Fresh from the July 1 celebration when thousands of electronic music lovers gathered at the Portlands to ring in Canada’s 150th birthday at Electric Island with techno-pioneer Richie Hawtin, comes the civic holiday edition of the music festival with another colossal line-up of performers.
Electric Island Civic Holiday will take place on Monday, August 7 at the Portlands, as the name suggests, on a civic holiday. The main stage welcomes Glasgow native Jackmaster, notorious for hashing up the most surprising records – whether it be a forgotten disco track or bumping techno. Joining him will be another legend Mano Le Tough, also from across the pond but this time from Ireland. The Maeve label owner is a true sound wizard with an impeccable ear for melody, deep emotive basslines, and live instrumental breaks.
Bulgarian live-act KiNK is also on the bill. Known to embrace experimentation, KiNK expertly weaves listeners between house, techno and broken beat to deliver a memorable performance. Taking festival-goers into nightfall will be Russian techno vixen Nina Kraviz. Nina’s success is unparalleled. From her label Trip (трип), to her mesmerizing performances behind the decks, she is a force to be reckoned with! Locals Jonathan Rosa and Toronto’s illustrious duo, Nature of Music will each be on warm-up duty.
The second stage will showcase a debut performance at Electric Island from Swiss DJ-producer Deetron, who owes his expert mixing skills to his early days as a hip-hop DJ. Strongly influenced by the sound of Detroit, ‘four-to-the-floor’ became his motto and today he’s best known for producing warm techno with the soul of Detroit.
Joining Deetron will be the forbearer of the modern funk movement – Dâm-Funk. The American DJ-producer affirms that funk is a way of life, “a feeling of struggle and staying cool through it all.” Toronto household names Greg Gow, ADDY and Jeremy Stott will warm up festival-goers at the second stage.
For more information, visit www.electricisland.to. Purchase tickets for Aug. 7 at the Portlands (Port Lands, same thing). Hard tickets available at Moog Audio on Queen St. W. and Park Agency Print Shop, further west.
Mano Le Tough
Nature of Music