Written by Taylee Buttigieg (@truetayls)
Photos by Ded Agency (cover photo) and Kurt Hoop
Electric Island’s Season Finale takes place this Labor Day long weekend, Saturday, August 31st and Sunday September 1st. Due to record high water levels responsible for flooding on the Toronto Islands, the final event of the season will be held at an all new location; Ontario Place’s West Island.
Kicking off day 1 on the Moog Audio Stage, also considered the local Toronto talent stage, and warming up the crowd with the psychedelic experience is Selfserve and seasoned producer and DJ Roberto S. Expect some hard hitting house and techno from Toronto local Stacey Sexton, some genre fluidity from DJ Raf Reza and some forward thinking music from Azari. Closing out this stage on day 1 is French-Candian artist Marie Davidson, who will be doing a live performance.
Heating up the Main Stage with moody sounds and genre blending rhythms is Hauy, along with Toronto based duo Nature of Music fusing rhythm, melody, and harmony. The Main Stage also features one of the hardest working figures within the industry, Anja Schneider, the producer/DJ duo hailing from Zürich, Switzerland; Adriatique, and always bringing sounds far from the musical mainstream, Chris Liebing. Closing out day 1 from the Main Stage is the unique “hightech minimal” stylings of Boris Brejcha.
Make sure you frequent the free water stations to keep yourself hydrated. Fuel up with delicious options from the many food vendors and rest through day 1 so you don’t (make a rookie mistake) and miss out on everything day 2 has to offer. In addition to great music, look forward to the uniquely creative merchandise the hippie market has to offer. You can always find quirky and unique clothing, jewellery, festival wear and more.
Sunday September 1st is the final installment of 2019’s season and this lineup is ready to send it off with heavy and unique beats. Known for his legendary sets at Comfort Zone and Vertigo, Rudee Nik opens up the decks on the Moog Audio Stage. Later in the day the Moog Audio Stage will hear the likes of Koki, a versatile producer from Tokyo, and Jeremy Scott and Addy, Canadian native’s Casualties of Sound. Taking over through the late afternoon and finally closing out the Moog Audio stage is Toronto’s very own Greg Gow.
Toronto based dark, minimal-tech artist, Wess, warms up the decks for day 2 on the Main Stage. Influenced by multiple genres, expect a tailored set from Toronto based duo Arman & Beynon. Next up, bringing a cultivated sound of her own is none other than Francesca Lombardo, followed by the unique sounds of #CosmicTechno from Pleasurekraft. Next up on the Main Stage is one of the most renowned artists of the Dutch electronic music scene, Joris Voorn. And finally, closing out Electric Island’s 2019 season with a bang, he’s back – it’s Claude VonStroke. Each year that Claude returns, he brings with him an unbelievable closing set that makes it hard to go home. I can’t wait to hear what he has planned for us this year.