Sunny Lazy Daze
Since this was the first genuinely nice Sunday of the year, there were lots of big smiles at the IV Lounge . Over the past few months, a bi-weekly deep house afternoon party called Lazy Daze has set up shop there, bringing in a range of local house DJs to provide the soundtrack to a lazy Sunday afternoon of chilling on the patio and dancing in the living-room-style bar. Finally, the weather cooperated.
The crowd's a mix of people still going from the night before and less hardcore types who woke up early to come by and chill. While this might sound a bit like the Comfort Zone, the feel here is pretty much the opposite of that dark dungeon of a club.
Miss Kriss laid down the tunes mid-afternoon, setting the vibe nicely with some deep and bouncy beats. At this point of the day, most people were either outside on the front patio or on the back one, but as the sun started to fade and the noise complaints started to roll in, the party moved inside.
I'm not sure how anyone justifies phoning the cops over a small monitor speaker propped on the front steps of a bar in the middle of the afternoon, but I guess some people have a low threshold for the noise of a modern city.
The set-of-the-day award goes to Gryphon for his bumpity-bump Chicago-style tracks that transformed the small bar into a mini-club once the blinds were drawn. There's something kind of wholesome about a dance floor getting down right next to people eating their dinner, the air filling with the smell of burgers instead of cigarette smoke. Lots of fun. Let's hope they consider doing it every week for the summer.
Jazzy Jeff goes digital
Junior Vasquez should take notes from DJ Jazzy Jeff : when you cancel a gig, give a good excuse, reschedule and turn in a top-notch performance at the makeup. For those not keeping track, Vasquez has been a no-show for at least his last two Toronto gigs. He's offered no explanation, kept his massive deposit and hasn't booked a makeup gig. Jazzy Jeff, on the other hand, more than made up for his last cancelled gig by dropping a barn-burner of a hiphop set last Friday at Roxy Blu .
The club was rammed to the point of discomfort, but the vibe and performance were so good that the room was full of grinning faces, hands in the air and dancing wherever people could find some space.
Those who managed to make their way to the DJ booth noticed that instead of a bag of records, Jeff was playing tunes from a laptop using a turntable interface. Before you assume that he was using it to cheat his way around the lightning-speed mixing and scratching, be aware that all his magic was real time and hands on. The main advantages of the laptop set-up are less back pain, more tunes at his disposal and a more efficient way of searching for the next one.
Simply put, he destroyed the room. He probably needs a bigger venue next time.