Show Reviews, Toronto — August 8, 2016 at 11:57

Time Festival

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photo by Janine Wong

Time Festival took place on August 6th and the crowd grew and grew as the day went by during one of Embrace Entertainment’s coveted summer events at Fort York. With a crowd eager to dance and party the day away, the sun’s burning rays were no match for the crowd both young and old. The Over Time stage welcomed DJ’s and bands including one of the earlier acts, Harrison, who had the crowd grooving to his mix which ignited a dance circle hyping the crowd. A following act was rap duo Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution who lit the crowd up in more ways than one, the act was a clear favourite.

Steps away Everything Everything was welcomed with open arms at the main stage, the quartet had fans singing along to the hefty guitar and synth sounds they brought from across the pond. As the band played their set, a favourite was “Distant Past”. Lead singer Jonathan had the crowd singing and clapping along as the band played on their inaugural visit to Canada. I got the chance to sit with members Jonathan and Alex, we spoke about the new record, festivals, headliner picks and more, stay tuned for the interview! There was Canadian talent on the stages as DJ Jacques Greene had the crowd partying and raving, as earlier the band K.I.D. (Kids in Despair) got the crowding grooving too, a crowd which included a pair of proud parents of the band.

As the sun beamed and the temperature seemed unbearable rapper Joey Bada$$ brought the real heat to the stage. The crowd grew tenfold and rang a chorus of “F*ck Police” along with Joey and guests. The set did not disappoint and added to the eclectic mix of sounds on the 2016 edition of Time Festival. Joey swiftly got through his set ending with his most recent hit “Devastated”,the track had the hip-hop crowd amped up even more. Between the two stages, there was enough excitement to go around. As a personal favourite hit the stage, Kehlani lived up to expectations and then some. Kehlani showed the crowd exactly why she’s making a wave in the R&B world with tracks from her acclaimed mixtape You Should Be Here. The Oakland singer also eased her way through her newest tracks as she’s slated to drop her debut record soon SSS. She sang and danced with impeccable rhythm and pizazz, be on the lookout for big things to come from Kehlani including a just released single on the Suicide Squad Official Soundtrack “Gangsta” available now!

Related: LISTEN: Kehlani Teases New Music With “CRZY”

The second to last act on the main stage was New Zealand’s Broods, another festival favourite had the crowd enthralled with their electric pop sounds. Broods effortlessly played their hits “Free” & “Bridges”, the sister-brother duo stood out in their own light before the hip-hop emcees in Run the Jewels took centre stage as the festival’s main closing act. The crowd erupted into “RTJ” chants as Killer Mike & El-P preceded over the crowd. Immediately the crowd swayed, rocked and moved to the duo spitting line after line with El-P cautioning the crowd things were to get louder and wilder. The track “Close Your Eyes (And Count to F*ck)” was the pinnacle moment only three songs in where the crowd truly reached their peak, in the absence of the featuring artist Zack de la Rocha, the crowd knew exactly what to do among the presence of two great rappers. As the rap duo were easily rolling along the set another duo were lighting the night away with their electronic set as Bob Moses closed out the Over Time stage.

Time Festival was truly a hit, it stood out as a gem on a busy weekend in the 6.

Related: WATCH: Run The Jewels Debut “Love Again” Music Video


See photos from Time Festival below:

Time Festival – August 6, 2016

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