There's almost no question that the heart of any party is the DJ. Dropping the right tune at the right time can make or break a night. Seamlessly mixing sets requires skill with the equipment, an encyclopedic knowledge of genres, beats and styles, and a sixth-sense for the crowd. These days it can seem like everybody's a DJ, but not everybody's a good DJ - at least not without some practice.
The fledgling festival grows out of the success of TWMFEST, presented twice before by TWM and Dan Wolovick, and the Indie Machine (Dave Marskell). Acknowledging this year's NXNE radius clause mess (and possibly next years' Sonicbids mess), there's no fee paid for those who applied, no radius clause, and performers are paid.
This obscure release has been given new life thanks to TO-based label Cantor Records along with Chandra's own Rain Boots Records imprint, and on Friday October 17, Chandra will make a rare live appearance for the Toronto release show at Double Double Land.
For years, spin gyms were on top when it came to live DJ fitness (which is fitting, if you love puns). More recent additions to the city's fitness scene will let you do yoga, full-body workouts, and even muay thai to live-mixed beats; now, you've got plenty options for pumping up the volume / your heart rate.
Here are my picks for the top 5 gyms with live DJs in Toronto.
The following bars are the best at helping inexperienced bands get their foot in the door. While the venues (and spotlights) aren't huge, they're usually popular, wallet-friendly hangouts that draw audiences regardless of who's on the bill. It's a good setup for artists that haven't built a fanbase yet, and patrons who love new music but don't want to risk spending a lot to see someone who, uh, might need a few more guitar lessons before hitting the big time.