It usually takes a little while for new promoters to build a name for themselves, but the Libralove crew seem to have blown up much more quickly than anyone could have guessed.
The Libralust party Saturday night at Jai Bar featured local DJs but still drew a packed house of good-natured, friendly partiers.
The musical focus is on house, but various tangents get explored depending on the guest. This time around, resident Kiseka was joined by Vukan and Mettle's Tyler Kerr. Kerr's known for deep techno and tech-house, but lately he's been exploring the deep house side of his record collection, and played many a soulful vocal track.
By a complete fluke, I ended up DJing alongside him Thursday night at Habitat and was struck by how much influence the environment and the sound system have on a DJ's set. He played similar tracks at both nights, but what sounded mellow at a lounge like Habitat rocked the dance floor at the bigger club.
funny valentine's day
Way too many people thought it would be a good idea to throw a Valentine's Day party this year. As a result, even the events that looked like sure things drew nothing close to the numbers promoters were expecting. Nearly all of them took a loss on Friday. Maybe most couples preferred to spend the romantic holiday with each other, not at a huge party.
The Solma presentation of Inland Knights was one of the few that didn't bomb completely. The crowd at 160 Spadina was into it and the dance floor looked full-ish. Given the rumour that they're much better producers than DJs, Inland Knights performed better than expected. They mixed cleanly, and programmed an interesting set encompassing lots of different house tangents.
The Big Birthday Blast at 28 Eastern drew better numbers, but it was still far from rammed. Good vibes, though, and a fine selection of underrated Toronto DJs. Maybe they're onto something with this open format type of event -- the DJs were picked by the four people celebrating their birthdays and spanned the whole spectrum of dance music, from dub reggae to house and funk to techno.
Love Is The Message fared less well. The relatively large House of Props looked way empty. Surprising, since this was organized by the same folks who put on the very successful Twilight Zone Reunion party a little while ago. Win some, lose some. At least they weren't dealing with the same kind of overhead costs as the DJ Sneak bash at Kool Haus, which also failed to attract the expected numbers.