By Erin Holdbeck, Senior Editor. A little rain couldn’t stop Toronto techno fans from flocking to Hanlan’s Island on Canada Day to celebrate the second 2016 instalment of Electric Island. With an all-star line-up and supreme organization, this was definitely one of the best events the Island has hosted.
Despite a bit of mud, the overall execution and vibe of the festival is definitely worth a mention. Lines were shorter at the gate, bars, washrooms and water stations. An event on Toronto Island (or any event requiring ferry access) will always be chaotic but Electric Island organizers are continuing to improve their formula each year. Plus, when you get the best view of the fireworks in the city… what’s to complain about?
Local openers including Jeff Button and Koki brought the heat despite a rainy start to the day. Honey Dijon followed bringing her personal flare to the crowd and warming up for the main acts. French trio brought tech house inspired set Apollonia, which was a highlight for those into a more upbeat sound.
To the crowd’s delight, Toronto favourites and Island alumni Tale of Us returned to the stage following the more house focused acts. While their set may not have lived up the hype of their previous appearances they were still able to keep the crowd moving from start to finish. With a set full of ethereal tech house and several Life and Death favourites including Recondite’s “Warg”, the sunset set was more than enough to please the Toronto-tech fans.
While Tale of Us may be Island favourites, it was techno legends Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann who stole the show. Closing of the night with a two hour set of techno, ranging from upbeat to heavy to dark, the German pair showed what it meant to bring a warehouse sound above ground. Toronto got a further taste of Berghain as the two residents continued straight into the after party at CODA.
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The next Electric Island instalment off the 2016 season will take place on the Civic Holiday on Monday, August 1, 2016. With a line-up featuring Nitin, Andhim, Guy Gerber, Gui Boratto topped of by live set from Paul Kalkbrenner you better already plan to call in sick on Tuesday.