.
Words by Charlotte MacPherson