Festival Preview: Toronto’s Electric Island – August 3rd (Civic Holiday)

Electric Island is back with the third edition of their summer concert series, happening this Monday August 3rd (Civic Holiday) at Hanlan’s Point Beach, Toronto Island. The weather will be hot, the drinks will be cold, and most importantly the vibes will be good! The August 3rd lineup features Art Department, Green Velvet, Robert Babicz (live), Shiba San, Dj Three, The Junkies, as well as opening support from Mike Gibbs and Koki. Check out our preview below for an idea of what to expect from each act, and see you at the island.

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.

Electric Island 2015

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The Junkies

Native Toronto duo and techno powerhouse The Junkies are in large part responsible for the growing techno culture and scene present in Toronto. Having collaborated with the likes of Carlo Lio, Dubfire, and Nicole Moudaber, The Junkies still show love for their hometown by playing multiple shows for the city every year. Their veteran status is especially apparent when they opt to play a variety of sounds in their set, instead of conforming to pounding one single beat like many techno DJ’s do. With an abundance of their own hits and access to the biggest labels in the world, their set will continue to be an example of how Toronto always does it right.

DJ Three

New York underground superstar DJ Three is the perfect addition to Electric Island for some of the music veterans in attendance. Growing up surrounded by house music, spinning records in now an instinct for the record label owner and DJ. While you might be used to the big names that roll through to Toronto, close up your Shazaam for an hour and get ready for a journey into the underground with this house pioneer.

Shiba San

With a friendlier tech house sound, Shiba San is the perfect act for those of you with friends who don’t frequent electronic shows in Toronto. A regular on Claude Von Stroke’s Dirtybird label, Shiba San has an arsenal of bouncy hits that have radio appeal yet are intricate enough to be charted and played by some of the biggest industry names. While it’s no secret that Toronto craves the dark, let Shiba San be your guilty pleasure of the day and don’t be afraid to lose it when you hear his insanely catchy monster hit “Okay”.

Robert Babicz

Electric Island continues their streak of superior bookings by pulling in techno revolutionary Robert Babicz. The innovative and inspiring German producer is known to cater his sets to the city he visits, so it’s needless to explain why you will rarely see a set of this kind again. Booked to play live, Babicz will show you the definition of an authentic artist and will squash any stupid “DJ’s just push a button” argument your friends might make.

Green Velvet

With a career spanning more than two decades, tech house legend Green Velvet possesses a reach transcending the electronic music scene. His infamous voice serves as a signature on the majority of his tracks, which have not only been massively charted by worldwide DJ’s, but on multiple Billboard record charts as well. His love for Toronto was prevalent at the Digital Dreams Festival in 2014, when he covered his decks with a tarp and continued to throw it down amidst the heavy rainstorm that took place midday. With forecasts calling for temperatures above 30°, we’re glad this time around Green Velvet will get the sunny welcome he deserves.

Art Department

While we can’t say it won’t be bittersweet seeing Jonny White performing solo under the alias “Art Department”, it doesn’t make this booking any less exciting. Having mutually split with his former partner Kenny Glasgow, White has continued the Art Department name forward with a little more influence from his own dub sound. It will be interesting to see what Art Department has in store for Toronto for the first official solo reunion. If Kenny Glasgow at CODA was any indication White, like his partner, will have no trouble giving the crowd exactly what they want.

The following Electric Island showcase date will be the finale, taking place September 7th (Labour Day).

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