FIRE ON THE WATER with VENUS X, D/J RUPTURE, POIRIER, MAGA BO, DOS MUNDOS, LUCIE TIC, TORRO TORRO & M.A.M.A. at Sunnyside Pavillion, Sunday, August 26. Rating: NNNN
Fire On The Water, a day-long beach/pool jam at Sunnyside Pavilion, was conceived as a family-friendly, convivial thing with art installations, DJs and the Uma Nota crew. But it was as much about reclaiming public space as it was about giving us a day jam in the vein of NYC's hip MoMA PS1 courtyard parties. It was also the perfect way to celebrate the last heady days of summer.
In addition to live performers and artists, the fuss was helped along by a premier lineup of tropical bass DJs: locals M.A.M.A, Lucie Tic, Torro Torro, and Dos Mundos, Montreal's Poirier, and flown-in attendees Maga Bo, D/J Rupture and Venus X. The Maracatu Mar Aberto drummers - who started their clatter down below before storming the upstairs dance hall - had revellers peaking, but Venus had them truly beguiled with her Latin-meets-dembow-meets-hardstyle-meets-Rihanna mix.
Booming bass wafted from the dance hall to the packed beach and patio below. Too bad it took until the last weekend in August for the pavilion to host its most hectic event yet. "It's busier today than Canada Day and Cari-bana combined," our server told us.