Thu, Mar 22
The folks at AD/D brought Berlin's Ellen Allien into the Social for an intimate night of electro-infused techno from the woman behind BPitch , one of the hotter labels of the moment.
The last time she was in town she played the much larger Mod Club , and it was interesting to see how the venue influences the feel of a night. If anything, her sound this time around was less moody and atmospheric and more straightforward, favouring melodic techno over electro for the most part.
The techno heads she tends to bring out and the hipsters who frequent the Social seemed equally amused by each other, but ultimately they were both there for the same reasons, even if they tend to dress and dance a bit differently.
The relatively small dance floor made for close quarters, which led to the DJ booth being jostled, occasionally skipping the records, a relatively minor annoyance that each camp blamed on the other.
Allien was in Toronto on her way to the annual Winter Music Conference in Miami, so a good portion of the tracks she played were new songs to be tested out on the industry crowd over the next few days. This preview suggested encouraging things for the dance floor in the coming year.
Fri, Mar 23
Also on his way to Miami was Detroit's John Arnold , who was the headliner at a special edition of Party In My Body at Crosstown .
For those keeping track, this is also a weekly Thursday night party at Andy Poolhall put on by local producer/DJ Robert Strauss , focusing on a wide variety of soulful dance-floor sounds, bouncing between classics and brand new tunes.
Arnold's own productions combine Latin, soul and techno influences to achieve a sound similar to what's called broken beat in the UK, but with its own Detroit flavour. As a DJ, he broke down those influences into their individual parts, connecting the classics that inspired him to the futuristic soul fusion he's known for. The club wasn't terribly busy, but that left plenty of room for the dancers to bounce around.
The various underground scenes in Toronto have been introduced to Crosstown over the past few weeks, and so far reactions have been favourable, even if the rawness of the space isn't to everyone's taste.
Sat, Mar 24
Following Foot Prints
Foot Prints moved to the Rivoli 's second floor last summer to make room for the expanding crowds, but the party has continued to grow so much that it might be time for another move. The jazz-funk monthly reaches capacity quickly, so you should definitely get there early if you want to be sure to get in. Resident DJs Jason Palma , General Eclectic and DJ Stuart have honed their night into a warm and welcoming party, and the crowd is generally cheerful and exuberant, cheering on their favourite Afrobeat, Latin, disco, funk and dance-floor jazz tunes.