Operators, Jef E Barbara, For Esmé, M.A. Beat, Brendan Philip, Wolf Saga, Latasha Alcindor, Zoo Owl @ Camp Wavelength 8/19/2016

Summer never ends without Camp Wavelength (formerly All Caps) on the Toronto Island. The weather was beautiful on Friday as I headed down for the 5pm gates open. I didn’t camp but I stayed until late night the first day/

Camp Wavelength authentically gives off the chill vibes that other festivals only wish they could achieve. You can enjoy music, hang out and make new friends, listen to readings or watch live painting. DIY at it’s finest.

The music of the day began with M.A. Beat who travelled all the way from France. They made cool electronic music that was mixed with analog sounds. It was a cool soundtrack to the environment of the festival.

Next we were treated to the energy-filled performance of For Esmé which sounded like the title of their album Sugar. They did a cool cover of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Gold Lion” with the help of Wolf Saga who had his own set later in the night.

Jeff E Barbara brought the Black Space band onto the stage for a cosmic performance which was perfect as the sun was setting. The saxophone sparkled on tracks and the player jumped off the stage to offer people watermelon slices. Camp Wavelength is a family affair where the barriers between audience and artists aren’t as thick.

Operators were the headliner of the night (before the late night program). There was a tiny delay as Devojka realized they had forgot to set up their mini keyboard. They played their glittery electropop that elicited dancing among the audience.

And the party continued late onto the night with Zoo Owl’s mysterious forest protocol set. There was a smoke breathing dragon and monsters that appeared out of nowhere throughout the short set that romped with the audience.

Next we vibed with Brendan Philip which featured his smooth R&B vocals among some experimental electronic sounds.

One of my favourite Wavelength discoveries was Latasha Alcindor aka LA from Brooklyn. She was a kick-ass grime rapper who is both inspirational and a badass who takes shit from no one.

I ended my night with Wolf Saga’s synth-pop which was performed with a full band.

Day 1 ended with a late night ferry ride back to land. Stay tuned for a recap on Day 2.