Quadrasonic moves to Tangier
Last Friday, Quadrasonic held their first party at the new Tangier nightclub. Revival, where the event was previously held, is more or less the same size, but Tangier boasts more dancing space and a much better sound system. Quadrasonic features four local DJs together on eight turntables, spinning simultaneously.
They're not mixing eight records all at once, but they do meet the challenge of mixing in and out of one another's collections, so the night's sound is consistently colourful.
For this edition, Kevin "Kaje" Johnson , Ray Prasad and Peter Bosco joined residents Boris "Kid Conga" and Alvaro C , and Quadrasonic unveiled their newest live band, Barrio Lab .
They drew a packed and enthusiastic crowd, and while the band sounded good, the makeshift stage in the lounge area forced them to keep the levels too low for the live performance. The real stage was full of turntables and mixers, so there was no other option.
The projections and decorations really changed the feel of the club, taking full advantage of Tangier's neutral warehouse aesthetic.
Sex & Death masked funder
The Sex & Death Film Festival held a fundraiser on the second floor of the El Mocambo Saturday night, bringing together an oddball collection of DJs and bands. Responding to the event's billing as a masquerade, at least 75 per cent of the crowd wore some kind of mask, adding a surreal touch to the evening. Caught some of a band called Boy Ballz , who put on a high-energy show using a mixture of electronic and rock sounds. They were entertaining, but too much of a novelty act to be really interesting.
DJ Rollin' Cash (of the OM Festival) stepped up to the decks spinning breaks both futuristic and funky. He's got skills, but by the time he came on the crowd wasn't that interested in dancing. Still, a fun event, and it looked like they raised a decent amount of cash for the festival.
The Sexism party happened on the same night on the lower floor of the El Mocambo . The people behind this one were also involved in the highly successful Hang The DJ party and the ongoing Funktion events (fundraisers for some Ryerson publication). Unfortunately, they drew fewer heads to this night than to some of their past events. Looks like Toronto's been over-saturated with indie parties in the past year.
By the end of the night, though, there was a good collection of indie kids and artsy gays shaking their thangs on the dance floor to a mix of 80s electro, 70s funk, current hiphop and new wave.
It's a good mix of people, and the organizers did a great job turning the El Mo into something closer to a proper dance club.