By complete fluke, we ended up getting dragged to the Drake Hotel Friday night for what turned out to be the after-party for the Rapture and the Preset's gig at the Guvernment that night.
The Drake is usually fairly busy on an average weekend night, but in this case the atmosphere was more of a full-on party and less of a see-and-be-seen kind of event. Mikey Apples, Jaime Sin and Dee Jay Nav supplied the music, as well as the guests of honour, DJ KIM of the Presets and Mattie Safer of the Rapture.
Musically, weirdo dance music, electro and indie were the main flavours on the menu, but the sound system was cranked so loud that everything sounded more aggro and distorted than normal.
All that excitement may have been too much for the lounge. When I came on Saturday to DJ, the system seemed to have self destructed, and we ended up making do by pumping up the lone working monitor, which turned out to be not that much quieter than the real system, and turning it toward the room.
Don't expect DJ KIM or Mattie Safer to become superstar DJs any time soon, but they definitely appeared to be having a lot of fun, which rubbed off on everyone else in the room.
Earlier on Friday night, we spent a little time at the Beaconsfield, where DJ Lawrence was hosting his monthly Lipgloss party. Lawrence also runs a bi-weekly Saturday night down the street at Lot 16 called Pop Noir, so three out of four weekends a month you can catch him in the neighbourhood.
Both nights feature new wave, pop and indie, but Pop Noir includes more shoegazer bands and weirder selections, whereas Lipgloss is more oriented around straight-up pop. They're both laid-back, casual bar nights for those times when you'd rather hear chiming guitars than pounding dance beats.
Late night action
Ended up at 99 Sudbury late Friday for Swedish techno star Adam Beyer, headlining the Platform event. This was the first in the Platform series, and whoever was behind it did a great job.
The raw warehouse space was more lovingly decorated than it's been in quite some time, making great use of simple lighting effects like shining lasers at disco balls so that the room was filled with little green shards of light.
Beyer played a harder set than has been common at local techno events, but he didn't go so hard that it was unmusical or mind-numbing. Just enough strangeness to keep it interesting and a good enough helping of funk to keep people's asses moving.
Saturday night, we ended up at a totally different kind of warehouse jam, in a loft space around Queen and Dufferin for a party called The Warriors. Was a bit surprised to see Rob Judges (best known for his Hot Times parties) spinning some eclectic open-format tunes. Last we'd heard he'd relocated to Japan, but it turns out he was back in town for a visit. Alongside Judges were a slew of local DJs from a few different scenes, which kept the vibe changing as the night wore on. Beautiful spot, but word is that this was a one-time kind of deal, so don't bother trolling the back alleys listening for bass.