EVENT REVIEW: Electric Island with Sven Väth, mano le tough and Daniel Avery + more at Centre Island 19-05-2014 by Natalia Toussaint


I am still amazed at the high caliber talent that rolls through Toronto on a regular basis. There are ample opportunities to see artists and listen to music you tend not to seek out your own. I am always one to jump on favourable circumstances to expand my music knowledge and see acts who are legends in the business.

The day started late as I attended Freedom at Kool Haus the night before. Although the forecast called for rain, the day was filled with sunshine and was a bit on the chilly side. No matter, I was looking forward to spending the late afternoon and evening on the island. I caught the 6:15 ferry to Centre Island. As I walked closer and closer to the space reserved for the picnic I could hear Hachinoko by Simian Mobile Disco & Roman Flügel playing. I caught the tail end of mano le tough‘s set just as the sun was setting over the dancing bodies.

Sven Väth began his 3 hour extended sunset set around 7:15 p.m. From the moment Väth began his set I was not prepared for the journey he took us on. Beginning his set and never letting down, the music selection went from a more upbeat, lighter side of techno and house to a more dark, and twisted sound. The impending darkness combined with the multi-coloured lit trees set the scene for a few hours where one could become lost in the music and the surrounding environment. The entire set was notable but there were a few songs which stuck out in my mind: Matthew Jonson Level 7 (Dixon Remix), Someone (Adrian Ivan Remix) George Ascota featuring Truth, Planetary Assault Systems’ Future Modular, Centrifuge Azul by Aubrey and Get Deep by Harry Romero.

A master in his own realm, Sven had complete control of the crowd from the moment he took over the decks. I had no complaints as I jammed in my little dance spot. One thing I also forget about electronic music is how bass is a key component in the majority of genres. The bass was kicking all night, much to the delight of everyone in attendance. The stellar night finished with David August‘s Epikur.

One could not ask for a better kick off to the summer season nor the first of four Electric Islands! There is nothing like being surrounded by water, glancing over to the Toronto skyline and dancing the afternoon away with hundreds of others who are doing the exact same thing. If you have not had the chance to attend an Electric Island I highly suggest you do! For those who have been before, they can tell you, it is one of the best series Toronto has to over! Filled with high caliber international and local talent, you cannot go wrong spending a holiday Monday in the sun.

Relieve the day with the recap video by Way of Acting.

Join EDM TOR for the second installment of Electric Island Concert + Picnic series featuring Dixon, Martinez Brothers, Henrik Schwarz with Jeff Button, Nature of Music and Night Vision Monday July 1.Tickets are on sale now.
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Sven Väth
Resident Advisor

mano le tough
Resident Advisor

Daniel Avery
Resident Advisor 

Jamie Kidd

Jonathan Rosa

Rafwat & Chorniy

Natalia ToussaintEDM TOR


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Adele Desloges

Adele is the owner of Tranceported. She also heads up the social media as well as the photo and video teams, and was a promoter of events across the Toronto area for years. She has been a fan of Trance music since the mid-90s and has been shooting Trance events since 2011..

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