TORONTO, ON (August 29, 2011): The return of North America’s one and only premiere three-day Electronic music festival WEMF, proved to be a huge success for all the thousands of attendants and local businesses in Madawaska and the surrounding areas. Featuring some of the hottest names in Electronic music, the sold-out crowd, comprised of music fans that hailed from 33 states, 5 provinces, the UK and Europe, were treated to outstanding performances by Electro-Dubstepper SKRILLEX, UK Dubstep phenomenon RUSKO, Drum N Bass Superstar ANDY C, world-renowned DJ CALVIN HARRIS and many, many more.
Dedicated to providing WEMF attendees with the best concert experience possible, the promoters of the festival commissioned stage designer Buffalo.dj to re-create the awe-inspiring “Tower of Destiny” that had been featured at last year’s Burning Man Festival and seemed to enhance the set of every artist that performed on the stage. Also new to WEMF, was the Center Camp Stage, which offered festival attendee’s a cool, comfortable lounge with 24 hour DJ sets. With incredible visuals, continuous music, and a safe space to dance and sleep, the 2011 WEMF was a festival not to be missed.
This year the festival also placed a stronger emphasis on developing and nurturing the community. The addition of multiple community stages, that were created, funded and operated by WEMF ticket holders, was a massive hit. Whether it was a wedding, art installation, or DJ set, the stages were always busy and many of the main-stage headliners appeared for surprise second sets throughout the weekend.
Outside of the festival grounds, the effect of the festival did not go unnoticed by local officials. In an article published in the local newspaper Barry’s Bay This Week, South Algonquin mayor Jane Dumas stated, "Madawaska businesses had a hard summer last year when the devastatingly low water levels in the Madawaska River had a significantly negative effect on tourism in that community. The business generated by WEMF provided much needed revenue for the local businesses and work for the citizens of South Algonquin.” The 2011 WEMF brought approximately half a million dollars into the local economy and supported the Madawaska Valley Food Bank by collecting donations from festival attendants.
For more information on WEMF 2011 visit www.wemf.com