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Wasn't sure what to expect last Friday as I made my way toward the Hard Rock Café at Skydome for an appearance by seminal Detroit house DJ Alton Miller. What a pleasant surprise to see such a good turnout at such an unlikely venue. I mean, this is a bar that's dedicated to everything anti-disco, not the most obvious venue for a deep house DJ.
The room was dark, illuminated mainly by televisions playing vintage adult cartoons. In a strange way, the pub-inspired decor fit the warm vibe that Miller cast over the room. His style of DJing seems out of place at high-end, modernist venues, and the down-to-earth feel of the Hard Rock Café suited it.
But then you'd look to your left and see the cavernous, empty and dark Skydome out the window and the strangeness of the situation would be brought home again. Miller DJed well, as we've come to expect from his past appearances in Toronto, but the dance floor never seemed to really let go. If you missed him this time, you can catch him at another unique venue this week at the OM Festival. (See underground Tips, page 62.)
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The Red Square, not to be confused with the similarly named and equally vodka-themed Red Drink Boutique down the block, has been open for a little while now but has kept a fairly low profile.
While its capacity is probably around 600, it feels more intimate because of its maze-like layout. It's actually a bit disorienting at first because of all the mirrors and red curtains.
Former Industry resident Matt C was the special guest DJ last Saturday, and he looked like he was truly enjoying himself back in the booth. His sound has matured over the years to incorporate more vocals and live instruments into the chunky tribal thump he's known for. Not a huge crowd, but that's probably just because of his higher-profile appearance the night before with fellow Industry veteran Kenny Glasgow at Mad Bar.
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Last Sunday saw the first Tribe Disco Sunday Brunch at Fez Batik. Unfortunately, the gloomy overcast sky kept threatening a downpour all day, which kept the attendance lower than it could have been. Resident and organizer Alex D seemed unfazed. "We weren't going for a big opening day anyway. We're just hoping it will build over the summer."
The disco classics will be spun by rotating residents Alex D, Paul Grace and A Man Called Warwick as well as a roster of visiting DJs. No cover means that once patio season is in full swing, the place will be packed early. This is an early (or very late, depending on how hard you party) event, running from 2 to 8 pm, so don't show up at midnight like you usually do.