Jonathan Bunce (a.k.a. Jonny Dovercourt) has been an influential member of Toronto’s independent music scene since the early 1990s. He put his love for music and journalism together to co-found Wavelength Music, an initiative that has revitalized the local music scene and is known for featuring Canada’s next big thing
Camp Wavelength is coming up this weekend on Toronto Island and it’s sure to be one of the most memorable weekends of the summer. A standout amongst the crazy crowded summer music festival offerings, Camp Wavelength is beloved in the Toronto indie music community for its chill, intimate, inclusive vibe and creative, unpredictable programming. But if you’re on the fence about making the trek over to the Island, here are 6 reasons to get you to sign up for Camp.
There’s a beach!
What other Toronto festival can say that? Camp Wavelength’s main stage is literally steps from Gibraltar Point Beach, one of Lake Ontario’s most beautiful sandbars. Now that we’re getting towards the end of summer, the water is perfect – like bathwater. Come on in, the water really IS fine.
Where else can you hear indie-rock, hip-hop, electronic, folk, and world music all on the same stage? Camp Wavelength accepts all styles of music, so you can appreciate more than one genre. Toronto is one of the world’s most diverse cities, so why shouldn’t its festival be, too?
Forget that city noise curfew.
Every other outdoor festival has to stop at 11:00pm in order to not bother the neighbours, but on the far side of the Island, Camp Wavelength says, “what neighbours?” The fest features late night sets after the headliners finish, with bands and DJs going until the bar closes at 2am! You can stay late and party on the Island, and get home on a specially chartered Late Night Ferry.
After the music is done, one of the best things about Camp Wavelength is hanging around a campfire with friends on the beach. Cuddle up, bust out a ukulele, roast a marshmallow, tell a ghost story… Let your smartphone run out of battery power, because you have everything you need right here. You have to buy a Camping Pass to experience this, and there’s only a handful left.
Waking up on the Island.
Is there a more blissful feeling than waking up to the sounds of the waves not far from your tent, getting up and chilling with a coffee on the beach? If there is, we want to know.
You can buy ferry tickets in advance.
(Photo by Viv Lynch)
It’s been a busy summer on the Island – no thanks to a certain Augmented Reality game – but did you know you can skip the line at the ferry? Just buy your tickets online in advance, and get right on that boat. The Island is not that far away…
(Photos by Kate Killet)