Weewerk it out
Six years ago, Weewerk was a live music showcase and art salon in an off-the-radar space above Rotate This. Now the project is one of Toronto's most promising indie labels. In 2008 alone, they put out 11 releases, including stellar records by the Fembots, Jenny Omnichord and the Great Lake Swimmers.
Looks like they're just about to break into the lucrative European market, which gives them one more reason to be excited about their anniversary party Friday (December 12) at Whippersnapper Gallery (587A College). Musical guests for the evening include the Fembots, Tony Dekker, Kate Maki and Omnichord, as well as an art show curated by co-founder Germaine Koh. This is also the release party for the 6! compilation - a quick and easy way to catch up on what they've been up to in the last year.
Local promoter Craig Hill has been hustling hard this year. His electro/club monthly, Rollin & Scratchin, has burgeoned into a hip blog and sprouted sister entity YYZ Records.
Last Friday night saw the R&S crew celebrate their first anniversary and the release of YYZ's first record (a digital-only single from Mansion mix-master DJ Barletta) with a sold-out banger at the Supermarket, featuring Barletta, synth wizards TMDP and electro-rap threats 84.85. In fact, a whole new electro enclave seems to be forming around Hill's endeavours.
In 09, YYZ is set to drop TMDP's debut nationwide (due in February) and will likely issue singles by 84.85 and Golden Girls as well.