Published Sep 19, 2011For many, the ending of summer brings to close festival season, but for about 1,500 like-minded individuals, the beginning of fall means the start of Harvest. The festival takes place every year in the quaint town of Burk's Falls, ON on the magical Midlothian grounds. Although this is not one of the biggest festivals in Canada, it doesn't try to be, effectively giving the fest a sense of family, connection and community.
This year saw big changes, as the incredible stage simply known as "the Pyramid" grew three times in size -- and developed the ability to shoot fire balls. But as amazing as the growth of stages and lasers are, they are nothing without the world-class electronic DJs who play them.
This year saw the start of music on Friday, as the community of Harvest friends gathered around the Burning Heads to soak in some downtempo, ambient vibes. Most notably was the organic sounds put on by Aquatic Mind, the Stables and a special ethereal-sounding set by Irish artists Stereo Hypnosis. The main event started like usual with a gathering for the Harvest Lunacy Cabaret, but this year saw a special performance by Brazilian percussion band Maracatu Mar Aberto.
As the sun fell over the trees, the festival opened its gates to a true spectacle of fire, giant black-light art installations and pure mayhem. The Pyramid stage's growth brought bigger crowds as great dub sets by Montreal natives Living Stone and Komodo warmed everyone up. As things got hot in the Pyramid, the trance grew louder in the Hillside stage with sets by Montreal artist YGRIEGA, German DJ Southwild and an exceptional live set by Perfect Stranger coming all the way from Israel.
The night would not be complete without the Forest Stage, though, which transformed into an elegant room decked out with chandeliers, perfect for amazing tech-house sets by Berlin native Marc Romboy and Osunlade, as well as an intense set by Arthur Oskan.
The night disappeared with the cold temperatures, leaving festivalgoers in the after glow of a magical harvest night. With people raging into mid-Sunday, the weekend ended -- another year, another successful Harvest.