By Erin Holdbeck, Senior Editor
“Life is but a dream at All Day I Dream of Toronto Skies”
This past Sunday Lee Burridge returned to Toronto in a way we had never seen him before. After nearly five years of putting on some of the best day parties in music, All Day I Dream finally landed in this city. A sunny Fort York was draped with lanterns and ethereal tapestries for the occasion to match what was an magical escape in house and techno.
ADID staple YokoO and co-founder Matthew Dekay were able to immediately warm up the crowd under the sunny yet fitting cloud-scattered sky. The b2b set featured several sets from the All Day I Dream label including YokoO’s recent release Equuelus.
Energy was high from the moment the doors opened but with temperatures at a high, attendees took breaks to explore the beautifully decorated grounds. ADID definitely aims to bring not only just music to a venue, but rather a whole soundtrack to an emotional experience, which was achieved through artful decor, massage and face paint stations and a variety of eclectic vendors.
As the day began to cool off, Lee Burridge stepped behind the decks to deliver an unforgettable sunset set. A true master of his craft, Burridge took the crowd on an emotional journey in music ranging from techno to ethereal house. The veteran DJ, producer and event curator’s theatrics and enthusiasm behind the decks is only one of the many traits that make each of his performances memorable and unique.
With too many highlights to count, a few memorable tracks included “Lost in a Moment” from headliners Matthew Dekay & Lee Burridge, “Tried To Tell You” (Karizma Told Ya Remix) by Pete Moss and “Deep Burnt” by Pepe Bradock. A personal favourite toward the end was Bicep’s remix of Isaac Tichauer’s “Higher Level.”
As sun set on All Day I Dream of Toronto Skies, the crowd reluctantly left the beautiful grounds of Fort York. Now, as ADID heads to its next stop in Moscow, there is no doubt Burridge and his crew will leave Toronto daydreaming of this magical event for months to come.
Photos by Neil Van