July started off right with sun, good friends and bumping beats. Being Canada Day — and with such nice weather — I had to enjoy the city a bit before treking over to Electric Island. I biked around the new Queen’s Quay and Harbourfront, sampled delicious maple treats, and grabbed a couple pints on a patio (obviously). Then it was down to the ferry docks. I decided to head over to Ward’s Island and bike across to Hanlan’s Point to get the party started.
I arrived around 3 pm to the beats of Greg Gow. As I mentioned in an earlier preview, the crowd was sparse and things didn’t heat up till around 4 pm. I also did not spot the dancing pickle this time around (boo). Next up was Dennis Ferrer who not only mixed some great tech and soul, but a mean gin and tonic (I can only assume, as I was not offered said cocktail, but it looked delicious). You could definitely tell that he was having just as much fun as the crowd and even came down after his set for some #selfie photos with his new admirers.
Lee Foss gave the crowd some excellent underground house and techno. I was up front and centre immersing myself in some serious bass (and delicious tacos). It was also time for some shade. My friends finally showed up and we chilled and danced in the VIP area to the grooving beats of Sasha. One of my favourite things about Electric Island is the people watching and it was definitely on point. Oh, also all the fresh air; the island really is a great venue for this.
As the sun was setting the light show began as Marcel Dettmann took the stage and launched into some serious techo. At this point the sweaters came out as it was getting a little chilly and harder to play ping pong. My friends and I decided to beat the ferry rush and left early to try and catch some of the Canada Day fireworks. Though I missed the earlier DJs and didn’t stay for the whole night, it was an amazing day. If you were there I’m sure you will agree. If you were not than you definitely need to check out the next one . Props to the Electric Island team for putting on such a great event.