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The Toronto Frosh Festival in 2013 | Photo courtesy Duro The Third

Students across the country are gearing up for the start of a new semester, and as per frosh week tradition, Canadian campuses are teeming with celebrations.

But the action isn’t limited to college and university grounds: TD Echo Beach (909 Lake Shore Blvd. W.) in Toronto, Ontario, is set to host to a large-scale music festival, capping off orientation week and sending students away with a night to remember before what will no doubt be months of early mornings, textbooks, and lectures.

The second annual Toronto Frosh Festival brings to the beach a number of international performers – including Los Angeles-based eclectic electro heavyweight DJ Carnage – spread out over three stages on Sept. 7.

Carnage in particular is no small addition to the all-ages Frosh festival. His version of Yuna’s “Live Your Life” has been repped by trance legend Tiësto on his Club Life series:

Not only has his work been played out by one of the industry’s biggest names, but having raged at the decks during two of the biggest music events in North America, Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival, Carnage has also proven he knows how to work a dance party.

But unlike last year’s event, which zoned in on electronic dance music with the likes of 3lau and Madeon on the bill, this year, hip hop is also represented in a big way; of course, Carnage himself has been known to toy with hip-hop elements, but rap supergroup the A$AP Mob will also be storming Echo Beach in full force with A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, A$AP Twelvyyy, and A$AP Ant all scheduled to appear.

The decision to stray away from the previous year’s EDM-focused format was no accident.

“Basically last year we went fully electronic,” says Toronto Frosh Festival founder Shaz Hayat, adding, “but a lot of people were complaining, you know, ‘We want some hip hop, we want some trap music.’”

So to satisfy those seeking other sounds this time around, Hayat says organizers wanted to go for a more diverse lineup.

And the more varied 2014 lineup also includes a healthy dose of home-grown talent, too. Dzeko & Torres, a Toronto twosome who have had releases on Steve Aoki’s coveted Dim Mak label and Mixmash records (to name a couple), will be bringing big-room electro to Echo Beach. Expect buzz saw synths paired with melodic vocals, as heard in the duo’s free Krewella remix:

Doors open at 3 p.m. with live performances carrying on from 4 p.m. till 11 p.m.

For an idea of what to expect, check out this year’s preview movie:


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