Festival Preview: Toronto’s Electric Island – May 18th (Victoria Day)

Electric Island celebrates its third season with four outdoor summer events to end each long weekend with music and friends in an parkland setting overlooking Toronto. The first instalment of the summer concert series happens this Monday May 18th, Victoria Day at Hanlan’s Point Beach, Toronto Island and its lineup features Tuskegee (Seth Troxler B2B The Martinez Brothers), Steve Lawler, Pan-Pot, Lee Burridge, Tom Trago, Nature of Music and Simon Jain. The festival is accessible via the Toronto Island ferry, which can be boarded at 9 Queens Quay West, near the Westin Harbour Castle hotel.

2015 Season Passes (w/ ferry) are $147 plus HST and can be purchased here: http://electricisland.to/tickets/. Single day tickets also available. image

Tom Trago
Tom Trago is definitely one of the producers to anticipate in this Monday’s loaded lineup. Hailing from the Netherlands – yet never in one place due to his massive touring schedule – Tom Trago says his body has a physical need to make music, and this definitely translates into his sets. It’s hard to predict how his set will play out as Trago is well-versed and can really bring anything out for the crowd, but hopefully it’s some of his class soul infused melodic techno.

Pan Pot
Tassilo Ippenberger & Thomas Benedix, alias Pan Pot, are a Berlin based duo that seems to have been booked to satisfy Toronto’s desire for the deep and dirty. Expect nothing less than a loaded set from this group, who have been known to crush sets worldwide through their differences as producers, and the middle ground where they meet and set stages ablaze. These guys are going to come hard and heavy with some proper techno and are definitely the ones you don’t want to miss.

Lee Burridge
What can be said about Lee Burridge that hasn’t already been said… This producer’s music career started before some of the other acts in this lineup were even born. With a career spanning over two decades and an active hand in the revolution of the techno music industry, saying that Burridge’s set at Electric Island is going to be insane is an ultimate understatement. This producer is not in any other’s tier, as he holds his own. Definitely a top act of the night to see, and possibly the best booking of the entire festival.

Tuskegee (Seth Troxler b2b Martinez Brothers)
With all of Seth Troxler’s crazy antics, dramatics, and colourful personality, sometimes you forget that he was an active member of the revolutionary wave of producers that breathed new life into the house and techno scene back in the mid 2000’s. Flamboyant theatrics aside, Seth Troxler is a seasoned veteran who knows exactly what to play, when to play it, and how to get the crowd moving. Spinning back to back the Martinez Brothers, a Bronx duo known for their eclectic shows, this pairing will be a perfect way to end to a hopefully perfect night.

Steve Lawler
Another seasoned veteran and child of the acid house generation, Lawler has beats that are higher in age than half the attendees at Electric Island. Decades later you still have an articulate, selective, in-demand producer who seems to have forgotten how to put on a bad show many years back in his career. Coming off a massive release on Hot Creations with the banger “House Record”, expect to see an island shoot up in flames when this now established anthem rips through the speakers.

Special MentionSimon Jain
A special mention goes out to Toronto-native opener Simon Jain. His bouncy deep house seems to be a summer must, so his set on Monday will naturally seem like theme music for the hot summer afternoon. There’s nothing you’ll want to hear more than his upbeat jumpy tracks while sipping on a Sapporo and dancing in the sun.

The following Electric Island showcase dates will be Wednesday July 1 (Canada Day), Monday Aug 3 (Civic Holiday) and Monday Sept 7 (Labour Day). See you on the island!

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