Heading to the Electric Island 3.0 festival this weekend?

While we begin to near the end of the summer we are getting closer to hitting the final few holidays of the season, including the August Civic holiday this upcoming weekend. Tradition has it that we will once again gather on the Toronto Island this Monday, August 3rd for another full day of House and Techno from some of the industries’ current powerhouses. Again, we are given the chance to escape temporarily to our version of the Balearic Islands within the walls of our own city. Embrace, Footwork and Platform have teamed up once again to bring us a heavy hitting line up consisting of Koki, Mike Gibbs, The Junkies, DJ Three, Shiba San, Robert Babicz (LIVE), Green Velvet and a final farewell from Art Department before the duo splits for good.

Do you think you have what it takes to endure the countless hours of mindless grooving that will ensue post- weekend? It is well known that it takes stamina to commit to days of dancing at a time and it is clear that there is no shortage of this energy in Toronto during our summer months. Once again, Electric Island will take place on Hanlan’s Point, brining us back to the sacred grounds where we have already spent two out of four long weekends since May. Whether you are joining in another festival before Electric Island or not, because in Toronto there is never a shortage of options; a day on the Island with this lineup of musical ingenuity is certainly the best way to let yourself simmer before heading back to work for the week.

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I would advise as most will agree, pack a blanket and possibly a change of warmer clothes for the evening hours, and get together with your group of friends for what will soon become another historical day. Specifically making this event stand out from the others that I am sure all attendees are anticipating is the days’ closing set from Art Department before the Toronto duo permanently goes their separate ways. This has made this edition of Electric Island one against all and a unique and possibly emotional experience for those who have their roots in Toronto’s nightlife community. On top of this special moment we will all experience, those who are veterans of EI will remember the set that Green Velvet threw down on Olympic Island two years ago; an assault on our ears and bodies that left us with no other option that to dance. We are all in for a sweet treat this Civic holiday.

As always there is plenty of food, booze and non- alcoholic drinks for those looking to keep their maintenance levels up for the day as anyone out in the blistering heat on the island should. I suggest taking heavy caution and making wise decisions amongst the heat wave that the city is currently under, especially being so far off of the city’s mainland. It will be a warm one, so check the weather frequently to attend appropriately and remember to keep hydrated as often as you can as shade can be minimal at Hanlan’s Point. Tickets are always available in advance and I recommend purchasing from a retailer or online before hand to avoid heavy lineups the day of, you can purchase those here: www.ticketweb.ca Ferry tickets can also be purchased online now for those who do not have them included in their tickets and can be purchased here: www1.toronto.ca From the mainland to the Island, keep safe and be mindful of yourself and those around you, the summer is coming to its ends so let us embrace in serenity what is left.


Damion Pell
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Loves long walks along the beach, holding hands and romantic 80's power ballads, partial to electronic music and likes to make the odd mix or two.