One of Toronto’s best-kept secrets is a place as calm and tranquil as cottage country – and that’s Toronto Island. An essential part of the music festival experience is escape, and that is why we have chosen Toronto Island as the site for Camp Wavelength.
The Island, it’s known by residents and those in the know, is a public park on a sandbar in Lake Ontario, a 10-15 minute ferry ride from downtown. In a city choked with traffic, the Island is a car-free sanctuary. It will likely stay this way for a long time, as the only way to get to the Island is by ferry.
This obviously causes some logistical challenges when staging a festival on the Island. Many other promoters have said “never again” after dealing with the headache of getting tens of thousands of people off the Island. Thankfully for Camp Wavelength, our aspiration is to create an intimate festival experience, as the capacity at our festival site is only 1,000 people. One of the ferries takes service vehicles (for sound gear, etc), but this demands a lot of careful advance planning: you have to bring over everything you need,. Sometimes it feels less like running a music festival and more like, well, organizing a camping trip.
Our site on the Island, artist retreat centre Artscape Gibraltar Point, is an important part of Camp Wavelength experience. We’ve been doing musical events here every summer since 2009, starting with the ALL CAPS! Island Festival (RIP) and have built up a great relationship with the centre. We are very lucky to be the only partners with permission to provide overnight camping on their grounds, and by extension, this makes us the only camping and music festival with City of Toronto limits.
Camp Wavelength line-up, tickets & info at: http://campwavelength.com