Thu, Dec 20
The influence of disco on contemporary dance music is more and more evident. The DirtyDisco party at the Social aims to make those connections clearer by asking various local DJs to trace the links from the classics to the current club sounds. Proceeds go to Sick Kids Foundation.
NYC’s Ron Trent headlines an intimate party at Toika for the BlakPunk Sound System party, alongside local deep house heavyweights NickHolder and Trinidadian Deep. Expect some hiphop and soul alongside the house sounds.
Fri, Dec 21
AD/D turns three
Top Toronto party promoters celebrate their third anniversary at Circa with an all-star lineup, including A-Trak, Alex Gold, Junior Sanchez, Jokersof the Scene and many more.
The indie dance scene is just discovering its disco roots, but the deep house scene has been celebrating those same sounds forever. DoYou Remember Disco? sees a couple of Toronto legends headlining at Harlem:Albert Assoon (who was behind legendary 80s club the Twilight Zone) and MitchWinthrop (who’s been DJing since 1979 and started the first house music radio show in Canada).
Ring the Bells
Techno hero Dan Bell is playing a special extended set at the very intimate ToiBar as part of Fukhouse Compressed. This is probably the smallest room you’ll ever see him in, let alone for free. Get there early; this party will hit capacity.
Sat, Dec 22
The UK dubstep sound is still relatively rare in Toronto clubs, so the DubstepDance always gets the heads out. This time the all-local lineup takes over the ConcordCafe for a night of chest-crushing bass.
Unsilent Night presents an evening of bangin’ techno with Germany’s Chris Liebing at Footwork. Also on the bill is a live performance by NYC’s TonyRohr alongside locals Jamie Kidd and Metalogic.
Wed, Dec 26
Hot new DFA act Holy Ghost! play a special Boxing Day set at the Social alongside Dirty30 and Dinamo. After working in the background with several DFA artists, these guys are now stepping out on their own and making a name for themselves.
Blasts from the past
Some might say that calling pre-1998 dance music old school is a bit of a stretch, but in clubbing years, a decade is a long time. The crowd-pleasing Donald Glaude headlines this event at Footwork alongside Toronto rave pioneer JohnE.