Written by: Ani Hajderaj / Photos by: Connie Chan

Toronto kicked off Canada Day’s  weekend with Digital Dreams and it was crazy!

This year the festival has expanded to three stages; Dreams, Echo Beach and House of Boom. As you walk into the Molson Canadian Flats the first stage you see is Echo Beach stage where DJs played techno and house. Close by was the House of Boom tent, where various Trap, Drum ‘n Bass and Dubstep DJs were hosted. Further down was the Dreams stage, which accommodated all Progressive House, Trance and Electro DJs.
The Dreams stage had a lot of energy. Many girls got on their friends’ shoulders to get a closer look at the DJ. As the evening progressed, the dance area was packed. Tiesto’s long awaited arrival back to Toronto on the second night attracted a massive audience and everyone made sure to catch his set.
Echo Beach was a little tamer as the crowd was more immersed into the techno and house grooves from Mark Knight and Steve Lawler. Dubfire’s set was definitely a special experience as he had all his close friends dance on stage as he was spinning. This created a very intimate and beautiful vibe to the end of the festival.
House of Boom matched the energy levels despite being the first year for it. It was also the only stage that could accommodate lasers, due to the nearby airstrip. Regardless, the sound in there was just right for the heavy bass lines. It got absolutely packed for big acts such as Dillon Francis and Flosstradamous.
One of the newest and improved changes to the festival this year was getting into the festival (within 10 minutes). This was eased by attendees pick up their wristbands two days before the event began. Another progress to this year’s festival was the free water refill station. This became very useful as it kept everyone hydrated throughout the hot weekend. Additionally many food trucks were stationed away from the stage areas allowing more people to dance and move around the festival grounds.
As for improvements for next year, the festival needs to make more space for people to move around in. An additional water refill station is required closer to the Dreams stage. More art and interactive elements would have added more to the Digital Dreams experience as well.
Overall it was a memorable festival and one of the biggest electronic ones to happen in Canada. It can only expand and become even bigger after this. Big shout out goes to Electronic Nation and their partners for making this successful event happen. It was an amazing way to celebrate Canada Day over the weekend in Toronto!
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