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The Veld Music Festival

August 4 and 5 , 2012
Promoted by: INK
Sponsored by: Bacardi and Bud Light
Location: Downsview Park, Toronto
Review by: Mariam Magsi, The Scene Magazine


Day 1: Tommy Trash  Best Track“ReLoad” w/Sebastian Ingrosso – It’s too damn catchy to ignore!

Day 2: BASSNECTAR Best TrackElectric Forest (Ace of Spades by Motorhead re-mix)Dub-step metal!?!  how the heck can you not love that?

Memorable moment: Steve Aoki playing with the crowd during Knife Party‘s set which consisted of throwing a cake, spraying the crowd with a water hose, covering a section of the front row with Champagne and crowd surfing in a rubber dingy.


Neon coloured clothing, glow sticks, absurd glasses with messages like “Sex, Drugs and Molly,” a Trojan in crutches and flower children everywhere.  Ladies and gentlemen, the rave culture is back with a bang in Toronto, taking everyone by storm.  We managed to catch up with Charles Khabouth, entertainment entrepreneur and extraordinaire as well as owner of The Guvernment, This is London, Spice Route, Bisha, Dragonfly and many more successful ventures: “I am really excited for this event because it’s our first one and there are over 25,000 people here today.  Thanks for the coverage, we appreciate it.”  He was pleasant and sociable as always as we moved on to scan out the space.  Acres of green grass to play and frolic in, Downsview Park was the ideal location for this all ages, multi-media event.  Various stages, colourful tents, food stands and tight security gripped the festival as the managing teams made sure people were not dehydrated or passing out from heat strokes.  INK was kind enough to provide a free water area, which had a healthy rotating line up throughout the day. With heated temperatures and chance of rain, party goers were jumping up and down to a variety of electronic music; namely house, trance, dubstep and electro.

The crowd was very friendly and diverse united by one thing, good music!  Everyone we stopped to interview would raise their arms into the air, for a legendary fist pump and scream “we’re having a bloody great time.”  What was really noticeable was the way teenagers of all ages were expressing themselves.  The music brought them together and while some brought out hula-hoops and put on a spectacular, colorful show for us, others were blowing bubbles into the air, doing hand stands, showing off their unique and vibrant costumes and jewelry and dancing around each other, trapped in the fun of that moment when all one cares about is the music, vibe and energy.  We also had a chance to speak to Toronto’s most loved local dj’s “Manzone & Strong” consisting of the popular Joe Manzone and Fab Strong who said “this festival is great and beyond being DJs these boys (Steve Angello & Joel aka Deadmau5) are our friends.  They’re great and we’re happy to support them. Having been a part of Toronto’s house music scene for years, it’s nice to be here.” They were also opening the main stage on Day 2 of the Veld Music Festival

With media passes and VIP access, feeling the strong and forceful energy of the crowds from the photography pits was surreal.  Packed like sardines and wet down to their toes in sweat, the house heads and dub step fans were creating quite the earthquake with their stamping feet and grooving bodies.  The stages were set up quite well, with sensational lighting systems and superb sound emitting new and old tracks into the audience’s insatiable ears.  Ink Entertainment has always been an expert at throwing large scale events attracting a crowd of thousands making their name in Toronto’s entertainment industry as one of the best and most promoted companies out there.  Their name and logo is attached to many talked about events around the city, so it was no surprise that this large a crowd and venue were dealt with smoothly in a organized manner ensuring the best times for all in attendance.  Just when it couldn’t get any hotter the goddess of nature showered the throngs of people with incredible rain, cooling people off as the vibe became more and more primal.  The screaming ravers embraced the water and danced harder.  I could see steam emerging from the crowds upward into the sky.

The summer of 2012 has seen numerous festivals and musical extravaganzas in Toronto, namely, Digital Dreams, Sound in Motion, Toronto Jazz Festival and many more putting Toronto on the map parallel to urban musical capitals of the world.  Let’s hope the trend continues and the festivals come back to us next year, bigger and better than ever.  Until then, this is Mariam Magsi at the Scene Magazine, signing out.  Keep those dancing shoes on. This party is just getting started.

Photos By: Mariam Magsi and Darrell Shelley

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