Fewer boat cruises are happening in T.O. than in recent years. Expenses involved are just too high.Last Saturday afternoon's annual Dissolve Boat Cruise was a good one, though. If the bright sun hadn't been shining overhead you'd never have guessed it was daytime.
Great party, with a very up-for-it crowd and good music supplied by Eliot Lazor (visiting from his new home in Montreal), Rob Nice, Rene Robert and Amtrak.
Checked out the Mockingbird Saturday night for the launch of Richard Brooks's and Ron Trent's new label, Jazzflight. Early on you could tell Brooks was nervous about the turnout, but eventually the room filled up nicely and the party took off. The bar may not have appreciated the late-night crowd, but that's house music for you.Trent played a great set, showing why he's one of the few younger deep house DJs to get consistent props from the old-guard New York legends. Not many DJs can rock a crowd like this without relying on the obvious anthems to get them on their feet
Dance culture documentary
Caught the North By Northeast presentation of the dance music documentary Maestro, by Josell Ramos, on Saturday. Distribution is still up in the air, but hopefully it'll be making the rounds sometime in the next year. It's well worth seeing if you have any interest in the origins of dance party culture. Though the film lacks enough new information to excite experts on the period, and skimps on background for those who are completely unaware of the history, it does have never-before- seen footage of such legendary parties as the Paradise Garage and the Loft, as well as the last interviews that pioneers Francis Grasso and Steve D'Aquisto gave before they died.
Made my way over to the Mockingbird Friday for the Leisure presentation of Vancouver's Jay Tripwire and Montreal's Fred Everything after taking in a bunch of NXNE. While the party wasn't rammed to the point of discomfort, it still drew a respectable turnout. Fred Everything dropped a bunch of hands-in-the-air big tunes and seemed to be having a lot of fun. Jay Tripwire's second set for the late-night crowd went a little deeper and dubbier.
Stopped by the Milk party at Roxy Blu on Friday and found the club packed and going nuts - for an all-local DJ lineup, no less. The event celebrated the anniversary of Internet audio site www.milkaudio.com, which is a great resource for DJ sets by both international and local artists.