Shit for thanks
Friday night at Sneaky Dee's , eclectic indie rock party Shit La Merde celebrated one year of monthly shindigs and drew out a capacity crowd of up-for-it partiers. Musically, it's a wacky mix of punk, new wave, death disco and gleefully cheesy pop. Resident DJs Pammm and Shit La Merde played for most of the night, along with a few guests, including Justin Peroff of Broken Social Scene. Not a lot of mixing going on, but it's not really that kind of DJ night. Along with the music, local girl gang the Scandal Scouts were on hand, doing their best to live up to their name by dragging unsuspecting patrons over to their "scandal wheel," which determined exactly how they would molest you. Weird but fun.
The evolution of Queenshead
The Queenshead Pub was at capacity for much of the night on Saturday for the Hung Up party, featuring Vancouver's My!Gay!Husband! spinning the tunes. He was dropping everything from grime to new wave, mashups to hiphop, and while his mixing wasn't terribly flashy, it was effective and more ably executed than that of the majority of people playing this kind of open-format set. The Queenshead is evolving into a consistent little spot for indie-related DJ nights, the best known being the popular Thursday-night party Shack Up . Sure, the bathrooms can get pretty gross and the sound system is barely functional many nights, but it's a warm friendly spot, without much pretension.
Sexy house In The City
A new weekly party sprung up this week, Hot In The City Saturdays at Speakeasy (last known as the Rockit). Some might remember Hot In The City from their events earlier this year at Revival , but this venue feels a lot less chi-chi and precious, partially due to the fact that it's a rock club most of the time. For their opening night, organizers brought in jojoflores from Montreal to spin some sexy deep house that kept the dance floor packed for the whole time we were there. Unlike at most clubs, the guys at Speakeasy are willing to keep it open long after last call, something that -- with the exception of the occasional loft party -- has been lacking in the deep house scene for quite some time.
Speaking of legal after-hours clubs, Rony Hitti , the owner of Boa-Redux , was checking out the scene at Speakeasy. He confirmed reports that his club has found a new home, which will be opening just in time for Halloween. While he wouldn't give away the exact location, he did say that the rumours of a Yonge-Eglinton location were unfounded and that it will be downtown.
STD is a weird idea for a party -- slow dance hits of the late 80s and early 90s, on a Wednesday night at the Beaconsfield . The first version earlier this year attracted Rolling Stone Ron Wood and was a smashing success. Last Wednesday the third edition of the event attracted yet another celebrity, Johnny Knoxville (or possibly someone impersonating him). It was a little disappointing that he didn't do anything crazy, but he was overheard complaining about a meeting the next day, so he did have an excuse to behave himself.