Time Festival

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TIME Festival
GenreMusic festival, electronic dance music, indie rock, hip hop
DatesAugust 2017
Location(s)Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active2008–2010, 2014- present
Founded byEmbrace

TIME Festival is a one-day summer music festival held annually in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at Fort York Garrison Commons. The event focuses on electronic music, hip hop, and indie rock and features DJs and groups from around the world, as well as local Toronto artists.

Organized by Embrace Entertainment, the festival was designed to "take a snapshot of what [organizers] think is relevant at this point in time... what [they] think is cool and where the scene is."[1]

Founded in 2008,[2] the event has grown in size to incorporate more genres of music. Since its return in 2014, headliners have included Run The Jewels, Die Antwoord, and Grimes.

TIME Festival 2016[edit]

The 2016 edition took place on Saturday, August 6 at Fort York. The event grew in size to two stages. The main stage hosted artists such as Run The Jewels, Broods, Kehlani, Joey Bada$$, and the Canadian debut of Everything Everything, while the overTIME stage was home to DJs, electronic acts, and hip hop artists such as Bob Moses, Chrome Sparks, Kirk Knight & Nyck Caution, and Tokimonsta.[3]

TIME Festival 2015[edit]

On August 15, 2015, TIME Festival returned to Fort York. The lineup included Die Antwoord, Mac DeMarco, Ariel Pink, BadBadNotGood, Freddie Gibbs, Ryan Hemsworth, DIIV, Alison Wonderland, Tory Lanez, and more. NOW Magazine's review of the festival praised it for its eclectic bill, with Liisa Ladouceur writing: "Who needs another music festival in Toronto this summer? Misfits, that’s who... Headlined by Die Atwoord and Mac DeMarco, it was a day of disparate musical oddities, each a misfit in their own right."[4]

TIME Festival 2014[edit]

Returning from a three-year hiatus, TIME Festival 2014 was announced for July 19. It included performances by Grimes, Flume, Action Bronson, St. Lucia, Jon Hopkins, Smith Westerns, Kaytranada, Majical Cloudz, and more. California hip hop trio Death Grips and British pop star Charli XCX both dropped out, despite being on the originally announced lineup.[5]

TIME Festival 2010[edit]

The 2010 festival took place on July 23 at Toronto's Sound Academy. Its three stages featured performances by Diplo, Skream, Benga, Milano, Azari & III, and more.[6]

TIME Festival 2009[edit]

TIME Festival 2009 was held Saturday, July 25 at the Sound Academy. The event included four stages. Performers were Crystal Castles, A-Trak, DJ Mehdi, Flosstradamus, Don Rimini, Meech, Barletta, Egyptrixx, Bangers & Mash, Gingy, Jeff Mills, Felix Cartal and Mark Farina. Local Toronto performers include Parallels, Andy Ares, Milano, Nasty Nav, TMDP, Duval, Vaneska, Jamie Kidd, Nitin, Evan G., Johnny White, Kenny Glasgow, Brandon Sek, Jeff Button and NuFunk DJ’s.

TIME Festival 2008[edit]

The inaugural TIME Festival was held at Toronto's Sunnyside Pavilion. It included two stages – one focusing on indietronica and the other on techno-underground sounds. Notable acts included Soulwax, Matthew Dear,[7] Erol Alkan, and A-Trak, among others. The event also featured vendors and fashion designers from around Toronto.[8]

Media Coverage[edit]

"An affordable and unpredictable option on Toronto’s increasingly crowded festival calendar continues to be the late-summer TIME Festival." – NOW Magazine[9]

"This unpredictable annual fest is like a music nerd’s iPod on shuffle." – Toronto Life[10]

"For a day-long festival just around the corner and at about $30 a ticket, Toronto’s TIME festival is most definitely a great local alternative for those who can’t afford the weekend long festivals away." – Into the Crowd Magazine[11]


  1. ^ "TIME Festival a snapshot of Toronto cool | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  2. ^ "TIME Festival Returns to Toronto with Grimes, Death Grips, Action Bronson, Charli XCX". Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  3. ^ "Instagram photo by TIME FESTIVAL • Aug 3, 2016 at 11:26pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  4. ^ "Time Festival was one for the weirdos". NOW Toronto Magazine - Think Free. 2015-08-16. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  5. ^ "TIME Festival Returns to Toronto with Grimes, Death Grips, Action Bronson, Charli XCX". Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  6. ^ "Diplo headlines Time Festival 2010". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  7. ^ DeMara, Bruce (August 10, 2008). "TIME Festival a snapshot of Toronto cool". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  8. ^ Keller, Jason (August 6–13, 2008). "TIME Festival highlights". NOW Magazine. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  9. ^ "Just announced shows: Why you can't miss TIME Festival's "day of disparate musical oddities"". NOW Toronto Magazine - Think Free. 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  10. ^ "What to do in Toronto this week: August 2 to 7, 2016". Toronto Life. 2016-08-02. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  11. ^ "Review: TIME Festival (Toronto) | August 6th, 2016". INTO THE CROWD MAGAZINE. 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2016-11-16.

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