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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

WinterCity is awesome this year

Thunderheist w/ Shad
Saturday, January 31
Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
8 pm (FREE)

Dance floors get loose when Thunderheist reigns. This Montreal duo drops hard hitting bass beats with a hip hop and techno edge. DJ Grahmzilla on turntables and powerhouse lead vocalist Isis are joined by dancers on stage for this performance. http://www.thunderheist.com/

Shad (Shadrach Kabango), the Juno-nominated and Polaris Prize short-listed rapper, rocks the mic with his socially conscious word play. http://www.shadk.com/

Bridging Generations - Family DJ Lessons at Scratch Lab
Saturday, January 31 1170 Sheppard Avenue West #32
4 sessions:1:30, 3 & 4:30 pm $10 per person

-A revolutionary concept in the world of music education. Sign up for a one-hour group lesson for parents and their children. Learn to mix, match, and scratch with two of Canada’s most talented DJs – DJ Baba Kahn and DJ Grouch – using music from yesterday and today! Suitable for ages 10+
416-SCRATCH (416-727-2824) scratchlab.ca

Event PhotoBunch Family Dance Party at CiRCA (126 John)
Sunday, February 1, 2 - 5 pm $10 kids in advance, $12 adults, free for non-walkers
$15 @door (cash only)
An afternoon bash at (you've never-seen-anything like it) CiRCA, where you and your kids get to shake it on the dance floor side by side. You can also check out a live performance, hang with the DJ or kick back in the fun filled chill-out room.
647-430-5599 http://www.bunchfamily.ca/

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Wintery 3-D Sculptures at the AGO
Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West

Be inspired by the new AGO and the wonderful art inside by building your very own wacky 3-D wintery white sculptures. You could be the next Frank Gehry!

Sundays, February 1 & 8, 12 – 4 pm
Free with Gallery Admission (coupon)

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Taste of the Market International Cooking Class Series
The St. Lawrence Market The Market Kitchen, 95 Front Street East

Learn new and exciting culinary secrets in the newly renovated Market Kitchen overlooking the historic St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood in Old Town Toronto.

Saturday, January 31: Hands-on Indian Cuisine, 3 – 5 pm
Wednesday, February 4: Taste of Thai, 6 – 9 pm
Saturday, February 7: Decadent Desserts!, 3 – 5 pm
Tuesday, February 10: Hands-on Italian Cuisine, 6 – 9 pm

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Best Christmas Present in years...

Friday December 26th, 2008 @ Footy

Activate & Promo Records Proudly Present

featuring nothing but tasty beats and treats from before 1999

Join us on Boxing Day, Friday December 26th for the 4th Annual Old School Boxing Day Blowout!
On this night we will be showcasing a selection of the Dj’s that played instrumental roles in ,and reigned supreme in the early days of the underground dance music scenes of Toronto, Canada and North America. . For this special occasion we will opening the doors at 9pm and offering $2.50 drinks until 10pm to get the night started right… so come early and leave late!

DONALD GLAUDE (San Diego/Seattle)
Funky Tekno Tribe DGR Eden Recordings
With over 2 decades of dance floor rocking under his belt, The Donald has become a house hold name amongst dance music lovers across the globe. One of DJ Dan‘s original inspirations, Donald so totally annihilated Footwork last year that we couldn‘t not have him back! He’ll again be digging out the classic cuts for a memorable set… and did we mention that it’s also his birthday?

Long before he became famous for his Pirate Radio Sessions, chart topping tracks with BKS and Love Inc, or the over 3 million albums he’s sold across the globe, “The Shep” was at the forefront of the Toronto rave movement. After a very long hiatus, Dogwhistle is back for one night only to take us back with the beats that made the Toronto scene what it is today.

A local favorite and constant presence at just about every rave in Toronto throughout the 90's. John E held residencies at the legendary Pleasure Force and Better Days events, as well as System, Turbo and Pure Wednesdays at Limelight. His funky breaks and house blend has absolutely blown the roof off at our last two boxing day shows.

These days Jelo can be found traveling the globe playing to thousands, or in the studio pumping out chart topping hits. Back then he'd just got his big break playing for Syrous. This boxing day, expect a set of classic funky techno and assorted dance floor stormers from this head banging madman.

In the mid 90’s Tim amassed a following so huge it led to him being THE mainstay resident at the largest raves this city ever witnessed. Now residing in Croatia, the ‘mystery’ man is back in Toronto for his annual old school set that has also now become legendary in itself. Get ready to be schooled Timoslav Patrickski style!

Definitely the rookie among this group of veterans, Robb's energetic and funky sound made it's mark on Toronto while playing for such heavy weights as Syrous, Dose and Metro in the late 90s . He'll be opening up the night with a selection of his favs from the good old days.

@ Footwork425 Adelaide St. W
doors at 9pm $20 before 11pm
$2.50 drinks until 10pm


Friday, December 19, 2008

Torontoist closing in January

Where will my words end up I wonder...
So long and well done Mr. Topping.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Crystal Method still have it...and the majority of the hearing from my left ear.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Philipp Haffmans and Harald Gottschling are my dads

yhst-50888373590496_2027_612789165 by you.Mykita
From Wikipedia:
Mykita GmbH is an eyewear design company based in Berlin, Germany. Mykita was founded in 2004 by designers Philipp Haffmans and Harald Gottschling, who previously co-created and designed for German eyewear brand IC! Berlin, and business managers Daniel Haffmans and Moritz Krueger.
Mykita's first range of glasses, marketed as Collection No.1, was released in October, 2004. The collection features handmade prescription frames and sunglasses constructed from stainless steel sheet metal, with a screwless hinge design. The collection received a 2007 iF product design award,[1] and the collection's "Rocco" model won a 2007 red dot design award.[2]
In 2006, Mykita collaborated with Berlin cosmetics company Uslu Airlines to produce two limited edition aviator sunglasses.[3] In October 2006, Mykita announced a second range of glasses, Collection No.2, consisting of prescription frames and sunglasses constructed from cellulose acetate.
Mykita has received coverage in I.D. magazine[4] and The New York Times.[5]

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Cut to the Drummer: Thur Feb 5th 2009

Cut to the Drummer is an Art show and Drumming Event in support of F.U.M.S. for the MS Society of Canada Scholarship Fund. It is the fourth public art show mounted by the Bepo + Mimi Project, a Toronto-based organization that promotes the value of illustration as an art form. It is supported by Joint Design Advocacy, a Canadian group that facilitates and supports great design thinking in Canada.
Cut to the Drummer would not be possible without the generosity and support of Warner Music Canada, RixMedia and all our other sponsors.
Cut to the Drummer: Site

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I met the Walrus

Best Bento ever.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

So much good music tonight

Lets face it. I'm cursed. The one weekend I get sick there's 3 parties that I would typically be on all out tribe roll-call mode for.
Two of which feature the ever-awesome ill/phat/gates/conductor - check the new mix

I've been hearing good things about these BOK parties and tonight brings Seth Troxler, Komodo, and locals out to a big wood floorded dance studio somewhere scary and fun.
The sensoria party is promising lethal performances from Starkey, and ill.gates celebrating the album release. It's the other Kensington clubby spot, Augusta House. It's been open all summer and still somehow haven't been there. I just gave Starkey's podcast a listen and it was a whole mess of grimmy dubbysteppeded goodness. Footwork has Lawnchair Generals and Nick Holder out tonight so even if I got bored at Augusta there would have been a nice change in sounds down the street.  But alas. I'll just sit here, watch SpaceCamp, and chug V8 while I wait for the reviews.

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