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The Countdown to Time Festival Is On

Embrace, the people who brought us Bestival earlier this year are coming back with Time (on their hands). This year’s event is being held at the historic Fort York Garrison, but don’t expect it to be anything like your grade school field trips. This year’s festivities will not only have a main stage that will be flowing with talent, but a pulsating OverTime Stage that will be hosting emerging talent that includes some homegrown acts.

What I’m really looking forward to is catching some of the young artists that will be taking the stage. Some of these acts you may have seen around the city, while others have been cutting their teeth playing across the country.

A couple other fun facts about Time Festival is that compared to every other major event going on around the city, this is probably one of the most affordable. So you won’t be breaking your piggy bank to attend. It’s also the least time consuming. After attending various events across the city that chewed up my entire weekend and left me drained for the following work week. Time conveniently runs all Saturday, giving you Sunday to recover.


The line-up for Time is an eclectic mix of new wave dream-pop, electronic voyeurism and fresh hip-hop that will make any old-head bob.

Run The Jewels are headlining the main stage, and this supergroup consists of Killer Mike, who’s been making waves all the way from Atlanta since his debut feature on “Snappin and Trappin” by Outkast. The other half El-P, a producer hailing from New York and son of a jazz pianist. This duo has been gaining rave reviews for not only their music (Check out RTJ & RTJ2), but also their high energy live performances.


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The Pro Era may not be at the event in full force, but the stages will be graced with Joey Bada$$, who’s only been on the scene for a few years but has been touring around the globe, rocking stages and releasing stelar music without any indication of slowing down. He’s bringing along a pair of his compadres from the Pro Era crew, Nyck Caution and Kirk Knight who are impressive MCs in amongst themselves. Expect to have the stage rocked like no other from any of these guys.  

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Tokimonsta will be on the OverTime stage and she’s one of the electronic acts I’m keen to catch. She’s a classically trained pianist who adapted to her skills while in college. She’s been an alumni lecturer at Red Bull Music Academy, the first female signed to Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder Label and rated LA’s best Lady DJ by LA Times in 2010. She mixes fluid melodies with rich harmonies tied together by driving rhythms.


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Cold Cave is the solo project of former vocalist of Give Up The Ghosts, Wesley Eisold. What gives him a unique sound is the fact that a lot of the projects have involved collaborations with various artists who lend their own skill and sound to what we identify as Cold Cave. Although Eisold holds Cold Cave in his hands, as you listen you hear the influence of other musicians. He’ll be performing on the main stage, so get ready for some synth dream pop.

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One of the lesser known DJ’s to who’ll be taking the stage is Toronto’s own Yung Bambii. If you’re from the 6ix, you may have been able to catch her performing around the city. She recently celebrated her third year of hosting JERK, which welcomes artists from around the globe and serves chicken to keep your energy high as you dance the night away. She’ll be hitting the main stage on Saturday, so bring your dancing shoes.

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So whether you have to catch family dinner on Sunday, or haven’t been able to make time for any live music this summer, there is plenty of time to scoop up tickets for Time Festival which kicks off on Saturday August 6th at noon.