Mon, 16 Dec 2013  /  Post a comment
As the year comes to a close, that dreaded question rears its head: "What are you doing for New Year's?" The night is one of the clubbing industry's busiest, but if you're the kind that likes to go out, it's probably best to plan ahead. We've rounded up the best of the events in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver (plus Victoria!) to help you figure out your own revelry.
We must admit that Toronto has seen better years for NYE parties, but there are still a few kickers if you're itching to dance right through the countdown. Marcus Visionary will headline a bash for drum & bass heads at El Mocambo by Soul In Motion, and a grip of local crews will come together at Rivoli for a night of classic-minded house that features esteemed local Stuart Li, AKA Basic Soul Unit. Later in the evening he'll play a secretive party which will also see sets from Gingy & Bordello, Kevin McPhee and Jokers of the Scene among others. For details on the location you'll have to leave a message at the "raveline" listed on the flyer, which you can see over on the event page. Capacity is limited, so calling ahead is recommended.
Stacey Pullen will lay down a set at one of the most city's beloved clubs, Stereo (and you can catch Chus & Ceballos the next night at their New Year's Day party), while Prison Garde will headline a local-centric lineup at the SAT. There are two larger-scale events to bear in mind as well: the Omisoka party at a TBA location will feature Jimmy Edgar, Kaytranada, young junglist Lee Bannon and a secret special guest, while Neon's soirée at the Théâtre Telus features a vibrant array of club sounds, including Ryan Hemsworth, Chromeo and Breakbot.
Tickets for both Stereo parties are available on their promoter page.
Techno heads will want to head to 1320 East Hastings to see Detroit's Carlos Souffront spin records from his legendary collection alongside Subversive residents and Rennie Foster. A handful of Vancouver's finest will gather at a secret location for the Prohibitions party, featuring Max Ulis, Taal Mala, and Woodhead, while Expendable Youth will head up another family affair for the two-room Blueprint x Re-Up party at Shine. If you just want a grand old shindig, Arrival's throwdown at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver should satisfy your desires, with a something for everyone in the lineup: Detroit's Kyle Hall will play backed up by sets from Egyptian Lover and Vancouver's own Cherchez La Femme and DJ Hedspin, plus all sorts of non-musical entertainment as well.
If you're in Victoria for the holiday week, then you won't want to miss Mathew Jonson playing as part of Cobblestone Jazz in his hometown for the first time in more than five years. His brother Hrdvsion will also make an appearance.
Dec 31 NYE 2014 with Stacey Pullen, Stereo, MontrealPost a comment
Dec 31 Carlos Souffront, Rennie.., 1320 East Hastings, Vancouver
Dec 31 Soul In Motion - NYE 2014: Come Tog.., El Mocambo, Toronto
Dec 31 Arrival, Absolu.., The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver
Dec 31 Blueprint presents RUTSNYE.., Shine Night Club, Vancouver
Dec 31 Omisoka NYE with Kaytranada &.., TBA - Montreal, Montreal
Dec 31 Neon NYE with Chromeo, Théâtre Telus, Montreal
Dec 31 Prohibitions NYE, TBA - Vancouver, Vancouver
Dec 31 Prison Garde,.., Society for Arts & Technology (SAT), Montreal
Dec 31 Toronto NYE 2014, TBA, Toronto
Dec 31 Cobblestone Jazz & Hrdvsion NYE, Lucky Bar, Vancouver
Dec 31 Garage 416, Bump N’ Hustle & Footprints.., Rivoli, Toronto
Thu, 05 Dec 2013  /  Post a comment
Bob Moses will play a gig in Vancouver on December 28th.
Though the duo are based in Brooklyn, they first formed the group back when they lived in Vancouver—they met in the parking lot of hardware store Lowe's, as the story goes. They've had a good 2013, touring regularly and releasing a well-received new EP on Scissor & Thread which spawned a late summer hit in "All I Want." They'll round off the year with a show in Vancouver at UnderG studios, a hidden-away venue and a focal point for the city's techno scene. They'll be supported by UnderG regular Briser Gonzalez and Subversive's Caleb Fox.
Bob Moses also have a few upcoming US gigs—one at Miami's Treehouse this Friday, which you can grab tickets for here, and another at a secret location for Cityfox in NYC the next Saturday. The day before the Vancouver show they'll play Monarch in San Francisco (tickets here), and they've also got New Year's Eve lined up for a party in Brooklyn.
Check out a recording of the duo live from this year's Burning Man.
Dec 06 Link & Miami Rebels present Ge.., Treehouse Miami, FloridaPost a comment
Dec 14 The Cityfox Den, Secret Location, Brooklyn, New York
Dec 27 Bob Moses Live & Dave Aju, Monarch, California (North)
Dec 28 Underg with BOB Moses (Live).., Underg Studios, Vancouver
Dec 31 BangOn! NYE 20.., Warehouse Location in Brooklyn, New York
Mon, 02 Dec 2013  /  3 Comments
Platform and Embrace are throwing a Union Warehouse Party in Toronto on December 21st.3 Comments
Taking place at the Circus Warehouse, the show features three Toronto techno heavyweights uniting for a single night. Carlo Lio is a prolific techno producer with releases for labels like Saved and SCI + Tec—he also runs the Rawthentic label with the more house-oriented Nathan Barato. Local duo The Junkies have a very similar resumé, so it's easy to see how they'd make good partners on the decks. That is exactly what they'll do for this night—an eight hour, back-to-back-to-back DJ set that goes well into the next morning.
For an idea of what's in store for the gig, check out Lio's recent mix for Loco Dice's Music On, a podcast by Barato for Be.For, and the first official MOOD podcast by The Junkies.
Mon, 25 Nov 2013  /  2 Comments
Cio D'Or will headline a Subversive show in Vancouver on December 6th.
The Cologne producer's hypnotic and droning style is a key part of what influential blog mnml ssgs termed "headfuck techno" back in 2009, along with similar-minded producers like Donato Dozzy. She's one of the best known artists in the Prologue label roster as well, and that's where she's dropped most of her releases, including 2009's Die Faser album. As years go by D'or has become quieter on the production front, only releasing one 12-inch in 2012—Ur - Uhr on Telrae—with nothing so far in 2013.
After a hiatus last year, D'or has become more active on the touring front with one visit to North America in 2013 already. She'll return this December for her first date in Canada, a Subversive party that'll go down at the Vancouver techno crew's usual haunt, Open Studios, on the 6th. She'll be backed up by residents Austin Phillips and Midnight Vulture. D'or then has two more gigs—a night in LA alongside Monoloc on December 7th, and an Oktave event at Chicago's Smart Bar on the 14th
Tickets for the LA and Chicago dates are available on RA.
Dec 06 Subversive presents: Cio D'or, Open Studios, Vancouver2 Comments
Dec 07 DE presents Black Pearls, a Nig.., TBA, California (South)
Dec 14 Oktave and Prosthetic Pressings Wel.., Smart Bar, Illinois
Wed, 13 Nov 2013  /  3 Comments
Houseaddict will turn ten on November 22nd.
The promoter has been an important part of Toronto's dance scene for a long time, throwing events at all sorts of venues and regularly teaming up with other crews. Recent guests have included the likes of Adriatique, Tornado Wallace, Recloose, Scuba and others. They'll throw an "old-school and underground" party to mark a decade in business, with the secret location to be revealed on the day of the show.
New-York based Culprit and Ovum associate MANIK will headline. He'll be supported by DigDeep's Jeff Button along with locals Cosella and Graham Plant. MANIK also has a date in Vancouver the previous weekend, which will go down as part of Intimate's Deep End party at Ginger62.
You can grab tickets for the Houseaddict birthday on RA.
Nov 15 M A N I K: Deep End: Intimate Produ.., Ginger62, Vancouver3 Comments
Nov 22 Houseaddict 10-Year A.., Secret Downtown Location, Toronto
Thu, 31 Oct 2013  /  8 Comments
Format will host Truncate in Toronto on November 16th.
This will be the third Format party since it launched back in July with Shifted. The techno-minded series has chosen the darker techno sounds of David Flores's Truncate alias to soundtrack this event—since the name first appeared in 2011 he's had releases on labels like Modularz and History y Valencia, plus a steady stream on his own self-titled imprint too. He'll be backed up by locals Greg Gow, Measure Divide and Mike Gibbs. The gig will go down at 120 Club, and tickets are available on RA.
The following weekend, Flores will return to the US for two shows in Louisville and Detroit. For a taste of Truncate, check out a mix he did for Japan's Torque podcast last month.
Nov 16 Format003 - Truncate (Droid Behavior,.., 120 Club, Toronto8 Comments
Nov 22 Pitch with Truncate, Club 116, Kentucky
Nov 23 Scene 16, The Works, Michigan
Mon, 21 Oct 2013  /  4 Comments
Contact Festival will take place in Vancouver on December 26th and 27th.4 Comments
The event was launched last year as a partnership between local promoter Blueprint and Live Nation as the former's biggest event ever, going down at BC Place—Vancouver's Olympic Stadium—with EDM heavy-hitters Deadmau5 and Alesso. After that successful first go, they've expanded it two days this year, and diversified the lineup a little too.
Dubstep titan Skrillex will co-headline Contact with the more 4/4 oriented Kaskade. Diplo, "Harlem Shake" producer and LuckyMe affiliate Baauer and Cashmere Cat will bring a more hip-hop vibe to the first day, while Flosstradamus and RL Grime will hold down the trap styles on day two. Swedish duo Dada Life, Bingo Players, Dirty South, MakJ and local Sleepy Tom are also all slated to play.
Each night will start at 5 PM and run until midnight, and the event is all-ages (with a 19+ VIP area). It's the first two-day music event of its kind at BC Place (as well as the largest indoor festival in Western Canada), and will reportedly utilize the stadium's infamous roof lighting and a brand new sound system as well.
Fri, 18 Oct 2013  /  Post a comment
Stereo Montreal will throw two Halloween parties on November 1st and 2nd.
Every year around Halloween, Stereo becomes Scareo, decked out in Halloween-themed decor. The format differs slightly each time, and this year the Montreal afterhours spot will have two themed nights with two different headliners (though they aren't exactly spooky names). First up is Hot Creations boss Jamie Jones for Night Of The Dancing Dead on November 1st. He'll be backed up by his labelmate Greg Pidcock. Tales From The Rypt happens the next evening, a longer session featuring NYC Blkmarket Membership bosses Taimur & Fahad and headlined by prog legend John Digweed.
Nov 01 14yrs of Scareo - Jamie Jones - Greg PidcockPost a comment
Nov 02 14yrs of Scareo - John Digweed - Taimur & Fahad
Fri, 11 Oct 2013  /  5 Comments
Marcel Fengler will spend Halloween weekend in Canada this year.
The Berghain DJ recently released his debut album, Fokus, and he's been touring steadily since. His latest trip overseas will bring him to Canada for the second time, after he made his debut in the country playing Vancouver a year ago.
For this journey, however, he'll stick to the country's East Coast, playing Montreal and Toronto. He'll spin alongside Joel Mull at Montreal's Stereo afterhours club on Friday October 25th, before heading to Toronto to headline a Halloween-themed party called Slaughterhaus. That one will go down at 99 Sudbury (turned into an "immersive multi-room A/V labyrinth" and even featuring a pig roast), and Fengler will be supported by locals like Gingy and Jeremy Glenn.
Tickets for the Montreal gig are available on RA.
For a taste of Fengler's style, you can grab a recent promo mix he did for fabric here.
Oct 25 Joel Mull - Marcel Fengler - Ostrich, Stereo, Montreal5 Comments
Oct 26 Slaughterhaus - Marcel Fengler, Man.., 99 Sudbury, Toronto
Thu, 03 Oct 2013  /  Post a comment
Guy Gerber will make his first appearance in Vancouver on November 9th.Post a comment
In addition to releases on Cocoon and Bedrock, the Israeli producer also runs his own Supplement Facts label, and he released an all-originals mix for fabric last year as well. After a scheduled 2012 gig that he was forced to cancel, Gerber will make his belated Vancouver debut at the Electric Owl for Intimate's Spotted Saturdays, where he'll be supported by local staple Kevin Shiu. For a taste of what his live sets are like, check out a recent set of all-original material here.
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