TD Echo Beach: Sweet Sounds in the Summertime
Published Thursday May 14th 2015
From May through September, TD Echo Beach is one of the coolest places in Toronto to catch a concert. Launched in 2011 by Live Nation Canada, the city’s premier beachfront venue provides a festival vibe no matter the show.
“TD Echo Beach is the only venue in Ontario that programs a concert calendar all summer long on a large slip of actual beach sand,” says Adrian Walker, Director of Venue Operations for Live Nation. “There are also a couple of hills with trees and green space for people to sit on. It’s a really unique experience that allows people to sit right beside Lake Ontario and watch their favourite bands. If it’s a nice clear evening, the Toronto skyline is your backdrop.”
The sand gets freshened annually (“We top it up every year, and get landscapers to come make it nice.”), and Live Nation makes regular site upgrades to enhance concertgoers’ experiences. 2015 sees an increased capacity to 6,500 people.
“We did some site modifications last year to improve sightlines, which in turn created more open viewing space,” reveals Walker.
While music lovers’ ears are treated to quality sound anywhere on the grounds, Walker shares tips for audiophiles seeking especially sweet spots. He suggests sitting in front of the sound booth, and says centre is always a good bet.
“The PA is tuned to cover the whole viewing area, but anywhere close to the centre is especially good. You also get really good sound off to the south side, on the grassy hill with all the trees. Just past the food trucks, into the stage area, there’s green space that’s pretty much right dead centre, maybe a couple hundred feet behind the sound booth. You’re on a hill there so your view isn’t blocked.”
TD Echo Beach also boasts a variety of food and beverage options, with increased space for gourmet food trucks in 2015. (“We signed up several new trucks that haven’t been here before.”) A free water station is also available.
“For the most part, we allow refillable water bottles, low-profile lawn chairs, small blankets and towels - pretty much anything you’d want to take to a park to enjoy an afternoon or evening.”
Visit the TD Echo Beach website for any concert-specific restrictions, and for directions to get there by transit, bike, car or foot. Pro tip: a city bike path goes right to the front entrance, with plenty of bike parking available. TD Music’s illustrated map (above) will get you ‘round the grounds.
As for the music itself, Live Nation books in an average of 15 to 18 diverse shows each season.
“There’s certain acts that work really well in a setting like this, indie rock and electronic music fit the aesthetic perfectly,” says Walker. “But really, we’ve had everything from hip-hop to metal, and even some country and folk. It all seems to work well.”
Visit our TD Echo Beach Event Page for a list of 2015 concerts and special events.