Five days ’till ALL CAPS!!


With less than a week to go until one of my favourite summer festivals in Toronto, I’m getting really fucking excited. Undeground music forum, Wavelength’s seminal summer festival, All Caps!, will officially kick off this Saturday on Toronto Island at Artscape Gibraltair Point.


If you’ve never heard of All Caps! before, consider yourself lucky; you found out about this multi-arts, musically-filled, fullly-emersive festival before it goes away…forever. Organizers Wavelength have decided to call the eighth iteration of All Caps! its last. If you’ve been to All Caps! (or really any show put on by Wavelength) you know they always showcase fantastic emerging talent, often with flairs of art and theatrics in-between. Bands like Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, Fucked Up, Holy Fuck, Crystal Castles, Caribou, Austra, METZ and Grimes have all been featured at Wavelength concerts.

This year’s All Caps! will be a highlight of everything that is great about Wavelength, with many favourite All Caps! alumni returning. Bands playing include Rich Aucoin,  The Blowcatl.Hooded Fang, Shotgun Jimmie, Magneta Lane, Beliefs and Most People. Members of Wavelength, Jonny Dovercourt and Ryan McLaren say they wanted to focus this year’s All Caps! while still letting participants “choose their own adventure.”

“We think a lot about the flow of what will work at what time of day, like what will be great at sunset…There’s going to be a lot of elements of surprise, even for us as organizers. ” 

Participants can venture away from the outdoor stage to explore the re-purposed schoolhouse, filled with installations made by artists in residence at Gibraltar Point and curated by members of Artscape. Or try some of the vegetarian and vegan-friendly food created by Island Cafe specially for All Caps! With late-night DJ sets on Saturday night and ferries running until 3am for those who don’t have camping passes, Wavelength seems to have thought of everything.

We’ll be live-tweeting the event, so make sure to follow @TOSocialReview, and then check the blog next week for our All Caps! Re-cap featuring interviews with some of the bands.

And, if you still need to get hyped about this show, check out the teaser video from Wavelength:


The ALL CAPS! Island Festival 2013 Video Trailer from Wavelength Music on Vimeo.

Brought to you by Brian Cauley.

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