There have been no shortages of open mics since the first Fat Albert's with new open mics starting across the GTA (and some closing). They continue to be starting places for emerging artists, a chance to hone new songs, meet new people, for audiences to listen, and for some, be part of a community.
In the wake of Foundry, OTHERLAND is Mansion's new year-long series that pulls inspiration from other worldwide rave utopias such as London's Fabric and Corsica Studios, Berlin's fabled Panorama Bar and Stattbad, Brooklyn's Output, and Rex Club in Paris. Promoter Konrad Droeske describes all these locales as "places that have managed to create and maintain a special vibe for years, and in some cases decades", citing longevity and sustainability as key ingredients to successful club nights.
Against the odds, people still showed up and partied through it all. Grimes, Flume, Action Bronson, St. Lucia, Majical Cloudz, Kaytranada and more did their part to keep everyone's minds off the weather (or their confiscated umbrellas) and focused on the music.
Check out our photo gallery for 20 of our favourite rainy memories from TIME 2014.