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Highlights from Canada's largest EDM festival of 2013

Posted by Melody Brown / July 2, 2013

Digital DreamsIf 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.

For a visual recap of the event, check out this slideshow from Digital Dreams.

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.

Digital Dreams FestivalUnless 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.

Digital Dreams EDM FestivalBut 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.

Digital Dreams 2013Everybody 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.

Digital Dreams TorontoFood 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.

Digital Dreams Music FestivalIf 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!

For more photos (including the pasties referred to above), jump to our Digital Dreams slideshow.

All photos by Brian Morton

Discussion

21 Comments

James Wilkinson / July 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm
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Photos I took during the event and backstage can be found here: http://facebook.com/jerwphoto
Rafa / July 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm
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Douchebag central. This event was like a beacon for Toronto's Jersey Shore wannabes. Fist pumping/"raging" galore. Still don't get fussing over a guy on stage pressing buttons on an Apple laptop.
Spanky / July 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm
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Ever notice that the ones calling others douchebags are the true douchebags?
Rafa replying to a comment from Spanky / July 2, 2013 at 01:08 pm
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Oh, the irony! Douchbag.
iSkyscraper / July 2, 2013 at 01:12 pm
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I'm a little confused. Ontario Place is still open for events on East Island?
... / July 2, 2013 at 01:12 pm
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Safe to say that this should be named Digital Nightmares.
Malcolm / July 2, 2013 at 01:12 pm
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Fantastic event with a diverse and talented international line-up and a friendly, safe vibe overall. Was afraid they sold too many tickets considering the line issues last year, but the organization and planning this year was top-notch.
Been going to electronic muzak parties since '92 and I'll definitely take twenty and thirty-somethings who generally take care of themselves and want to have a good time over the 'old-skool' era's legions of drugged-out 15 year-olds.
I'll also take going outside and enjoying summer life over being angry over the internet at stuff I don't understand... right, Rafa?
Spanky replying to a comment from Rafa / July 2, 2013 at 01:24 pm
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Douchbag? Hilarious, please stop hitting yourself.
Mike replying to a comment from Rafa / July 2, 2013 at 01:26 pm
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Sounds like Rafa didn't have anyone to go with and is a little bitter
JJ replying to a comment from Rafa / July 2, 2013 at 01:31 pm
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Rafa, you obviously weren't there. The vibe was overtly positive and carefree. I didn't hear of one fight all weekend. All I saw was smiles and high fives and people from all walks of life having a great time. What's wrong with that?
And electronic music can't be duplicated live, dummy. That's why it's "some guy pushing buttons on a laptop". Now, maybe stop being a joyless twat and live and let live, huh?
Spanky replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / July 2, 2013 at 01:34 pm
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As far as I know they have major events there every so often, and Echo Beach hosts open-air concerts frequently over the summer... IMO it's one of the most pleasant venues in the city, even if the acoustics aren't optimal.

But yeah... Toronto should get out and enjoy the place as it is while we can!
JJ / July 2, 2013 at 01:35 pm
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A little video I put together from Noisia's set in the House of Boom. Intense par-tay. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy3Ta9Hmyt8
priderules / July 2, 2013 at 01:39 pm
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was there. what a try-hard event.
Skye / July 2, 2013 at 01:43 pm
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It was a beautiful, carefree event. D-bags? The d-bag factor is way higher at your average sports bar. This was just a jumble of happy people.
MSigs / July 2, 2013 at 03:03 pm
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I went with a group of friends. Stayed at Echo Beech for the most part.
Great time had by all.
lol / July 2, 2013 at 09:38 pm
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Much better music and vibes at cherry beach always
Live and let love / July 3, 2013 at 01:48 am
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This is definitely the 905/king st/liberty vil/ late to the everything white people scene but who cares they had fun. Can't we all just get along?
Rick / July 3, 2013 at 09:44 am
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The worst "music" ever. These retards that go to these shows should be shot - totally useless people.
Joe / July 3, 2013 at 10:35 am
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Pretty ironic that all the people calling us douchebags for going are the real douchebags. nothing wrong with dancing for two straight days, and being told to "pay it forward" when a nice gesture was made (usually sharing water). Great festival with great people/atmosphere that you won't find at a rap/rock concert. and the people bashing the button pressing....i was once one of you. Educate yourself and you'll realize it isn't just button pressing, and the music world extends past your collection of vinyls. To my EDM lovers, how unreal were Porter, Wolfgang Gartner, Dash Berlin and TJR??? ....Oi
Za-Moon-Da / July 3, 2013 at 11:34 am
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This is what I heard at Humber Bay. I was rather confused because it sounded like screeching machines. I say this as someone who is into electronic music.
Nootropics Smart Drugs / July 31, 2013 at 11:07 am
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Howdy! I'm at work browsing your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the fantastic work!

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