ART DEPARTMENT and TONE OF ARC at Footwork, Saturday, March 10. Rating: NNNN
Long after last call, tons of fans were still lined up outside Footwork for the highly anticipated homecoming gig by Toronto house music heroes Art Department. Those who had the patience to wait eventually made it in for the last half of the duo's extended DJ set but missed out on impressive opener Tone of Arc.
The tall, long-haired musician, who looks a bit like a Viking, brought unexpected glam rock and psychedelic influences into his live set of electronic music by playing guitars over his laptop beats and crooning into a shiny, chrome 1950s microphone.
As crowd-pleasing as his performance was, it was clear from Art Department's very first beats who the crowd was there to hear. We're still waiting for Jonny White and Kenny Glasgow to finish preparing a live set of their own, but as DJs they've got more than enough experience and skills to rock a dance floor. It's not easy to make moody, introspective music work at a late-night party, but they pulled it off with ease.