Top 20 DJs To See At Escapade Music Festival In Ottawa This Summer
With 30,000+ people, 4 days, 50+ artists, and tickets 80% sold out, Ottawa's Escapade Musical Festival 2014 blasts off again this June 28th-July 1. Ottawa is just an hour drive away and there are plenty of hotel packages available for this event. What better place to be for Canada Day than our nation's capital? How better to celebrate Canada than by getting weird, wild and wet with fifty top international DJs? Escapade's main festival, June 28th and 29th will feature artists like Eric Prydz, Kaskade, Fedde Le Grand, and many more. Then, on June 30th and July 1st, the party continues with the Club Series. Finally, Escapade Does O'Canada with Dada Life, Project 46, and more.
The team behind Escapade Music Festival has also just announced a venue change for this year's event. EMF will now take place at the Rideau Carleton Raceway, which will make for an even better, bigger and safer experience. Shuttle buses from and to the location will also be available to all those in need.
Eric Prydz/Pryda/Cirez D/Ikea Progressive House, takes main stage at Escapade to make us all giggle and shake to his dulcet Swedish tones. Chances are you know Eric Prydz' music: Call on Me, Proper Education, Lycka, and Liberate, are just a few of his all-time bangers. This L.A. based DJ routinely rocks venues like MSG, so catching him at the stage at Escapade is like seeing Van Gogh having a doodle at your cafe.
It doesn't get much bigger and more progressive-y than Kaskade. Kaskade is one of the DJs and producers responsible for the renaissance in American house beginning in 2008, along with Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner. This twice Grammy-nominated artist is best known for his stellar performances at Ultra, Cochella, and EDC Las Vegas, as well as his many hit singles, CDs, and mixes like: I Remember, Atmosphere, and the 2011 BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix.
Fedde Le Grand
Dutch house DJ and producer Fedde Le Grand brings more legit European DJ street cred to Escapade. His style is club style: progressive, electro, tech-house. Fedde Le Grand is an excellent DJ and always has a special touch that makes his sets memorable. Fedde has produced amazing acts like Nicky Romero, Deniz Koyu, and is associated with the likes of Sultan & Ned Shepard and Porter Robinson.
Aruba based Chuckie is a grizzled pioneer of what they call, dirty house. Dirty house is "a cultural movement centered on lively urban club events featuring dancing, bright lights and interactive stage elements." Chuckie is perhaps best known for his popular remixes of Calvin Harris' "We Found Love", Michael Jackson's "Hollywood Tonight", and many more.
Australian electro-house DJ and producer Tommy Trash has been rocking clubs and festivals since 2006, with an impressive 50+ music productions. A close collaborator with Moguai, Tiesto, Sebastian Ingrosso, and more, Tommy Trash has produced countless classic remixes.
Signed to Hardwell's Revealed Recordings, dutch progressive house DJ and producer Dannic is a must see at Escapade. His style is variable, from "peak time madness, to low slung, sexy, funky grooves". Dannic has rocked clubs and festivals all over the world, notably at EDC Las Vegas, Electric Zoo, Tomorrowland, and more. Dannic has cracked the DJ Mag top 100 DJs, and is on his way to being a household name.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Currently 6th on DJ Mag's Top 100 list, Belgian-Greek duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike will be a huge draw to Escapade 2014. Other than their famous house mixes, these two produced the Tomorrowland Anthem for 2012, "Tomorrow Changed Today", Chattahoochee for Tomorrowland 2013, and MORE w/ Laidback Luke, just to name a few choice nugs.
Australian musical duo Miriam and Olivia Nervo broke onto the music scene by co-writting the Grammy award winning song "When Love Takes Over" performed by David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. Once destined for an Opera academy, the duo now gifts us pieces like the 2011 "You're Gonna Love Again" which was leaked and made to #1 on Hype Machine. The duo also host a monthly radio show on Sirius-XM called "NERVO Nation".
Carnage has been in MTLblog's sights before, for his stellar performance at Bal en Blanc. This frenetic, high-tempo, EDM DJ is a great live performer and a must see at Escapade's main stage.
L.A. DJ Mak J rocks stages, festivals, house parties, and toilet seats. Mak J can be filed into the progressive house box, but this DJ's rowdy sound really must be experienced first hand. Have a listen.
Dzeko & Torres
Toronto duo Dzeko & Torres are rising fast on the Canadian EDM scene, for good reason. Still local enough to have their booking info on their Soundcloud, don't be deceived, Dzeko & Torres produce some high quality music. Below is their "2013 in 10 Minutes" mix, we can't stop listening to it.
More on the tech-house side of progressive, Wolfpack was discovered by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike at Tomorrowland 2011. Since then, Wolfpack has released some bangin' tracks and mixes. Take a listen below.
Ottawa's own Ariyan Kharaghani is a local act definitely worth the price of admission. Ariyan mixes with a hot trance-electro-progressive house feel. We saw him at Escapade Music Festival last year and were screaming for more. This guy's energy brings the crowd to a whole new level, (and his hair is pretty awesome too).
Mister Parker, aka Mike Scherling, is an Ottawa native and established name on the Canadian EDM scene. Resident at DNA, this DJ has proven that he has the chops to play with the world's best musicians.
Typically, I buried the lede. Toronto based Zeds Dead is rocking Escapade this year, and not on the main stage. This is a good thing. Come for a grimy, old-school, freaked and tweaked Zeds Dead set. Venue size and show rowdiness are in an inverse relationship.
Mark Knight brings some serious festival and club cred to Escapade. Known worldwide for his production company, Toolroom, Mark Knight headlined Ibiza, UMF, and lots of other amazing venues. Mark Knight isn't just a producer, he has legit DJ skills, which allow him to perform 7-hour sets, and host a weekly radio show.
NY-based DJ and Grammy-nominated producer Danny Tenaglia is a veteran of the music industry and pioneer in Tribal House, US Garage Techno, and progressive house. Danny went into retirement a few years ago, so this return to the stage is big. Come and hear some old-school techno classics from albums "Mix This Pussy", "Hard and Soul", and "Futurism", as well as contemporary mixes.
UK trance/progressive empresario Ben Gold is here to drop knowledge on Escapade. This guy has nearly 50,000 likes on Facebook, and spends time drinking in Montreal. Come see Ben Gold.
For you trance nuts, Breda based Mark Sixma will sate your mysterious and nebulous desires! One look at this guy's Soundcloud photo tells you everything you need to know about Sixma's trance credentials.
Alvin Risk lists his influences on Facebook. They include: Living Forever, Pacing, Insomniating, Starting Over music musica musiek موسيقى ongaku 音樂, The Lhc, The Singlarity, and Ghosts. We're guessing this is joke, either that or we're REALLY out of the music loop. Risk's progressive/tech-house EP is free for download on his site, so check it out. Risk's got bangers, including this collab w/ Skrillex.