Highlights from Canada's largest EDM festival of 2013
If you went down to Ontario Place this weekend in hopes of having a quiet picnic by the water, you were in for a big surprise. The Flats at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre — spanning across the east island of Ontario Place — surrendered its gates to thousands of EDM fanatics on hand for the second annual Digital Dreams Music Festival.
Electronic Nation brought back the two-day digital music event, no doubt due to the huge success of last year's festival. And with headliners Porter Robinson and Tiesto, as well as a hot shot line up including Fake Blood, Art Department, Doctor P, Mord Fustang, Flosstradamus, and Dillon Francis, it's no wonder the 25,000+ fans who got into the sold-out event gave exceptionally positive reviews across various social network channels.
Unless you're an agoraphobic EDM fan, you were likely in the crowd facing one of the three stages found at the festival. The Echo Beach stage had the best view, featuring a proud rainbow-lit CN Tower backdrop. Saturday's Art Department and Richie Hawtin and Sunday's Dubfire lit up the foreground, keeping fans dancing in the sand.
But the Bacardi House of Boom was where the real groove could be found. The semi-indoor venue featured a laser light show brought to life by Saturday's Doctor P and Excision and Sunday's Flosstradamus and Dillon Francis. Big name Datsik headlined the House, but the crowd was sparse.
Everybody wanted to be by the main Dreams stage Sunday night to bounce to Tiesto's booming beats as the Harbourfront's fireworks show lit up the sky behind the stage. Before Tiesto, Saturday's Fake Blood, Bob Sinclar, Paul Van Dyk, and Porter Robinson, and Sunday's Mord Fustang and Wolfgang Gartner kept the crowd level heavy at the Dreams stage. It was by far the place to be all weekend.
Food trucks, free water stations, and beer tents selling Canadian cans for $8.50 (Happy Birthday, eh?) were situated next to the House of Boom and served as the ideal place for people to have a seat in the middle of the walkway and rest their danced-out legs as others tripped over them on their way to the port-a-potties.
If you love EDM but didn't make it to the festival, you can get lost in the over 20,000 Instagram pics tagged #digitaldreams. As is the case with our slideshow, you'll notice that obviously, neon and glow sticks remain the classic wardrobe choice among attendees. A few new trends of note: floral crowns (made of daisies, naturally), fur boots, fringe bikini tops, and DIY pasties — you only need four strips of colourful tape to make a top!
All photos by Brian Morton