Although it may not feel like summer here in Toronto, festival season is right around the corner. With the first Electric Island happening in a couple of weeks, momentum is building and Torontonians are counting down for that first long weekend where we can catch the ferry and bop along to our favourite artists while the sun sets down on the shoreline. But Electric Island is only one of the many events music lovers can attend this summer – in fact, this season seems to be one of the most jam-packed and exciting summers for Toronto in years. And so, no matter what your taste in music is, Addicted has decided to create a summer 2015 festival guide to make your decision making process a little bit easier.
Here’s to a fun-filled summer!
1. Electric Island
It goes without saying that the Electric Island summer concert series have become one of the most popular music events for deep and tech house music lovers over the past couple of years. Now entering its third season, this summer will include four events to end each long weekend. The inaugural event will take place at Hanlan’s Point on Victoria Day, May 18. For fans of this genre, Electric Island keeps on living up to the hype by booking artists such as Steve Lawler, Lee Burridge, Tuskegee (Seth Troxler B2B The Martinez Brothers), Tom Trago, and Pan-Pot. Keep in mind – these are only some of the artists playing at the first event. Later events will feature powerhouse performers such as Green Velvet, Art Department, Ten Walls, Loco Dice and Tale of Us.
So shut up, pack a bag with your rain poncho, a sweater, and a blanket because Electric Island will be happening rain or shine.
For more information, including tickets and season passes, visit the official website for Electric Island.TO here.
2. Field Trip
For fans of rock and indie music, Field Trip is the place to be. Taking place at Fort York & Garrison Common June 6-7, Field Trip brings together the community through music and art. This year will be nothing short of great with artists such as the Arkells, Alabama Shakes, Marina and the Diamonds, and the Young Empires performing. Not only can you enjoy some of the most talented artists the industry has to offer, but it’s a festival the whole family can enjoy. Complete with a day camp, art, comedy, and food – surely, everyone will have a memorable time.
For more information, including tickets, visit the official Field Trip website here.
3. North by Northeast
From June 17-21 music lovers can attend various concerts around the city featuring big name artists such as Action Bronson, The New Pornographers, Ty Dolla $ign, and Best Coast. The beauty of NXNE is that you don’t need to exhaust yourself at a two-day-long rave, but rather, you can attend the events you want to most, mingle with friends, and enjoy the music in all its glory.
For more information about NXNE click here.
4. Bud Light Digital Dreams Festival
Canada’s largest electronic music festival, Bud Light Digital Dreams, is by far one of the most anticipated events of the summer for fans of house, trance, techno, and dubstep. This year’s event, taking place June 27-28, will feature artists such as Steve Angello, Dubfire, Galantis, Mark Oliver, Carl Cox and many more. Once again Digital Dreams will be held at the Flats at Ontario place and will feature their cashless payment technology to enhance your festival-going experience.
For more information visit the official Digital Dreams website here.
Lastly, it goes without saying that Bestival will be one of Toronto’s most popular festivals this summer. Like Electric Island, Bestival will take place on Toronto Island on June 12-13 incorporating music and art for a truly cultural and stimulating experience. This has to be one of the most diverse and eclectic music festivals in Toronto this summer as it features acts such as Florence and the Machine, Nas, ZHU, Jamie XX, Cashmere Cat, Lane 8, and even Toronto’s own rising star, Harrison. Not only are you able to appreciate your favourite musicians, but you can stop and enjoy the Bestival inflatable church, the Bollywood temple, circus troupes & much more. If that’s not reason enough to go, then I don’t know what is.
For ticket information visit the official website for Bestival here.