Fri, Nov 30
Philadelphia's King Britt has been producing and DJing quality soulful vibes since back when the average contemporary clubber was still in diapers. Expect him to bring an eclectic and deep bag of records to Ultra Supper Club.
Also expect maximum showmanship from the double bill of DJ Craze and Killa Kela at the Guvernment. DJ Craze is a skilled turntablist with a taste for sleazy booty and Miami bass, while Killa Kela is one of the most insane human beatboxers you'll ever hear.
Future sound of Finland
Juho Kahilainen is a relatively new face on the tech-house scene but has been getting great buzz from his releases on the highly rated Bpitch Control and Frozen North labels. Word is he brings the heat to Helsinki dance floors, so expect Toi Bar to be hyped for his first North American gig.
Sat, Dec 1
Boy in the Hood
If you found yourself getting caught up in the minimal techno revival over the past few years, you owe it to yourself to check out one of the true pioneers of the genre -- the highly esteemed and influential Robert Hood, who will be headlining Footwork alongside Toronto techno icon Jeff Milligan.
It began in Afrika
In an era when "old-school hiphop" means the 90s to most kids, it's refreshing to see one of the true originators still out there dropping genuine history on the dance floor. Afrika Bambaataa became a legend not just in hiphop, but also in the early development of electro by borrowing heavily from Kraftwerk on his 1982 hit Planet Rock. Catch him at Revival as part of the Make It Funky/Activate party.
The Stones Throw Records mega-tour brings indie hiphop to the Opera House.
Defected not defective
Aaron Ross is one of Defected Records' top UK guys and has been spinning quality deep soulful house since his pirate radio days in the early 90s. These days he's a bit more legit, with a weekly radio show on the BBC and his Osiris Music label. Catch him alongside Toronto house veterans Kaje and Andy Roberts at Tangerine.
Wanna Go Steady?
If you're looking for something a little different from your usual DJ party, the monthly Goin' Steady throwdown at the Boat might just fit the bill. Expect girl groups (think Ronettes rather than Destiny's Child), doo wop, raw 50s rock 'n' roll and greasy classic R&B.