Since 2007 saw a ton of new promoters coming into the scene challenging the old guard, collaborations across various scenes were the key to the most successful events.
These promoters had another great year and were once again behind most of the biggest cutting-edge dance parties. This fall they took on Circa's Friday nights and are poised to be the key meeting point between the underground and the mainstream for the immediate future.
Tony "Tuff" Anile's weekly Hissy Fitness party Wednesdays at the Social was the cause of many a hungover Thursday morning, not to mention all the other top-notch events he's had a hand in this year.
The Dmoney boys continue to expand their empire and consistently bring the party to wherever they set up camp. On top of their monthly Fuck Faces and Edumacation events, they've also brought us too many other parties to begin to list.
4. BOOGIE INC/MIXED SIGNALS
Boogie Inc and Mixed Signals have collaborated on a ton of hot soulful house events and continue to remind us that the reports of this scene's demise have been greatly exaggerated.
While framed around jazz funk sounds, Footprints is becoming more and more eclectic and adventurous musically. It continues to be one of the sweatiest throwdowns in town.
6. FOOTWORK SATURDAYS
Someone interesting was almost always playing at Footwork on Saturdays this year. Part of the secret is successful collaboration with a variety of promoters, keeping the vibe varied while maintaining the club's identity.
While not quite as active as in past years, Milk continues to be a club scene institution. As with others on this list, collaboration and eclectic programming have worked in Milk's favour.
More than a decade in, Hotstepper's Bump N' Hustle parties are still rammed with dancers, and while their Garage416 events have been less frequent than in the past, they still bring the heat when they do throw a jam.
9. TURNING POINT
A unique monthly party suited perfectly to its home in the ballroom of the Gladstone Hotel and focused on "tropical funk." This can mean anything from obscure Afrobeat to throbbing roots reggae and sizzling salsa.
10. BANG THE PARTY
Essentially a love letter to early 80s NYC, Bang The Party is evolving and growing to become something way more than a retro night, successfully illustrating the connections between current club sounds and their ancestors.