Thunder showers and heavy rain were no match for electronic music fans who braved the weather to make it to the Civic Holiday edition of Electric Island. Venturing across the rainy lake on the ferry to hear the likes of Nitin, My Favorite Robot, Bob Moses, and Maya Jane Coles.
It was clear people thought we were a little nuts heading to the island when everyone else seemed to be heading back to the city. Storm clouds were hanging heavy and it was a countdown until they dumped down. Just in time to hear a bit of Nitin’s set, the rain couldn’t hold it anymore and people were running for cover while a few others embraced it, dancing to the techno beats as the rain drenched their clothes.
Strongbow girls were walking around handing out white branded ponchos and we managed to snag a few. People were bouncing around in the white ponchos by the time My Favorite Robot opened up and it was just a sea of white bouncing capes to the more ambient beats of the duo, which was sort of fitting. A more relaxed vibe hit the island as everyone got their bearings after being beaten by rain. It was a bit hard to hear the vocals clearly, perhaps due to the rain, but it didn’t really take too much away from the sweet sounding melodies.
After warming up, it was time to take a break and grab a pulled pork poutine from Sliced. After drooling over all of the pulled pork sandwiches that walked by, the poutine did not disappoint. It was absolutely amazing and had a perfect mix of meat and fries. The girl working the station even gave us some extra barbecue sauce when we asked, which made it just right.
More people trickled in as the clouds seemed to let up and the rain looked like it had called it a day. As My Favorite Robot finished up, Olivia Chow took to the stage to throw praises at the festival and share her hopes that one day Toronto can beat Berlin as the top music city in the world. It was a bit strange, but the crowd seemed to take it in.
Bob Moses took the stage and brought an incredible set that was completely unexpected. Mixing electronic guitar with electronic music, their set just seemed to work perfectly with the setting of the island. It got everything a bit more up tempo for the night, now that everyone could relax and stay dry.
By the time Maya Jane Coles came on, we were more than ready to dance. The opening acts had been a bit more chill, but it all had seemed to be a build-up for Maya at this point. It was dark, the lights were on, and when she hit the stage the bass hit all the way to the back of the crowd. Her set was really deep with song after song just melting together. The crowd was loving it and personally, I found it one of the best sets I’ve heard on the island this summer.
Seth Troxler unfortunately couldn’t make it, due to being stuck in New York City. It didn’t really seem to matter, however, since Maya Jane Coles really stole the show anyway. Fans were disappointed but the night kept on going at a high energy until the very last beat.
There’s one more Electric Island of the season: Labour Day Weekend with Tale of Us, Jamie XX, Hot Since 82, Terence Kissner, Gera, Members Only, and Simon Jain. It’ll be an absolutely stacked day of amazing talent, so make sure to get your tickets.