dance parties summer toronto

The top 10 dance parties in Toronto for summer 2015

The top dance parties in Toronto this summer range from "raves" inside the Science Centre to EDM circuses to dance party boat cruises. Yes, the beat will drop hard in this city over the summer, as DJs from around the world spin at some of the country's biggest festivals and club appearances.

Here are my picks for the top dance parties in Toronto this summer.

Electric Island
Electric Island's summer launch kicks off its 3rd season with four events to ring in long weekends on July 1st, August 3rd and September 7th. Acts include Sasha, Marcel Dettmann, Lee Foss, Dennis Ferrer, Greg Gow, Jeff Button, Jonathan Rosa to celebrate Canada Day at Hanlan's Point. Hop on Toronto Island ferry, which runs every 30 minutes, at 9 Queens Quay West.



Calibre
He's called, "one of the quietest people in drum and bass," playing sets mostly for his closest mates, the Belfast DnB legend, Calibre, makes a rare appearance at Mod Club July 4. So seeing one of his sets is a rare treat. With Doc Scott, Mc Drs, Lush, 6ix, and Traj warms up the crowd.

Kenny Glasgow
Legendary Tdot DJ, Kenny Glasgow, of the former dynamic duo, Art Department will be dropping his dark brand of deep-house bass with the lovely Jade, Jamie Kidd and Jeff Button at Coda on July 10th. Early Bird tickets starting at $20, $25 regular advance sales with optional reserve table.

Full Flex Express
All aboard, Skrillex express! The pan-Canadian Full Flex Tour via VIA train journeys through Canada with big name DJs making a station stop at TD Echo Beach on July 11th. With different acts each city, the Toronto concert will feature Diplo, Jack Ü, Zeds Dead, A$AP Ferg, Tycho, Anna Lunoe and Mija.

Bass Addikt Boat Bash
From the crew that brought you Gravity Saturdays, Bass Addikt Boat Bash for the first time brings you aboard The Stella Borealis as she sails across Lake Ontario overlooking Toronto's magnificent skyline. The bass crew includes DJs M2 Mallo & Fuzey, Nello, Zane, Kali X, Sxv and Duzie. Boarding starts July 12 at 6:30PM at 333 LakeShore Blvd. E at the foot of Parliament Street.

Atomic Lollipop
There's going to be a rave at Ontario Science Centre! From July 17-19, Canada mega EDM fest, slash anime convention, burlesque show, circus carnival will have a mindboggling 300 hours of interactive programming. Although, DJs are still TBD, past acts include Prozzäk and Wooden Wisdom AKA Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie. Boredom is not a word at geekdome.

Veld Music Festival
Veld's back for its third year from August 1st to 2nd at Downsview Park with massive heavy-hitters including Deadmau5, Kaskade, Above & Beyond, and Hardwell, while those whose all about that bass, a second stage will feature Borgore, Kill The Noise, AC Slater, Branchez, and Rain Man. Finishing off the fest is Grammy nominated, Duke Dumont, and many more.

Andy C
"The Double Drop" drops at Muzik Nightclub on August 14th. UK DnB DJ and demi-god Andy C spins an extended set known to last 6 hours of lighting speed on three simultaneous mixing boards! But warming up the crowd first are Mc Gq, Bensley, Lush, Hydee with a second stage featuring Brillz, Pusher, Damn Kids, Thrizzo, Lukav, and Bassik.

Mad Decent Bloc Party
Mad Decent Block Party is Diplo's travelling EDM circus with performance by Major Lazer, CL, Jauz, Thugli, TJR, What So Not, xxyyxx, hrmxny on August 29 at Fort York Garrison Common. The tour features different acts in every city so you might want to join this circus after the Toronto experience.

Harvest Festival
Techno hippie moon worshippers will gather at the 17th annual Harvest Festival from September 18-20. Located at the magical Midlothian Castle nearby Burk's Falls, here you can explore the 300 acre grounds, complete with sculpture gardens known as "Screaming Heads," pyramids and other surreal structures. You will be enveloped by nature and techno.

What did I miss? Add your most anticipated dance parties in the comments.

Writing by Trent Lee.

Photo of Veld by Jesse Milns


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