Fri, Aug 31
As guest DJ Fierce Helder threw down some 80s-inspired funk at Sneaky Dee's, Dave "Shit La Merde" Binette remarked that the indie dance scene seems to have come full circle.
When the monthly Shit La Merde party started three years ago, a certain amount of ironic detachment infused the indie dance world's approach to dance music, but these days there's little sense of anything guilty about these pleasures, and the appreciation of funky music actually seems sincere and genuine.
On the Labour Day weekend, much of the city flees town for one last chance to enjoy summer away from the smog. While for many events this means smaller crowds, that exodus had little effect here. The bar was full of fun-seekers, the dance floor packed with ass-shaking. By the end of the night, you couldn't even see the DJ; the party had taken over the stage as well.
Sat, Sep 1
Taking over a strip club for indie dance parties is an interesting idea, but there's no guarantee it'll work out in the long run.
The launch party at Baby Dolls a few weeks ago was at capacity most of the night with all the scenesters checking out the concept. This week told a different story, though, as the event fell victim to the long-weekend lull and probably to the loss of the novelty factor, too.
As a result, it felt less like a party than a surreal night at the peelers - better tunes than you'd normally find at a place like this, played to a crowd of indie kids who looked like they'd never been to a nudie bar. The concept has potential, but the next few Saturdays will pretty much make or break it.
Feeling the urge to do some dancing ourselves, we made our way down to the Drake Hotel, where the More Proof collective were holding court in the Underground. It was packed inside, with a long lineup outside, so it's clear that some do better than others on this kind of weekend.
There were lots of cheeky remixes and bangin' electro house and a crowd that looked much less suburban than usual at the Drake on weekends.
Sun, Sep 2
Fritz Helder & the Phantoms have thrown a series of fundraising parties over the summer in the generous backyard at the House Of Helder to help them finish their album.
Gay Bash #3 featured a large cast of local DJs playing in the sun for a diverse crowd of friends and fans. Basically, it was a large private house party with a BBQ cooking up complimentary food and magic markers to write your name on your plastic cup.
It got started toward the end of the afternoon, and initially it looked like it might end up costing them money. Thankfully, as the sun fell lower in the sky, the back patio filled up and the dance floor suddenly went off as if it were a club at 2 am.