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August 24, 2015

The Return of TIME Festival

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By Mackenzie Wong. Photos by Josephine Tse and Mackenzie Wong. All rights reserved.

This summer has been known for its unreliable weather, leading to the cancellations of several musical events in Toronto. Thankfully, last weekend we experienced some of the hottest temperatures of the season and clear, sunny skies for TIME! Thousands brought blankets and sunblock as they prepared themselves for some fun in the sun and the incredible music that was yet to come.

Presented by Embrace, TIME Festival didn’t fail to impress. Across the venue were various food vendors, art installations to really capture the feel of the festival and more. With its eclectic and unique range of performers appealing to audiences of all kinds, there was no one in the historic Fort York Garrison Commons who wasn’t dancing, raving, or moshing.

Returning for a second round at TIME Fest was Canadian artist Ryan Hemsworth. Swaying and euphoria ensued as Ryan took us away with his psychedelic techno beats and smooth mixes. Those who couldn’t get enough went in search for him at the after-party at Studio Bar later that evening.

Leave it to Freddie Gibbs to get the crowd pumped right afterwards and form the epic mosh-pit. Turn up! Seriously, even if you weren’t a fan of hip-hop, it was impossible not to get caught in Freddie’s rhythm.

Mac Demarco brought the crowd together once more as he made his TIME Fest debut with his “jizz-jazz” indie vibe making his fellow Canadians even prouder after his successful year with his album Salad Days.

Lastly, Die Antwoord took the stage. It’s a bit hard to describe the things we saw as the festival headliners, Ninja and Yo-Landi Visser, took the stage. Cue shock and awe, confusion and fascination, and many “WTFs”.  Anyone who has ever watched one of their music videos probably has an idea of what goes down when they perform live. Die Antwoord has always been known for putting on a show, but seeing is truly believing. If you didn’t know what Zef culture was, you did now. The rap-rave duo shadowed by DJ Hi-Tek put on an incredible performance. A little twisted and weird yes, but nevertheless, wicked. By the end of it, everyone was singing, “I fink you freeky and I like you a lot”.

TIME also brought us awesome performances from Ariel Pink, BADBADNOTGOOD, DIIV, Alison Wonderland, Tory Lanez, Tommy Kruise, Lobby, and Elliot Vincent Jones.

TIME Festival has proven again and again that the power of music can unite the masses. And, just as many music festivals tend to do, we were reminded of what is really important: music, friends, and food.

As seen on RUtv News in collaboration with  Canada’s Talent.






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