Wavelength Endless Summer

New Toronto music fest to boast flea market and arcade

If Toronto was music festival city last summer, 2014 started out packed and is now becoming somewhat of a joke - or would be if local music fans weren't so thirsty for the word "festival." Appetites for the combination of stacked outdoor music line ups with added perks of anything from food vendors to art installations to bouncy castles seem insatiable, and now Wavelength, some of Toronto's most seasoned event promoters (organizers of the annual Wavelength Festival amid other projects), are jumping on board.

On August 16, Wavelength's Endless Summer will swarm Dundas West at Vintage & Flea Outdoor Market at Dovercourt (1251 Dundas St. West). You might have already stopped by this quirky market and been dazzled by its studded cut-off shorts, normcore backpacks, and haphazard array of vintage footwear. V&F is more akin to a real raw flea market than most Toronto markets, and now for one Saturday you can browse to your thrifty hearts' content with live bands.

Stellar Montreal pop duo Blue Hawaii will send Alex out to DJ with live sets by Comet Control, Mexican Slang, JFM, Alpha Strategy, Hiawatha, and more are on the musical menu, with Hand Eye Society supplying video games, and the usual tripped-out Wavelength visuals and art installs by General Chaos. Best of all, the whole deal goes down for $10. When Drake renamed Toronto "The 6," maybe he meant the number of music festivals Toronto hosts per weekend.

Are outdoor festivals better than club shows? Will you never let go of your affinity for no-frills three band bills with in dingy clubs? Should we write a festival attire listicle specific to Wavelength's psych vibes? Let us know in the comments.

An earlier version of this article said Blue Hawaii would be playing live. Super sorry y'all but it's just a DJ set.

Photo of Mexican Slang via Facebook by Back to Basics Photography


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