Friday night was the third annual Promise/AlienInflux Boat Cruise , onboard the Tall Ship Kajama . It was too windy to raise the sails, but at least the rain stopped by the time the boat left the docks. Opening up the night was Guelph's DMS , spinning funky downtempo and hiphop as the crowd found their sea legs and raided the bar. Adam Marshall was up next, spinning his last local set before moving to Japan. Mixing his way through minimal techno, house and funky techno, Marshall rocked the packed dance floor despite some problems with skipping needles due to rough water.
While the wind and waves sent some downstairs to the galley with sea sickness, most of the crowd found some way to dance on the rocking boat. Following Marshall, LeeLee Mishi played a smooth and sexy deep house set sprinkled with a bit of techno grit here and there.
Great party, full of good vibes. Definitely worth buying advance tickets for next year; it always sells out early.
Saturday night Detroit's Theo Parrish stopped by the Reverb to spin one of his trademark emotional deep house and disco sets alongside local live house band King Sunshine and a slinky disco and house opening set by Felix & Gani . King Sunshine rocked the packed house and got the crowd out of spectator mode and into a dancing frenzy, a rare sight at live performances.
Parrish followed with a very disco heavy mix along with some of his own dirty avant-garde house tracks. Sometimes the slow tempo he's fond of loses dancers early on, but this time the majority were in it for the long haul, eager to strut their stuff to the more relaxed tempo. Parrish seemed to enjoy himself thoroughly and even showed up at the nearby after-hours later on to dance the night away and talk to fans.
Checked out an ongoing Thursday-night event at Fressen that's run by a couple of DJs known for their work with the Om Festival, LeeLee Mishi and Mike Lambert . The special guest last week was Guelph's Deeno , who started off with some sweet disco before working his way up to quirky deep house. Though there's not that much dancing, it's a friendly and relaxed spot to lounge and socialize, and the tunes are well chosen and smoothly mixed. Plus, it's pay what you can - a pretty affordable night out.