With the forward-thinking electro that Toronto-native Charlie Darker has put out in the last few years, it’s no wonder he’s bagged the support of dance giants like Tiesto, Zedd, David Guetta, and Steve Aoki. Darker will be returning to his hometown for the weekend of Digital Dreams, so make sure to catch a tune or two, if not the entirety of his set while you’re there.
Another Toronto-native, Dabin will be at Digital Dreams this year. With a musical background of blues, indie and folk music, Dabin’s tracks emulate a certain irresistible melody and rhythm. Incorporating instruments such as the guitar and keyboard, you don’t want to miss out on his act at the festival.
Lithuanian-born, Canadian-bred Giddy is set to take the stage at Digital Dreams for the second time since the festival’s inception. Giddy has seen immense growth in recent years, and after DJ’ing at club ‘Amnesia’ in Ibiza for a few seasons, he is ready to wow Toronto once again. Expect a mix of feel-good progressive house, trance and techno.
Rainer + Grimm
Toronto natives Rainer + Grimm are a duo you want on your SS16 playlist. You’ve probably heard their hugely popular remix of Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me‘. If you haven’t, fret not; just hit them up at Digital Dreams 2016. A delectable blend of killer bass lines, synthesizers, and vocals, R+G are great whether you’re flipping burgers on the grill or heading off on a weekend road trip, but especially when heard live in concert.
Above & Beyond
Graduating from local wonders to international chart-toppers, there’s a reason Above & Beyond were named headliners for the summer festival. Progressive trance masters, the British trio that is Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki need no introduction. Likely to have you dancing through your work week once Digital Dreams has ended, Above & Beyond must not be missed this July 2nd and 3rd.
Axwell & Ingrosso
We heard hearts break worldwide when Swedish House Mafia announced they would be splitting in 2012. Fortunately for us, two former SHM members, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso, teamed up soon after to form Axwell Λ Ingrosso. No strangers to the EDM scene, the two rolled out a slew of unbelievable tracks and climbed the house music charts in no time. Is it any wonder they’re one of the headlining acts of the weekend?
Israeli dubstep producer Asif Borgore, who goes by Borgore professionally, is also set to appear at Digital Dreams 2016. Bringing together triplet drum patterns and heavy metal, Borgore titles his music ‘Gorestep’ and is sure to have you grooving through the weekend.
Knife Party recently left attendees of Ultra Music Festival stunned with one hell of a finale show. Showcasing aggressive dubstep at its best, the Australian electronic music duo is known for spinning tunes sure to have you on your feet dancing right through. If being named as a headline performance wasn’t enough, take it from us and know that you need to stop by Knife Party’s set whilst at Digital Dreams! Just make sure you save enough energy (or a Red Bull) while you’re at it.
Fans of Bassnectar, also known as ‘bassheads’, are known for travelling cross-country, following the musician along for all (or most) of his shows. If that isn’t proof enough of his talent, we don’t know what is. One of the most influential figures in the electronic music scene of California, his music is best described as eclectic. Bassnectar fuses elements of extreme bass, dubstep, breakbeat and numerous other styles of music to put forth some irresistible tunes that you do not want to skip out on.
3LAU (pronounced ‘Blau’, in case you were wondering) is exactly what you’d expect to hear at an electronic music festival. His progressive house tracks are infectiously danceable. As in the kind that makes you want to throw your hands in the air and jump. From remixes of top tracks like Galantis’ ‘You & I’ and Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean’ to original mixes like ‘Is It Love?’, there’s really no wrong 3LAU can do. P.S., he’s also helping raise money ($200,000 by the end of 2016) for Pencils of Promise, an organization that builds schools, trains teachers, and funds scholarships worldwide. What’s not to like?
For more information on and tickets for Digital Dreams 2016 visit www.digitaldreamsfestival.ca.
Digital Dreams is set to take place July 2nd & 3rd at the Flats at Ontario Place.