By: Staff –
Camp Wavelength returns to Toronto Island for its third year as the city’s annual music festival staycation weekend!
A three-day celebration of art, music, community, and beach fun, Camp Wavelength embraces the DIY spirit that have put Wavelength and Toronto on the world map for independent music. Proudly championing local, homegrown, sustainable, and community-run culture, Camp Wavelength invites you to immerse yourself in the escapism of Toronto Island for a weekend of summer-camp nostalgia, balanced with forward-looking programming. Through art installations, pop-up performances, and interactive group activities, the grounds of Artscape Gibraltar Point will be transformed into an alternate dimension of creativity and chill vibes, a 10 minute ferry ride – but also a million miles away – from the bustle of downtown Toronto.
With “magic” on everyone’s lips after the festival’s first two buzzy editions, Camp Wavelength is a bold expression of the utopian vision for music, arts, and community championed by the artist-run Wavelength concert series for the last 17 years.
This year, the musical programming has been stepped up a significant notch. Camp Wavelength’s 2017 headliners include US art-rock trailblazers Deerhoof, presented in collaboration with fellow small Ontario arts festivals Arboretum (Ottawa) and UP Here (Sudbury), an example of the cooperative spirit espoused by Wavelength. Headliners also include hometown heroines, Buzz Records’ sludge-rockers Dilly Dally – fresh off a Juno nomination for Best Alternative Album – and Hamilton electro/R&B genius Jessy Lanza, a now two-time Polaris Music Prize shortlister.
Aiming as always for diverse representation reflective of the city Wavelength has long supported, the rest of the mainstage line-up includes Filipino dance/rock mash-up crews DATU x HATAW, Mohawk from Six Nations DJ/producer DJ Shub (formerly of A Tribe Called Red), Québecois dance punks Duchess Says, Toronto experimental hip-hop/R&B artist Witch Prophet (member of 88 Days of Fortune collective), Montreal dream-pop harpist Emilie & Ogden, Toronto Iranian/Afro-funk ensemble Zuze, and buzzing Montreal avant/indie-R&B band Un Blonde. Fans will swoon for a special performance by Halifax electro-pop party-starter Rich Aucoin, who last performed on Toronto Island when memorably closing the final edition of Camp Wavelength’s predecessor, the ALL CAPS! Island Festival, in 2013.
Very limited Camping, Festival & Lodge Passes are now available here. Overnight camping is available for only the first 100 passholders to purchase Camping Passes. And for the second year in a row, festival-goers who want the full Island getaway experience without sacrificing creature comforts have the opportunity to purchase a Lodge Pass to stay in a private room on the festival site, inside the comfort of the Artscape Gibraltar Point artist retreat centre.