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What is it about Electric Island that makes it so special? Or a day in general, like this past Monday? Maybe it was the flow, the way each DJ melded into the next in terms of musical programming, or the glorious feeling of it being a prime summer day. The ferry excursion that takes you a touch away from the daily routine, so you know that it’s a bit of a journey in and of itself to be there. The gorgeous hues of blue decor, the flowered garlands and thoughtful greenery lining the stage, booth and beyond. The reflective mirrors...

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When seasoned DJs speak of their craft, they often mention that the art lies in telling a story or taking the listener on a journey, transporting the dancer from here to there, wherever ‘there’ may be. Last Sunday, July 17th, All Day I Dream touched down in Toronto and it was a beautiful journey. For countless revellers, we embarked on an undulating, groove-filled narrative that unified us into a lot of love, happiness and memorable moments. Lee Burridge, Matthew Dekay and YokoO took us through their dreamy, ethereal house and techno, deep bass lines and rolling melodies. Their personalities shone...

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Senseless was this unstoppable force of raw, refined artistic impression. Set in the gorgeously restored Evergreen Brick Works, a partly open-air historical building set amidst urban ravines of east Toronto, the venue breathed unembellished warehouse elements - scrawl and graffiti, old metal-plated contraptions and decayed devices, holes in walls like tunnels to the other side and a metal frame gracing and supporting the ceiling that, when illuminated at dusk, became an art installation itself. Rodriguez Jr. dished out the perfect early set with a layered, swirly, groove-filled sound that ramped the party up as people started to fill the floor....

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Colossal storm clouds brought pounding rain to Toronto last Friday, but sunshine won the day as the afternoon rolled in and brought with it great music, thousands of partiers, mostly clear skies and another splendid Electric Island experience. Koki and Jeff Button warmed early revellers with sultry, groovy beats and the nascent crowd enjoyed themselves under the emergence of this now fine day. The stage decor was ornate and tasteful with flowers lining the overhead rig and booth, while reflective mirrors provided a gleaming veneer with shiny accents throughout. New York's Honey Dijon stole the show with her deep groove,...

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The picturesque Sunnyside Pavillion housed a smashing good time Saturday, June 18th with the Blu Party. The brainchild of DJ and producer Sydney Blu, the event made its triumphant return to Toronto on a gorgeous, perfect summer evening nestled next to Lake Ontario’s waterfront. The venue itself was teeming with good vibes and blue decor. Upside-down, hanging umbrellas and blue and white lanterns were sprinkled amidst the ambient greenery, reflecting the thought put into creating the festive atmosphere. Blu fans (literal, fans to cool you down, and of course, people fans) were out in full force. Two stages occupied the...

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