After what felt like years of waiting, summer is finally upon us in Toronto, Canada (seriously though, we had winter for like seven months). With its reappearance comes the return of Electric Island, a series of outdoor concerts held on the gorgeous Centre Island just off of downtown Toronto. The first of the four-part series occurred this week and featured a smörgåsbord of talents, including Mano Le Tough, Daniel Avery, and, oh yeah, the godfather himself, Mr. Goosebumps, Sven Väth!
Despite early warnings of rainfall, the weather was warm and sunny throughout the festivities, and the packed crowd–over 4000 strong–was eager to throw it down underneath the trees. London’s Daniel Avery provided the initial spark as he unleashed a covey of crisp techno tunes, including Water Jump, Simian Mobile Disco & Roman Flügel’s Hachinoko, and his own outstanding remix of Audion’s Sky.
Next up, Mano Le Tough mesmerized the crowd with his own eclectic style of music. He first caught my attention with last year’s groundbreaking album, Changing Days, and in spite of my sky-high expectations the man did not disappoint. Deep, sparse, and undeniably funky, his set included gems like Tempus and Tale of Us’ stunning remix of Primative People. Suffice it to say, he was the perfect setup man for Cocoon bossman Sven Väth.
The 30-year veteran dazzled the capacity crowd with his incredible track selection, mixing skills, and unbridled enthusiasm. As the sun set behind us, the entire island was covered in an ominous glow, and Papa Sven acted accordingly, bumping up the mood with a series of dark and heavy techno treats. Definitive highlights of the set included Sam Paganini’s Chocolate, David August’s Epikur, and a certain Julian Jeweil track that will remain nameless until this week’s Friday Favorites (don’t worry, it’s worth the wait). As night finally fell, Sven took the crowd home while fireworks exploded in the sky above.
Check out the video of the festivities down below, and make sure to grab your tickets to the next Electric Island, set to blow up on Canada Day (July 1) with Dixon, The Martinez Brothers, Henrik Schwarz, and more.
For the official set of photos, click here.