DJ SNEAK spinning as part of iDance with VITAMIN D, DAVE CLARKE, ANDY C, ZINC, ROBERT DE LA GAUTHIER, FREAKY FLOW & MC FLIPSIDE, CZECH, HATIRAS and others, Sunday (September 2), Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen West), 1 pm. Free (non-perishable food donations accepted by Daily Bread Food Bank). All ages. www.idancetoronto.com
Also at the SUMMER's END FESTIVAL with TIMO MAAS, DAVE CLARKE, DJ SERIOUS, KENNY GLASGOW, DJ DOPEY, JR. FLOW, JEZ ANSELL and MASTERMIND Sunday (September 2), 8 pm, Kool Haus (1 Jarvis). $30 advance. www.mostwanteddjs.com
He could be watching another gorgeous sunrise in balmy Ibiza, but DJ Sneak is cutting his choice resort residency short to jet back to Toronto. It's not a matter of a better-paying gig, but, rather, a selfless show of scene solidarity -- which is what the iDance electronic music festival is all about.
Apparently, a prior engagement prevented the Toronto-based filtered disco innovator from attending the iDance rally last August, which attracted an estimated 15,000 people. Sneak was determined not to miss the anti-anti-rave summit twice.
"Toronto really feels like home to me now," says Sneak over his cell-phone from Ibiza, "so I'm glad to participate in this united effort to show the positive side of the local dance scene.
"We've taken the music from the warehouses and into the legal club venues, making it safer for everyone to enjoy. This is our statement that we have the right to dance."
Even though the Chicago house-schooled DJ has made no secret of his personal distaste for techno and the insidious creep of commercialization, he sees the cooperation between promoters at events like iDance as promising progress for the often adversarial dance music business in this city.
"Promoters as a whole don't usually like working with other promoters, and in Toronto it almost never happens, so it's great that they're coming together for iDance. But this is something that needs to happen more often than once a year.
"I've seen how it can work in the UK, where all the various promoters from across the country collaborate on huge outdoor festivals. They all have their own tents, and people wander between them to experience all these different kind of sounds they've never heard before. It's amazing.
"The media and the music business have tried to split everything up into these tiny categories, but it's pretty much the same music, really. All of us DJs play records -- we even play each other's records. I think everyone could benefit if we just put aside our differences and work together."