Sat, Jul 5
Steady as she goes
Like the well-loved Hip-Hop Karaoke parties, the monthly Goin’ Steady shindig started out at the Boat and later moved to the Gladstone Ballroom, where it just celebrated three years of playing 1950s-era dance music.
You might think that an esoteric party focused on rockabilly, jump blues, girl groups, doo-wop and surf might draw an older crowd, but if you manage to make it inside before it hits capacity, you’ll find up-for-it kids ready to dance their ass off to songs that, in some cases, were recorded before even their parents were born. The balloons strewn around the space add to the sock-hop vibe, and the tinny sound system actually suits the music.
Some of the regulars make an effort to dress the part, but at this point it’s a large enough event that you won’t feel out of place if you can’t find a poodle skirt or your Brylcreem.
However, you should work on your classic dance steps, as there isn’t much space for wallflowers here.
A semi-official after-party for Harbourfront’s Beats, Breaks & Culture festival at the Shared Loft featured the Peer Pressure DJs from Montreal (who played the Drake earlier) alongside a slew of local DJs. Unlike at previous events here, the managers correctly anticipated a large turnout and used a second room to accommodate partiers.
Although the Peer Pressure guys threw down some serious hipster party beats in the main room, that second room proved to be the better spot musically. Mikey Apples’s quirky disco set demonstrated that he’s developed some decent DJ skills in the years since he first started playing records between indie band gigs around town.
Not that bangin’ bloghouse is dead by any means, but it’s increasingly obvious that chainsaw bass lines, sirens and distorted drums have reached their saturation point, creating a demand for more relaxed and subtle dance-floor sounds.