Neon Gold shines
Checked out the Neon Gold party at the White Orchid on Friday, a quirky little venue that's quickly attracting an interesting assortment of events.
This particular night is the brainchild of Pammm (who some might know from her monthly Lipstick, Cherry events at the Drake) and Bronson Lee (who does a monthly called Radio No. 1 at the Embassy). Considering the post-NYE lull that generally hits the nightlife scene around this time of year, they did a good job at getting bodies out, even though the dance floor didn't really fill up until the last hour.
An eclectic assortment of tunes - some indie, hiphop, house, reggae and pop - got thrown into the mix, bouncing around through various moods and tempos.
There were additional speakers on hand, a good thing since the in-house system at the White Orchid is frequently pushed beyond its breaking point, and this time the ear-shredding distortion was kept to a minimum.
While the downstairs wasn't used for this event, the club owners recently opened it for events that need extra room, something promoters looking for potential venues may want to investigate.
Thursdays at the Queenshead seem to be regaining some of the steam lost when the Shack Up crew moved their successful night further west (it's currently at the Beaver). These days the Queenshead's Thursday party is called PD Days, and residents Fawn and Justin Tyce, joined each week by local guest DJs, draw a young, up-for-it crowd.
It's less music-nerd-oriented and more dance-floor-focused than its predecessor, although the fairly eclectic tunes still tread that line between dance and rock much of the time.
You'd be more likely to hear something great that you've never heard before at Shack Up, but at PD Days there's a better chance that the DJs will pull off their mixes.
Liquor law weirdness
If you walked around the city over the past week, you'd be struck by how many bars are closed due to liquor licence suspensions. Since this is traditionally one of the deadest times of the year for bars, most choose to take suspensions incurred earlier at this time and many use the time to do some renovations.
When you read the reasons for the shutdowns posted in the darkened windows of these bars, you wonder why our liquor laws haven't undergone a long-overdue updating. Is carrying your drink outside such a big deal that a bar needs to be shut down for a few weeks because it didn't stop you? And isn't it a bit strange to penalize bars for having intoxicated people on the premises?
New late-night entry
Ended up stopping by 42 Gladstone, rapidly become one of the more consistent non-club spots in the area, both Friday and Saturday night on the way home from the bars for a few more hours of partying. It's more of a lounge than some warehouse venues, with some space for dancing as well.
The music is usually house, spun by local DJs, but occasionally bigger-name acts drop surprise sets after their legitimate gigs.