Digital Dreams Day #1: Above and Beyond and Beyond
Digital Dreams has already come and gone in Toronto over Canada weekend on July 2nd and 3rd. The two-day EDM festival took place at the Flats Ontario place in downtown Toronto right by the lake. Here's what went down the first day of Digital Dreams.
First of all, the location of Digital Dreams is fantastic. Set up at the Flats at Ontario Place in Downtown Toronto right off the lake, the main stage has a backdrop of the Toronto skyline and the CN Tower, the smaller Echo Beach stage allows you to dance with your shoes off and toes in the sand and the chill zone lets people sit in massive bean bags by rocks on the lake. The location – downtown, therefore accessible to public transport, restaurants and clubs – and the great organization of the festival combined with the perfect weather Toronto received this weekend – both Saturday and Sunday was sunny and 30 degrees with warm nights – made for a very enjoyable experience overall.
Some acts stood out over the others during the first day of Digital Dreams. Included in Shoeclack’s Five Non Mainstream Acts to See at this festival, Chus & Ceballos lived up to expectations. The duo was welcomed on stage by Danny Tenaglia at the Echo Beach Stage and their set really got the crowd vibing. The crowd was obviously very into it and in the zone.
Not only during this set, but through the entire day of the Saturday at Digital Dreams, the people and the vibe of the crowds was one of the aspects that made the day so enjoyable. Colourful people – in every sense of the word, whether it was through their attire, or lack thereof, or their friendly and oddly uncommon politeness – were the majority. It was clear that everyone was simply there for the music.
Despite the cliché of the headlining act being the best act of the day, Above & Beyond’s performance epitomized the energy of the entire day – the togetherness, the pure joy and the love for the music. For an hour and fifteen minutes at the end of the night at the main stage, Above & Beyond really did go above and beyond with their light show and stage screen. Speaking through the crowd through typing phrases on the screen above them, the performers sent messages of love and equality through these videos and with their music. As they played Sun & Moon at the end of their performance, with a sunset projecting above them with pictures of people hugging and being together, I got the chills despite sweating in a group of people.
Other than the great location, the generic aspects of the festival – food and drink pricing and rules and regulations are quite standard compared to most other festivals. Unless you are 40 years old, you can expect to be carded every time you buy a drink and cash is not accepted – either pay by card or preload your bracelet with money. There are no water fountains to refill your bottles – staying hydrated is crucial – and prepackaged snacks are allowed in the venue
Digital Dreams’ 5th year was a success, see you next year!