Aug 27, 2013

2001-11-10 State 01 Toronto with Orkidea and Armin van Buuren

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Written by: Keith Wozniak

At the tail end of 2001 there was a party held at The Docks in Toronto, Canada that featured a guy by the name of Armin van Buuren and he was billed third on the flyer. Armin was making a name for himself but at the time was nowhere near as popular as Tiesto at the time who was the king of trance. I remember at the time it was tough to find people to go to the event which is hard to believe now considering how massive Armin van Buuren is. This would’ve been around the time that A State of Trance episode 20 aired.

Orkidea had previously played at an event named Wintergalactic alongside Tiesto and made a huge impression on Toronto which is one of the reasons the production company behind this event brought him back. Orkidea may not be the massive name like Armin is but his productions and love of trance are just as huge. Orkidea played what’s typically considered the headline time slot and opened his set with a live violinist that just blew everyones minds away at the time.

The writeup for the flyer mentions “capacity limited for optimum comfort” because just like many clubs today, raves then would pack as many people in as they could and comfort and space would be a second thought. Sonic State delivered on providing an event with great production that gave it the feel of being somewhere else in the world.

The Orkidea and Armin van Buuren sets are available to download in the links below, just hit like to unlock the links. The files are zipped and in separate mp3’s. If someone has the track lists please share!


Armin van Buuren [ Zippyshare ]

Orkidea [ Zippyshare ]


Here’s what was on the flyer:

Ian Ossia

(London, UK >> Renaissance, Ministry of Sound, Prologue) – Performing with the likes of Dave Seaman, Nigel Dawson, Sasha, and way to many more to mention. Ian has been a Renaissance resident for years. One of the most technically brilliant artist to grace the decks, prepare for a set of flawless mixes and moving beats.

* This deep and rhythmic session will take your feet out from under you and prepare you for your journey….


(Helsinki, Finland >> Club Unity, Steelfish Rec/UK,, Sonic State) – One of the world’s soon to be most prominent producers DJ’s, he has performed with artists such as Sven Vath, Robert Miles, DJ Tiesto, Prodigy, Sander Kleinenberg, Timo Maas, Jose Padila and many many more. A diamond amongst diamonds. Orkidea’s unique European progressive sound will move you and envelop you within rolling melodies and dreamy cadence. We graciously welcome him for his return.

* Your journey begins here, as colours, music, and the perople that surround you blend together to become a collage of a celebration of peace…

Armin van Buuren

(Amsterdam, Holland >> – At only 25 years old, this dutch talent has impressed crowds all over the world. His style of hard and banging trance music drives crowds crazy, leaving them begging for more. After remixing tracks like Wamdue Project – ‘King of My Castle’, Madison Avenue – ‘Don’t Call me Baby’, Gouryella – ‘Walhalla’ and Onephatdeeva – ‘Bad Habits’, his career in Europe took off. Since he’s had appearances at locations such as Cream, Slinky, Godskitchen, Passion, Peach, Creamfields, Gatecrasher and Moscow to name a few.

* The peak of your first ‘STATE’; progression, where you progress toward enlightenment for the very first time. Do not be afraid, welcome each other to a community of peace…

Billy Nasty

(London, UK >>> Tortured Recordings, Point Blank Network) – A worldwide legend in the techno community, Billy brings his skills on the deck to be the star of his own Nasty show. He has been nominated for various awards including “Best DJ” and “Best Radio One Essential Mix Show” at the 1996 Muzik Awards. As well, he has also been voted the second most popular DJ in Hilland in 1998 (after Sven Vath). He has constantly been featured in the top half of DJ Magazine’s top DJ’s in the world poll.

* The path toward the final ‘STATE’ of enlightenment continues. —- State ’02


* Main room all ages with 2000 person
* 19+ House/Techno and chill lounge licensed area
* Chill lounge with plentiful seating and deep grooves
* Fresh fruit bar
* Sonic State Production quality
* Capacity limited for optimum comfort
* And of course all the care, passion and love that you’ve come to expect from Sonic State.
* House/techno arena presented by Point Blank Network

* Pre-sale (500) $30 CDN
* Advance $35 CDN

One of the most elabarorate and illustrious productions to hit Toronto, come join together for a journey towards the first ‘STATE’ of enlightenment. We have only just begun…


State November 10 2001 Toronto

About the Author

Keith Wozniak
Founder of this web site, I have also has been involved with raves since 1999 as a raver, flyer guy, owned a promotion company throwing small and large events and also ran one of the first Dancesafe chapters. I've done it all and have never thought the scene was dead. Also writes for



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