On the last weekend during the one of the warmest Decembers in history, I went to Solaris; which was one of the hottest events of the entire year. Solaris, an indoor festival in Toronto, Ontario is highlighted by performances by Fedde Le Grand, Hardwell, Carnage and Steve Angelo, it was an incredible experience; and I had the opportunity to meet a bunch of amazing people and artists.
The line at the door is long, hundreds deep, people begin chanting “Solaris”, and then the doors opened. Let the madness begin. The constantly-evolving Manzone and Strong kicked off the first night with an impressive heavy performance. Borgeous had some incredible remixes as well as a floor shaking “Tsunami” play-out. Hardwell was a beast as usual, with a really excellent “The Hills” Weeknd remix that had the entire building jumping.
After such a great first day, waiting for 8 PM the next day felt like torture! After a great opener from Mark Oliver, Wiwek took over and really got us rocking with his “Intoxicated” remix. Fedde le Grand was next and had some incredible video and lights to accompany his performance of new tracks. I got to see Carnage for the first time and was blown away by the crowds’ reaction to the song “Bricks”. “I Like Tuh” was also a huge hit with the Toronto crowd, Carnage was one of the big highlights of the weekend. Steve Angello was the closer and was he ever worth the wait. “Children of the Wild” was like karaoke from everyone singing along, “Show Me Love” was out of this world, as well as his excellent remixes.
The Enercare Centre can be a bit of a dice roll of a venue, especially after how Disclosure went (there was a problem with the coat-check, hundreds of people trampled over security and broke down the fence). However, the event had more open space, leading to far less crowding. The lines generally moved quickly. The staff, from the security to the bar staff were all excellent. The all-ages style of event made for a very unique crowd (Carnage made a hilarious comment, which I won’t repeat here; but got the crowds laughing hystarically!) but it was still a great night and can’t wait for Solaris next year!