Now that winter is upon us, what better way to celebrate the weather and the new year with a music festival in the heart of the city?! BRRRRR! is back again for a second round, brought to you by Electronic Nation Canada and EMBRACE, the festival is schedule for Saturday, February 1st, 2014.
Early Bird Tickets – $37.50 + taxes and service fees
Regular Priced Tickets – $47.50 + taxes and service fees
VIP Tickets – $77.50 + taxes and service fees
Featuring two stages again, Brrrrr! will be welcoming back Wolfgang Gartner since his last performance in Toronto at Digital Dreams. Also playing at the TD Echo Beach stage: Bassjackers, Felix Cartel, Henrix and many more will be set to open the crowd up with their electro and electro house sounds.
This year there will be a new stage added under ‘Corona’s Technodome’ with headliners SHARAM, leefoss and Hot Since 82. Toronto sure loves their techno and deep house, there will be no disappointment especially with this lineup.
I will also be giving away a pair of FREE tickets to the event – more info can be found @ConstanceChan
This Saturday marks the 20th Anniversary for Destiny Events; by thanking all the fans and supporters, Andy C will be playing a 4 hour special set at Kool Haus. Since 1993, Destiny Events has been a major contributor to the growth and cultivation of the global electronic dance music movement in Toronto. Destiny also created the first multi day electronic festival such as World Electronic Music Festival (WEMF), and various single day events across the city of Toronto.
Tickets are currently on sale here for $36.50.
Or win a free ticket for you and a friend through our Facebook page here!
Toika Lounge is usually known for bringing in ASOT trancers and the freshest progressive house talent to Toronto, but what about the local talents?
In late April, Impact Productions threw their first party at Toika Lounge, called “Ascension”. The line up featured Henry Yoong (Kid Zero), Saad Ayub and Gary Sagoo (Flux Muzik). Each one of them spun a very different vibe. The night began with Kid Zero spinning a very progressive set warming up the crowd. Saad Ayub played a lot of his mash-ups reaching 140BPM of mayhem and lastly Flux ended the night with a nice selection of tunes.
The venue filled up quickly; everyone was excited to see these locals hard at work spinning some exciting trance sets. The vibe was friendly; many familiar faces were seen in attendance inside Toika Lounge. Another element that made the event was the ASOT650 bake sale that helped raise funds to make ASOT 650 happen in Toronto. The team brought out all sorts of baked goods and had set up a station at an open area inside the club, something that you don’t always see. The bake sale was successful and added to the overall vibe of Ascension. A very awesome night full of great vibes and a good selection of tunes throughout were played. Great job to Impact Productions, Toronto can’t wait for more!
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Electronic Nation Canada is thrilled to announce that Tiësto, ‘The Greatest DJ of All Time’ as voted by Mixmag in 2011, will headline the second annual Digital Dreams Music Festival set to take place at The Flats at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (Ontario Place) on Canada Day weekend, June 29th & 30th, 2013. Along with Tiësto, Canadian techno pioneer Richie Hawtin will be returning to headline the tech inspired second main stage at Echo Beach. Digital Dreams Music Festival is one of the most highly anticipated festivals of 2013 and with a star studded lineup ready to be announced, it could be the biggest electronic music festival Canada has ever seen.
More information will be released soon, but for now grab an early bird ticket before the prices go up!
Pre-sale Tickets – $79.00 + taxes and service fees – SOLD OUT
Early Bird Tickets – $99.00 + taxes and service fees
Tier 1 General Admissions Tickets – $129.00 + taxes and service fees
Tier 2 General Admissions Tickets -$149.00 + taxes and service fees
Early Bird VIP Tickets – $199.00 + taxes and service fees
Regular Priced VIP Tickets – $249.00 + taxes and service fees
For Ride The Tempo
Festival season occurs typically in the summer where music fans can dance in comfortable clothing in the warm weather, however in Canada the party never stops. Montreal has been graced with their successful winter festival, Igloofest every year, but 2013 was time for Toronto to add to the winter festival line up. Brrrrr!
Organized by Live Nation, Electronic Nation, Destiny Events, Embrace and Balance Inc., Brrrrr! set out to give Toronto a taste of festival season a little earlier into the year with added layers and warm drinks.
Getting into the event was easy; there was no hassle getting your passes and tickets for entry. As you arrive to Echo Beach you see the stage and lights stand out in the skyline of Toronto as the music plays from the distance.
The security on festival grounds was confusing because they did not allow sealed water bottles inside the venue. However it was stated on the official Brrrrr! website that you could in fact bring in sealed water bottles.
The VIP areas included patio heaters and also private bars where patrons got their drinks from. There was a heated dome area with Corona beer kiosks that served beer. On the outskirts of the area bars offered drinks along with a cup of hot cider as chaser which was neat and added to the winter vibe of the festival. As the winter staple beverage, hot chocolate was also served to attendees.
The heated dome provided a lounge experience with couches, tables and promotional material. It didn’t completely drown out the music but you could also have audible conversations with your friends inside. Crowd control in it was on point. Surprisingly it never got too busy so and getting around in it was easy.
The whole festival included two stages. On day 1 the stage near the entrance accommodated all the techno talent while the main stage had all the electro and progressive house DJs. Day 2 was flipped around.
Friday evening had a lot of house energy. Mord Fustang played familiar electro bangers that had the crowd going crazy while things were a little low key in the techno area. Without a doubt the headliner, Moby stole the show. The voice sample from “Natural Blues” pierced the crowd as he mashed it up with other beats; the crowd was bouncing throughout his entire set. The conclusion of his performance however left the crowd in shock. Moby took off his shirt and stood up on the DJ booth, several members of the audience followed suit.
The second evening felt much calmer than the previous. Techno took over the main stage; the bass had everyone moving, the attendees enjoyed themselves. The second stage had a lot more activity on the second day of the festival. Danny Avilla and Deniz Koyu played some of their progressive flavours for the crowd. By the time Dubfire got behind the booth, everyone flocked to the main stage, a wonderful closure to the event.
The only problem with Brrrrr! was that there wasn’t much going on aside from the stages. Perhaps some more art displays would have added more to the experience. The fire pit was a great idea; more of those would have kept the crowd a little warmer. The ice sculpture at the entrance was a great touch, perhaps more of them with themes and a variance in shapes and sizes would have made a great addition to Brrrrr!
Overall Brrrrr! was a good experience and definitely something that makes Toronto a more vibrant city to the international electronic music world. Toronto loves to party; rain, shine, snow or wind and Brrrrr! proved this very well.
Checkout some of our favourite shots from the festival:
Since it’s summer and I’ve been lacking on posting new music, I’m going to try to post YouTube and SoundCloud links here on my blog. Myself and the rest of the team updates our Facebook on a daily basis with our favourite new tracks. So while I want our readers to continue to visit Room-Noise. I will compile a list of new (or recent) songs at the end of every week for your listening pleasure! Enjoy Week One of our new feature.