wicked wabi bash
Wabi's four-year anniversary Friday night (February 21) pulled out a big crowd of minimal techno lovers eager to hear some of the best local producers performing live.
All the performers were paired up, in order to ensure that every sound would be unique to the evening. All the live sets were great, but special mentions should go to Polmo Polpo's and Fwark's collaboration, and the team of Pantone and Jacob Fairley.
The space was expertly reworked with projections and plastic squares suspended from the ceiling, and extra sound was brought in to beef up the modest El Mo system. For a deep techno event, the vibe was pretty friendly and boisterous.
In a somewhat surreal twist, former teen idol Corey Haim was in attendance, having moved back to Toronto a little more than a year ago. He was having a a great time, and confided that he's working on some of his own experimental music.
The Wabi crew have put together a compilation CD in honour of their anniversary, featuring tracks donated by past performers at Wabi events and a couple from the boys themselves. This is top-notch Canadian techno (with a few international producers) that's well worth a listen. It's available via www.wabi.org.
At the end of Dino and Terry's Saturday-night (February 22) presentation of Parisien DJ Deep, the lights went out.
But that was done purposely to accentuate the old-school warehouse vibe invoked by the music.
The Mockingbird is a nice spot for jams like this one, but the curtain dividing the big room is a bit awkward, and they had to bring in more sound to get the system up to an appropriate volume.
Maybe someday the Mockingbird will get rid of its pool tables and attempt to run a dance club on a more regular basis. Right now, there's a definite lack of good venues for this type of event.
dancin' up a storm
When a storm hits, all we can do is make the best of it.
Pixelate's one-year anniversary on Saturday (February 22) drew good numbers considering the conditions, but the weather did have an effect on the vibe.
For one thing, Pantiki had to cancel their performance because a few of the members got in a car accident. And the big room ended up being ignored by many in favour of the packed small room, leading to a curious situation where some of the bigger names were playing for fewer dancers than the lucky DJs in the side room.
Despite the problems, the feeling was good, with smiles all around. By sunrise a good number of partiers were still there, which says a lot on a night like that.