Fri, May 23
Rub one out
Since 2002, DJ Ayres’s Brooklyn dance party The Rub has been one of the key influences on the global open-format style of DJing that the hipster kids love so much, fusing hip-hop, electro, reggae, rock and anything else they can throw into the mix. Ayres brought The Rub’s vibe to Toronto this month, taking over Wrongbar for an eclectic night of cross-genre mixing.
This is exactly the type of event Wrongbar is built for – the kind of thing that allows both indie rock nerds and house fans to get down in an environment where no one cares if you can afford to buy a bottle of premium vodka for your crew. Not surprisingly, a substantial lineup formed outside for the latter part of the night. If you want to get in next time, make sure you show up early enough, as the folks at Wrongbar are not about to risk their liquor licence by stretching their capacity.
Ayres has been a working as a DJ for long enough now that there’s no doubt about his ability to rock a crowd, and sure enough, he came up with the goods once again. Good vibes all around, but we’re still waiting for the team at Wrongbar to come up with a better approach to lighting. It doesn’t need thousands of dollars’ worth of lasers, but at the moment it’s still a little too bright and static for a dance party. Other than that, we couldn’t ask for more.
Sat, May 24
TenaciouSoul have been throwing deep soulful house jams for two years now, and celebrated their anniversary with a party on the fifth floor of the Burroughes Building. Formerly a camping supply store, the renovated warehouse hasn’t had much luck finding normal tenants, which has opened the door for promoters to use it as an event space.
Aside from the exhausting stair climb to the fifth floor, the space is great for good old-fashioned loft parties. Makes one nostalgic for the days before the condo boom ate up all Toronto’s great warehouse spaces.
Of course the drawback to non-club parties like this is that many assume it’s a late-night event, which is likely why it took a while for the space to fill up. Once there were enough bodies in the room, it was time for UK producer/DJ Groove Assassin to take over the decks.
He started out with some chunky Chicago-style disco loop tracks, then moved into more song-based deep house, which seemed to get a better reaction from the room. He looked like he was having a great time behind the decks. Pity they couldn’t keep this venue open later. Things were just getting started when they turned the lights on. Best not to push their luck at a new venue, though.