Bump it up
It's hard to say what these guys are doing right, but every Bump N' Hustle party has been insanely busy since they moved it to Tangerine and made it a monthly event. It's just two local DJs ( Mike Tull and Paul E Lopes ) and there's not a huge amount of promotion involved, but they still manage to reach capacity before midnight and have to turn away huge numbers of people.
Word is that they'll soon be moving up to a bigger space in order to accommodate all the happy partiers. This kind of good news has been all too rare in the party scene lately.
Last Saturday, Tull and Lopes destroyed the dance floor with their fast-paced mix of funk, hiphop, disco, house, reggae and anything else they could fit into the Bump N' Hustle vibe. There was lots of singing along to the big tracks and hands in the air for the mixes. They're amazing DJs, technically speaking, and they have so much fun behind the decks that it's contagious.
Let them Eat Cake
Also on tap Saturday night was a one-off event called Eat Cake , which was essentially a birthday party for a couple of local scenester girls. It brought together the worlds of indie rock and DJ culture at that wacky Parkdale Rolling Stones tribute bar, Stones Place . It's an interesting spot, but a little run-down to be demanding a mandatory coat check. As at any good birthday party, there was lots of snack food, cupcakes and birthday cake, along with a good helping of rowdy behaviour and fancy party dresses. I arrived before 10 pm to find that the first band had already gone on and that there was already a good-sized crowd.
It kept getting busier and busier as the night went on, probably because of the large number of DJs and performers booked, but it could just as easily have been the result of the flyers featuring photos of the birthday girls in their birthday suits eating birthday cake with their hands.
I was a bit shocked to see Alfonz Lanza (of Latin house group Pan con Queso) transform himself into a greasy rocker for a performance with the Black Stripes , a group who sound like they listened to a little too much Replacements.
The live acts may not have been great party bands, but they were finished pretty early, and it was nice to see a successful event that truly transcended the scene segregation common in this town.
Found a flyer late last week promoting an appearance by New York's Ron Trent on Saturday night at Una Mas. It w as part of a new series of parties called The Highest Pleasure . Arriving at the club around 1 am, I could tell that some light last-minute publicity isn't enough for deep house parties any more. Joe Rizla and Trini were warming up the crowd with some mellow soulful house, but Trent was nowhere to be seen.
A quick conversation with one of the owners revealed that he'd called in sick. They'll be giving it another try December 27, and hope to make it a weekly event in the new year.