TIME Festival @ Sound Academy

Time Festival was top notch

TIME FESITVAL at Sound Academy. Sat, July 25.

It’s a testament to the strength of Toronto’s electronic music scene that among the sprawling, all-night festival’s international lineup, which included Detroit’s Jeff Mills, Montreal’s A-Trak, and French Ed Banger DJ Mehdi, local live acts were both the focal point and highlight.

Taking over Sound Academy’s main stage, (the largest of four performance areas) Toronto duo TMDP kicked the prime-time Toronto blitz into high gear, getting the early crowd dancing to their smooth electro grooves accented with delay-heavy guitar stabs.

Following a break in the live action, local buzz-trio Parallels launched into their clutch of dark, hi-NRG, disco-pop hits-in-the-making. Singer Holly Dodson killed the heartbreaking chorus of Reservoir while uber-serious live drummer/producer Cam Findlay focused intently, nailing every propulsive snare fill. Capping the set with debut single Ultralight, Parallels’ irresistible synth lines had the massive crowd hooked.

Next up, local world-conquerors Crystal Castles came out guns-a-blazing rocking their incendiary Klaxons’ remix. Despite their rep for on-stage drama, Ethan and Alice (who swigged Jack Daniels throughout) were in top form, inspiring strobe-lit crowd surfing to 8-bit hits Alice Practice, Crimewave, and 1991. New tunes were on-brand, and found an equally welcome reception.

Time proved Toronto’s electro is world-class.

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