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EDM fest rivals Pride for Toronto's most colourful party

Posted by Staff / July 1, 2014

Digital Dreams 2014Digital Dreams 2014 saw the same rainbow that sparkled over the World Pride Parade beaming over Ontario Place - except this rainbow had a warble to it. Canada's largest EDM festival saw about 80,000 neon clad partiers dance to four stages worth of sets by 102 artists including Tiesto, Justice, Keys N Krates, Danny Tenaglia, Art Department, Nicole Moudaber, Nervo, Guy Gerber, and yes - someone named Bro Safari.

Massive events (don't say raves) like Digital Dreams show EDM (see explanation here) is still the culture of choice for a generation raised on vibrant Nerf-esque colour schemes and more cartoon commercial jingles than any group of humans ever - and honestly, the status quo has likely never looked so fun. If you spent the Canada Day weekend at Pride (or returning to office), here's what you missed, from confetti cannons to free carnival rides.

Check out 50 bass-dropping memories from Digital Dreams 2014 in our photo gallery.

Discussion

21 Comments

Jeff / July 1, 2014 at 10:00 am
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Saw them building that stage. It looked HUGE! I was at the event last year and it looks like this years was even bigger/better??
Andy / July 1, 2014 at 10:13 am
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EDM is rad!
James / July 1, 2014 at 10:22 am
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Stellar reporting BlogTO lets just knock on how amazing the aspect of pride is for a drug induced rave and call it better than pride. Fucking pathetic guys.
James2 replying to a comment from James / July 1, 2014 at 10:43 am
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Where did they say it was better than pride asshole?
Come on / July 1, 2014 at 10:52 am
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You guys really should figure out how to make your photo album mobile friendly. Every other website seems to have figured it out. What seems to be the problem?
james3 / July 1, 2014 at 11:00 am
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Yeah, no drug use at Pride! Genius. ..
Laura / July 1, 2014 at 11:19 am
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How many of those bass-induced memories are 17 year olds high on molly?
Malcolm / July 1, 2014 at 11:22 am
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Stellar reading James, way to show off that sub-50 IQ.

Pride was amazing, Digital Dreams was amazing... as were countless other events this weekend in this great city :)
Nick / July 1, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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Jay civic's comment sums up what DD is about. By occurring in the same downtown on the same weekend as pride, it is necessarily anti-pride, like the rib fest, and the crowds and the culture of the two events are mutually exclusive. I wish they would have DD out in the burbs where it belongs.
What Nick Said / July 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm
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There are oceans of garbage still, days later. Leave no trace, suburbanites. PS departing ambulances averaged one per 5 minutes at one point on day 2.
Nah / July 1, 2014 at 01:46 pm
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It is ignorant to say that the two events are mutually exclusive- the EDM culture has actually historically been very friendly and open towards the LGBTQ crowd among others. In fact, the festival started in the late afternoon, leaving opportunity for myself and many others to attend Pride and DD. don't be fooled by Jay Civic douchers, Nick
seanm replying to a comment from Nick / July 1, 2014 at 04:39 pm
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You're an idiot. If you're going to use such flawed logic, Pride typically occurs on the Canada Day long weekend, therefore making Pride anti-Canada (only one of the few countries truly accepting of LGBT peoples).

Not everyone wants to go to Pride anyway, should there be mandatory attendance to Pride and a moratorium on all other organized events? Besides, some people (myself included) just don't like being downtown when there are so many people, regardless of what event or who it might be (DD included, no thanks).
Trackhead Usain / July 1, 2014 at 05:11 pm
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I love when people bicker and banter in the blogto comment section. Most of the time it's better then the actual articles they post
Dan / July 2, 2014 at 02:59 pm
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Someone should tell whoever wrote the captions for blogTO that that tshirt in the 8th picture is an #ASOT650TO campaign shirt & was most likely not worn for "Canada Day spirit" (especially since Canada Day was 2 days away).
Nice try though.
Lindsay / July 2, 2014 at 03:19 pm
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That red shirt with the heart and the maple leaf was the official shirt of Toronto's campaign for ASOT650 and is worn to show support for the Trance Family in Toronto.
Sunny / July 2, 2014 at 03:39 pm
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You guys posted a picture of me with an ASOT650TO tshirt on, that was not for canada day spirit, it was a Campaign to get an artist to play in Toronto back in April.. please get your facts straight before pointing out whos in spirit wear.
im too old / July 2, 2014 at 04:01 pm
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I could hear it from my house at Bloor and Lansdowne it must have been crazy loud EDM is not my music of choice and henceforth welcome this about as much as some kid in his Honda doing a drive by.Yeah I'm a grumpy old man.
Dont make any sense Nick replying to a comment from Nick / July 3, 2014 at 05:40 am
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Just because one event is happening downtown why should another one not be aloud ? plenty of Gay people I know who could careless about Pride or the parade came to Digital and had a great time
Nick replying to a comment from Nah / July 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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House music started off as a mostly gay scene thing, but a lot of 'EDM' (i.e. big dance events in North America) events attract a really suburby douche-bro crowd since the late 2000's. The old geezers amongst us may remember how the mid-western suburban douche-bro mma and hockey crowd used to label house music disparagingly and hatefully as a gay thing, until maybe 7 years ago, when they were successfully marketed to by 'EDM' execs and their favourite channels and producers like Aoki (dimmak), deadmau5 and ultra records. I just like to hate on them because push to the front and fist-pump and step on my feet and just generally make partying to house music a contact sport (like they don't have enough already). I'm happy for you that you could attend both, because you enjoy both. I just thing it's in bad taste for event organizers to try an upstage an event where oppressed people have appealed for support and crowds have been able to go and show support. It's like throwing a party the same day as your friend's party, when your friend is celebrating something they fought hard for. it's just douchey.
Nick / July 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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But hey there's no point in banning anything, there's no point in forcing support for pride because you can't force support, it comes from the heart. Also I'm not saying people should be expected to be at pride, the crowds and the noise and heat and the sun are a lot to take, I didn't stay for the whole parade anyway. Just don't be a douche by organizing a party for 80k people on the same day in the same area as pride, when it's not a pride event. They probably wouldn't organize an event on memorial/veterans day, would they? have some respect.
Sweet Sticky Rainbows / July 4, 2014 at 03:36 pm
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Ah, the dream is digital

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