Solaris Music Festival resurrects for 2019, announces headliners deadmau5 and Above & Beyond

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Ink Events has announced the return of Solaris Music Festival to Toronto for the 2019 holiday season. Dubbed as “Toronto’s largest winter music festival,” the festival’s reincarnation came as a pleasant surprise to the to previous festival-goers after a brief one-year hiatus. Held over Dec. 26-27, Solaris locks in deadmau5 and Above & Beyond as headliners for the indoor event held at REBEL Nightclub.

In addition to the daily headliners, Solaris has announced a solidifying trail of support from routine visitors Seven Lions, i_o, and Borgore, and tops the bill with a mau5trap stage takeover in the nightclub’s NOIR room. Since its first iteration in 2012, the two-day festival has undergone a handful of changes to support the shifting music trends in Toronto.

After skipping his annual traditionary VELD Festival after party set due to touring commitments and a standalone performance in nearby city London, Ontario, deadmau5’s return to the leviathan nightclub is one of high anticipation across the city. In addition to his performance, he invites label mates No Mana, Qrion, Bentley Dean and Nofone for the party.

GA and VIP tickets are available for purchase; for more information and details about the event, head here.

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Electric Island closed 2019 season finale with striking performances from headliners Boris Brechja and Claude VonStroke – photos by KURTHOOP, Wes C and Domenica Spinelli

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Chus & Ceballos dominate the decks at Toronto’s Sunnyside 21: Episode 8 – photos by VisualBass

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Toronto’s Electric Island announces venue change for 2019 season finale

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Toronto’s Electric Island series is characteristically known for their long-established home on the Toronto Islands. Known for their signature day-into-night outdoor parties on the island, the seasonal event series has faced an imminent challenge threatening their home base. 

Leading into their final event of the season, Electric Island has announced their move to Ontario Place’s West Island, a convenient replacement for the long weekend festivities. Keeping in line with their trademark island atmosphere, the new venue offers an improved landscape for the festival infrastructure. 

Throughout the summer, the Toronto Island has been affected by record high water levels, causing flooding in certain areas of the land and a temporary suspension of the ferry service to the island’s main beach area, Hanlan’s Point.

The 2019 season so far has seen stunning performances from artists like Bedouin, Hot Since 82 and Seth Troxler during their first three events throughout the summer. The season finale held over the August 31-September 1 weekend brings highly anticipated bookings to the city, including the debut of masked German headliner, Boris Brejcha and the return of Dirtybird kingpin Claude Vonstroke

GA and VIP tickets are available for purchase here.

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Electric Island forced to change venue due to Toronto Island flooding

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Toronto’s Electric Island series has returned for the 2019 season, now facing their upcoming second event of the summer. What stemmed from an intimate summer gathering in 2012 has now blossomed into a four-part summer series, bringing the best of the city’s talent to the forefront for each unique event. As the city draws near their annual Pride weekend festivities, Electric Island is set to join suit with their own homage to the celebrated weekend with their second event of the season—but in a different location.

Recruiting a wide selection of local and international talent, Electric Island welcomes headliners Seth Troxler, DJ Harvey, and BLOND:ISH for the second event in their series, among a talented display of supporting artists. Attendees have the opportunity to discover music between the event’s main and Moog Audio stages, with the latter being headlined by LGBTQ+ underground icons, Honey Soundsystem to close out the night.

The summer event series adopted its name from its home grounds on Toronto Island, but recent flooding has forced event organizers to temporarily relocate to Woodbine Park for the outdoor event on June 22.

GA and VIP tickets are available for purchase here.

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REZZ’s ‘Dark Age’ featured on official NBA Finals promo video

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The shadow queen of beguiling mid-tempo, REZZ (real name Isabelle Rezazadeh), is the latest face from the electronic music macrocosm to transfix the largely unsuspecting world of professional sports. By way of her latest single, “Dark Age,” from her upcoming EP, Beyond The Senses, REZZ casts a blistering background behind an official promotional clip for the first game of the NBA Finals.

The ESPN-housed video went live Thursday, May 30, bolstering the Golden State Warriors/Toronto Raptors match up. Fittingly enough, the mau5trap maven is a Toronto native. She took to Twitter to express her longtime affinity for the sport, and to confirm her attendance at the game itself.

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Dreams Festival reveals 2019 lineup with Zedd, REZZ, Louis The Child + more

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Dreams Festival has revealed its full lineup for the 2019 edition, returning to its home at Toronto’s Exhibition Place for the Canada Day long weekend. Returning to the city’s festival landscape for its eighth year, headliners for the upcoming edition include Zedd, Louis The Child, NGHTMRE and Slander‘s Gud Vibrations joint project, and hometown hero REZZ.

The 2019 lineup features more than 30 acts across the RBC Echo Beach, Dream House and Waterfront stages, ranging from good friends Gorgon City and Duke Dumont, to recent Toronto resident Billy Kenny. The phase-two lineup announcement sees support from artists such as Drezo, Don Diablo and Coyu.

Dreams has reshaped its focus over the years to curate a more boutique festival experience and highlight unique details to improve the overall festival experience. Last year’s rendition saw thoughtful additions such as an on-site massage team for attendees, a secret garden within the festival grounds, and an exclusive Kaskade Redux after-party for VIP ticket holders.

For more information on Dreams and to purchase tickets, visit the festival’s website.

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Contest: Electric Island unveils 2019 season lineup + win a pair of season passes

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As the impending summer swelter creeps forward, Toronto’s vast suite of electronic events is starting to come into view, most notably the return of the Electric Island series. The 2019 season introduces a selection of techno and house heavyweights, including the return of Dirtybird label-head Claude VonStroke and UK house hero Hot Since 82, in addition to newcomers like lo-fi producer DJ Seinfeld and a DJ set from George Fitzgerald. Electric Island celebrates with events on May 19, June 22, August 10, and closes its term with a special two-day finale on August 31 and September 1.

Marking the inauguration of the summer season, the event series rings in their opening date with headliners Dubfire, Âme and Bedouin, wrapping up an afternoon of hazy melodies with a steadfast of techno and house tunes. Each event reigns support from local and international favorites, including Toronto native Jonathan Rosa and female duo Carrera & Tavares to warm up the crowd amid a profusion of surrounding talent.

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Ahead of the 2019 season, Dancing Astronaut is giving away a pair of season passes to the Electric Island events for one lucky winner – valued at over $400. Enter for your chance to win access into all events for you and a friend this summer. 

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Desert Hearts’ joint-founders Mikey Lion and Lee Reynolds set to return to Toronto’s CODA Nightclub

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Known for their nomadic and intimate-natured musical gatherings, the members of Desert Hearts has carved the pathway to a mixture of house and techno bliss. Collaboratively founded in the heart of the Mojave Desert by Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Porkchop, Marbs, & Kristoff McKay, the transition from a party to an international collective and record label has successfully turned heads in major corners of the world.

Though the crew may not always perform as a whole, label-founder Mikey Lion and brother Lee Reynolds are set to gather at Toronto’s beloved CODA Nightclub on February 9, bringing forth down a night of colorful eccentricity, and grooving tunes. As the two stop in ahead of their performance in Barbado’s Vujaday Festival from April 3-7, fans can revel in house, techno and love in preparation.

Tickets available for purchase online.

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Lido announces ‘visual EP’ coming to select theaters in November

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Following the release of his soulful I O U 1  EP earlier this month, Norwegian producer Lido has announced its follow-up in a new and inventive way. I O U 2 will be presented as a “visual EP” in November and shown in select theaters.

The film will be shown in Chicago at The Davis Theatre on November 5, followed by Toronto’s Fox Theatre on November 6 and Seattle’s Grand Illusion Cinema on November 7. After viewing the film, attendees will have the chance to participate in a Q&A with Lido.

I O U 2 will be “a visual EP about coming to a conclusion with ones true reality and feeling comfortable with oneself,” according to the ticketing website. Tickets are on sale here.