This year’s festival season, a.k.a. “Summer ’16”, came and went by quickly. Yet, the city (or rather, Toronto Island) saw the return of its well-renowned concert/picnic event, Electric Island – this time around, much bigger and better than previously known.
With an event on four consecutive provincial holidays (Victoria Day, Canada Day, August’s Civic Holiday and Labour Day), the most recent and final installation took place across two gloriously sunny days instead of one, falling on Sunday, September 4th as well as Monday the 5th – which has never been done before, and of course, meant double the DJs. Day 1 features Nicole Moudaber, as well as Dirtybird Records members Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke, who pairs up with Green Velvet to perform as Get Real.
Day 2 sees headliners Loco Dice, as well as Innervisions label founders Dixon and Frank Wiedemann of Âme – with the latter two headlining the CODA afterparty. Day 2 feels to have more energy, not only in the music being dished out of the speakers, but also in regards to its visuals/lighting.
There’s even a collaboration with Panasonic for its To The Max tour, which also made appearances at TIME Festival and Zeds Dead’s first-ever annual Deadbeats event. The Panasonic tent provides some deep, tech, and acid house, brought forth by the likes of Funk X Rish, RYME, and Guyus Grey, across both days. Located in close proximity to the food trucks, you can easily groove to some funky beats while chilling at one of the picnic benches, or while waiting for your quesadilla/pizza to be served.
The end of Day 2 is a sad reminder that summer’s officially coming to a close. However, the party is kept alive just a little longer upon returning to the mainland, thanks to an island-goer and his bicycle with generator-powered speakers stationed just outside the ferry terminal, delivering some pretty smooth tech/deep house to help cling on to a wonderful season-ender.
Check out some snippets of the finale below, courtesy of Ded Agency!