EDM TOR is a resource for electronic music fans to find DJ news, event photos, releases, interviews, reviews, and upcoming gigs in the Greater Toronto Area. We are a part of the EDM Around The Globe network founded in New York City by David Guzman. To learn more about EDM Around The Globe and its affiliates, like their Facebook page EDMATG and follow them @EDMATG.
David is the Founder and Creator of EDMNYC, EDMPENN, EDMDC, EDMMIA, EDMLA, EDMTOR, EDMPOL, EDMGUA, EDMITA, EDMGER, EDMENG and the EDMATG Network. EDM Music is this man’s life and passion, and he has spent many years building his EDMFamily.
Designer, Nightlife Photographer, Entrepreneur, Art Director and EDM Addict.
It was in ‘98 when she first heard productions by Brooklyn Bounce that Adele Desloges realized she felt a natural attraction to EDM. In no time, she had encountered tracks such as Mauro Picotto‘s Komodo (Save a Soul) and ATB‘s version of Olive‘s You’re Not Alone, and she realized her connection to trance music. Although she predominantly listens to Trance, she can be found on many a dance floor taking photos and dancing beside you. It was during Electric Zoo Festival 2011 when Adele met David Guzman, the head of the EDMATG brand. A friendship grew between the two of them due to their similarities and when David noticed the passion Adele had for EDM and combined that with her drive and skill for photo, video, and the media, he asked her lead the Toronto team.
It was love at first drop. Ashlyn became intensely drawn to rave culture after her first show, a passion which has continuously blossomed ever since. Attending Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival in 2015 was a magical, life inspiring experience. You’ll always find her dancing in the middle of the crowd, connecting with the music, the lights, and the atmosphere. Dream on little dreamers!
Amber Wilkinson, Editor & Writer
Amber dove headfirst into the trance scene when she moved to Toronto in 2015. She was always interested in EDM, but truly finds herself in the music with trance. She feels at home on the dance floor with the rolling basslines of psy and techtrance, and you’ll often catch her saying that “the dark side of trance understands her.” Her favorite artists include Jordan Suckley, Markus Schulz, and Bryan Kearney, as well as the sounds of Anjunabeats and local Toronto DJ DeeCee. She swears by Giuseppe Ottaviani’s mantra “trance is music with a soul.” If you’re looking for a unicorn to party with, Amber is your unicorn.
Jade, Editor & Writer
Jade is an editor and writer at EDM TOR. She moved to Toronto in 2015 and dove head first into the city’s rave scene. Drawn most strongly to trance, psytrance, and happy hardcore genres, she can be found on the dance floor at least once or twice a week in different venues across the city. When not playing with words on a computer or burning up a dance floor, she likes the outdoors, LARP, attending conventions and playing with her dog and cat.
Growing up in various areas of Ontario, Shannon was overjoyed when in 2014 she moved back to the electronic music haven of Toronto. During her teen years, she listened almost exclusively to hard trance mixes and eschewed “soft trance” artists like Tiesto. Her first “real” trance show (after moving back to Toronto) was Simon Patterson and John Askew at the now-defunct Red Nightclub. She met fellow EDM TOR writer Scott Copeland in 2015, who shared her love of psytrance, and they continued exploring the underground world of the high-bpm genre together. You can find her at any show featuring psytrance, hard trance, or even the occasional industrial show at Nocturne. She loves to dance and just get lost in the music.
Miss Raquel Richards has earned the title of Canada’s #WomanofHouse and “Queen of the Dancefloor”. She has spent over 15 years working in Canada’s Electronic Dance Music Scene and is a well respected artist interviewer, tastemaker, and music journalist.
She hosted Pride Toronto’s Bud Light “Dirty Disco” and OLG Central stages for seven consecutive years, and has produced and hosted events at nearly every Toronto venue.
She’s heard on “The Block Party” with host Lil’Jay on WhiStle 102.9FM and is a regular guest on The Shaun Proulx Show on SiriusXM – Canada Talks where she discusses her featured blog from The Gay Guide Network.com. She even has a regular Top 10 chart on Beatport.
She was the VJ for Canada’s national music video show “electronica” on bpm:tv. She owned, co-founded, and was the editor-in-chief of Scenester Magazine, and even produced and hosted “Scenester Channel“, Scenester Radio, and “The Miss Raquel Show“. Raquel Richards is truly the voice of Canada’s electronic scene.
Alix can be found dancing at Electro, Dubstep and other bass shows, no matter the scale. Her interest in EDM began in high school when she was listening to artists deadmau5, Tiësto and Armin van Buuren. During her years at Humber College, her taste developed into Dubstep and Electro genres more specifically. She has been hooked on the bass music scene in Toronto for a few years now, regularly in attendance at Bassmentality events, and she’s a dedicated WEMF (World Electronic Music Festival) attendee. She has never felt more a part of something than when she goes hard at an electronic music event, and she feels privileged to be a part of the beautiful chaos, whether it’s writing reviews, getting exclusive interviews, or dancing like it’s no one’s business.
In the 90’s Paul heard Haddaway’s What Is Love and Eiffel 65’s Blue (Dee Ba Da Dee) and started to explore dance music. Later he got hooked on Tiesto’s Adiago For Strings, and his love for EDM soon expanded to include drum n bass, house and a lot more. In 2016, Paul met EDM TOR’s manager Adele while she was covering an event. They became friends, and in late 2016 Paul joined EDM TOR to help keep track of EDM events going on in the area, but later decided to join the writing team. He loves to give back to the scene that made him who he is today. His two favourite artists are Christopher Lawrence and John ‘00’ Fleming, and although he loves all genres of music, trance is his favourite. If you see Paul at an event in the city, say “Hi!”. He’s always up for a new dancing partner – just watch out! He may bump into you while tearing up the dance floor.
Though Canadian by birth, Scott spent most of his formative years growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the musical landscape mostly consisted of Country, Hip-hop and Dubstep. In 2012, he moved back to Canada and by 2014 he had moved to Toronto. His first experiences in the Toronto rave scene were Sensation and the Armin van Buuren final show at The Guvernment. Needless to say, he was drawn in, and now Scott can be found in any club where they’re playing some variant of Trance or Psytrance.
Hailing from a land devoid of EDM (Vermont, USA) Ryan discovered electronic music when he heard a Busy Child by The Crystal Method. From there his love affair with EDM blossomed as he made many trips to the local record shop to order from their catalog. They would not stock it and called it “shitty computer music”. Though Trance is his favorite, he loves all genres from dark Techno to liquid Drum ‘n Bass. Recently, Ryan played a set at Toronto’s Rebel nightclub on a line-up with Bjorn Akesson, Ben Nicky, Indecent Noise, and more. He recently moved to Toronto to be with his wife Jenn, and he finally has access to all of the music he loves.
Trance Mom, Above & Beyond button pusher, and dedicated trance enthusiast – Shannon joined EDM TOR in 2017 as a contributor because she believes you don’t have to be on the dance floor to be a part of the experience. Sharing those moments with others has been an important piece of Shannon’s rave experience dating back to ’97 when Christopher Lawrence installed the beat in her soul. Whether she’s posting from underground locations in Montreal or a valley in San Bernardino, Shannon loves traveling for trance on behalf of #TeamEDMTOR. In real life, Shannon has a trance family of her own in her son DJ Fireboltz and dog Armin van Westie. Her professional experience and background in strategic development makes Shannon a wicked edition to our team.
Sab is an artist working with EDM TOR’s Instagram account. Running around the Toronto music and art scenes since ’08, Sab can be frequently found at EDM events working in conjunction with some on-site medical teams (such as T.R.I.P) as a part of harm reduction at events. Sab contributes to EDM TOR by posting on the team’s Instagram account while out at events.
Lindsay Cabrera, LCPR
Lindsay is an EDM enthusiast. It is her passion, lifestyle and motivator. It all started in 2010 and since then Lindsay has attended EDC Las Vegas twice, Winter Music Conference three years in a row, and had the opportunity to attend Tomorrowland 2013 in Boom, Belgium followed by Ibiza this summer. Lindsay is a publicist for EDM Artists Worldwide, and launched her own PR agency called LCPR in 2013. Although Lindsay likes many genres of the EDM subculture, Lindsay is in love with the sounds of Deep House with some of her favorites being Lee Foss, Jamie Jones, Dusky, Blond:ish, Toronto’s very own Art Department, and more. We are very proud to have Lindsay work in conjunction with Team EDMTOR.