Well, the disco nap never happened after all. Got a text from Toronto DJ Hali about a Carl Craig afternoon party, so I jumped in a cab to go meet him and Mike Gibbs.
Very quickly I'm realising that I'm not really prepared for this conference. For instance, a common conversation topic has been whether or not to go to the giant two day Ultra festival, which is sort of the centrepiece event of the conference. I knew it was big, but I hadn't clued in that it was 80 000 people big. Looking at the DJ line up though, the majority of the acts that I actually want to hear are playing club gigs around town as well, which seems like a better experience.The Carl Craig gig was outside by a pool in the back of a hotel, which is actually how a lot of these parties are set up. Can't complain about that, except that I forgot to bring a bathing suit, and haven't gotten a chance to get sunscreen yet. Life is hard eh?
Realise that the camera is back at the hotel, but here's a shot Hali took of me and Mike Gibbs.
The party was hosted by the Giant Step label, and took a little while to get busy, but by the time Craig went on there was a decent dance floor going. Discover that drinks in Miami are really expensive.
I decide that I want to check out the Get Physical party at Studio A, and I'm pleasantly surprised to find that I'm on the guest list, as the Embrace Productions people were helping run it - cant seem to escape Toronto. Even though the badge is expensive, it doesn't actually get you in everywhere, so I'm glad that I replied to some emailed invites before leaving.
Hamilton's Junior Boys were among the performers, and were well received, but the M.A.N.D.Y. set was the highlight and main draw.Get dragged by some randoms to a nearby club, but the music was boring, and the lack of sleep makes the hotel look like the better option.