Wed, July 11
Capacity for Chromeo
"Dude, I wish I could help you out, but I can't even let these people in, and they have tickets," were the sad words from the bouncer outside the Social , where Montreal electro-funk kingpins Chromeo were playing above at Spin Gallery . One look at the large, angry line told me to forget about trying to shmooze my way in, so I decided to wait it out downstairs at the bar (secretly hoping someone could sneak me upstairs).
Inside, various stories were floating around as to why capacity had been reached before all the ticket holders got in -- one rumour had it that Chromeo's guest list was huge. Another blamed it on liquor inspectors cracking down. However, when asked about the chaos outside, promoter Tony "Gold" Anile didn't try to shift the blame -- "Basically, the guest list just got out of control."
As tempting as it was to get mad, it was hard to stay that way as I watched him buy back disappointed partiers' tickets and try to placate them with drink tickets for the Social. It's a lot tougher to come in under budget if you're having to turn your paying customers away, and buy drinks for them too.
Apparently, Al P from MSTRKRFT and Cadence Weapon also weren't having any luck talking their way upstairs, so at least it wasn't a case of celebrities first, commoners second. And for those of us that gave up and decided to just party downstairs, we actually had a pretty good time dancing to Dougie Boom and Fistfight .
Fri, July 13
For this month's edition of Bang The Party at the Boat , it was boys vs girls as residents Rod Skimmins and Andycapp were joined by Dalia and Jaime Sin at their eclectic 80s-underground-inspired party.
I arrived to a packed club, just as Dalia was about to take over the decks. Most know her primarily as a hiphop DJ, so it was interesting to hear her explore that whole electro-disco sound. This was actually her second night in a row at the quirky venue -- the previous night she hosted the awesome Hiphop Karaoke party.
When she's on the hiphop tip, she often leans toward the classics, but as far as this sound goes, she actually tended more towards contemporary dance sounds and didn't stray into hiphop at all. Skimmins followed her set with some classic rap, so it's not like she felt she couldn't play that -- I guess it's fun to break out of your own mould once in a while.
Sat, July 14
Got to the Squares Stay Home party at Crosstown as Ottawa's Jokers Of The Scene were rocking the decidedly non-square crowd with their dirty, high-energy sounds. They've been playing locally a fair amount over the past year, and seem to be building a bit of a following here. Having said that, most people in the room were really there for Tittsworth (or for Sixtoo 's set earlier in the night) and, as it neared last call, you could feel the anticipation building.
Finally, around 2 am, he took over the decks and unleashed a rapid-fire assault of dirty Baltimore club and booty-inspired beats, throwing in bits of electro and bootleg pop remixes. There are lots of DJs rocking this kind of sound lately, but Tittsworth brings more technical skills to the table than most, and it shows on the dance floor.
The first half of his set was more inspired than the second, when he began to rely too much on remixes of retro.