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#SimTO: Independent Electronic Music Festival

#simTO looks to be a promising contender in the year of festival upstarts in Toronto. Click the image to check out the website and don't forget to grab a super cheap earlybird ticket!!

If you haven't heard yet, The Deep North is one of the players - - along with breakandenter and Hushlamb - - behind this summers Sound In Motion Electronic Music Festival, a totally independent project headed by the brilliant people at Studiofeed which will be bringing some seriously amazing music and art to Canada's multicultural capital of tunage.

The three-day festival will focus on electronic music, namely house and techno - - but expect more than that - - and is scheduled to run from Friday July 13 through to Sunday July 15.  The festival is unique in that it is a not-for-profit event which spans three days, is held at various downtown locations - - including Sugar Beach (1000+ Capacity) and a huge warehouse location - - showcases a large number of local artists as well as an exciting lineup of international acts into the mix.  The best part of this event is that the festival, unlike some other "festivals" happening this summer, is a completely independent undertaking - - there is no bullshit here - - free of any corporate funding, relying solely on the time and effort of a music loving community.  That's what we are talking about, baby!!

While the complete lineup and schedule of events has not been uncovered yet - - read: more to come - - below I will quickly list some of the exciting acts that will be rocking one of several festival events happening Friday night, Saturday, Saturday Night and Sunday.



ARTIST NAME ..... ORIGIN (Affiliations) 

Sammy Dee ............ Germany (Perlon/Ultrastretch) 

Dualism .................. Switzerland (Archipel/Maschine/Numbolic)

Billy Dalessandro ... United States (Archipel/Siteholder/Soniculture) 

Demas ..................... Germany (Klangscheiben Records)

Konque .................... United States (Alka Rex & David Last)

Pursuit Grooves ...... United States (Techtonic/Deepblak)

Pheek ...................... Canada (Archipel)

Matt Thibideau ........ Canada (Cynosure/Obsolete Components/Archipel)

Mark Thibideau ....... Canada (Cynosure/Obsolete Components/Archipel)

Arthur Oskan .......... Canada (Thoughtless/Night Drive/Beretta)

Knowing Looks ....... Canada (WCNL/Musique Risquee)

Yes Ma'am .............. Canada (Alicia Hush & Ana+one)

Cee Cee Cox ........... Canada (Siteholder/Takita/Two Birds)



Unlike other festivals, the Sound in Motion event is unbeleivably affordable. especially if you act now and purchase your Early Bird Weekend Pass.  The Early Bird Pass is a super steal at only $55.00, but is only offered for a limited time and at a very limited number of 200 passes.  I have just been told by our accounts department that these Early Bird Passes are ALMOST SOLD OUT so save yourself time and money by buying them online right now - - by using either Debit or Credit!  Yes, that is right, you can use your debit card to make this simple transaction.  Don't sleep on this deal guys!


We are super excited for this event, and we cannot stress enough just how important it is that you come out and support this wonderful music festival.  We know how many complaints we all have heard about Toronto's lack of anything close to a real music festival.  Well, here it is people... this is our chance to make our dreams a reality, let's build something that will grow and continue years into the future.  For more information on this event, make sure you check out the sound in motion website.  See ya there! Dick Diamonds



A Long Run: featuring Toronto's Arthur Oskan from StudioFeed on Vimeo.  Some very inspirational stuff here on a legendary Canadian Techno producer and Juno Nominee. As usual, Studiofeed is at the forefront with good media coverage of people who deserve it.

Have you heard of yet?  The Toronto media monster-to-be and Deep North ally is still in its infant stages, but these guys put in real work that is getting them pure Toronto street cred in my books.  They constantly are uploading great radio shows, high profile video interviews with big artists and notable local crews, and are spearheading the initiative to start a new music festival in Toronto (Sound in Motion / #simTO) which will focus on non-corporate community action to move mountains for our vibrant EDM scene.  We are a part of this amazing community and damn proud of it.  

Among all the great things that can be said about this wonderful group of people, the two things that stand out most about these cats - - for me at least - - is their undying focus on community involvement  and their notable penchant for delivering quality in all things music.  I am going to share a number of sweet bits from their highly active soundcloud page, which will be something to follow closely over the next year.  Do yourself a favour and give their website a good once over.  Big love to these cats from the Deep North Crew!!


Everyone has heard of the Hushlamb Crew, well maybe not, but everyone should know about these wonderful techno, house and minimal lovers.  The crew has forged a strong partnership in sound with the Studiofeed massive and host a weekly radio show called the Free Range Show which is headed by crew members Alicia Hush and Ana+One.  The crew has all participated including Talal & Zoi and Zaid Edghaim, and the crew even brings out up and coming friends to drop the heat with them - - including Toronto notables Elextra, a hungry duo who featured on last weeks show on the range.  Here are some highlights from the past few shows:


Here are some other great interviews, sets and musical bits that you should check out, but we are only stopping now because we cannot show the whole Studiofeed soundcloud here, so go check the page for more!!  For now though, enjoy some interviews with Solvent and Lido Pimenta, and two cool shows with the funkmeister Sweet Jelly Roller and knowledge bank Vince Pollard.  Get that!

Solvent absolutely rocks.  Here is a little tune to get you familiar if you arent already. Dick Diamonds