Toika Lounge is usually known for bringing in ASOT trancers and the freshest progressive house talent to Toronto, but what about the local talents?
In late April, Impact Productions threw their first party at Toika Lounge, called “Ascension”. The line up featured Henry Yoong (Kid Zero), Saad Ayub and Gary Sagoo (Flux Muzik). Each one of them spun a very different vibe. The night began with Kid Zero spinning a very progressive set warming up the crowd. Saad Ayub played a lot of his mash-ups reaching 140BPM of mayhem and lastly Flux ended the night with a nice selection of tunes.
The venue filled up quickly; everyone was excited to see these locals hard at work spinning some exciting trance sets. The vibe was friendly; many familiar faces were seen in attendance inside Toika Lounge. Another element that made the event was the ASOT650 bake sale that helped raise funds to make ASOT 650 happen in Toronto. The team brought out all sorts of baked goods and had set up a station at an open area inside the club, something that you don’t always see. The bake sale was successful and added to the overall vibe of Ascension. A very awesome night full of great vibes and a good selection of tunes throughout were played. Great job to Impact Productions, Toronto can’t wait for more!
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Electronic Nation Canada is thrilled to announce that Tiësto, ‘The Greatest DJ of All Time’ as voted by Mixmag in 2011, will headline the second annual Digital Dreams Music Festival set to take place at The Flats at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (Ontario Place) on Canada Day weekend, June 29th & 30th, 2013. Along with Tiësto, Canadian techno pioneer Richie Hawtin will be returning to headline the tech inspired second main stage at Echo Beach. Digital Dreams Music Festival is one of the most highly anticipated festivals of 2013 and with a star studded lineup ready to be announced, it could be the biggest electronic music festival Canada has ever seen.
More information will be released soon, but for now grab an early bird ticket before the prices go up!
Pre-sale Tickets – $79.00 + taxes and service fees – SOLD OUT
Early Bird Tickets – $99.00 + taxes and service fees
Tier 1 General Admissions Tickets – $129.00 + taxes and service fees
Tier 2 General Admissions Tickets -$149.00 + taxes and service fees
Early Bird VIP Tickets – $199.00 + taxes and service fees
Regular Priced VIP Tickets – $249.00 + taxes and service fees
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Festival season occurs typically in the summer where music fans can dance in comfortable clothing in the warm weather, however in Canada the party never stops. Montreal has been graced with their successful winter festival, Igloofest every year, but 2013 was time for Toronto to add to the winter festival line up. Brrrrr!
Organized by Live Nation, Electronic Nation, Destiny Events, Embrace and Balance Inc., Brrrrr! set out to give Toronto a taste of festival season a little earlier into the year with added layers and warm drinks.
Getting into the event was easy; there was no hassle getting your passes and tickets for entry. As you arrive to Echo Beach you see the stage and lights stand out in the skyline of Toronto as the music plays from the distance.
The security on festival grounds was confusing because they did not allow sealed water bottles inside the venue. However it was stated on the official Brrrrr! website that you could in fact bring in sealed water bottles.
The VIP areas included patio heaters and also private bars where patrons got their drinks from. There was a heated dome area with Corona beer kiosks that served beer. On the outskirts of the area bars offered drinks along with a cup of hot cider as chaser which was neat and added to the winter vibe of the festival. As the winter staple beverage, hot chocolate was also served to attendees.
The heated dome provided a lounge experience with couches, tables and promotional material. It didn’t completely drown out the music but you could also have audible conversations with your friends inside. Crowd control in it was on point. Surprisingly it never got too busy so and getting around in it was easy.
The whole festival included two stages. On day 1 the stage near the entrance accommodated all the techno talent while the main stage had all the electro and progressive house DJs. Day 2 was flipped around.
Friday evening had a lot of house energy. Mord Fustang played familiar electro bangers that had the crowd going crazy while things were a little low key in the techno area. Without a doubt the headliner, Moby stole the show. The voice sample from “Natural Blues” pierced the crowd as he mashed it up with other beats; the crowd was bouncing throughout his entire set. The conclusion of his performance however left the crowd in shock. Moby took off his shirt and stood up on the DJ booth, several members of the audience followed suit.
The second evening felt much calmer than the previous. Techno took over the main stage; the bass had everyone moving, the attendees enjoyed themselves. The second stage had a lot more activity on the second day of the festival. Danny Avilla and Deniz Koyu played some of their progressive flavours for the crowd. By the time Dubfire got behind the booth, everyone flocked to the main stage, a wonderful closure to the event.
The only problem with Brrrrr! was that there wasn’t much going on aside from the stages. Perhaps some more art displays would have added more to the experience. The fire pit was a great idea; more of those would have kept the crowd a little warmer. The ice sculpture at the entrance was a great touch, perhaps more of them with themes and a variance in shapes and sizes would have made a great addition to Brrrrr!
Overall Brrrrr! was a good experience and definitely something that makes Toronto a more vibrant city to the international electronic music world. Toronto loves to party; rain, shine, snow or wind and Brrrrr! proved this very well.
Checkout some of our favourite shots from the festival:
Since it’s summer and I’ve been lacking on posting new music, I’m going to try to post YouTube and SoundCloud links here on my blog. Myself and the rest of the team updates our Facebook on a daily basis with our favourite new tracks. So while I want our readers to continue to visit Room-Noise. I will compile a list of new (or recent) songs at the end of every week for your listening pleasure! Enjoy Week One of our new feature.
First of all, I know I’m a horrible blogger for barely posting anything in the past month. But what can I say? I was super busy from hearing all these crazy festivals hitting Toronto this summer! I hope my readers will be stopping by to this beautiful (and crazy) city to check out the numerous concerts that are brought to you by fellow music promoters.
Within just one month, four major new festivals were announced through social networks with some of the biggest international DJ’s and Producers headlining it. Toronto is used to having to accommodate weekly EDM events throughout the city, but having a two day, 12 hour festival featuring various genres of the EDM community? Never. That’s why I’m more excited than ever to be living in Toronto this summer to experience all four hometown shows, I hope all of you have the same opportunity as well.
To celebrate these announcements and welcoming, as well as promoting international to local DJ’s, I have compiled a list of mix tapes of DJ’s that will be hitting Toronto this summer. Because believe it or not, this summer will be all about the EDM Festivals.
Enjoy these mix tapes, it will keep you hyped until you see these guys live!
The 2012 SXSW has come to an end. I’ve heard nothing but great things at this year’s festival/conference. So to celebrate it.. and hopefully one day I’ll get to attend this. I’m posting a special mixtape that is SXSW themed – produced by DJ Benzi himself. This is probably my third time posting his mixes as they’re always great to listen when you need one long track to pre-drink to. Checkout the tracklist.. how can you NOT give this a listen?!
01 | Laidback Luke, Arno Cost & Norman Doray “Trilogy (GTA Remix)”
02 | David Guetta & Sia “Wild Ones (Basto Remix)”
03 | Afrojack & Shermanology “Can’t Stop Me (Benzi Edit)”
04 | LMFAO “Sorry For Party Rocking (Diggz Trolled Out Edit)”
05 | Gotye “Somebody That I Used To Know (Hyper Crush Remix)”
06 | Steve Aoki, Chiddy, & Lil Jon “Emergency (Clockwork Remix)”
07 | The Cataracs “Synthesizer”
08 | Iggy Azalea “PU$$Y (Jason Smith Remix)” [DOWNLOAD]
09 | Martin Solveig “Night Out (A-Trak Remix)”
10 | Bailey Smalls “Baby, I Love You” (Get Right Records)
11 | Ingrosso & Alesso “Hands Free Calling (Benzi & Spryte Remix)”
12 | Clinton Sparks & Pitbull “Watch You”
13 | Skeet Skeet “Stand Again”
14 | Dev & Timbaland “Don’t Hurt”
15 | Das Racist “Booty In The Air”
16 | Hyper Crush “Chead”
17 | Willy Joy “I’m Losing You” (Get Right Records)
18 | Dillon Francis & Kill The Noise “Dil The Noise”
19 | Mike Posner “Looks Like Sex (Aylen & Drunkmaster Flex Remix)”
20 | Diplo “Set It Off”
21 | Codes “World Rulin”
22 | Wolfgang Gartner & Bob Marley “The Way The Sun Is Shining”
23 | Example “Changed The Way You Kissed Me (Black Cards Remix)”
24 | Iggy Azalea “My World (Bailey Smalls Remix)”
25 | Siver Medallion & DStar “Stars” (Get Right Records)
26 | The Partysquad & Alvaro “Wataah (Black Cards Remix)”
27 | Sofi & Skrillex “Bring Out The Devil (Enferno Remix)”
28 | Schoolboy Q & A$AP Rocky “Hands On The Wheel”
29 | Donnis “Hello Kitty”
30 | Mike Posner “Chameleon (Prod. Diplo)”
31 | W.E.E.D. (Shwayze & Sky Blu) “Summertime”
32 | Nina Sky “Day Dreaming”
33 | Adele “Set Fire To The Rain (AYB & That Momemt Remix)”
34 | Zak Waters “Fadeaway”
35 | Solidisco “Hooked (Boson Remix)” (Get Right Records)
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Well, my apologies for not blogging in the the past two weeks. I’ve recently moved to New York City for my internship and what better way to celebrate my stay in this wonderful city than with a Gosteffects single!
So check it out Gosteffect’s first original track which will be released on Beatport on February 14th.
If you’re also in the states you can catch Gosteffects on tour:
Feb 24 Los Angeles, CA – Control @ Avalon (Release Party)
Mar 04 Vail, CO – Snowball Festival
Mar 09 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
Mar 10 Phoenix, AZ – Club Stratus
Mar 14 Oklahoma City, OK – Robotic
Mar 27 NYC, NY – The Wolf Party @ Le Souk (EP Release Party)
One of my biggest regrets was not discovering Bag Raiders until early last year. I must say that their self-titled album is still one of my top 5 favourite albums of all-time. If you haven’t heard their name before, I’m sure you’ve heard their single, ‘Shooting Stars’ in commercials to the ending credits of How To Make it in America (RIP). Earlier this week these Australian duo’s released their monthly mixtape. Enjoy and definitely check out more songs from these guys!
More – Nils Frahm
Baby I Got It – Miguel Campbell
I Can’t Sleep At Night – Daniel Bortz
U Got Me – Lee Foss
Tobago – Jonas Rathsman
Akabu – Life Is So Strange
Rock Me – Russ Yallop
Want You In My Soul (Hot Toddy dub) – Lovebirds
See Blind Through (Mic Newman remix) – Canyons
Love In Me (Maceo Plex remix) – Laura Jones
Mhm, Yeah Yeah – Lazaro Casanova
Home (Tim Green Remix) – M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade
Snooze 4 Love – Todd Terje
Nightwish – BS1
Space Ballad (TEED Remix) – Fur Coat
Better (Arto Mwambe Remix) – Viadrina
Hurting (Tensnake Dub Remix) – Friendly Fires
Get Together – Rene Amesz
Whipped Cream – Homework