Went to the Gladstone Hotel Saturday night to check out the Turning Point party, and found a perfect-sized crowd filling the talcum-coated dance floor. Turning Point is the new night started by ex-Movement resident A Man Called Warwick along with Le Tone, and it featured special guest Prince Budgster last week. This was their first party at the Gladstone; the event had been happening at the much smaller Ancient. The new location is great, with plenty of room for dancing and an appropriately casual atmosphere.
You can hear a wide variety of obscure old dance music: reggae, Afrobeat, rare funk 45s, weird Latin American funk-rock and Brazilian percussion stompers.
Just in case you assumed there was bad blood between Warwick and his buddies in Movement, yes, that was Jason Palma dancing up a storm by the DJ booth.
Also on the funk tip, a weekly Thursday-night party at the Bovine Sex Club called Cream Soda has been going on for a couple of months. Right now there's a different guest DJ each week playing a variety of funk, soul and disco, as well as dance performances by the Fly Girls. No cover. Lots of people, but not much dancing going on.
Friday night found me at the Seven Lounge for Chicago-to-Toronto transplant DJ Sneak. It was yet another cigarette-sponsored event, this one by du Maurier's club promotion vehicle, Red Seat. As at other corporate parties, the atmosphere was a bit dry despite the hired dancers and decorations.Sneak played his usual mix of loopy filter disco house, with some chunky dub-house tracks and a couple of anthems here and there. His mixing was pretty tight, but it was a little too easy to tune out the music and people-watch instead.
Started off Friday night at Una Mas for the Boarding Pass party, which celebrated Loop Apparel and Jet Rag's new line of T-shirts. Had a great time in the basement dancing to Roland Deschamps's set of deep house. He's definitely one of Toronto's more underrated DJs. Those who enjoyed his set will want to know that he plays this week as part of the Philly party (at Surface, Saturday, June 7), which also features Jermaine Brown (who was playing upstairs).