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BRRRRR! – Winter Music Festival Toronto Review

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For Ride The Tempo

Written by: Ani Hajderaj | Photos by: Constance Chan

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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:

MixTape Wednesdays: Rematch – The White Panda

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Rematch by whitepandamusic

I have to give so much credit to these guys, I have always been a huge fan of their work. And since their release of REMATCH, The White Panda have gotten a bigger and much more respected name in the blogosphere. Rematch features 47 mash-up tracks with over 100 different samples from various artists. Although this mix-tape is a bit old, I wanted to share it with everyone and show how much work and detail that goes into making a mash-up and mix-tape.

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Full Track Listing
1. Juicy O’Riley (Notorious B.I.G // The Who)
2. Don’t Wanna Hurt Your Neck (Khia // The Sounds)
3. Intergalactic Spell (Beastie Boys // Alphabeat)
4. Replaylight (Iyaz // Matt & Kim)
5. Nothin’ On Paris (B.o.B // Friendly Fires)
6. Genius of Play (David Banner // Tom Tom Club)
7. Flippin’ Style (50 Cent // Flipsyde)
8. Alejandhoes (Ludacris // Lady GaGa)
?9. The Next Starfucker (Dr. Dre // Starfucker)
10. Excuse Me Miss Cyrus (Jay-Z // Miley Cyrus)
?11. Get Like Butterflies (David Banner // Crazy Town)
?12. Teach a Billionaire to Diggity (Blackstreet // Cali Swag District // Travis McCoy)
13. Praise Outkast (Outkast // Fatboy Slim)
14. Tipsy In The Sun (J-Kwon // Weezer)
15. Sugar Groove (Flo Rida // Madonna)
16. Smooth Ballin’ (Tupac // Michael Jackson)
?17. Welcome to Celebration (Ludacris // Kool & The Gang)
18. Ahh California (Trey Songz // Katy Perry)
19. The Independent Touch (Webbie // Bloodhound Gang)
?20. Final Thong (Sisqo // Cassian)
21. Ritual God (Usher // Worship // Bestrack)
?22. Freak Faces 2Night (Willie Wonk // Electric Youth)
?23. A Cholo You Know (Down AKA Kilo // Two Door Cinema Club)
24. Get Ready To Go Low (Ludacris // 2 Unlimited)
25. Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend To Romance You (Lady GaGa // Black Kids)
26. Never Gonna Set Me Free (Rick Astley // Phonat)
27. I’ll Get Your Whistle (Too Short // Classixx)
28. One More Whoop (Tag Team // Daft Punk)
29. Wired To The Systems (Dorrough // Knightlife // Ying Yang Twins)
30. Heads Will Shake (Eminem // A-Trak // Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
?31. Hold On My Momma (Will.i.am. // The Vanish // Russ Chimes)
32. Raining Rude Boys (Rihanna // Moby)
33. Got Some Stratosphere (Obie Trice // Junkie XL)
34. I Wish I Broke Your Heart (Skee-Lo // Taio Cruz)
?35. Flashtomania (Phoenix // Calvin Harris)
36. How We Remember (The Game // David Guetta)
37. Rhythm To The House (Snap! // Trick Daddy)
38. Shake The Moonlight (Ying Yang Twins // Fonzerelli)
39. Always Push ‘Em Up (Fatman Scoop // Pet Shop Boys)
40. Kiss Anthonio (Chris Brown // Annie // Designer Drugs)
41. Prez-a-boo (Dead Prez // DEVO)
42. Overnight Panther (Twista // Crystal Castles)
43. Alone Over Here (Alice DeeJay // Young Jeezy)
44. Fireflies Goin’ Down (Young Joc // Owl City)
45. Drake & Diane (Drake // John Mellencamp)
46. Shooting Superstars (Eminem // Bag Raiders)
47. Pop Bottles Baby (Birdman // Justin Bieber)

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