Festival Preview: Toronto’s Electric Island – July 1st (Canada Day)

Electric Island is back for it’s second round after a massively successful inaugural party on May 18th for Victoria Day. With high hopes and heavy excitement heading in, the second instalment of the summer concert series happens this Wednesday July 1st, Canada Day at Hanlan’s Point Beach, Toronto Island. The lineup features Sasha, Marcel Dettmann, Lee Foss, Dennis Ferrer and openers Greg Gow, Jeff Button, and Jonathon Rosa. The festival is accessible via the Toronto Island ferry, which can be boarded at 9 Queens Quay West, near the Westin Harbour Castle hotel.

Both General Admission and VIP Tickets are available and can be purchased here: http://electricisland.to/tickets/. Ferry tickets must be purchased at the ferry terminal for GA Tickets.

Lee Foss
If Jamie Jones at Bestival was an indication of anything, it’s that the founders of Hot Creations know how to put on a show. So expect nothing less when counterpart and co-owner Lee Foss flies into town to take over the decks at Electric Island. Imagine being booked to play a sunny summertime festival by the water while co-owning the biggest beachside beats label to exist. There’s no challenge for Foss here, this booking is basically catered to him.

Dennis Ferrer
On the harder side of house, boundary pushing producer Dennis Ferrer has been booked to bring his signature deep tech house sound over to Toronto. Having covered a wide variety of sounds throughout his career, Ferrer’s unique style of play and the lack of artists in his league make this booking one of the most anticipated heading into the event. Be prepared to take a journey to the legendary dance floors of Chicago, Detroit, and New York as soon as this icon steps behind the booth.

Marcel Dettmann
There is no better pairing for mastermind Marcel Dettmann and his heavy basslines than the audience he is playing for in Toronto. The Toronto scene has a tendency to favour dark beats and there couldn’t be a better booking more catered towards the audience than the Ostgut Ton genius himself. Dettmann’s minimal techno will have the entire audience in the palm of his hands as his plethora of eerie, dark, heavy beats set the island on fire.

A progressive house dj that can play back to back techno with Dubfire, all while his remix of “Hey Now” is played on main stages across the world; saying Sasha is versatile as an artist might be the understatement of the century. Given that he can spin literally anything, predicting the colour of the shirt he’s going to wear would be easier than predicting what his set is going to include. For the sake of everyone there, let’s really hope and pray it’s his signature sexy progressive sound.

Special MentionGreg Gow
If there’s an opener you don’t want to miss, it’s Greg Gow. In a city that tends to host a more critical crowd at every show, Greg Gow has earned the respect of Toronto fans everywhere as well as established a reputation for playing the right tunes at the right times. Though we have yet to see him play an early slot, all the performances we have seen of his assure us that he will absolutely crush this daytime set.

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

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