The top dance parties in Toronto get heated as the humidity rises in Toronto, which means that it feels that half the city seems to run away to cottages every weekend. For the rest of us, since we're going to be bathed in sweat anyway, might as well do it in a dark room with a few hundred friends dancing your ass off all night. Remember to take advantage of all the boat parties and outdoor jams, because you've only got a few months before it's jacket weather again.
Electric Island / July 1 / Toronto Island / 1:30pm / $35
The always popular monthly picnic party on the island features another great lineup for the Canada Day edition, including appearances by two artists from the quality German label Innervisions: co-founder Dixon and quirky deep house innovator Henrik Schwarz, alongside NYC's Martinez Brothers and local supporting DJs.
Kajama Midnight Moon Sailing Cruise / July 4 / 235 Queens Quay W / 11:15pm / $45
Promise and AlienInFlux's annual cruise on the Kajama tall sailing ship is always one of the more memorable events on the water, and much different than your typical party-boat outing. This year they're bringing in Scottish electronic music veteran Funk D'Void, who excels at bridging the gap between techno and house.
Summerdaze / July 6 / Gossip / 2pm / $15
For the fourth installment of the Summerdaze patio party series, they're rotating their location back to Gossip Restaurant on the CNE grounds, and teaming up with Box Of Kittens for a bit more techno flavour than previous parties. Berlin-based Torontonian Sid Le Rock performing live alongside DJ sets by Jamie Kidd, Mike Gibbs and LeeLee Mishi. Check out our review from the first Summerdaze here.
Hudson Mohawke / July 25 / Hoxton / 10pm / $15
Glasgow's Hudson Mohawke is one of the more unpredictable electronic artists around, but unlike some left-field producers, he's got the turntablist background to actually pull off a strong DJ set without compromising his idiosyncratic vision. But considering his Hoxton gig is on a Friday, he'll probably be focussing on the bangers.
New Kanada Presents / July 26 / Coda / 10pm / $15
Toronto techno veteran Adam Marshall's New Kanada label has been getting lots of attention lately, largely for the success of Graze, the live electronic duo of Marshall and Christian Andersen, who will be headlining this label showcase alongside Basic Soul Unit, Kevin McPhee and Crushfield.
Photo by Matt Forsythe at Summerdaze
by Benjamin Boles via blogTO
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